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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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  • 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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