Nov 4, 2009
Greatest Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ever, Nestle+1+1+1
Makes 1 batch:
Get a bag of Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chips. Follow the recipe on the back, verbatim. SCREEEEEEEEECH!!!! Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! Stop the bus! The Toll House cookie recipe? Surely, I must be joking, right? Actually, no. Start with that recipe. Trust me.
But now I have a confession to make. I'm not particularly fond of the Toll House recipe. At all. Yet, I still use it here. So for me to use a recipe I don't even like must tell you that what I am about to suggest you do it must be pretty darn good. And it's very easy to remember. To the Nestle recipe add 1, plus 1, plus 1.
What are the 1's? 1 EXTRA egg, 1 EXTRA cup of flour, 1 regular box of instant pudding mix. Not the large box, the regular/small one. And it must be instant. I believe it is a 3.9 oz. box. Personally, my favorite to use is French Vanilla. But you can use whatever flavor you'd like to have in your cookie. I kinda think I'd avoid lemon, or pistachio. Vanilla is good, chocolate was fine. But French Vanilla wins in my house. And since I make 'em, I get to pick the flavor.
That's it. Follow everything else the recipe says to do. How simple is that?
How do these cookies differ from you'd normally get? They don't bake thin, they aren't hard, dry or crispy. I prefer soft, moist, cookies with the outside ever so slightly crunchy. And that's what you get with this recipe. They bake in nearly identically the shape they go into the oven in, i.e. they barely spread. And the inside is pure soft, chewy goodness. Just the edges crisp up. Just enough to provide that contrast in texture that I'm looking for.
When I make them, I always double-batch it. I know better than to think one batch will last more than 2 days. I've always had great reviews, and am often asked for my recipe. When I tell them what it is, I always get the same reaction..."That's it?!? That's all you do?" Uh...yeah. What can I say? Simple is good. And this is a simple tweak, to a simple recipe, that (IMO) greatly improves the finished product.
Try it, and let me know what you think.