Don’t you love it when your kids are getting ready for bed and you hear, “By the way Mom – our class party is tomorrow, and I signed up for three dozen chocolate chip cookies!”
Cookies are America’s most popular dessert, and for all those late night, emergency cookie baking sessions, or almost any cookie occasion, about half the cookies baked are chocolate chip.
Did you ever wonder what chocolate chip cookies and President John F. Kennedy have in common? Perhaps not, but here are some historical chocolate chip cookie tidbits.
cake bars disposable There are an estimated 2,000 varieties of this popular cookie, from chocolate chip banana to white chocolate chip raspberry, but the most popular is the Toll House cookie recipe seen on the back of every Nestlé chocolate chip package.
In 1930, Ruth Wakefield and her husband, Kenneth, established the Toll House Inn, near Boston, Massachusetts. Their tourist lodge was housed in a building (circa 1709) where, at one time, travelers paid their tolls, changed horses and enjoyed home-cooked meals.
The Toll House Inn was well-known for Ruth’s cooking, especially her desserts. She often sent travelers on their way with a plate of her delicious cookies. One otherwise uneventful day in 1937, Ruth added small chunks of a Nestlé’s Semisweet Yellow Label Chocolate bar to her butter cookie dough.
Results? Instant success!
The story goes that Ruth received a lifetime supply of chocolate in exchange for her recipe, which Nestle’ printed on the back of their semisweet chocolate bar packages. The cookie recipe was so popular that Nestlé began marketing chocolate chips to be used especially for cookies.
Over the years, the popular Toll House Inn included many well-known guests, including – guess who? – President John F. Kennedy.
Almost a century after Ruth dropped that first piece of chocolate into her cookies, every bag of Nestle chocolate chips in North America continues to have Wakefield’s original, Toll House recipe printed on the back.
Just like Ruth’s recipe, all basic chocolate chip recipes call for flour, sugar, butter or margarine, baking powder and/or baking soda, eggs, vanilla, and chocolate chips. The taste and texture varies with recipe. Some chocolate chip cookies bake puffy and others flat. The easiest to decorate are flat.
Decorate chocolate chip cookies? Yes, these are especially unique for Jenny and Jeff’s school parties – that is, if you aren’t too tired after your all night baking session! Chocolate chip cookies are tasty enough without icing, but a little decoration will make you the most popular mom in the class!
Decorated Chocolate Chip Pan Cookie
Instead of the more time-consuming individual cookies, the chocolate chip pan cookie can be a life-saver when you’ve awakened at midnight, realizing you forgot to bake those cookies for tomorrow’s first grade celebration of “National Play Doh Day.”