November 6, 2011


Ok peeps, you ready to talk cookies? ‘Cuz I have some STRONG opinions on the topic! I’m going to share my recipe with you, which is no big earth shattering deal except for a couple little tweaks. Before I lay out the recipe and the book for ya, I’m going to cut to the chase and get this out in the open, and I don’t want you to freak out, or be all, WHATEVER I’M OUTA HERE MELISSA.
I use the normal Tollhouse recipe. But the original recipe calls for 3/4 white sugar plus 3/4 brown sugar. I cut the sugar down to 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/4 white sugar and I swear to you with all of my being that you can’t tell the difference. In fact, once you try it a few times my way, going back the old way is going to taste too cloying and icky-poo sweet to you.
Now I can hear you, I swear I am hearing your thoughts right now. Um, thanks Melissa, but if I wanted a healthy treat I’d go make myself some hummus. Spare me your watered-down cookie recipe that supposedly tastes awesome with less sugar.
Friends, I’m a treat girl. And I like my treats to taste like flipping treats. I’m not wasting your time and my really poor typing skills here writing this down. Double pinky swear.
The other crucial element to my cookies is that I add 1/3 cup or so of whole wheat flour into the 2 and 1/4 cups white flour called for. So, I throw in my 1/3 cup of whole wheat flour into the first 1 cup measure, and fill the rest of it up with the white flour, plus the additional 1 and 1/4 cup white flour called for. Have I lost you again? This is CRUCIAL, more so than the reduced sugar. It adds. . . a richness and depth of flavor that all white flour just does not possess.
And the last thing is, I like STUFF in my cookies. Like raisins in with the choc chips. Or dried cherries. Dried cherries are fantastic, if you can find them! And I love pecans or walnuts but the rest of my family doesn’t, so you can either be lame like them or awesome like me.
My husband lives and breathes choc chip cookies and he swears that he will never go back to eating cookies the old way. And he’d be the first person to kindly tell me if they sucked.
Melissa’s Tinkered With Tollhouse Cookies
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (add 1/3 cup whole wheat flour somewhere into this mix – see above notes)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon water (add it to the vanilla residue in previous teaspoon)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts or raisins or dried cherries

Preheat oven to 375° F.
  1. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add vanilla and water. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets.
  2. Refrigerate the dough for several hours or overnight. THIS IS IMPORTANT, OTHERWISE THE COOKIES SPREAD TOO MUCH.
  3. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 1 minute; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Speaking of cookies, today’s book is a work of genius, I think.
How do you explain the word “trustworthy” to a small child? How do you define “respect” in words they can understand? “Optimistic”? “Modest”? If you’ve never stumbled over your words trying to define these concepts to a kid under the age of 5, well a tip of my bonnet to you! I sure as heck had NO idea.
And then ‘Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons’ by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jane Dyer came into my life. All of life’s lessons can be learned via a cookie. Duh!
“TRUSTWORTHY means, If you ask me to hold your cookie until you come back, when you come back, I will still be holding your cookie.”
I am in awe of the brilliance in action here in this book.
“HONEST means, I have to tell you something. The butterfly didn’t really take the cookie – I took the cookie.”
“Courageous”? It’s in here. “Open-minded”? Yep. “Envy”? “Patient”? In here and yes, it’s in here. So sweetly illustrated and like I said, who doesn’t understand the language of cookies? Pure genius, this one.
So, are you going to try my cookie recipe? TRUST me on the sugar and the smidge of whole wheat flour!


  1. Have you read the Christmas version of that book? We have it and it's one of my daughter's favorites. I had no idea there was another one!

  2. I just saw that there was a Christmas version!!!! I'm going to have to try and get a look at that one so I can talk about it at Christmas time!! You'll love this one, it is so so sweet :) ~Melissa

  3. I'm making these cookies today, just wrote down the recipe and I'm giving it a shot.

    1. Fun! I need to make a batch too! Andrew has been asking for cookies...he's ALWAYS asking for cookies...:)

  4. Well, the dough is in the fridge... I don't know how long we'll be able to hold out before baking though...