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Toll House Chocolate Chip Cupcakes - A delicious twist on a classic recipe!

My all-time favorite cookies in the world are chocolate chip cookies and growing up, my mom’s go-to recipe was always the classic Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipe found on the back of a package of NESTLÉ’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels.

So it was no big surprise when we found this Toll House Chocolate Chip Cupcakes recipe in my mom’s old recipe box! Like this delicious pie recipe, these Toll House Chocolate Chip Cupcakes are modeled after the classic cookie recipe from the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts.


Toll House Chocolate Chip Cupcakes - A delicious twist on a classic recipe!

These Toll House Chocolate Chip Cupcakes start with a dense batter that is partially baked in cupcake liners. Then, partway through the baking time, a topping of brown sugar, chocolate chips and walnuts is added to the top, then the cupcakes are baked until done. This approach helps form a super moist cake-like bottom later and a crunchy, chocolaty topping that is simply incredible!

This recipe does not appear on NESTLÉ’s website, so I’m not sure where my mom originally got the recipe. But huge kudos must go to whomever came up with this recipe – these Toll House Chocolate Chip Cupcakes are delicious!

They are also the perfect dessert to take on-the-go – so they are great to pack in a lunchbox, bring to bake sales, or bring to a family party! (Just be sure to make a double batch because they are sure to be the first to get eaten!)


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Toll House Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins


For the Batter

  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup), softened
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup, plus 2 tablespoons flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For the Topping

  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 ounce package (1 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chip morsels
  • ½ cup walnuts chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream butter until light and fluffy.
  3. Add both sugars and cream until smooth.
  4. Add vanilla and egg and mix until combined.
  5. In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda and salt and slowly add to batter with mixer running. Mix until combined.
  6. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with 2½ inch paper liners and lightly spray paper cups and top of pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  7. Divide batter between the 12 cups. I found an ice-cream scoop worked well.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes.
  9. While batter is baking, mix brown sugar, egg, salt and vanilla until creamy and thick, about one minute.
  10. Remove from mixer and stir in the chocolate morsels and chopped nuts by hand.
  11. After 10 minutes, remove muffin pan from oven and divide topping between each cup letting it sink into the center and spreading it to the edges.
  12. Bake for 15 minutes more then remove from oven.
  13. Remove cupcakes to a rack to cool and enjoy warm or cooled.

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Toll House Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Toll House Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

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  • Lisa Julius wrote:

    Ok you are just evil to share this 🙂 I read the recipe and just had to make it tonight. We put ice cream on them right out of the oven. Very good! The only improvement to the recipe would be to other how much of each mix goes into the cups (I didn’t have a scoop so I had to eyeball it). Next time I might try with pecans as I find them to have a milder flavor than walnuts. I’m planning to bring these to my Mom’s house in the morning but I think I’m going to have to hide them from my husband.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks the suggestions Lisa! Glad you enjoyed the cupcakes! 🙂

  • Diana Braswell wrote:

    Thank you for this recipe! This was a family stand-by for us from the early 1970’s. I remember baking them for my brother’s cub scout meetings, for countless holiday celebrations, and school bake sales. Now a grandmother myself, I decided to make some for Christmas for “old times sake” this year, but couldn’t find my recipe, nor my Mom’s. This is it, exactly!

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re very welcome Diana – so glad our recipe will help you continue to make some delicious family memories!

  • Ellen wrote:

    Do these freeze well?

    • Martha wrote:

      Yes – they freeze well! I’d suggest wrapping each cupcake individually so you get a tight seal.

  • Rhonda wrote:

    Hmm. I wonder how to make the base a peanut butter cookie?

    • Martha wrote:

      Great idea Rhonda! (Beyond swapping in peanut butter for some of the butter – we’d have to do a little recipe testing to steer you in the right direction…)

  • Susan wrote:

    My Mom used to make these when we were growing up too! Now at 67 I still get a craving for them and will whip up a batch in no time. Can’t tell you how many, many times I have made these. My youngest son who is now 39 requests these for his birthday every year. There just isn’t anything like them. Sweet, chocolate, gooey, absolutely the BEST!!!

    • Martha wrote:

      I agree Susan – these are the best! 🙂

  • Phyllis Fernandez wrote:

    I have looked for this recipe on line for years. I have never seen it anywhere before. I have this recipe my grandma would make them. They are always a big hit anywhere you take them. My mother said a aunt was the first one to make them. I just remember my grandma making them. Just a hint if you can fine the parchment paper cupcake papers they work great. You don’t have to spray them. They have been passed down four generations of our family now.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks for the suggestion Phyllis! So glad you are enjoying the recipe!

  • Nancy wrote:

    My mother used to make these for me as a special treat growing up. Now I’m 54 and went to look at her handwritten recipe and the ink had faded. Wasn’t sure I’d find this online, since it was such an old recipe. But…. thanks for posting and for those who have yet to try this, don’t hesitate. A little more work, but oh, so worth the effort!

    • Martha wrote:

      So glad we were able to help you with your Mom’s old recipe Nancy (they are true treasures!). Thanks for writing to us today!

  • Karen V wrote:

    Could you make these in the mini-cupcakes so you would get 24 instead of 12?

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Karen – Yes – that should work. The baking time might be a little less so just check for doneness earlier in the baking time.

  • Elise wrote:

    My husband hates any kind of chocolate chip cookie or cupcake, that is until he took a bite of these cupcakes over the weekend. He loved the taste, especially the crispy topping.
    They disappeared so quickly, I’ve been asked to whip up another batch. They’re really quick and easy to make. Winner!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Elise! (I love hearing stories like this!) So glad you are all enjoying the recipe as much as we do… Thanks for taking the time to write to us today!

  • Nutmeg Nanny wrote:

    These little sweet cupcakes looks so good! Way better than your normal vanilla cupcake 🙂

  • Kim Beaulieu wrote:

    My hooligans love chocolate chip muffins. I’m going to have to give this a whirl. As soon as possible.

  • Stephanie wrote:

    Oh! Thank you for the reminder of a great recipe! 🙂

  • stephanie wrote:

    Is it one cup butter or 1/2 cup? I have always made it with 1/2 cup!!! Beautiful photos!!

    • Martha wrote:

      Hi Stephanie! THANK YOU for asking – I just went back to my mother’s original recipe card and you’re right – it is a 1/2 cup (1 stick). I’ve already corrected the recipe and thank you for letting us know about the error! (I’m not sure why we changed it as we typed it up…) Thanks again! Martha

  • Paula – bell’alimento wrote:

    One of my favorite cookies in cupcake form? Um heck yeah.

  • Medeja wrote:

    Yummy! Especially the topping!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Medeja!

  • Lora @cakeduchess wrote:

    That is my favorite recipe (my mom makes it for my kids now!). And these cupcakes, just fantastic! I’m so happy for you that you get to enjoy your mom’s recipe box…it must be such a joy to explore through and try every thing.:)

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Lora! I has been fun to revisit some old family recipes I remember eating as a kid – and discovering new ones too!

  • Amanda @ The Kitcheneer wrote:

    I’d have to agree with everyone else that I too am a big fan of the chocolate chip cookie! Genius recipe to turn them into cupcakes!

  • Lauren Kelly Nutrition wrote:

    YES! So smart to make my favorite cookies into cupcakes!

  • The Food Hunter wrote:

    I’m loving this recipe!

  • Ginny McMeans wrote:

    I thank you and I thank your mom. These sound wonderful!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Ginny! (I thank my mom and her recipe box too!)

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet wrote:

    Wow! These would disappear really fast here! These cupcakes look crazy good!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Anna!

  • Jessica @ Stuck On Sweet wrote:

    I love the Toll House Cookie recipe! I bet these cupcakes are absolutely delicious! Beautiful photos, too!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Jessica!

  • Laura ~RYG wrote:

    Chocolate chip cookies are my all time favorite dessert. Bar none! But you really stepped it up with these cupcakes. Scrumptious. And I love Toll House chips too, they are the best! Ahem, um, I used them as an incentive for potty training for both girls and they worked! hehe.

    • Martha wrote:

      LOL Laura – Toll House chocolate morsels were our bribe of choice too! (Of course, I snuck a few tastes of my own too!)

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