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??


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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.