Here is the original Toll House Cookie recipe that was syndicated to newspapers nationwide during 1939, along with an ad that ran at the time. Note that this is before the chocolate had been made into chips, so home bakers had to cut chocolate bars into pieces to make them work in this recipe.
By 1943 — right in the middle of World War II — chocolate was in short supply… but the company still urged people stateside to use what little of that deliciousness that they had to make Toll House chocolate chip cookies to send off to the boys out on the front. See that request below, too!
Deliciously different chocolate cookies (1939)
The problem of what to give the kiddies coming home from school, or to serve the bridge club the next time it’s your turn to entertain, can be solved by a batch of these delicious cookies.
Crisp, tender, golden brown cookies, and when you bite into one — surprise! There’s a rich bit of semisweet chocolate and a taste of walnut in that bite, and the next and the next. A perfect flavor combination!
The original Toll House Cookie recipe (from 1939)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter or other shortening
1-1/2 cups sifted flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons hot water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 economy-size bar semisweet chocolate (7 ounces)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Important: Cut each small square of semisweet chocolate into four pieces.
Cream butter or other shortening and add sugars and beaten egg. Dissolve soda in the hot water and mix alternately with the flour sifted with the salt. Lastly, add the chopped nuts and the pieces of semisweet chocolate. Flavor with the vanilla and drop by half teaspoons on a greased cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes in a 375 degree Fahrenheit oven. Makes 50 cookies.
World War II: Send your soldier some chocolate chip cookies (1943)