Friday, May 13, 2011

Toll House Cookie Pie for Colgate Day!

Where I go to college, we have a special tradition where we are obsessed with the number 13. As the tradition goes, the school was founded by "thirteen men with thirteen dollars and thirteen prayers." The first two numbers of the zip code are 13, and the rest add up to 13. The president of the school encourages us to get over our "triskaidekaphobia" (the fear of the number 13) because as a student, the number will be lucky for the rest of our lives.

And today, Friday the 13th, is the luckiest day of the year. (Unless, of course, there is more than one Friday the 13th).

There are a number of ways to celebrate Colgate Day. Alumni and students alike wear Colgate gear wherever they are, students held a dancing flash mob in the dining hall, and 13 members of the Colgate community even rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on a Colgate Day in 2010.

One tradition that is especially exciting to people with a sweet tooth (hint: me) is that the Colgate Inn serves its famous Toll House Cookie Pie at a discounted price of $13 a pie.

Although I am over 1,000 away from campus today, I decided to make my own Toll House Cookie pie to celebrate Colgate Day.

If you're a Colgate alum or student, you can use this same recipe to help celebrate your love for Colgate. But even if you have no idea about Colgate, Adam & Eve, Willow Path, or triskaidekaphobia, you can still make this gooey, chewy, chocolatey treat for your own celebration.

You'll need: a 9-inch deep dish frozen pie crust, eggs, brown sugar, regular sugar, flour, chocolate chips, and 1 1/2 sticks room temperature butter.

Crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl.

Beat the eggs until foamy.

Add 1/2 cup of flour. I added in a little extra flour, so that the pie was less eggy and more dense like cookie dough.

Add the granulated sugar.

Add the brown sugar.

Add the butter. Make sure that it is softened, so that it is easier to mix in without leaving lumps.

But if there are a few lumps, it will be okay.

Who has time to get all of those lumps out anyway?

Maybe Martha Stewart.

Here's what the mixture should look like with all of the ingredients incorporated. Again, I added a little extra flour for a denser pie (more like the one we have at the Colgate Inn).

Add the chocolate chips.

Fold in the chocolate chips until they are well distributed throughout the mixture.

Spread into the pie crust.

Ready to bake! Put the pie into a 325F oven for about 55-60 minutes, or until a knife inserted halfway between the center of the pie and the edge of the crust comes out clean.

Fresh out of the oven!

For real Colgate Inn style, serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a little chocolate drizzle. Or, serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

Or, eat with a fork straight out of the pan.

Of course, nothing can really compare to the original Colgate Inn Toll House Cookie Pie. But this is really close, especially with the extra dash of flour.

Edit: I actually didn't even see this recipe that claims to be the original Colgate treat until after I had already put the pie in the oven. The second recipe has more flour and an extra egg, which I had suspected because the Colgate Inn version is a little denser and more like cookie dough than the one I baked at home. Someone will have to try it and let me know how it turns out!

1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell
2 large eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour (I added in a bit more for a denser pie)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup (6 oz.) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 cup chopped nuts (I did not use)
Sweetened whipped cream or ice cream (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 325° F. 
  2. Beat eggs in large mixer bowl on high speed until foamy. 
  3. Beat in flour, granulated sugar and brown sugar. 
  4. Beat in butter. 
  5. Stir in morsels and nuts. 
  6. Spoon into pie shell. 
  7. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until knife inserted halfway between edge and center comes out clean. 
  8. Cool on wire rack. 
  9. Serve warm with whipped cream, if desired.

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