Nestle Toll House Cookie Recipe

Is the Nestle Toll House Cookie Recipe your go-to for chocolate chip cookies? If so, there are a few things you need to know.

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Ingredients for Nestle Toll House Cookie Recipe

Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Flat Cookies

Ok you guys. I baked the dough from this Nestle Toll House Cookie Recipe every which way, and the cookies still came out flat and cake-y every time. I felt like I had the best results when I used a dark cookie sheet with no liner, but they really all turned out about the same. IMHO there is simply too much butter in this recipe, and the cookies just can't hold up.

This recipe probably won't be one that is a repeat in our house, but that doesn't mean they're wholly bad. Everyone likes a different kind of chocolate chip cookie, and maybe cookies like this are your jam! This is a judgement-free cookie zone, people.

But if you're like me and prefer a little more volume to your chocolate chip cookies, there are some FAQs and answers below that will help you avoid the flat cookie issue.

Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Why are my cookies flat?

Here are some common causes of flat cookies and how you can fix them.

Greasing the Pan

Cookie dough (generally) has enough fat in it that there is no need to grease the pan. Greasing the pan only adds even more fat, causing the cookies to spread more. In my experience, lining the cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat creates the exact same problem.

Do this instead: scoop the cookies onto an ungreased cookie sheet or a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Both of these options will give the cookie dough something to “grip” while baking, which will prevent overspreading.

Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Re-using a Warm Cookie Sheet

Did you know something as simple as using an already-warm cookie sheet can cause your cookies to go completely flat? The heat from the pan starts working before your cookies even make it into the oven, which means the fat in the cookie dough is melting (and spreading) before the baking process even begins!

Do this instead: I have 4 cookie sheets that I rotate through while I'm baking cookies (2 pans go in at a time). This gives 2 of the pans time to cool down while the others are in the oven. You can also pop a pan in the refrigerator as needed to cool it down in a hurry.


Too much sugar, butter, or too little flour.

Cookie baking is a science that requires a delicate balance of ingredients and attention to detail. Most of the time, following a recipe exactly as written will give you the best results.

Do this: if a recipe gives you measurements by weight (grams and ounces), always default to those measurements rather than measuring by volume (cups, tablespoons, etc). This is a much more precise way to measure and could be the difference between a flat cookie and a perfect cookie!

Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe


The temperature of the butter.

This could be different depending on each recipe. But generally speaking, you should be using “soft” (or room temperature) butter, not melted. 

Do this: again, it goes back to following each individual recipe exactly as written.

I have several cookie recipes that call for melting the butter first. Those recipes have an adjusted amount of sugar and flour to compensate for the melted butter. But if you were to use melted butter with other recipes on my site, they might spread completely flat. Each recipe is different!

Nestle Toll House Cookie Recipe Score

SIZE: ★★☆☆☆
CHIPS: ★★☆☆☆
TEXTURE: ☆☆☆☆☆
TASTE: ★★★☆☆

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Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Yield: 4 dozen
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

The most classic chocolate chip cookie recipe of all time! This Nestle Tollhouse Recipe is famous, and for good reason. With crispy edges and chewy middles, you can't go wrong with these absolutely perfect chocolate chippers.


  •  1 cup butter, softened
  •  3/4 cup granulated sugar
  •  3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  •  1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  •  2 large eggs
  •  2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  •  1 teaspoon baking soda
  •  1 teaspoon salt
  •  2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  •  1 cup chopped nuts (optional)


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.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 137Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 150mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 2g


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