Original Nestlé® Toll House® Chocolate Chip Cookies

My Favorite Cookie – Toll House Cookie Recipe

What's left of the batch of two dozen. That didn't take long!


If there were such a thing as the “best” chocolate chip cookie this is my choice. The recipe as taken from the back of the package of chocolate chips and it is the toll house cookie recipe. Accept no substitutes.

To form the cookies before baking I use a small ice cream scoop, a blue handle #40, which is roughly a little more than a tablespoon. When forming fill the scoop and lightly pack it with the palm of your hand. Plop it out on the pan and slightly flatten it.

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The Search for the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

The Recipe for Toll House Cookies

What's left of the batch of two dozen. That didn't take long!


Ii like many things about Cooks Magazine but one of the things I dislike is the constant referring to “the best…” of whatever they are making. On a technical note, I believe it’s probably possible to create “a best” recipe. On the other hand, taste is a highly subjective matter and although you can get X out of Y people to agree a recipe is “the best” I still have a problem claiming there can be “a best” recipe for cookies or pot roast from an individuals point of view.

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Cold Frame Update

Cats and Cold Frames

Calvin the cat takes out
the cold frame.

One morning while I was admiring the view of the valley, Calvin the cat ambled by, jumped on the top of the cold frame and started chasing water droplets under the plastic. I shooed him off.

The next morning I went out to check in the parsley in the frame I see the above image. Yes, he fell on a few parsley plants and smashed them, thankfully not permanently.

Joanne hacked a fix with duct tape and the experiment continues.