Phoebe Buffay’s grandma’s chocolate chip cookies

Phoebe Buffay's grandma's chocolate chip cookies

I have been waiting to post this recipe for so long now and I am so extremely happy that I can finally share it with you all, as I’m a massive massive MASSIVE Friends fan. I watch the entire Friends box every year and even have books, games, the whole lot! Although they feature a lot of food in Friends, there is one episode that really stands out. If you are a die-hard fan like me, you will surely remember the episode where Monica tries her hardest to recreate Phoebe’s grandma’s chocolate chip cookie recipe.
Phoebe had sworn to her grandma to never reveal the secret recipe, but Monica really wants is as an engagement present. When Phoebe finally agrees to give the recipe to Monica, she finds out the recipe is destroyed in the fire at Phoebe’s apartment, so she gives Monica the only cookie left as a present so that Monica can try to recreate it, simply by tasting. When Monica gives up trying to figure out the recipe and asks if there isn’t anyone else who might know the recipe, Phoebe reveals that her grandma got the recipe from her French grandmother, Nestley Toulouse. It’s then that they realize the cookies they were trying to make are the famous chocolate chip cookies by Nestlé Toll House, which has the recipe printed on the back of each cookie bag, which also made it a lot easier for me to recreate the cookies as well.

I really wish I could show you guys a clip from the episode, but it’s impossible to find it online apart from this bad quality clip, so you’ll just have to pop in the DVD and check out season 7 – episode 3.

Phoebe Buffay's grandma's chocolate chip cookies

Dessert European
Serves: 20 cookies
Total Time: Medium


  • 250g all-purpose flour
  • 140g granulated sugar
  • 150g brown sugar
  • 250-300g chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 225g butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs



Mix butter and sugars until you get a creamy mixture


Add the eggs one by one along with the vanilla extract and beat well again.


Gradually beat in the flour, salt and soda


Carefully spoon in the chocolate chips, make sure they are divided well


Put the dough in the fridge for at least 15 minutes. By cooling down the dough, you'll also help with preventing the cookies from going flat.


Preheat the oven to 190°C and lay some ungreased baking sheets on an oven tray.


Place around 1,5 teaspoon of the cookie dough on the sheets and put the cookies in the oven for 10 minutes (until golden brown).


What I did was instead of flattening the dough once you put it on the sheet, let it stand up a bit, this will also make sure the cookies are thicker in the middle, which is how I like them the best.


Once you take them out of the oven, let them cool down for 3 minutes before removing them from the sheets onto wire racks to let them cool down completely.


If you want to reuse the baking sheets for the remaining cookie dough, let the sheets cool down completely before adding more dough on them, as well as the baking tray itself. If you put the dough on a warm sheet or tray, the dough will melt too quickly and your cookies will flatten.


If the cookies get too crispy: pop them in a box that can be closed along with a slice of bread, the cookies will extract the moist from the bread and soften up again. Or pop them in the microwave for 20-30 seconds, that'll do the trick too.

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  • Reply
    Tea Hržica
    April 17, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    hahaha a classic! 😀 great job

    • Reply
      Tine at Home
      April 28, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      Thanks Tea! I’m a massive Friends fan so I’ll be posting a lot more recipes from the series on my blog, well apart from the Trifle that Rachel tried to make, wouldn’t want to post anything that tastes like feet!

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