RECIPE: Toll House® Chocolate Walnut Crumb Cake

Last Updated: April 25, 2024By
Nestle Toll House Chocolate Walnut Crumbcake Recipe by New England Innkeeper

Looking for an incredible and innkeeper-tested Crumb Cake recipe? In 1939, Ruth Wakefield’s accidental creation of the Original Chocolate Chip Cookie became a culinary phenomenon. Since then, the cookie has remained an iconic favorite worldwide.

Drawing inspiration from this beloved classic, I am thrilled to present Toll House® Chocolate Walnut Crumb Cake. This delectable recipe pays homage to the rich history and enduring significance of Nestlé Toll House’s Original Chocolate Chip Cookies, offering a delightful twist that elevates the flavors to new heights. Join me on a journey of indulgence as we explore the origins of this legendary cookie and discover how Toll House® Chocolate Walnut Crumb Cake adds a touch of elegance to this timeless treat.


Charlene M. Taubert

In 1939, a culinary legend was born when Ruth Wakefield, owner of the renowned Toll House restaurant in Whitman, Massachusetts, decided to experiment with her cookie recipe. Little did she know that this simple act would lead to the creation of the world’s most beloved cookie, the Original Chocolate Chip Cookie.

As Ruth mixed a batch of cookies, she decided to add broken pieces of Nestlé Semi-Sweet chocolate, expecting them to melt and spread throughout the dough. To her surprise, the chocolate held its shape, forming delicious pockets of creamy sweetness within the cookies. This accidental discovery gave birth to the chocolate chip cookie, forever changing the landscape of homemade treats.

Ruth’s “Toll House Crunch Cookie” recipe gained instant popularity after being published in a Boston newspaper. The simple combination of buttery dough and decadent chocolate became an instant favorite, captivating the taste buds of cookie lovers everywhere. The Original Chocolate Chip Cookie quickly rose to become the most iconic and cherished cookie of all time.

Introducing our Toll House® Chocolate Walnut Crumb Cake Recipe: A Nod to the Beloved Original Chocolate Chip Cookie

Drawing inspiration from the enduring legacy of Nestlé Toll House’s Original Chocolate Chip Cookies, I am delighted to introduce my own creation: Toll House® Chocolate Walnut Crumb Cake. This excellent crumb cake recipe pays homage to the classic cookie while elevating it to a new level of indulgence.

Imagine a moist and tender crumb cake infused with the richness of Nestlé Semi-Sweet chocolate chips and the delightful crunch of walnuts. Each bite offers a harmonious blend of flavors and textures that are sure to delight even the most discerning palates. Whether enjoyed as a breakfast treat, an afternoon snack, or a decadent dessert, Toll House® Chocolate Walnut Crumb Cake is a delightful twist on a beloved classic.

This recipe opens up a world of possibilities for savoring its deliciousness. Picture yourself sharing a slice with loved ones during a cozy weekend brunch, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee filling the air. Alternatively, indulge in a moment of self-care by enjoying a generous slice with a steaming cup of tea, letting the rich flavors melt away the stresses of the day. And for those special occasions, serve Toll House® Chocolate Walnut Crumb Cake as a show-stopping dessert, garnished with a dollop of whipped cream or a drizzle of warm chocolate sauce.

Toll House® Chocolate Walnut Crumb Cake is more than just a recipe; it’s a celebration of the enduring significance of Nestlé Toll House’s Original Chocolate Chip Cookies. With each bite, you’ll experience the nostalgia and comfort that comes from a beloved classic, while also reveling in the exciting flavors and textures of this new creation. Give yourself a treat, and let Toll House® Chocolate Walnut Crumb Cake transport you to a world of sweet indulgence and delightful memories.

Here is the Full New England Innkeeper Recipe for…

Toll House® Chocolate Walnut Crumb Cake

Charlene M. Taubert
Chocolate chips, walnuts, and brown sugar crumbled atop a moist, decadent cake – it all pairs well with a comfy chair on a porch and a really good cup of coffee!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Cake
Servings 12


For The Crumb Topping:

  • 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Flour
  • 2 Tablespoon Softened Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts
  • 2 Cups Toll House® Chocolate Chips

For The Cake

  • 3/4 Cup White Sugar
  • 1 Stick Butter softened
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Tablespoon Large Eggs
  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 3/4 Cup Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt


  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Grease 13x9-inch pan.

For the topping:

  • Combine brown sugar, flour and butter in a small bowl with you fingers until crumbly.
  • Stir in chopped walnuts and 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. Set aside.

For the cake:

  • Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • In a bowl with a standard mixer, blend white sugar, butter, and vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time until incorporated.
  • Slowly add 1/3 of flour mixture, then sour cream, 1/3 flour mixture, sour cream (repeat until well blended).
  • Gently fold in remaining chocolate chips.
  • Spread evening onto prepared pan.
  • Finally, sprinkle crumb topping evenly over the top of cake.
  • Bake for 25- 30 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean in center.
  • Cool completely before cutting into squares.


New England Innkeeper Tips: Use a rectangular straight-sided 13x9 cake pan (with no tapered / slightly rounded corners) for smooth cake edges, and no wasted cake because the edges don't need to be trimmed off. Placing a sheet of parchment paper (cut to size) on the bottle of the 13x9 pan helps keep the cake from sticking. Use cupcake liners for a pretty presentation.

Nutrition (per serving)

Serving: 1 SquareCalories: 485kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 6gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 277mgPotassium: 263mgFiber: 3gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 488IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 79mgIron: 3mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

Keyword chocolate, chocolate chips, crumbcake, Walnut
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