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Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking Tips

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chocolate chip cookies Chocolate chip cookies, first concocted by Ruth Wakefield in 1939 at Massachusetts' Toll House Inn, were introduced to the general public on Betty Crocker's radio series "Famous Foods from Famous Places."  Since that time, they have enjoyed a continuing, well-deserved popularity.

Chocolate chip cookies are a type of drop cookie, the simplest and most versatile cookie variety available.  They are called drop cookies because the cookie dough is soft enough to drop off a spoon (perhaps with a bit of assistance) and onto a baking sheet.

The basic chocolate chip cookie batter consists of butter and sugar, which are beaten together until the batter is light and fluffy.  Eggs and vanilla extract are added and beaten in, followed by flour combined with baking soda and salt.  Next comes the raison d'etre!  Chocolate chips and other textural ingredients, such as chopped nuts, are mixed into the batter.

chocolate chip cookie jar Using the spoon size specified in your chocolate chip cookie recipe, drop spoonfuls of cookie dough onto a baking sheet.  Use a second small spoon to help push the cookie dough mixture off the spoon, or simply use a cookie scoop instead of a spoon to easily make uniform size cookies.  Space the cookies evenly on the baking sheet, according to the recipe's instructions, and bake the cookies in a moderate temperature oven.  To produce soft, cakey cookies, leave the mixture well mounded on the baking sheet.  For delicious cookies with soft, chewy centers and crisp edges, remove them from the oven as soon as their edges turn golden brown, and while their middles are still soft and light brown.  For crisper cookies, spread out the cookie drops a little with the back of a spoon before baking them.  As a rule, cookies that are even in color and firm to the touch will tend to be crisper.

Try this easy chocolate chip cookie recipe and browse through the chocolate chip cookie gift shops listed below.  Find chocolate chip cookie recipes for every taste, and learn the history of Toll House cookies.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Here is our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, perfected after many years of trial and error.  It makes 3 to 4 dozen delicious cookies.

Cookie Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Cookie Preparation and Baking Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt, ideally with a wire whisk, and set it aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the butter, brown sugar, and white granulated sugar with an electric mixer to form a granular paste.  Add eggs and vanilla extract, and mix at medium speed until thoroughly mixed.
  4. Blend in the flour mixture, then the chocolate chips (and optional walnuts), at low speed until the ingredients are well distributed.
  5. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  6. Bake for 17 to 19 minutes, until golden brown.  Let stand for a minute or so, then remove to wire racks or other cool surface with a spatula.
  7. Enjoy!

Shop for Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • David's Cookies
    Fresh-baked cookies, gift baskets, brownies & crumb cake, specialty gifts.
  • Mrs. Fields Cookies
    Mrs. Fields Original Cookies.  Holiday gifts for friends, family, and business associates.
  • Blue Chip Cookies
    A wide variety of gourmet cookies made fresh daily from quality ingredients.

Other Chocolate Chip Cookie Resources

  • Joy of Baking
    Find baking information and the story behind Nestle's chocolate chips, as well as a chocolate chip cookie recipe and video.
  • Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Here is the original recipe for Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Published by Nestle.

Toll House Cookies History

Many years ago, in 1930, Kenneth and Ruth Wakefield purchased a Cape Cod-style toll house that was located about halfway between Boston and New Bedford, Massachusetts.  This old toll house on the outskirts of Whitman, originally constructed in 1709, was a welcome haven for road-weary travelers during the 18th century.

Here, coachmen had paid tolls and changed their horses, and here they and their passengers had eaten many home-cooked meals.  It was also here, more than 200 years later, that the Wakefields decided to open a lodge, calling it the Toll House Inn.  In keeping with the tradition of creating delicious homemade meals, Ruth baked for guests who stayed at the Toll House Inn.

While she improved on traditional Colonial recipes, Ruth's mouthwatering desserts began to attract people from all over New England.  One day, while preparing a batch of Butter Drop Do cookies, a favorite recipe that dated back to Colonial days, Ruth cut a bar of Nestle Semi-Sweet Chocolate into tiny bits and added them to her dough.  She expected them to melt, but the chocolate held its shape and softened to a delicately creamy texture.  The resulting cookies became very popular at the Inn.  In time, Ruth's recipe was published in a Boston newspaper as well as other papers in the New England area.  Regional sales of the Nestle Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar took off.

Ruth eventually approached Nestle and they reached an agreement that allowed Nestle to print the "Toll House Cookie" recipe on the wrapper of the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar.  Part of this agreement included supplying Ruth with all of the chocolate she needed to make her delicious cookies for the rest of her life.

As Toll House cookies continued to grow in popularity, Nestle looked for ways to make them easier for people to bake.  For instance, they tried scoring the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar, and packaging it with a special chopper to easily cut it into small morsels.  Shortly thereafter, in 1939, they began offering tiny pieces of chocolate in convenient, ready-to-use packages; that is how the first Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels were introduced.

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