Seventy-five years ago, my life was made a little bit sweeter. No, I was not around at the time, but Nestle was. In 1939 they began offering tiny bite-sized pieces of their luscious semi-sweet morsels in ready-to-use packages.
The Nestle Toll House Cookie is my ABSOLUTE. FAVORITE. COOKIE.
I was recently asked what kind of creation would I make in honor of this special occasion – the 75th anniversary. Immediately I thought of a large Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie with a creamy layer of sweetened cream cheese, topped with strawberries and drizzled with chocolate sauce. In order to make it, I headed to Walmart to buy my supplies.
I started off by making the chocolate sauce. Instead of buying a squeeze bottle of chocolate syrup, I made my own and avoid high fructose corn syrup. I used Nestle Toll House cocoa, sugar, a little bit of salt, and vanilla extract. After I brought the mixture to a low boil, I allowed it to cool and then refrigerated it for a couple of hours so that it could thicken.
The star of the show is Nestle’s chocolate chips. It’s so nice of Nestle to print the recipe on the bags. When I was at the store, I was able to look at the recipe and make sure that I got everything that I needed to make them.
To make the Strawberries & Cream Chocolate Chip Cookie, I made the cookies according to the directions on the package. However, I put the cookie dough on a large baking stone in one large circle. I baked it in my oven for about 23 minutes. (I actually had more dough than stone. When you bake this at home, be sure to leave about 1 1/2 inches of free space around the edge of the baking stone to allow for expansion.)
On top of the cooled cookie I applied a layer of cream cheese that had been whipped with powdered sugar and some vanilla extract. I then washed and cut up about a quart of strawberries. I then placed the strawberries on top of the creamy layer.
To top it off, I drizzled the homemade chocolate sauce that had been made earlier.
Happy Anniversary, Nestle Toll House. Thanks for making my life sweeter.