Baking with Friends

The show: Friends, season 7 episode 3: The One with Phoebe’s Cookies

The recipe: Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookies

The story: As I set out to make recipes to represent my favorite movies and TV shows, I knew Friends had to be one of them. Not only do I have Friends marathons whenever possible (with people like Emily), but its 10 seasons gave me plenty of material to pick a recipe. One of my favorite episodes, The One with Phoebe’s Cookies, is centered around a family recipe for chocolate chip cookies that Monica tries to recreate. The recipe, passed down from “Nesele Toulouse,” ends up being the classic cookie recipe found on the back of Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chip bags.


I decided this would be the perfect first recipe to attempt. Nestle Tollhouse cookies are a classic, and yet I’ve never made them before. To keep with the spirit of my challenge, I watched the episode as I baked the cookies. Much like baking cookies, watching Friends is one of the few activities I am always in the mood to do. After making these, it was very clear why the Nestle Tollhouse recipe is such a staple. The cookies came out perfectly brown around the edges, while still remaining soft at the center. My favorite part of the recipe was the chopped nuts (I used pecans), which I didn’t know were part of the original recipe. I plan to keep this recipe on hand if I’m ever in need of a classic chocolate chip cookie.

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Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 60 cookies     Prep: 15 minutes     Cook time: 9 minutes


2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs

2 cups (1 package) Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chips

1 cup chopped nuts


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, 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 and nuts. 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.

“You Americans always butcher the French language.”



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  2. Durk · February 27, 2014

    I can already tell this is about to be my new favorite blog.

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