The One with the Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Monday, June 2, 2008

This is the original Nestle Toll House Milk Chocolate Morsel Cookies recipe and it's the best in the entire world:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) Land-O-Lakes butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 3/4 cups (11.5-oz. pkg.) Nestle Toll House Milk Chocolate Morsels

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and pure vanilla extract in a large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate morsels. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool.

Makes about 5 dozen cookies

Pan cookie variation: Grease 15 x 10" jelly-roll pan. Prepare dough as above. Spread into prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Makes one huge cookie!

For high altitude baking (5200 feet or above, Provo is 4549 feet): Increase flour to 2 1/2 cups. Add 2 tsp. water with flour and reduce both granulated sugar and brown sugar to 2/3 cups each. Back drop cookies for 8-10 minutes and pan cookie for 17-19 minutes.

Tips from Paige's Kitchen (which isn't saying much...)
- Use Land-O-Lakes or Tillamook butter - it's the best. I like my cookies on the salty side so I get salted butter. Also, let the butter sticks soften naturally, not in the microwave.
- Use pure vanilla extract - it's more expensive but you can taste the difference.
- I like my cookies undercooked so I only bake them for 7-8 minutes.
- Don't over stir. I haven't perfected this technique yet, but I know it changes the cookie formula if the batter is over or under stirred.
- Make sure all your ingredients are fresh.
- Place your cookies in the freezer and enjoy at your leisure. They taste best frozen, maybe with some ice cream sanwiched between two cookies like this:
I'm off to make some cookies as soon as the butter softens! Mmmm.


  1. Slightly underdone and frozen, that's *exactly* the way I like 'em. Must be genetic!

  2. Oh Yummy! Thanks for the Recipe! I will give it a whirl!


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