Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Family Recipe

Has anyone ever seen the Friends episode where Phoebe's grandmother passed away, and all her grandmother left her was one of her famous cookies?  If you have you know how hilarious it is, if you haven't then here's a small recap: Monica spends the entire episode trying to replicate the recipe from tiny bites of the last remaining cookie so that Phoebe's grandmother's recipe will always live on.  In the end you find out that her grandmother's "famous" recipe was really just the Nestle Tollhouse recipe on the back of the chocolate chip bag, and Phoebe curses her grandmother and cannot believe she would do such a thing!  Well, almost the exact same thing happened in our family....

We swore up and down that our Gran's cookies were the best, most original cookies we had ever tasted.  We bragged about them in the schoolyard, we secretly laughed inside when anyone said their grandmother made the best cookies around (we knew, that our Gran's were unbeatable).  It's what my sister requested when she came home from the hospital after giving birth to my nephew, it was what she baked for us on our birthday's, at Christmas, on my special Thursday's with was HER AMAZING homemade chocolate chip cookies that could cure anything and solve everything! 

THAT IS until, I saw the Friend's Cookie episode and I was at her house and telling her how funny the episode was, and could she believe that it was the Nestle tollhouse recipe all along, etc etc.  And Gran turned to me and said, "well honey, that's my recipe".  I of course laughed and said, "Oh Gran you're so silly" (she did have a great sense of humor).  To which she replied, "It is my recipe, instead of 1 cup butter, I use 1/2 cup of butter, and 1/2 a cup of oleo".  Right then and there for the first time in my life I was speechless....that is until my Gran handed me some of her cookies; and I realized her recipe or not, she made them perfectly and I would still brag about them to anyone that would listen!

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Here is the Nestle Tollhouse Original Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (Gran's way)


- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1 teaspoon salt
-1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
-1/2 cup Oleo

-3/4 cup granulated sugar
-3/4 cup packed brown sugar
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-2 large eggs
-2 cups (12-oz pkg) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, oleo, 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. 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.

PAN COOKIE VARIATION: Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan. Prepare dough as above. Spread into prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Makes 4 dozen bars.

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