An adaptation of the Toll House Chocolate Chip cookie recipe, from which all great chocolate cookie recipes are derived.
This recipe is an adaptation of the Toll House Choc Chip recipe, inspired by Susan Purdy’s Cowboy Crunch variation, that I tried because it was similar to my mother’s Cowboy Cookie recipe. [Which actually came from Mrs. Rose down the street.] It generally comes out just like I like it, so I stopped playing with it a long time ago. While fairly reliable, the cookies are sometimes taller and more cakelike than other times. Mother has mentioned similar issues with her recipe. I dish mine onto parchment paper with a #30 or #60 disher. The #60’s are smaller.
Susan Purdy says (in The Family Baker) that “to make a flat, very crisp, buttery cookie, use all butter. To make a thicker, slightly chewy cookie, use half butter and half solid shortening (Crisco) for the fat.” I rarely use anything but real butter. If I do, I use real margarine. I’m not sure if I’ve ever used Crisco in ‘em or not. I find that mine are thick and chewy. That said, your mileage may vary.
This recipe is not that far off of Christopher Kimball’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie found in The Desert Bible. Kimball comments that many of us baking at home overbake, which results in dry, hard cookies. He suggests looking at the bottom of the cookie to review doneness, asserting it “should be lightly browned.”
My mother likes to dump raisins, nuts, and whatever else she finds in the pantry in her version. Personally, I like mine unadulterated. Everyone has her own way, I guess.
One complaint I often have with other people’s cookies is the amount of salt. In fact, I’m not sure I even use a whole teaspoon myself. Probably a 1/2 teaspoon. I think most people use the full teaspoon AND buy salted butter. When I buy ingredients, I work really hard to find stuff w/o salt in it so that I can control the salt content, rather than the raw ingredient manufacturers.