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The Chocolate Chip Cookie Story

Updated on February 19, 2017

Yummy and Delicious!

Toll House Cookies have been a favorite of chocolate lovers for years and their chocolate morsels are out of this world.
Toll House Cookies have been a favorite of chocolate lovers for years and their chocolate morsels are out of this world. | Source
Chocolate chip cookies are easy to bake in the oven thanks to Ruth Wakefield inventing them in the 1930's.
Chocolate chip cookies are easy to bake in the oven thanks to Ruth Wakefield inventing them in the 1930's. | Source
When chocolate chip cookies first come out of the oven the chocolate is melting as you tear the cookie apart.
When chocolate chip cookies first come out of the oven the chocolate is melting as you tear the cookie apart. | Source

Have You Had Them?

Have you ever had Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies?

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The Inside Scoop!

If you were to conduct a poll about everyone's favorite would be the chocolate chip cookie. You should try it, it's the traditional chocolate cookie.

When I think about my favorite cookies, it would have to be chocolate chip cookie. These can be baked in little to no time at all or until they reach whether crunchy or you can remove them from the oven when they still are a bit gooey. Whatever your preference of how the cookies are baked, the chocolate chip cookie is always near the top of everyone's favorite cookie list. These cookies, can be made into bars (cut into squares). These are great as a bar instead of carpet.

Ruth Wakefield invented Toll House Cookies in 1937. While she was growing up she used to make a recipe called Butter Drop Dough Cookies, a recipe that she learned to make as a child. One day, she was making these cookies while eating a Nestle chocolate candy bar. Thank goodness for what that happened next. Accidentally, she then dropped some chocolate pieces into the cookie dough thinking it would melt in the mix but, only to the contrary, they rose to the top of the cookies. How amazing and exciting that something that tastes so good was discovered so simply. Simply by accident.

She knew that she liked the recipe but, how would other people react to the cookie?

She decided to try the cookies out at The Tollhouse Inn where she worked. This is also where the cookies got their name. These were a huge success and once the newspaper got word of the news, Massachusetts was on the map.

Wakefield sold her idea to Nestle for an undisclosed amount of money and all the chocolate that she wants from Nestle for the rest of her life. By 1939, these cookies were so popular that cookie cutters were used to make different shapes and sizes. These cookies taste so well, that these are my favorite.

Ruth Wakefield became so famous from inventing the chocolate chip cookie that she wrote a cookbook that was published in 1940. Call it luck if you want but, Wakefield invented the first chocolate chip cookie period, end of story. We want to stop and thank you for that.

For forty years Wakefield raked in her profits until she passed away in 1977. Seven years later in 1984, a fire started in the kitchen of The Toll House Inn and burned it to the ground. It was New Year's Eve. To this very day, the recipe started with Ruth Wakefield is still printed on the back of The Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip bag.

Thank you Ruth Wakefield for your experimenting in the kitchen!!

Let me know what you think about Toll House cookies in the comments capsule which is located at the bottom of this page.

Eleven Tasty Cookies

Peanut Butter
Chocolate Chip
Macadamia Nut
White Chocolate
Sour Dough
Macadamia Nut
Eleven different ideas for cookie making.


  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Then you will want to combine the flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. It is important that you do that first.
  2. Beat butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract in a large mixer bowl until creamy.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating the batter well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Then carefully stir in the chocolate chip morsels and nuts, if desired.
  4. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto the ungreased baking sheets. Bake in a preheated oven for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. This recipe makes about 5 dozen cookies.
  6. Pan Cookies Variation: Grease a 15 X 10" jelly roll pan. Prepare the dough as described above. Spread into the prepared pan.
  7. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. You can just let these cool in the pan on a wire rack and then cut into bars. This recipe makes 4 dozen bars.

Toll House Recipe

Chocolate Lover........Guilty!!!

When I first tried chocolate chip cookies, I new they were going to be a hit!

I knew that I had heard the story of the original chocolate chip cookie. I couldn't remember all the facts and I admit that I had to look some of them up. What I do remember, is during my young childhood my mother didn't work and I remember coming home from school and have fresh baked chocolate chip cookies and it was just wonderful. They were still warm.

I love chocolate chip cookies and there's no way that you can't love them when they are still warm out of the oven. They have to be one of my favorites. Chocolate chip cookies and a large glass of cold milk sounds really good right now.

Chocolate chip cookies are easily made it's just a matter of being able to follow instructions. Depending on whether you like a softer cookie or a more crispy one will depend on how long the cookies will need to be in the oven. You can carry these to family gatherings, church events or work functions. Everyone loves a great chocolate chip cookie.

Thank you Ruth Wakefield for your experimenting in the kitchen!!!

If you love chocolate then try this recipe because it's a chocolate lover's dream. These are best served in my opinion with a large

Recipe Ranking

5 stars from 1 rating of Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

Baking Cookies

When baking cookies, they are to be baked on the bottom rack. If you are using a baking sheet, you can line the pan with aluminum foil. Check the cookies often to make sure that they do not burn.

Toll House Cookie Recipe

Chocolate Chips

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 Tablespoon
Calories 70
Calories from Fat36
% Daily Value *
Fat 4 g6%
Saturated fat 3 g15%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 9 g3%
Sugar 7 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

© 2013 Buster Johnson


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    • Monis Mas profile image

      Aga 4 years ago

      Very cool story, and an awesome recipe! I love these cookies!

    • Annie Miller profile image

      Annie Miller 4 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      My very favorite cookies!! Voted up and awesome!