Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

by kitchenarian on February 17, 2012

I’ve been writing an article this week for a client about Southern cooking.

It’s about recipes that span generations and become intertwined as part of our memory of family gatherings. So, when I was asked to bake chocolate chip cookies this week for the Teacher Appreciation Dinner at my son’s school, I looked to the classic recipe. I know that as a food blogger there is always the temptation to adapt, twist and spin a recipe, but this time I resisted and just turned over the bag of chocolate chips and used the same recipe as thousands, maybe millions, of people before me have made.

This is the recipe that my Grandmother used, then my mother, my sisters and I, and now my daughter, Sous Chef, bakes cookies using this recipe. I bet this is the same recipe your family uses too. We are all connected by this recipe; this classic treat that generations before us have enjoyed and generations after us will bake. Kinda cool when you think about it.

The recipe is the original Nestle Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipe, but you probably already knew that.

Speaking of time honored family recipes, what is one of your family’s favorite recipes or a favorite family memory about food?


2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a stand mixer, beat together the butter, sugars and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time. Gradually add the flour mixture. Remove bowl from stand mixer and stir in the chocolate chips. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto cookie sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 3 to 5 dozen depending on how large you like your cookies.

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Sous Chef February 17, 2012 at 9:20 pm

Yummy! I do love this recipe so much 🙂


Emily @ Life on Food February 18, 2012 at 4:57 pm

I always remember being in the kitchen with my grandmother and mom. I think most of my cherished memories take place in the kitchen. This is the classic recipe and your photos have me craving a chocolate chip cookie.


kitchenarian February 19, 2012 at 2:43 pm

I, too, remember going to my Grandma’s house with my mom and my Grandma was always in the kitchen. I would sit across the kitchen counter and watch as they talked and cooked. Good memories.


Kim Bee February 18, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Yummy. Nothing better than a classic chocolate chip cookie. Nothing!


Ann February 18, 2012 at 11:14 pm

My absolute favorite recipe…and the one recipe that is a “memory” for me!


Toni @ Boulder Locavore February 19, 2012 at 10:38 am

I love this post and agree with your sentiments about the feeling of changing up recipes; frankly I think there is a tempatition for ‘bigger is better’ in terms of ingredients, methods (sous vide Chocolate Chip cookies?!) and write ups. I think often simple is best. I too have been drawing from my own Grandmother’s recipe box as well as some vintage recipes I’ve come upon. They are recipes of whole ingredients making good food. Where we need to be thoughtful about copyright issues with modern recipe adaptations (not to speak of the lack of original thinking when just using someone else’s recipes with a few tweaks), I feel sharing these is a our responsibility to keep them in circulation. Bravo to you!


kitchenarian February 19, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Thanks Toni for such a heartfelt comment. What a joy to have access to your Grandmother’s recipe box. I look forward to reading about some of those recipes on your blog.


Stephanie February 19, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Is there anything better than homemade chocolate chip cookies?!


Kiri W. February 19, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Nothing like the classic! Looks indulgent and perfect!


Kristina February 20, 2012 at 11:18 am

I’ve tried a zillion different chocolate chip cookie recipes and I swear nothing beats the tollhouse version, these are always a hit! Yours look absolutely perfect 🙂 My mom and I would always make these too while I was growing up. It was always such a treat! Now I’m craving some cookies… and its only 9 am….


Liz February 26, 2012 at 6:02 pm

This is the one my hubby BEGS for!!! I can make it blind folded 🙂 I have to admit I’m a bit partial to it.

PS…your food styling is always spot on!


Kita February 26, 2012 at 9:34 pm

One thing I will never mess with is my Dads chocolate chip cookie. Its perfect to me – and its the Nestle one too, but somehow when he makes it, it’s perfect. 🙂 Love the pics!


Tiffany March 6, 2012 at 10:17 am

Sometimes it’s all about the classics! And I love the lead photo!


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