One of my earliest childhood kitchen memories comes from the day my father baked a batch of cookies for my sister and me using the recipe from the bag of NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE chocolate chips. The cookies were magical, of course, and I can remember to this day the way the dough tasted, and the smell wafting from the oven as they baked. Since then, I’ve experimented with several different chocolate chip cookie recipes, but whenever I taste cookies made from this particular recipe, I think of my dad. That’s why I wanted to bake him a batch this year – just as he made them when I was a kid – for Father’s Day.
There was a time when I had the whole recipe memorized by heart, but that was long ago. Fortunately, I was able to find it on VeryBestBaking.com:
Original NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Chocolate Chip Cookies
• 2 ¼ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
• ¾ cup granulated sugar
• ¾ cup packed brown sugar
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 2 large eggs
• 2 cups chocolate chips
• 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
PREHEAT oven to 375° F.
COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
* May be stored in refrigerator for up to 1 week or in freezer for up to 8 weeks.
Recipe from VeryBestBaking
To package my cookies, I used large white tin-tie bags, and attached two personalized tags: One large customized oval tag with a photo of me as a kid, and one orange oval hang tag in the style Bouquet.
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