IN THE KITCHEN: History of the Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie (A Fan Favorite!)

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History of the Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie
From the October 1, 1981 issue of the Washington Post



Almost everyone loves a chocolate chip cookie! Interestingly, the original Toll House cookie was made by (happy) accident, though. Here’s the backstory from an article in New England Today: “Today it’s the most popular cookie in America, but the original Toll House Cookie, the first chocolate chip cookie, was invented right here in New England by Ruth Wakefield at the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts, during the 1930s. Made with flour, brown sugar, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and walnuts, Toll House cookies are a simple drop cookie that children, adults, and even Santa Claus can agree on.

If reading about these delicious cookies is making you hungry, here is the current recipe from the Nestle’s Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels Package.


Ingredients from the Nestle’s Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels Package:

2 ¼ Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Tsp Salt
1 Cup (2 sticks) Butter
¾ Cup Granulated Sugar
¾ Cup Packed Brown Sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Large Eggs
2 Cups (12 oz package) Nestle’s Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 Cup Chopped Nuts*




Step 1

Preheat oven to 375° F.

Step 2

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

Step 3

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Step 4






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