The Tale of the Nestle Toll House Cookie
If you're like many American children, your memories of childhood probably involve at least one batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies.
There is nothing like liking the tasty batter from the spoon after grandma mixes in the final ingredients. Today, there are many manufacturers of chocolate chips. You can find them all in the baking aisle of the grocery store.
Probably the most well-known, however, is Nestle Toll House. Even the bag (of the semi-sweet chocolate chips) claims that theirs is "America's favorite cookie recipe."
Come with me as we investigate the tale of the Toll House Cookie!
- Prep time: 10 min
- Cook time: 10 min
- Ready in: 20 min
- Yields: Makes 5 dozen cookies (cook time is per batch)
Original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
2 sticks butter (softened)
3/4 c. granulated sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 t. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 c. (12 oz. package) Nestle Toll House semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 c. chopped nuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
In a medium-sized bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In a larger bowl, beat butter, both sugars and vanilla extract until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts (if desired) by hand. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
Bake for 9-11 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets 2 minutes, then remove to wire racks to cool completely. Makes 5 dozen cookies.
The pan cookie variation is for moms like me who just want to get the whole batch in the oven as quickly as possible. Instead of making individual cookies, take the entire batch of dough and spread into a greased 15 x 10 inch jelly-roll pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Makes 4 dozen bars.
A Famous Cookie is Born
One thing led to another, and the Nestle company started producing chocolate chips. Mrs. Wakefield's recipe was printed on the packages of the little morsels. And the rest is history....
Time to Pre-Heat the Oven
The Nestle Toll House Empire
Of all the varieties of cookies, chocolate chip is the best-selling in the United States. The Nestle company has made a fortune from Mrs. Wakefield's Toll House Cookie mistake.
Today, you can buy pre-made cookie dough, either slice and bake, or - even simpler - break apart into little cookie chunks (delicious baked or not!) The New York Times has listed Nestle as one of the 100 most powerful brands in America.
Chocolate chips are not Nestle Toll House's only product. You can find butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips and milk chocolate chips. More delicious recipes are on the back of all of these bags.
There is also Toll House ice cream - Toll House Cookie Swirl. And, for those who don't want to do their own baking, you can stop by one of the Nestle Toll House franchise stores.
Obviously, they're giving Mrs. Fields a run for her money!
Variants and Desserts