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The Chocolate Chip Cookie Experiment: 1. Nestle Tollhouse Recipe

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Experiement: how did these Classic Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookies measure up? I'm testing 52 Chocolate Chip Cookie recipes, on a mission to find the very best one!

I’ve been toying around with the idea of doing a seriously major chocolate chip cookie experiment for a while.

But I couldn’t quite figure out the logistics of making it work with the blog… for instance: should I do a year’s worth of recipes? 6 months? Are there even that many recipes out there? And do I just stick with the classic greats (NY Times, Nestle, etc..)? Or should I test out newer, more creative blogger recipes too? Would you guys get sick of chocolate chip cookies? Is anyone else as curious as I am to figure out once and for all which recipe is the best??

Finally, I decided to scrap all of my concerns and just do it. I mean, who doesn’t want more chocolate chip cookies in their life, right?!


And, frankly, declaring a winner in the great competition of Chocolate Chip Cookie recipes has been on my blogger bucket list for a while now. So…. let’s get this party started!!

The plan: I’m going to bake my way through 52-ish chocolate chip cookie recipes. That should work itself out to one new chocolate chip cookie recipe per week. Excepting, of course, crazy stuff liiiiiiiiiiike the stomach flu… or a tooth extraction.. or something. I mean, I’m not going to kill myself over this experiment or anything. But, in general… one brand new chocolate chip cookie recipe per week! How fun does this sound?!

The plan is to start out with a lot of the big-name classic recipes from the major cookbooks and brands and then work my way through blogger recipes. That way we’re getting a little bit of old with the new, so it should be a fair sampling.

And then, at the end of it all, we’ll finally know which chocolate chip recipe is really the fairest of them all. Huzzah!

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Experiement: how did these Classic Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookies measure up? I'm testing 52 Chocolate Chip Cookie recipes, on a mission to find the very best one!

I decided to start out with the completely classic Nestle Toll House. I mean, this is a recipe that has pretty much defined chocolate chip cookies forever and ever. So it seemed like an appropriate starting place.

This recipe gets points for butter crinkles, crispy edges, and chewy middles. It lost points for the pecans. I consider myself a pretty devoted lover of pecans (and am usually an advocate of adding them to everything), but I don’t really feel like they jive in chocolate chip cookies.

Pecans aside… it’s a stellar recipe. There’s a reason it’s the iconic face of Chocolate Chip Cookies everywhere!

Tell me what you think– have you ever tried the Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe??


Want to be part of the experiment?

Snap a pic of your chocolate chip cookies and hashtag: #somethingswankyCCC

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Experiment: Nestle Tollhouse Recipe

Yield: approximately 4 dozen


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 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


    Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  1. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl.
  2. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
  4. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown around the edges (don't over-bake though, if the tops of the cookies are brown, you've probably baked them too long!).
  6. Cool on baking sheet for a couple of minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Store in an airtight container for up to a week. These freeze exceptionally well, and so does the unbaked dough.



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Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.

22 comments on “The Chocolate Chip Cookie Experiment: 1. Nestle Tollhouse Recipe”

  1. Love the experiment you plan to do! I’ve done it, in a less formal way, over the years of blogging, sampling a half dozen big name, very popular recipes, as well as blogger recipes, and finally coming up with my perfect one. I cannot wait to see what ultimately wins for you! pinned!

  2. Sounds great to me! I post way too many ccc recipes and I am definitely an addict! Can’t wait to try your winner!

  3. I love big projects like this, and you’ve chosen such a worthy topic — I can’t wait to see how it goes, the world can always use another great chocolate chip cookie :)

  4. Almost every time I make this recipe, the cookies are flat. Baking time does not change the flatness.
    What am I doing wrong?

  5. Almost every timeI make this recipe, the cookies are flat. Baking time does not make a difference. What am I doing wrong?

    • Sorry about the double post. Just want to say that I do not use nuts.

    • My family never used nuts either so maybe this tip could help you. My mom used to bake this same batch during Christmas and hardly ever replaced her baking soda in the pantry, so she made about 6 dozen flat chocolate chip cookies (they were still delicious). It’s recommended to replace your box of baking soda every month or so. I bought her a new box and the cookies puffed up like they should. I hope this helps!

  6. Ohhhhh! I can’t wait for this series!! Thank you!

  7. I think I will do this experiment right along beside you. You know, for science. But mostly because I want weekly chocolate chip cookies.

  8. I’ve been doing the same thing, though I’ve only baked two recipes in my quest to find the perfect chocolate chip cookie. I’m looking forward to seeing what you find.

  9. This sounds like fun. I’m going to do it with you!!

  10. All I think about when I see Nestle Tollhouse Cookies is the Friends episode when Pheobe insists they’re her grandma’s recipe and pronounces them, “Nes-lay Toll-hoose.” Love this idea of finding the best cc cookie!

  11. Great! I plan to follow along because I, like many others, have searched for the best CC cookie recipe for a long time. Time to buy the chips….and lots of them :-)

  12. 52 weeks of chocolate chip cookies? You’re rockin my world!!!

  13. how fun! LOVE this experiment (nothin’ not to like about 52 weeks of CCC’s!)! and a tasty start!

  14. YES!!! Love the idea!!!

  15. What a noble (and delicious) task! You can never go wrong with a classic chocolate chip cookie :)

  16. I love this idea! Make sure you try a recipe with a little cornstarch, like this one. It helps with the flattening out issue. http://kelseysappleaday.blogspot.se/2011/08/best-ever-chewy-chocolate-chip-cookies.html

  17. Such a fun idea to try them all out! I think what is frustrating about baking–cookies specifically is that we all have our own “favorites” when it comes to texture, thickness, add in’s, etc. so one favorite might not be anothers’ favorite. But I do like how you are describing all of that, so that truly will help, and will be such a fun experiment all along the way! I’m kinda tired thinking about 52 different recipes! My fave week after week is an alteration of Picky Palate soft batch cookies. I use almond extract instead of vanilla with a few other tweaks. Can’t decide if I should post about it or not….not sure it is “different” enough?

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