Citizens – today is National Cookie Day, and what recipe is more apropos to share with you on this day of days but the classic chocolate chip cookie? 🙂
Now – let’s get one thing clear. TFD *LOVES* soft and chewy cookies – crisp does NOT make an appearance in my lexicon when it comes to my favorite cookie of all time!
The chocolate chip cookie was invented by American chefs Ruth Graves Wakefield and Sue Brides in 1938. She invented the recipe during the period when she owned the Toll House Inn, in Whitman, Massachusetts. In this era, the Toll House Inn was a popular restaurant that featured home cooking.
It is often incorrectly reported that she accidentally developed the cookie, and that she expected the chocolate chunks would melt, making chocolate cookies. In fact, she stated that she deliberately invented the cookie. She said, “We had been serving a thin butterscotch nut cookie with ice cream.
Everybody seemed to love it, but I was trying to give them something different. So I came up with Toll House cookie.” She added chopped up bits from a Nestlé semi-sweet chocolate bar into a cookie. The original recipe in Toll House Tried and True Recipes is called “Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookies”.
Wakefield’s cookbook, Toll House Tried and True Recipes, was first published in 1936 by M. Barrows & Company, New York. The 1938 edition of the cookbook was the first to include the recipe “Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookie” which rapidly became a favorite cookie in American homes.
Every bag of Nestlé chocolate chips sold in North America has a variation (butter vs. margarine is now a stated option) of her original recipe printed on the back. The original recipe was passed down to Sue Brides’ daughter, Peg.
Since this is TFD, I have of course made this recipe my own in subtle but unique ways. I start by replacing some of the butter with coconut oil, which is not only good for you but adds the merest hint of coconut flavor that I find totally addictive. I also prefer to use vanilla paste as opposed to extract – you can buy my preferred brand of vanilla paste from Amazon here. When it comes to my chocolate chips, only E. Guittard brand extra dark chocolate chips will do – buy them from Amazon here!
These will prove to be the finest chocolate chip cookies you will ever enjoy, my Citizens – follow the recipe with exactness and you will be well-rewarded with the ULTIMATE cookie! 🙂
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The Hirshon Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
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