Every time I make an elaborate cookie with brown butter, flaky sea salt or toasted gold flakes (not really, but I should), my husband talks about how great the original Toll House chocolate chip cookies are. These thoughts are clearly unrelated to whatever luxurious cookies I’ve just slaved over, but regardless I thought, what the hell.

I haven’t made the cookie recipe on the back of the bag of Toll House chocolate chips in probably 15 years. Growing up, I never made them with walnuts but decided to this time as the “optional” wording feels more like they’re strongly encouraged. It’s obviously your basic cookie ingredients and straightforward method, the only difference is you’re not fighting with a sibling over who gets to lick the bowl.

My cookies didn’t come out as fluffy as I remember. Maybe it was my darker nonstick cookie sheet or my pretentious attitude. Either way, they were still delicious, It took every ounce of willpower to not sprinkle flaky sea salt over them but I held back to preserve their nostalgic integrity. I ate 4 the first day with no regrets. Pairs well with a glass of milk, another thing I haven’t had in 15 years.

Rating: 8/10

Dishes: Moderate

Would make again: At some point

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