Chocolate Chip Cookies and Bars

The original Toll House cookies from the recipe on the back of the Nestle Chocolate Chips package is probably the most popular cookie made in American homes. My mother used to have these on hand for us most days when we returned from school. Although I could not afford the calories as I grew up, I ate dozens of them when I was little. I have modified the recipe slightly for our tastes. It's a great cookie or bar to have in the cookie jar, in a lunch box, or on a plate for after-school snacks.


Preheat oven to 375°F.

Sift together flour, soda, salt. Cream butter or shortening, both sugars, vanilla, water. Beat in eggs. Add flour mixture and chips (and optional nuts). Either form into rounded teaspoonful cookies on cookie sheets, or spread in a 9x13x2 inch pan. Bake cookies for 11 minutes. Bake bars for 25 minutes. Makes 48 bars or 50 cookies. Be sure to let the cookies come to room temperature on a rack before you put them in a cookie jar or freeze for later.

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