Nestle’s Toll House Cookie Recipe + January Cooking Challenge

There is nothing better than warm chocolate chip cookies and the original Toll House Cookie recipe is the very best!

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Happy New Year and welcome to 2018! One of my goals this year is to interact more with you guys, especially in my Facebook group. Because one of my favorite things about blogging is getting to connect with people like you and put our heads together to find ways to make cooking a joyful and delicious experience. That’s why I started the group to begin with, not to mention this site!

Since I also want to be more creative, I’ve decided to put out a monthly cooking challenge for you guys and members of my Facebook group to give us a chance to really get creative and have some fun with classic recipes.


Join the January baking challenge and enter to win some awesome baking accessories! #TLJJanuaryCookingChallenge

How does this cooking challenge work?

  • Start by joining my Facebook group Family Meals Made Easy.
  • At the beginning of each month, I will post a base recipe of a classic dish. Sometimes it will be baking (like this month!) and sometimes it will be cooking.
  • During the month of January you can take this base recipe and add your own twist to it. Change to make it more interesting.
  • I will include tips within this post to help take the guess work out of adding your own twist and then it’s up to you to get those creative juices flowing.
  • Snap a photo of your recipe variation and post it in the Facebook group. Tell us what you changed and if you learned something from making the variation, share that as well. Even if the variation doesn’t turn out as you expected, share it with us and share your thoughts- it’s a great opportunity for everyone all to learn!

But wait, there’s more: the giveaway!

At the end of the month, there will be a giveaway and one lucky winner will get:

  • 1 Silpat Perfect Cookie Baking Mat
  • 1 Cookie Scoop
  • 1 Cooling Rack

Here’s how to enter:

  • When you post your image of your recipe variation in the group, use the hashtag #TLJJanuaryCookingChallenge so I can find your post- you have to use the hashtag for it to be considered a giveaway entry.
  • You can also get giveaway entries if you share a link to this post about the challenge on your personal Facebook page, Twitter or on Instagram so your friends can get in on the fun, but don’t forget to use the hashtag so that I can make sure each of those entries are included. 

Toll House Cookie Recipe eith cookies scattered on parchment with chocolate chips.

January Cooking Challenge: Nestle’s Toll House Cookies:

For the inaugural cooking challenge, I went with Nestle’s Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. As far as I’m concerned, this is the benchmark for a perfect chocolate chip cookie. Just the right dough to chocolate chip ratio. A bit crispy on the edges and soft in the middle. And the right size to dunk into a glass of milk!

I also love that this recipe leaves room for variations. Since this is baking and baking is chemistry, you want to be careful about what you choose to change. So I put together some tips to help you add your own delicious twist to these fantastic cookies!

An overhead shot of the Toll House Cookie Recipe with a bite taken out of one.

Tips for altering Chocolate Chip Cookies:

  1. Respect the ratios– while I’m no baking expert, I’ve come to understand that baking is all about ratios. Major alterations the the basic ratio can majorly affect the overall cookie. With this in mind, I encourage you to think about what items you’re changing out and try to change them out with similar items. For example, if I was changing the flavoring to be different from the one teaspoon of vanilla that’s in the original recipe, I would swap it out for the same amount of a different flavor extract like almond or orange or in general, something in liquid form. That way the amount of liquid remains the same (or close to the same) but you’re still getting a different flavor. Try to sub liquids for other liquids and solids for other solids.
  2. Keep in mind the size of your solid add-in’s– It’s fun to add different things like candy, nuts, dried fruit. The possibilities are endless! Make you that you keep in mind the size of the add-in item with relation to the size of your cookies and change them as needed. So if I was adding pecans into the recipe, I wouldn’t add whole pecans as they would be much too large. I would chop them instead. Or if I wanted to add raisins, I would keep them the same size as they’re already similar in size to the chocolate chips, but I would substitute one of the cups of chocolate chips with the raisins so that the ratios remain the same.
  3. Have fun, be creative and don’t stress if they don’t turn out perfect- There are so many different things you can change- don’t limit yourself. There are add-in’s like dried fruit, nuts, candies. Flavorings like different extracts. Even different spices (chocolate and spices often go together beautifully!). This is all about experimenting and even if they don’t come out perfect, please still share them and tell us what you learned. The idea is for all of us to learn from each other and we often learn the most when we mess up (I know I do!).A stack of cookies from the Toll House Cookie Recipe next to a glass of milk.

Here are some helpful tools for making great Chocolate Chip Cookies:

Nestle’s Toll House Cookie Recipe

10 minPrep Time

11 minCook Time

21 minTotal Time

Yields Around 5 dozen cookies


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  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks butter, softened (1 cup)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line baking pans with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
  2. Mix flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract until well combined.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing in between each egg.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients until just combined.
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts (if you're adding them).
  7. Arrange rounded Tablespoons of dough two inches apart on the lined pans.
  8. Bake 9-11 minutes or until golden.
  9. After couple minutes out of the oven, transfer to cooling racks.
  10. Enjoy!


You can also do these as bars in a 15 x 10 inch jelly roll pan- grease the pan and spread the dough into an even layer in the pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Makes 4 dozen bars.

Now go forth and bake!

I also love this cookie recipe:

Salted Caramel Blossoms Cookies

A stack of Salted Caramel Blossoms Cookies with a bite taken out of the top one and a cooling rack with more of them on it in the background.

Another tasty cookie recipe is this one:

Ginger Almond Cookies

These Ginger Almond Cookies are such easy Christmas cookies to make! This crispy cookie is the best slice-and-bake option if you're looking for a spicy cookie that is that isn't overly sweet.

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This is the Original Nestle's Toll House Cookie Recipe. It's by far the very best chocolate chip cookie recipe- the perfect dessert for kids and adults alike!


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  • Reply
    January 2, 2018 at 7:33 pm It’s hard to top the classic Tollhouse cookie!
    • Reply
      January 3, 2018 at 9:19 am Agreed! :)
  • Reply
    January 2, 2018 at 7:48 pm Chocolate chip cookies are my weakness! Yum! Oh a cooking challenge, that sounds like so much fun. I’d love to but I’ve started the Keto lifestyle.
    • Reply
      January 3, 2018 at 9:19 am Mine too Leslie! they get me every time! Congrats on Keto!
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    Leah Beyer
    January 3, 2018 at 7:44 am I am so making a butterscotch chip version of these cookies!
    • Reply
      January 3, 2018 at 9:18 am Oh my gosh- that sounds fantastic- please share a photo when you do!
  • Reply
    January 4, 2018 at 3:42 pm Everything here looks delicious! I need to take up some more baking...
    • Reply
      January 5, 2018 at 4:07 pm I'd love to see your variation!
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    January 4, 2018 at 6:32 pm A great challenge and giveaway Jessie! I'm Keto now so if I get an opportunity, I will see what I can do. My life is crazy though because I work full time and little time other than the weekend to work on things. I will definitely share this!
    • Reply
      January 5, 2018 at 4:07 pm Thanks Shelby! I don't know much about Keto but I'd love to hear that take on them!
  • Reply
    January 4, 2018 at 6:58 pm Who doesn't love the classic chocolate chip cookie!
  • Reply
    January 5, 2018 at 7:38 am What a fun challenge! And what beautiful and classic cookies! <3
    • Reply
      January 5, 2018 at 4:06 pm Thank you :)
  • Reply
    January 5, 2018 at 11:40 am Ooh! These cookies look perfectly stunning! Nothing better than a chocolate chip cookie!
    • Reply
      January 5, 2018 at 4:06 pm Thanks Bethany!
  • Reply
    January 5, 2018 at 7:23 pm The chocolate chip cookies I dreaaaam about right here. This will forever be my favorite!
    • Reply
      January 6, 2018 at 9:52 am Me and you both, Karly!
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    Richa Gupta
    January 5, 2018 at 9:53 pm Wow these cookies looks amazing!
    • Reply
      January 6, 2018 at 9:52 am Thanks Richa!

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