Classic Cookie Bake-off Recipes

Emily Rotenberg and Margaret Walker

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The run-down:

The classic melt-in-your-mouth, Toll House original chocolate chip cookie is a delicious treat that has been an American staple for decades. This cookie was created in 1938 by Ruth Graves Wakefield an American chef and author. Although Toll House is known for their classic chocolate chip cookies they have many more recipes on their website that include dairy-free mac & cheese and cherry berry smoothies.

When making these classic cookies, my family and I change the recipe in little ways that make them more enjoyable for us. The first thing we change is making the cookies in a pan because it’s easier but also to have a different consistency. My mom and I love cookie dough more than we love the cookies themselves. When we make the cookies we bake them until they are just golden brown so they are not fully baked on the inside, this leaves a dough consistency in the center making for a delicious treat. Another thing that our family does that others may not do is we don’t add as many chocolate chips. I know this may not seem like a huge difference but sometimes the chocolate overpowers the cookie which diminishes the sweet and salty taste that makes a cookie so delicious. By adding the perfect amount of chocolate chips it makes the cookie sweet but also allows for you to taste a salty element.

Although these are the only changes we add to the recipe there are so many more you can do to make your cookies unique. Toll House cookies are so much fun to bake with friends and family and have been popular for over 60 years. So, next time you are looking for an easy cookie to bake, try the classic toll house chocolate chip cookies or feel free to customize them in any way you want whether it is adding, nuts, m&ms, or anything else!

Rate: 11/10

Recipe:

This recipe can be found on the back of any toll house chocolate chip bag

Dough:
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.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chip Morsels

1 cup chopped nuts  – optional

Baking:

Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease 13 x 9-inch jelly-roll pan. Prepare dough as above. Spread into prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until just golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack.

 

 

The classic, homemade, your-grandma’s-chocolate-chip-cookie recipe. I grew up eating this delicious take on chocolate chip cookies and to this day I think they are the best. I also grew up hearing stories of how my mom would have dessert every night because my grandma would bake something new every day. I come from a long line of bakers; my great-great grandpa came to America to become a baker. He was supposed to be a priest in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He was German but he lived in what is now the Czech Republic. The baking continued through the generations and my family bakes frequently.

This recipe is very similar to the Nestlé recipe. However, classic chocolate chip cookies don’t often have oats in them, but I think they add a good texture to them that create a level of richness to the cookie that other kinds of cookies don’t have. The other variables on these cookies that I think make the cookie better is the bake time. If you want the cookie to be gooier and the chocolate chips to be melty you should only cook them for about eight minutes. It makes everything just the right amount of raw because as Emily said, the cookie dough is actually the best part of the process in my opinion. Also, the cookie will melt in your mouth, which we all know it means that this is one good cookie.

I have made this recipe on many occasions with friends and I must say that baking cookies is a great activity to do. It is super simple and there are so many ways you could change the recipe. Baking is a super fun activity that almost always results in a lot of laughs and great food. It is also a way to try new things. For instance, these recipes came from somewhere and someone tried a lot of different measurements to try to get the best cookie. There is always room for interpretation when it comes to ingredients. Next time you’re bored and want chocolate chip cookies I highly recommend you make your own and you grab some oats along with the rest of your ingredients!

Rate: 10/10

 

 

 

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