Food

Toby’s Cookies That Blew Us All Away

A few Sundays ago, Toby decided to bake some cookies…

Baking cookies is always a good way to get to actually eat cookies, so he loves the whole activity. Usually I bake with him, but this time he was determined to do it himself. And, by going off script and putting his own spin on things, he ended up with some of the best chocolate chip cookies we’d ever had. (!)

Here’s his recipe, slightly adapted from Delish:

2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
A bag of milk chocolate chips (2 cups)

Preheat oven to 375º and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Instead of using multiple bowls and slowly adding ingredients, Toby just dumped all the ingredients into a big bowl and mixed it with a beater. He also melted the butter completely in a pan before adding it in. (You’d think this would make the cookies flat, but it didn’t.)

Bake cookies for 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly golden. The cookies were sweet and salty and soft and chewy and we ate a million.

Here are Toby’s tips:
1. “One tip about cookies is that you have to know that that’s not the only good thing that I can make. I also make delicious oatmeal.”
2. “I like to make the cookies with my hands. You smush them with your fingers into balls that are about 1 1/2 inches tall.”
3. “You can eat five at one time. Maybe three cookies in the batter, and then two after they’re baked.”
4. “These are super good cookies.”

Now I’d love to hear: What cookie and brownie recipes do you like? We’d love to make more this winter! We also really like this kids’ cookbook.

P.S. Our favorite strawberry cake, and a boxed brownie taste test.

  1. eve says...

    Oh my gosh Toby is not wrong about that cookie dough! It is the best! I for sure just scarfed about three cookies worth!

  2. Erin says...

    I’m sorry, but your kid is too cute. That little face, the giant watch, and his “tips” made my day. Cracks me up.

  3. Erin says...

    I made Toby’s cookies today! Delicious. Question for the chef: after making 2 dozen cookies to Toby’s 1.5” height specifications, I had some leftover dough. Has Toby tried putting leftover dough balls in the freezer? And does he think this will work?

  4. Sophia C says...

    Just made these cookies in lockdown in Barcelona, Spain. Already ate 3 (maybe more) from the batter, and the rest are in the oven! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Carol says...

    Can’t wait to try these! Also, I can’t believe Toby is getting so big!

  6. Joanna says...

    3. “You can eat five at one time. Maybe three cookies in the batter, and then two after they’re baked.”

    This is a kid after my own heart.

  7. Lauren says...

    Dear Toby,

    These cookies were delicious! Thank you for sharing your recipe with us!

    I think Santa is especially going to enjoy them…

    Lauren

  8. SaraY says...

    Hands down- WITHOUT FAIL- the best cookies are Milk Bar’s Compost cookies. I love that I can use 1.5 cups of sweet ingredients and 1.5 cups of salty ingredients, cleaning out my cupboard of whatever is lurking: that last bit of golden raisins, a smidge of cereal, the crumbs from the BBQ potato chips, smashed pretzels, butterscotch, PB and choc chips!

    Stay with me here– the sweet and salty end up a wonderful mix with lots of sugar and butter from the batter. They really are incredible cookies. We scoop onto cookie sheets and freeze then throw them frozen into a bag and grab a handful for when we have friends over or need a homemade pick me up.

    My son loves to pick out what seem like random ingredients (no beans, son) and add them to our tally.
    https://milkbarstore.com/blogs/recipes/compost-cookie-new

  9. I was watching the movie version of Alexander and The Horrible No Good Very Bad Day, and the whole movie, I kept thinking– Alexander looks an awful lot like Toby! Have you ever noticed that?!

    A very easy cookie recipe that is fun to make is the Grandma’s Chocolate Cookies from the Martha Stewart Cookies cookbook. You roll them into balls, then roll them in sugar before baking. :) (same with snickerdoodles!)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes, i’ve thought the same thing!!

  10. Geneva says...

    love the watch ~ where is it from?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’ll ask alex!

  11. Julia says...

    Aww you have such a beautiful boy! I remember I started reading your blog a long time ago when Toby was first born. Amazing to see how he has grown into such a kind, handsome cookie baking pro!

    • Jennifer says...

      Absolutely delicious! Perfect recipe for our not so fun social distancing experiment.

  12. Ser says...

    The watch !!! Huge and loose and cute

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      <3

  13. witloof says...

    These are my go to these days:
    https://food52.com/recipes/9209-chubby-chewy-chocolate-chip-cookies

    My tweaks: I use a tablespoon of espresso powder, two whole bags of Guittard semi sweet chips, and King Arthur bread flour. I roll them into balls and then let them age in the refrigerator on an uncovered cookie sheet for four or five days before baking them.

    • Carissa says...

      Ohh looks so good! I can’t wait to try!! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Mandy says...

    The cutest! I also have started melting butter for chocolate chip cookies for a nice chewy factor, and if you want to go one step further, I like to brown the butter for a whole other level of flavor!

  15. Kate Ryan says...

    I will be giggling about tip #1 for weeks. I want to start living my life with that outlook!

  16. I make really easy and really good gluten-free chocolate chip cookies! (from my site @wildheartsbakingco) They’re also dairy-free/paleo and can be made vegan with agave nectar!
    2 C almond flour
    1/2 C honey
    1/2 C coconut oil
    1 tsp vanilla
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    1/2-1 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
    Scoop with a medium sized cookie scoop onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 325-350 for 12 minutes or so. Yummy!

    • Cait says...

      Thanks Megan! Newly Paleo for health reasons and chocolate chip cookies are hard to replicate. I’ve made so many!

  17. Nan says...

    I’ve used milk chocolate chips forever but haven’t melted the butter. Hmmmm.

    I was raised on Betty Crocker’s Cooky Cookbook brownies with a dusting of powdered sugar and make Godiva Chocolate Liqueur brownies

  18. Mary says...

    How cute is he???!!!!!

  19. Jessica says...

    We love Mollie Katzen’s “Honest Pretzels” and Deanna Cook’s “Cooking Class” cookbooks for baking and cooking as a family. A joy for the past year has been receiving the monthly Raddish cooking kit and preparing a feast for ourselves and other family members. My sister got it for my kids (ages five and seven) for Christmas last year, and we asked her to renew it this year, we’ve loved it so much!

  20. Andrea Johnson says...

    My go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe is Bubie’s Chocolate Chip Cookies, from The Munchies Eatbook. The book came out in the 1970s. I don’t know if it’s still in print, but I found a used copy on Amazon (to replace the one that got lost in a move).

    Anyway, I love these cookies because they’re basically a lot of chocolate chips with just enough dough to hold them together.

  21. Susan says...

    Love this! A wonderful “children’s” cookbook – that it great for any age – is Fanny at Chez Panisse – the recipes, drawings and writing are spot on!

  22. Becauseicare says...

    Hopefully he will be inspired to make some healthy cookies. At least try whole wheat for a start. And, no, healthy doesn’t mean they won’t be delicious!

  23. Liz says...

    Hahahahahahaa omg tip #1. Amazing, I want to be Toby’s BFF

  24. margaux says...

    if you guys don’t have it already, get a copy of “the silver spoon for children” (phaidon just released a new edition). it’s full of classic italian dishes that are easy to follow with charming illustrations to boot! my 7yo loves it.

  25. HIS LITTLE APRON!!

  26. Amber J says...

    I love direct quotes from your kids. I am filled with glee every time I read them!

    Hands down, my favorite chocolate chip recipe is actually vegan, grain-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free (none of which of those things I actually am). It’s sooooo good. My friends rave about them and my husband says they’re better than his mom’s chocolate chip cookies (don’t tell!). They’re from Bakerita: https://www.bakerita.com/paleo-chocolate-chip-cookies. I use Enjoy Life chocolate chips and we loooove them.

    Enjoy!

  27. Neysa Mendes says...

    Tip no. 1 is GOLD.

  28. Emma says...

    My office is closed today due to the inclement weather. So excited to celebrate by making myself these cookies!

  29. Laura Johns says...

    I always make the cream cheese choc chip cookies from CoJ – so soft and salty – very addictive. I made a batch yesterday and popped them in a jar for a new mum – perfect gift!

  30. Panicihuy says...

    where is the cake??? I want to taste it, haha.. I love you Toby..

  31. Ron says...

    I learned to cook from the time I was 9 years old, my Mom was a great teacher, I always thought I was the only kid who could cook at the time but little did I know that I wasn’t alone and now years later they have kids cooking shows 🤣😂 I love it, keep on cooking and baking it will come in handy for the rest of your life 👍

  32. Kasia Keenan says...

    I just love how proud Toby looks after baking it up for you all to enjoy and gobble up.

    Blueberry/White chocolate chip cookie!
    My go to cookie recipe comes from The Ritz at Lake Oconee near Atlanta and hands down a crowd please. It’s a combo I’ve never had until we stayed at the hotel. It’s their blueberry white chocolate chip cookie. https://pin.it/aujkpb27wyda4v
    It’s great as is but I actually take the sugar down by 1/4 of a cup and it’s so good since the dried blueberries and white chocolate are pretty sweet.

  33. rachel says...

    what a handsome little debonnaire!

  34. Charity says...

    We’re partial to the chocolate cookies in Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc At Home cookbook, and the thick, chewy oatmeal raisin cookies on the smitten kitchen website. More recently discovered the Easiest Chocolate Birthday Cake recipe on Bon Appetit, which goes together pretty much like muffins and is one of the best cakes I have ever had (especially with their frosting).

  35. Ashley says...

    His little comments at the end 😂 love everything about this!

  36. PAppel says...

    My variation on this recipe: white chocolate chips and cranberries. So yummy good!

    • Emma says...

      Ooh, I bet that would be good with some orange zest!

  37. Amanda Odette says...

    love his shirt – where is that from?

  38. Abbey says...

    First of all, Toby is a champion. I freaking love how delectable little babies grow into interesting, wonderful kids… and it’s a privilege of COJ readers to get this view into the lives of the Goddard-Williams family. Thank you for sharing.

    Second of all, I learned something from Toby’s technique here today. I love to cook and I’m a very particular weigh-and-mesaure-and-watch-closely kind of cook. But why not just dump everything into a bowl once in a while? It can turn out better that way, apparently! Cheers, Toby!

  39. Rachel says...

    Toby and Anton warm my heart! They are both so themselves, and that’s the best thing a person can be.

    • Evel says...

      I totally agree! 😊

    • Sloan says...

      This made me choke up a bit. Yes, being yourself is 1000% the best thing a person can be.

    • Vero says...

      Wow, this comment is so sweet <3

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      this made me choke up, too. thank you xo

  40. Auste says...

    “Maybe three cookies in the batter, and then two after they’ve baked”. A-freaking-men, little dude. That’s exactly correct.

  41. Ann says...

    My type of recipe! All in one bowl! Love that photo too! Proud chef!

  42. Ramona says...

    I let my preschooler pick a new kind of cookie to make, and she chose the popcorn cookies from the Smitten Kitchen cookbook. They were SO much fun to make…I put too much popcorn in the pan and it exploded out the top and all over the counter, and then we got to snack on popcorn while waiting for them to come out of the oven. And while I thought they were somewhere in the middle on the good/weird spectrum, my husband and kid loved them.

  43. Kari says...

    His little watch!!!! Bless his heart.

  44. Sara B. says...

    I’m not sure if it’s that big guy watch, but Toby looks about 15 in this photo. Can’t we stop time?!

    • Jen says...

      These are absolutely the best!!! So are her blondies. The blondies are our family’s go to dessert, and this cookie recipe is when a true chocolate chip cookie is called for.

      And how wonderful that Toby made these independently!

  45. Louisa says...

    Cocoa brownies:
    get a big pyrex cup (4 cup, say) and melt 10T of butter in mircowave (put a napkin over it b/c it sometime splatters). Then add 1 1/4 c sugar, 1/4 t. salt, 1/2 t vanilla, stir. Then 2 cold eggs. Stir until glossy. Then add 1/2 c. flour. stir. Pour into an 8-inch square pan. Cook at 325 for 20 – 25 minutes. DONE. You just dirtied ONE dishwasher-safe cup and a pan! that’s it! serve warm with vanilla ice cream :)

    I used to be a brownie purist, buying fancy chocolate and butter. I have seen the light.

    • Megan says...

      I like your thinking! :) But where does the cocoa come in?

    • Isabella says...

      My go-to brownies are an old recipe from Gourmet magazine, and you mix those right into the saucepan with the melted butter and chocolate too — clean up is a snap!

    • Louisa says...

      Oops!! With the sugar. A scant cup, Dutch process is best. 🙂

    • rebecca says...

      just made these and they are so easy, fudgey, and delicious!!! thanks for the recipe, louisa. it’s a keeper :)

  46. Ceridwen says...

    I’ll be sure to follow tip 3 every time!

  47. Christina says...

    Toby, be still my heart! We made chocolate chip cookies yesterday (a big freezer batch, and only baked 2 each, the ultimate self control / indulgence). I’ll use his adapted recipe and techniques next time!

    P.S. That watch on his wrist! STYLE FOR DAYS. (is he a lefty?)

  48. Meghan says...

    Hi Toby! Thank you for sharing! These look delicious. I like to cook Joanna Gaines chocolate chip cookies. How many cookies does your recipe make? I love eating the dough, too!

  49. Christine says...

    Cake mix cookies are fun and easy to do with kids. Recipe is on allrecipes.

  50. Sandy says...

    After watching America’s Test Kitchen’s 20th Anniversary special yesterday, I made their Molasses Spice cookie recipe since it was voted into the top 20 recipes by viewers (for their 20th Anniversary special). I don’t know that I would put that recipe into the top 20, but it is yummy and seems on target for the winter season. I shared them with my dad and some co-workers. They all liked them.

  51. Magdalena says...

    I don’t bake cookies or brownies too often with my boys. But our all time favorite is this The Best Coffee Cake You’ll Ever Have posted here few years back(six actually, I checked, omg!). By boys do it regularly almost by themselves, also in form of muffins.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’m so glad!

  52. maywyn says...

    Congratulations Toby!
    Melting the butter is a good tip.

  53. Jill Stinson says...

    I want to make these just to honor your sweet little guy!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      <3 <3 <3

  54. Lus Pirela says...

    His tips definitely make it a extraordinary recipe. I definitely will be following the tip of eating 3 cookies while they are still batter😁

  55. Jessica says...

    Tip #1 is just the best thing. I can’t get enough of how kids’ brains work. Such lateral thinkers.

  56. K says...

    This makes me so happy. Go Toby!!! You don’t know me but I think you’re awesome wow making cookies by yourself is so impressive to me. And experimenting!!! The first time I made cookies by myself I think I was 25!

    I am definitely going to try your delicious-looking recipe.

  57. Claire says...

    Thanks for the tips, Toby! We love to bake and eat cookies too! What’s your secret to making great oatmeal, I’d love to hear!

    One of my favorite recipes of all time is Smitten Kitchens blondie recipe. I memorized it in a newborn/post partum haze and it is, likely, single handedly responsible for the lack of fitting clothes in my closet.

    I love adding all the left over “chips” that I have and sprinkles never hurt either. They are amazing. You can have them in the oven in under five minutes. Bake them, you won’t regret it.

    https://smittenkitchen.com/2006/11/blondies/

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      these look so good!

    • Christina says...

      Claire, thanks for reminding me of the blondies! Always love an SK recipe. I’ve made them before (and loved them) but forgot. I just read the recipe again, and I think the easy part to memorize of this is that it’s “one” of everything. 1 stick of butter, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 egg, 1 cup flour. (I never measure salt except in the palm of my hand, ha!)
      I’m memorizing this and will be making them again soon!

  58. Jessica says...

    My FAV chocolate chip cookies are from the recipe on the back of the trader joe’s chocolate chips bag (NOT, for some reason, on the back of the chocolate chunks). They’re just always so good!

    • Hilary says...

      As a dedicated TJ’s fan (who regularly eats those chocolate chips by the handful), I’m checking this one out this week!

  59. Alexis says...

    I love this so much. For those looking for last minute cooking related gifts for the preschool crowd, my 3 and 5 year old love the cookbook “Pretend Soup” by Mollie Katzen. Simple recipes that are easy to follow for non-readers as the steps to all recipes are illustrated.

    • Amy says...

      Love this! Thank you!

    • Allison says...

      I second this gift recommendation! My 5 year old daughter also loves Pretend Soup, and Molly Katzen’s other kids cookbook, Salad People. It’s been a great way to get her to try things she wouldn’t typically go for, like a broccoli quiche. I also love Molly’s illustrations and the kids commentary before the recipes :)

  60. Katherine says...

    No. 3. Solid advice.

  61. Heidi says...

    My heart is bursting at the photo of Proud Toby at the top of the post. This is the best.

  62. julie says...

    i have never been able to get on board with oatmeal, but wondering if i just need to try Toby’s recipe? One to share in 2020!

  63. shannon says...

    The too-short sleeves with the grown up watch are killing me.

    The cookies sound perfect!

    • AN says...

      I think you meant to write “the perfect 3/4-length sleeves”, yes? Thought so!

  64. Elly says...

    Oatmeal chocolate chippers are an underrated cookie choice that I love to trot out for potlucks. Keeps things a little surprising/interesting! This is my usual recipe: https://www.averiecooks.com/the-best-oatmeal-chocolate-chip-cookies/

    The trick is to take them out at the time even if it seems like they’re not done yet. They will continue to set up as they cool.

  65. Tricia says...

    Oh my gosh, Toby, you are super adorable and these cookies sound fantastic.

    • sarah says...

      I’ll probably make these over the holidays with my little girl. Thanks for the recipe Toby. They sound delicious :)

  66. Janey says...

    Isn’t it funny how kids are not afraid to adapt recipes! I think as adults we are more afraid to stray from the “rules” like melting the butter! My 12 year old son also loves baking. He baked brownies for his basketball team and was so pleased with all the compliments he got! Perhaps Toby would enjoy watching The Great British Bake Off? Not sure it’s available outside the UK but it’s a lovely show to watch as a family. There’s also a junior version which my boys love :)

    • Rae says...

      Janey, The Great British Bake Off is a huge hit here in the US as well! It is available on our public television stations and through Netflix. It is my families favorite group watch. In fact, we had 3 generations happily watching the Christmas special together over Thanksgiving a couple of weeks ago and we are now planning on baking a Yule log together this weekend.

    • Janey says...

      Oh I’m glad you get to watch it too, it’s such a lovely show for any age. Good luck baking your Yule log! :)

    • olinda says...

      Yes but: Masterchef Junior, the end :)

  67. Claire says...

    This is so lovely! I loved baking with my parents when I was a kid. We’d open the dishwasher and use the inside of the door as a table. It was so easy for my parents to clean up afterwards!

    Also: his watch is SO COOL!.

  68. Cynthia says...

    I like Toby’s method. The easier, the better.

  69. I love Toby’s cactus shirt! Sounds like delicious chocolate chip cookies. My daughter is 13, and she’s been the baker of the house for a few years now (she has severe tree nut allergies, and it’s a great way for her to have some control). Today is a snow day in Colorado, so she’s making banana muffins from I Am Baker with cream cheese frosting- yum! https://iambaker.net/easy-banana-muffins/

  70. becky says...

    Toby is so genius for melting the butter. Never thought of it before my 30s. I have been browning the butter for our standard choc chip recipe. It’s awesome. Takes it up a notch. Sometimes I’ll swap out the milk choc chips for white chips then add caramel chips and chopped pecans. It’s a whole new cookie with the same base.

  71. Carolyn says...

    Top one is everything ❤

  72. ashley says...

    I really appreciate that his “tip about cookies” is actually a backdoor brag. LOL. Oh Toby.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha yes, i laughed when he told me that :)

    • Ari says...

      Same here! I loved his “tip” :)

  73. Rebecca says...

    Well done, Toby! I also follow the throw it all in school of baking (I have trouble following recipes) so glad to hear how delicious these are!

  74. Lynne says...

    Those cookies sound amazing! If you are looking for good cookbooks for children, have you seen The Adventurous Eaters Club, by Misha Collins? I loved it for adults and kids and all the proceeds go to charity!

  75. Kim says...

    My heart is bursting with this cute earnestness.

  76. Allyson says...

    Dying at his watch and this: “One tip about cookies is that you have to know that that’s not the only good thing that I can make. I also make delicious oatmeal.” He’s a perfect little human. <3

  77. Katelyn says...

    This is the recipe from the back of the Nestle Chocolate Chip bag, with half the amount of granulated sugar! In the Nestle recipe its 1 cup of brown and granulated sugar. I have that recipe memorized because it’s the first recipe I ever attempted on my own and what made me fall in love with baking. It’s so exciting to see Toby growing and developing his interests! Way to go Chef Toby! I will have to give these a try!

    • Carly says...

      I also have that recipe memorized, it’s my dad’s favorite! So sweet of Toby!

  78. Hilary says...

    This is SO sweet! I look forward to baking with my toddler this holiday season. Our fave chocolate chip cookies are from Sally’s Cookie Addiction (Sally’s Baking Addiction cookbook). She has recipes for multiple kinds, and we do the recipe for crispy edges and chewy centers. They’re perfect.

    If you want a non-food related task, we baked up these cinnamon ornaments this weekend. The dough is SO easy to work with, completely safe if ingested (though so much cinnamon might mean they taste yuck), and then we decorated with puff paints. Cheap, easy, the house smells great, and you can decorate your tree!

    https://iowagirleats.com/2019/12/04/easy-cinnamon-ornaments-recipe/#comment-5714191

  79. Caitlin says...

    Three before they’re baked and two after! Love it! Great job, Toby!

    • liz says...

      love that too!!! Woohoo Toby!

  80. Jill says...

    In theory, I would have some amazing recipe from an esteemed baker for my brownies, but my reality is this — the best brownies are the Truffle Brownie Mix from Trader Joe’s. I always have a box on hand in my kitchen. Two eggs, one stick of butter and MAGIC! Fudgy, chocolately, perfect chewy texture. They have saved me for countless moments when i was supposed to bring something to kids’ school, work, pot lucks, etc. Confession: I was at Trader Joe’s yesterday and they were out of it — I almost cried.

    PS — Toby is my spirit person. I love him.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      those sound so good! our friends had a holiday party this weekend and served TJ’s latkes, and they were also amazing!

  81. Lana says...

    Milk Bar Chocolate Chip Cookie are the best and their recipe calls for melted butter and one bowl mixing, too!

  82. Eli says...

    These sound delicious!! I think I will be trying them this weekend. I love that Toby just goes for the easy all in the bowl at once method. Easy clean-up = a win! Do these cookies stay soft & chewy after fully cooling or a day later? Those are always the best!

  83. Farhana says...

    So, so cute. Cookies are a bonus.

  84. Louise says...

    While I love the pic of Toby, do you have a shot of the cookies? I don’t believe you that they weren’t flat! 😉

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i’ll take one today, he’s making them again this afternoon!

    • Stephanie says...

      Toby is spot on. :) Melting the butter doesn’t make them flat–I swear! Cook’s Illustrated has several recipes for cookies that call for melting the butter–including some brown-butter cookies that have an amazing, nutty flavor. (They’re also great if you’re impatient and hate to wait for butter to soften.)

    • Cynthia says...

      I second that Cook’s Illustrated brown-butter recipe!! SO GOOD. So I’m here for Toby and his melted butter too. (Also that he eats approx three cookies raw is hilarious.)

    • MariaE. says...

      I do like to melt the butter, too. My cookies don’t go flat. I am trying Toby’s recipe soon. My husband loves chocolate chip cookies!! … and I love Toby’s watch!! I have been wearing ‘grown-up’ watches since I was 7 years old.

  85. Katie says...

    Gosh he’s a sweetheart. I’d love to know his oatmeal recipe too!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      he puts on blueberries and brown sugar :)