Nothing wrong with easy, if that’s what it takes

February 3, 2010

As I mentioned earlier,  January was a blur of activity here in loveyland.  Something with chocolate was definitely in order, but I was too worn out to attempt anything new or complicated.  As I sat there with my fist in the Costco-sized bag of chocolate chips, trying to decide what to make and getting whinier by the minute, it came to me.  Classic Toll House cookies!  Nah, still too complex.  Who wants to take the energy to individually scoop out cookies *and* have to put them on a tray???

Absent-mindedly reading the back of the bag – a habit I’ve had as long as I’ve been reading (seriously, who can eat without something to read?) – it hit me between the eyes like a freaking sledgehammer.  Toll House cookie BARS!  Perfect solution when you need something reeeealllly easy and comfortable.  We ended up eating a couple of them, just enough to get a taste, and then the next morning the rest went to mrslovey’s work, where they were devoured instantly.  There’s a reason these are a classic.


2 1/4 cup 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 cup (12 oz) Nestle Toll House semi-sweet chocolate morsels

1 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans, yum!)

  • Preheat oven to 375F
  • Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in small bowl.
  • Beat butter, sugars and vanilla in large mixing bowl until creamy. Add eggs, once at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Gradually beat in flour mixture.  Stir in morsels and nuts.
  • Spread dough into greased 15×10 inch jelly-roll pan.  Bake for 20-25 minutes (mine were perfect at 22) or until golden brown.
  • Let cool completely in pan on wire rack before cutting.


  1. o.m.gee YUM. (minus the nuts) wish i worked w/ mrslovey!!

    • You can make them minus nuts! Work with me, mrslovey, or just live nearby (hint, hint), any of these options would keep you well-supplied with treats!

  2. Next time try making the toll-house cookie pie….another melt in your mouth morsel of deliciousness.

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