United States: Nestle Toll House Cookies

Like hamburgers and apple pie, nothing says the United States better than chocolate chip cookies. I am relatively certain that there is not a mother in the United States who hasn't baked these treats for or with their kids at least once.

The original Nestle Toll House Cookies were invented by Ruth Wakefield back in the late 1920's. She and her husband owned a tourist lodge named the Toll House Inn. Ruth prepared all of the meals for her guests at the Inn and gained notoriety for her desserts. One of her favorite recipes was for Butter Drop Do cookies.

The recipe called for baker's chocolate and one day Ruth found herself without the needed ingredient. She substituted a semi-sweet chocolate bar cut up into bits. However, unlike the baker's chocolate, the chopped up chocolate bar did not melt completely, the small pieces only softened.
As it so happened the chocolate bar had been a gift from Andrew Nestle of the Nestle Chocolate Company. As the Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipe became popular, sales of Nestle's semi-sweet chocolate bar increased. Andrew Nestle and Ruth Wakefield struck a deal. Nestle would print the Toll House Cookie recipe on its packaging and Ruth Wakefield would have a lifetime supply of Nestle chocolate.

Original Nestle Toll House Cookies

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks, 1/2 pound) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated [white] sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 cups (12-ounce package) NESTLE TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in large mixer bowl. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts (if desired). Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE in preheated 375-degree oven for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

TIP: If you like your chippers chewy, bake for 8 to 9 minutes. The centers will still look slightly wet and the edges will be golden brown. Let cool on cookie sheet for 2 to 3 minutes.


Denise said...

Great blog!

The choco chippers are still my very fave!

Even had them at our 4th of July party yesterday ... what says red, white and blue better than chocolate chip cookies!


Anonymous said...

yummy i love cookies