Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Original Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Might Surprise You

I've read articles professing the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe and tips on how to better your baking.  But you will be as surprised as Monica Geller Bing to learn it's ok to stick with the classics.   

I am referring to the episode of Friends where Phoebe promises Monica her grandmother's famous chocolate chip cookie recipe, only to find the handwritten recipe was lost in a fire.  The gang then spends the rest of the episode painstakingly trying to figure out the recipe — and in the grand tradition of Friends, not going to work.  

Monica is more than a little frustrated when they realize Nes-lay Toul-ouse is not Phoebe's great great great grandmother. The recipe is in fact the standard back of the bag Nestle Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipe. 

What Monica doesn't know is that this recipe, though simple, is actually the best one.  Because it is the one all others are modeled after. 

That's right.  Nestle Toll House invented the chocolate chip cookie recipe — the one printed on the back of the yellow bag.  

The chocolate chip cookie was an accidental discovery at the Toll House Inn when Nestle chocolate was used in place of Bakers Chocolate for chocolate cookies.  With the increased popularity and chocolate sales, Nestle bought the recipe in the late 1930s from the inn's owner Ruth Wakefield.   In exchange for the recipe,  Wakefield was given a lifetime supply of Nestle chocolate chips and the name Toll House on the cookie packaging.  (Source)

In case you ripped your bag, here is one more place on the Internet to find the original chocolate chip cookie recipe ... 

·       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.) Nestle Chocolate Morsels, semi sweet 

Combine flour, baking soda and salt. 
Cream butter and sugars in mixing bowl, blending in vanilla. Beat in eggs, one at a time. 
Blend in dry mixture. 
Lastly, mix in chocolate chips. 
Drop one inch pieces on slightly greased baking sheet. 
Bake for about 10 minutes (maybe as little as 8) at 375.

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