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Thank You Ruth Graves Wakefield, Nestle, Fuji Mama and Chris Garboski! 
Dec. 10, 2011 1:21 pm 
Updated: Dec. 15, 2011 5:28 pm
I was doing a little research regarding the problem of the famous chocolate chip cookie recipe that Ruth Graves Wakefield baked up by accident in 1937 spreading too flat for me when I bake them. I love Nestle Toll House Cookies but am at times disappointed that they spread out flat but otherwise taste great. I want the cookie to bake thick and full and was on a quest to see what I could find. As an Allrecipes Brand Ambassador our December activities included baking, rating, reviewing and photographing 2 recipes using Nestle's Dark Chocolate Chips so I thought to myself this would be as good a time as any to try what I learned.<<

Searching the internet for an answer I came across a wonderful blog written by Rachael aka Fuji Mama. Rachael notes to decrease the butter by 1/2. She discovered this from a "tweet" posted by Chris Garboski @nestlefoodie who is head of Nestle HQ test kitchens in SoCal. Please visit Fuji Mama's blog @<  for the full story, wonderful read and recipe.

I am happy and delighted to say that I baked the Original-Nestle-Toll-House-Dark-Chocolate-Chip-Cookie recipe decreasing the butter by 1/2 and baked a beautiful and full chocolate chip cookie without compromising the taste or quality. My cookies were lightly crisp on the outside and somewhat soft and gooey on the inside. Perfect! My sincere gratitude to these ladies and to all who share their secrets, experiences, recipes and love of cooking with others so willingly ... may you receive back what you so graciously give.

I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Products received from advertiser are only used for experienced-based reviews on my blog. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of Linda (LMT).
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Thank you Chris Garboski and Fuji Mama!
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Dec. 10, 2011 1:36 pm
Thanks for this, it is very intesting! I will try this next time I make chocolate chip cookies as I like the "puffy" ones also!
Dec. 10, 2011 2:00 pm
You couldn't have shared this information at a better time! CCCs are next up on our bakeathon!
Dec. 10, 2011 3:56 pm
And butter has gotten so expensive, I'm definitely going to try this!
Dec. 10, 2011 3:57 pm
I always had this same problem and stop making cookies because I don't like flat cookies. Thank you for the tip, I will be making chocolate chip cookies again.
Dec. 10, 2011 4:56 pm
Thanks, Linda! I'm going to use your tips when my DGD comes to visit after Christmas. Can't wait!
Dec. 10, 2011 5:18 pm
I have struggled with this for ever. I am trying this tip! Thank you!
Dec. 11, 2011 4:51 am
Nice blog Linda. I did my CCC yesterday. I personally like those flat cookies but not everyong does so after watching an episode of Alton Brown's Good Eats I did things a bit differently. After creaming the butter and sugar really well I added the eggs, one at a time and beat them in then added the dry ingredients and just gently incorporated the flour. Stirred in the chips and chilled the dough. I used a scoop (disher) and did 6 cookies per sheet. Keeping the dough chilled between batches. The resulting cookies were just right. Not flat and not cakey balls - just right. :)
Dec. 11, 2011 6:10 am
I love CCC's! I've had the same problem but I did what B'Nana did after watching Alton. I also discovered my oven was having temp issues. It's always something around here :) Those Nestle dark chocolate chips are awesome! Hmm I feel the urge to bake coming on!
Dec. 11, 2011 3:57 pm
Thanks for the comments all ... I hope it works as well for you as it did for me. I'm please with the results and am now wondering if it will work with other cookie recipes? Hmmmm, something I will have to try as a test with a small batch of something that spreads too much.
Dec. 14, 2011 12:11 pm
Linda, this is a fantastic blog! I love little discoveries like this one. Enjoyed the read too, as I was not familiar with the history behind the 'Toll House cookie'. I dislike flat cookies too, and have always just made the "Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies" from here. While good, and fat/fluffy, they are still softer than I would ideally like. I miss the 'crisp' you get with a traditional c.c. cookie recipe. I just took a batch out of the oven with your changes, and they look great! Thanks a bunch for sharing what you discovered.
Dec. 14, 2011 12:27 pm
Ok, the verdict is in - they taste great, too! Yay!!!! Crispy, chewy, fat and pretty as all get out.
Dec. 15, 2011 5:28 pm
I am so happy this worked for you CC. I admire you so much and am tickled you are pleased. Happy Baking! Yea!!
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I love looking at and collecting recipes and have been doing so since I was a kid. Everytime I came across something someone made that I enjoyed I would ask for the recipe. I have a nice collection now and sometimes find it funny looking at a recipe that I thought was so good or intersting then and thinking now "I liked that?".
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Roasting a turkey. I was always intimidated. I didn't roast a turkey until several years ago and to my surprise it came out great. A girlfriend from work taught me. Made turkey soup with the leftovers and again surprised myself because it was delicious. I never knew homemade turkey soup could be so good.
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