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The history of chocolate chip cookies began in 1937. Ruth Graves Wakefield and her husband had purchased an old roadside stopping point and turned it into an inn for travelers. They named it the Toll House Inn, which is now a name synonymous with chocolate chip cookies. Ruth was making a version of an older recipe for Butter Drop Do cookies, which had a version with chocolate. She put in part of a chopped Nestle bar. But the bar didn't melt, thus creating the first chocolate chip cookie.

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1. Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies with Variations

The name Toll House is no longer trademarked, but this chocolate cookie is hands-down the best. Variations include adding everything from oatmeal, M&M's, and nuts to create a monster cookie. This is a versatile basic cookie recipe that is easy to modify.

Gather the essentials:

  • 2 bowls
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 21/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 12 oz package of chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts if desired

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees f. Get cookie pans and cooling racks out.

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