Toll House Cookies: A Family Favorite

I know these cookie bars are nothing special, as in they’re a normal recipe, but my dad made them a lot when I was a kid, and they have always been a favorite of mine. They also happen to be my go-to when I am asked to bring a dessert to something. They are super easy, so I thought I would share in case someone needed a recipe for a dessert. The best part is that we normally always have these ingredients on hand.

The recipe is for an 8X8 or 9X9 pan, but I usually double it to make a full pan of them.

First, I melt a half a stick of butter in the microwave. It calls for margarine but I almost always use butter. Then, I add 1 cup of brown sugar and mix it together. Once that is mixed up well, I add 3/4 cup of flour, 1 egg, 1 tsp. of baking powder, and 1 tsp. of vanilla. The recipe calls for 1 tsp. of salt, but I typically cut that in half and only do 1/2 tsp. of salt, because I feel like gets too salty if I use the full amount. This all gets mixed together.

Tollhouse Cookies - IngredientsNext, of course, we add 1/2 bag of chocolate chips, though I usually don’t measure this and tend to just put in what looks like enough. The version my dad always made was always with regular chocolate chips, but sometimes I add peanut butter chips or even white chocolate chips along with the regular chocolate chips. You can make them however you want. We don’t normally do nuts in our cookies here, but you could if you wanted to.

Tollhouse Cookie Dough

This yummy mixture goes into the pan (make sure to spray it with Crisco or put butter on it so it doesn’t stick!) and into the oven for about 25 minutes at 350 degrees. When I make the double batch, it sometimes takes longer. I also tend to pull them out of the oven sooner rather than later, because I prefer them a little gooey on the inside.

Tollhouse Cookies in Pan

I totally meant to take a picture of this before we cut into them, but they were too good to wait. These go fast in our house!

Tollhouse Cookies



  1. I love bars that are so fast but keep everybody happy with their chocolatey goodness! Thanks for linking up with the Tasty Tuesday’s Link-up. I have pinned your post to the Tasty’s Tuesday’s Pinterest Board!

  2. I love gooey cookies too and even better to make them in a pan, less work and less to clean up! Genius!

    Thanks for sharing with my Small Victories Sunday linky. Pinning to my Small Victories Sunday Awesomeness board.

  3. carrie says:

    That looks like one of those treats I make after the kids go to bed… and I don’t have to share 🙂

  4. I have made them this way as well. They are so yummy!

    • Rachel says:

      I actually like them this way rather than as cookies…who has time to do several batches of cookies when you can just throw one pan in the oven:)

  5. Miranda says:

    Oh my, those look good! Yummy! Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

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