Did you know
that chocolate chip cookies are America’s favorite dessert? In
fact, U.S. residents consume more than seven billion chocolate
chip cookies each year. The chocolate chip cookie is even the
official state cookie of Massachusetts and Pennsylvania
History of Chocolate Chip Cookies
delicious treat we all love was invented by
Ruth Graves Wakefield in the early 1930s. Ms. Wakefield was
a dietician who owned a tourist lodge known as the Toll House
Inn. One day, she was baking butter drop cookies and ran out of
baker’s chocolate. After a bit of quick thinking, she decided to
use a crumbled semi-sweet Nestle chocolate bar as a substitute.
Ms. Wakefield had expected the bits of chocolate to melt in the
oven, the morsels maintained their shape. The resulting cookie
had a delicately creamy texture that the Toll House Inn’s guests
Wakefield’s recipe was published in several area newspapers.
After Nestle traced its skyrocketing chocolate bar sales back to
her cookies, they offered Ms. Wakefield a lifetime supply of
chocolate in exchange for the privilege of printing the
Toll House cookie recipe on the back of their packaging.
Nestle began offering a crumbled version of their semi-sweet
chocolate bar. They called the product “Nestle Toll House Real
Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels.” As the first commercially
available chocolate chips, they were an instant success.
Wakefield’s chocolate chip cookie recipe remains the most
popular, there are many variations creative cooks can try. For
example, there are
oatmeal chocolate chip cookies,
banana chocolate chip cookies,
white chocolate raspberry cookies, and chocolate
chip orange delights. You can also try tinkering with your
favorite cookie recipe by making the following adjustments:
* If chewy
cookies are the goal, melt the butter before adding it to your
batter, use bread flour instead of regular baking flour, and
omit one egg white from the recipe.
cake-like chocolate chip cookies, use shortening instead of
butter and substitute baking powder for the baking soda.
* If you like
thin and crispy cookies, replace one egg with milk, substitute
brown sugar for part of the white sugar, and increase the amount
of baking soda in the recipe by up to 50 percent.
chocolate chip cookie recipes, check out
The 47 Best Chocolate Chip Cookies in the World: The Recipes
That Won the National Chocolate Chip Cookie Contest.
If you’re not
too handy in the kitchen, you may wonder why your chocolate chip
cookies never seem to taste as good as the ones your neighbor
makes. Even if you’re using the exact same recipe, differences
in your baking technique will lead to mixed results. For the
most delicious cookies, avoid the following
* Over baking
* Over mixing
vanillin instead of
real vanilla extract
low-fat butter without making other recipe adjustments
* Putting warm
dough on the cookie sheet
to cool the cookie sheet to room temperature between batches
* An oven
thermostat that’s not registering correctly
By Dana Hinders