Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies
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  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 2 Dozen (12 servings)
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These classic chocolate chips cookies are made with chopped pecans, but feel free to omit them or replace them with more chocolate chips if you aren't a fan of nuts. This is a small batch and makes about two dozen cookies, but can be easily scaled up for a larger batch. 

Chocolate chip cookies, also known as Toll House Cookies, were first created by Ruth Wakefield for her Toll House Inn in Massachusetts. She made them with chopped Nestle chocolate bars. The recipe—originally called "chocolate crunch cookies"—was published in a Boston newspaper. People wrote to Mrs. Wakefield for the recipe and sales of Nestle chocolate bars increased. With her permission, the Nestle company began printing the recipe on their semisweet chocolate bar wrappers. In 1939, Nestle began packaging the chocolate morsels we use today.

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup butter (or margarine, softened)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar (granulated)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup 2 tablespoons sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup pecans (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

How to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 375 F (190 C/Gas 5). Grease a large baking sheet.
  2. Cream ​the butter or margarine; add sugars and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. ​​​
  3. In a bowl combine the flour, salt, and baking soda; blend well and then add to creamed mixture. Stir until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips and pecans.
  4. Drop the batter onto the prepared baking sheet from a teaspoon, leaving about 2 inches between cookies. Bake for about 10 minutes.