Sunday, July 20, 2008

Original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies

There are so many chocolate chip cookie recipes out there and I've found there are two kinds: dense and not so dense. I think most vegan chocolate chip cookies I came across a dense cookie. I love this kind of cookie, like my chocolate, chocolate cookie recipe that is almost like a brownie. But sometimes I prefer a lighter cookie.

While going through Nana's recipes I came across the, "Original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie" recipe. There was a newspaper clipping about the history of the cookie at the Toll House Inn on the east coast in the 1930's. The baker was making chocolate cookies and mistakenly used the wrong chocolate which did not melt into the cookie as it should have - it just stayed their in chunks in the vanilla batter - thus one of the most famous cookies was born.

Original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies:
2 1/4 Cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup soft butter (margarine)
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs (I used powdered Energy egg replacer)
2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup nuts (I left these out)

Combine flour, soda, and salt.
Beat butter, both sugars, and vanilla in a large bowl. Add the egg substitute and beat once more. Slowly add the flour mixture until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
Drop rounded tablespoons of batter onto baking sheets.
Bake in a preheated 375-degree oven for 9-11 minutes, or until golden brown.

This is a fail-prove recipe.

Peanut Butter Swirls:
Since I cannot follow a recipe to save my life I did alter this recipe beyond veganizing it - I added peanut butter. I spread peanut butter across a piece of parchment paper and put it in the freezer for a few hours until it was hard. I took it out and quickly broken it up into little pieces. Since peanut butter defreezes quickly you need to work quickly to stir the little chunks into the batter before scooping the batter on the cookie sheet.
Cook as normal and enjoy the little bites of peanut butter goodness.


VeggieGirl said...

Not only did you veganize the recipe, but you added peanut butter as well?? YUM!!!!!!!!

Katy said...

Wow, what a great idea with the peanut butter! I'm always up for anything with peanut butter and chocolate. Yummy!

Vegyogini said...

It's like you were reading my mind this week! I've always felt that the Nestle Toll House recipe was the very best chocolate chip cookie and I was thinking about veganizing it this week, so thanks! The PB addition sounds fabulous. :)

Erin said...

PB in chocolate chip cookies? Genious. Thanks for this recipe, my standby is the one from VWAV, but it can't hurt to branch out.

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Ruby Red Vegan said...

That frozen peanut butter chunks tip -- wow, you're a genius! I always used to make these cookies with my grandparents when I was little. I should totally try the vegan version -- they look amazing!

Chelsea said...

I will definitely have to try freezing the peanut butter. Thanks for the tip!

Bianca said...

Wow. That peanut butter swirl idea is great! I'm gonna try that next time I make chocolate chip cookies!

Webly said...

veggiegirl - peanut butter makes life better.

Katy - I hope you make something great with peanut butter swirls.

vegyogini - you know what they say about great minds...

erin - I've seen a lot of write up lately about the VWAV recipe when it seems people were complaining about it when it first came out because it can be dry. I still think that recipe is great!

ruby - They are easy to veganize. go make them. we always need more cookies in our diets!

chelsea - I have been so addicted to peanut butter I've been eating on anything I can these days.

bianca - do it!

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kree said...

I used to make so many toll house cookies before becoming vegan, and I only tried veganizing the recipe once and it didn't turn out right. But your cookies look awesome! And adding peanut butter?! Oh my how yummy!

bazu said...

oh cool- sometimes I want a lighter chewier cookie, and most cookies I bake come out very tender and dense instead. I'll try these!

~~Louise~~ said...

I'm not quite sure how I "landed" here but it looks like I arrived just in time for Cookies & Milk.

I can never follow a recipe to save my life either. I always have to add or subtract. I suppose that's why I don't bake often. IMHO, I think Ruth Wakefield, the inventor of these cookies, would agree they look enticing, indeed!

Webly said...

Thanks Lousie! The internet is an interesting web of, "how did I get here again?" The history page has become our bread crumbs!

lauren said...

hi there! so i made these cookies tonight and though they are delicious, i prefer a lighter, chewier cookie. mine came out rather crunchy (but buttery, yum!) there a way to get them a bit fluffier/chewier? i think i had them in for 10 minutes. thanks!

Anonymous said...

I am confused. Are Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chips vegan? Thanks to anyone who can shed some light.

Webly said...

The chips are not vegan but the recipe is! Choose your favorite chip for the recipe.