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A timeless discovery

The chocolate chip cookie
Family making chocolate chip cookies

Every American has a chocolate chip cookie memory. The scene of children coming home from school to the scent of fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies wafting from the oven is as ubiquitous as the chocolate chip cookie itself.

A. Ruth Wakefield

It all started back in 1939. Ruth Wakefield, who ran the successful Toll House restaurant in Whitman, Massachusetts, was mixing a batch of cookies when she decided to add broken pieces of Nestlé Semi-Sweet chocolate into the recipe expecting the chocolate to melt. Instead, the semi-sweet bits held their shape and softened to a delicate creamy texture and the chocolate chip cookie was born.

Ruth's 'Toll House Crunch Cookie' recipe was published in a Boston newspaper and her invention of the chocolate chip cookie quickly became the most popular cookie of all-time.

The recipe that started it all

More than 80 years later, Nestlé Toll House's Original Chocolate Chip Cookies are a true classic and a go-to recipe for all occasions.

The chocolate chip cookie recipe

Watch the video below for step-by-step instructions.

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (if omitting, add 1-2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour)

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.

Chocolate chip cookies on a plate

Continuing to innovate

As a leader in baking for more than 80 years, Ruth's innovative spirit continues to drive Nestlé Toll House today. With a strong focus on new product innovations, the iconic brand is constantly expanding its offering to meet the changing demands of the modern baker.

Toll House Edible Dough

Thanks to the launch of Allergen Free Morsels in 2018, at-home bakers have an option for morsels that are free from the 8 major food allergens: peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish.

With the introduction of edible cookie dough, Nestlé Toll House is making your childhood dreams come true by offering cookie dough that is inspired by the original recipe. It is safe and ready to eat, so grab your spoon!

Sustainably sourcing ingredients is also key to a great tasting cookie. That is why all chocolate in Nestlé Toll House products is responsibly sourced through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan and all cookie dough products are now made with 100% cage-free eggs.

Looking ahead, Nestlé Toll House will continue to bring innovation to the baking aisle and Ruth's timeless discovery of the chocolate chip cookie will continue to be a cherished classic for generations to come.