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Love Chocolate Chips? You Better Thank Ruth Wakefield

As much as I love fancy pastries and innovative desserts, nothing can take the place of a really great chocolate chip cookie. Everyone's familiar with chocolate chip cookies and almost everyone has a memory related to it, but how long has it existed and who invented it?

Since today is National Chocolate Chip Day, I thought I'd let you in on how they came about, and surprisingly, it seems that chocolate chips may have been one of those happy kitchen accidents. In 1937, Ruth Wakefield - owner of the Toll House Inn near Whitman, Massachusetts - decided to make a chocolate butter cookie by putting together dough and chocolate. She assumed that the chocolate chunks would melt and mix into the dough, fortunately for us, they did not melt and kept their shape instead. Ruth called her happy mistake the Chocolate Crunch Cookie and went about making herself a deal with Nestle: they could put the recipe on their chocolate bar and in return she could have all the chocolate she needed. Initially they sold the bar with a mini chopper to help cut it up into pieces, but in 1939 they began distributing chocolate morsels aka chocolate chips. I love a great chocolate chip cookie, but I also love just snacking on these right out of the bag...

To check Ruth Wakefield's original chocolate chip cookie recipe,

Mrs. Wakefield's Original Toll House Cookie Recipe
From The Kitchen Project

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 2/3 cups (11-oz. pkg.)
1 cup chopped nuts

PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Source: The Kitchen Project

SU3 SU3 10 years
:ROTFL: Reading this post about Tollhouse and chocolate chips made me remember that episode of 'Friends' and how Phoebe and Monica were trying to figure out Phoebe's grandmother's famous chocolate chip cookies. LOL
aimeeb aimeeb 10 years
The Tollhouse sign in Whitman was ripped down just a few months ago. I used to live the next town over from it...
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
love chocolate chip cookies! great!
ALSW ALSW 10 years
I saw something about her on Food Network - they look SOOOOOOO good!
jhuck jhuck 10 years
Mmm I was watching a show about cookies last night. Sooo good!
jendudley jendudley 10 years
There are no better cookies than Toll House. I love them!
SFKitkat SFKitkat 10 years
Thank you for your genius Ms. Wakefield....chocolate chip cookies always make me so, so, so happy...mmmmm, choc-o-late
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 10 years
I just bought a new kitchenaid mixer. This looks great and will be my first use of my new appliance.
nessabum nessabum 10 years
mmm...chocolate chip cookies. i love chocolate. and i love cookies. a match made in heaven. :D
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