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Homemade Frozen Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: The Toll House Story
An American classic: chocolate chip cookies
Keep homemade chocolate chip cookies from disappearing overnight!
If your home is anything like mine, then homemade chocolate chip cookies warm out of the oven are a favorite. The one and only problem I have with warm, buttery, melt-in-your mouth chocolate chip cookies is that they disappear way too quickly! Is that the case in your home -- you make a batch of soft chocolate chip cookies, more than your family really needs, and within a day somehow all 5-dozen or so are gone?
What is it about chocolate chip cookies that make them so popular? Why is it that Americans alone eat close to 7 billion of them each year? Well, like all good inventions, chocolate chip cookies were “invented” when a need met an opportunity, and Ruth Graves Wakefield is the person to whom all chocolate chip cookie lovers owe their deepest gratitude.
An American classic is born - homemade chocolate chip cookies
Ruth Graves Wakefield and her husband were the owners of an inn located midway between Boston and New Bedford, Massachusetts, The Toll House Inn, to be exact. Ruth cooked meals and desserts for her guests at this bed-and-breakfast during the 1930s. Locally, Ruth became known for her desserts, one of her favorites being, Butter Do Drop Cookies. They were a mix of buttery goodness and baker’s chocolate. But what could have been a “disastrous” day for Ruth in 1937, turned her into an American household legend.
You see, one day Ruth found herself without one of the key ingredients, baker's chocolate, for her favorite cookies. Cleverly, she decided to use a chopped up semi-sweet chocolate bar that was a gift from her friend Andrew Nestle. To her surprise, the chocolate did not melt completely, yet formed an extremely delicious cookie with partially melted bits of chocolate spread throughout; The Nestle Toll House Cookie was born!
Toll House recipe inventor and Nestle strike a delicious deal!
As the recipe was shared, Nestle noticed that sales of his chocolate bar increased. And like all good business people, Andrew and Ruth struck a deal: Ruth allowed Andrew to print her recipe on his chocolate packages in exchange for chocolate for a lifetime. To this day, Wakefield's recipe still appears on all packages of Nestle chocolate morsels and the Nestle company has adopted the tagline, "Good Food, Good Life." It's hard to argue with that. Nestle also claims that they provide, "warm and enjoyable moments for families across America." That sounds true to me too, but what about the rest of the world? Are they missing out? I hope not!
Toll House recipe
Today, the Nestle company not only sells a variety of chocolate products, but sells pre-made refrigerated cookie dough. Yet, nothing can compare to the taste of using Ruth Wakefield’s original Tollhouse cookie recipe:
- 2 ¼ cups flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
- ¾ cups granulated sugar
- ¾ cups brown sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups (12 oz. package) of Nestle semi-sweet chocolate chips
How to use a FoodSaver to make frozen chocolate chip cookie dough balls
The problem: The only problem with homemade chocolate chip cookies, as far as I can tell, is that they disappear way too fast. The recipe itself makes about five dozen cookies, yet that is probably way too many for most families to have at once. Sometimes, you just want a few warm cookies after a meal or when the kids come home from school. You may not want to deal with the irresistible temptation to eat homemade chocolate chip cookies for days to come.
There are two ways to use a FoodSaver to save cookie dough or baked cookies for a later date:
- Freeze cookie dough balls in packages of reasonable quantitites.
- Freeze already-baked cookies in packages of reasonable quantities to warm in the microwave later.
Click each photo below to read directions on how to freeze either homemade frozen cookie dough or already-baked cookies.
A FoodSaver is a fun way to save frozen cookie dough balls and already-baked homemade cookies to eat and enjoy later.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Using a FoodSaver extends the life of pantry, frozen and refrigerated foods.
Pantry Foods such as Cookies
Frozen Foods like Bread & Cookies
Refrigerated Foods such as Cheese
"Toll House Tried and True Recipes" by Ruth Graves Wakefield
Ruth Graves Wakefield is best known for inventing the Toll House chocolate chip cookie, but she had many other recipes to share. In 1940 she published the cookbook, Toll House Tried and True Recipes. Her cookbook, which has seen at least thirty-nine editions, is still available for purchase today.