Saturday, May 15, 2010

Today is National Chocolate Chip Day!!

" Did you know today is National Chocolate Chip Day?!......" my daughter exclaimed as I entered the kitchen after running some errands this morning. "......So I made some chocolate chip cookies........" she was just taking the last of this batch of cookies out of the oven.

MMMmmm...........golden on the outside...........


and warm and delicious on the inside...........




Here's a little trivia I thought you may enjoy.
From WIKIPEDIA, the free encyclopedia:
Chocolate chips are a required ingredient in chocolate chip cookies, which were invented in 1933 when Ruth Graves Wakefield of the Toll House Inn in the town of Whitman, Massachusetts added cut-up chunks of a semi-sweet Nestlé chocolate bar to a cookie recipe. The cookies were a huge success, and Wakefield reached an agreement with Nestlé to add her recipe to the chocolate bar's packaging in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolate. Initially, Nestlé included a small chopping tool with the chocolate bars, but in 1939 they started selling the chocolate in chip (or "morsel") form. The Nestlé brand Toll House cookies is named for the inn.

Ruth Graves Wakefield (June 17, 1903 – January 10, 1977) was the inventor of the Toll House Cookie, the first chocolate chip cookie.

Ruth Wakefield educated at Framingham State Normal School Department of Household Arts in 1924. She worked as a dietitian and lectured about foods. In 1930, she and her husband bought a tourist lodge (toll house) in the town of Whitman, Massachusetts in Plymouth County. Located about halfway between Boston and New Bedford, it was a place where passengers had historically paid a toll, changed horses and eaten much-welcomed home-cooked meals. When the Wakefields opened their business, they named the establishment the Toll House Inn. They took it upon themselves to uphold the lodge's tradition. Ruth cooked and served all the food and soon gained local fame for her desserts. The restaurant had many visitors including Massachusetts' Senator John F. Kennedy. Ruth was very intelligent and creative. Andrew Nestle also worked with Ruth and became business partners.
From ALLRECIPES.com:
Original NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Chocolate Chip Cookies
This famous classic American cookie is a treat no matter what the age or occasion. Enjoy it with a glass of cold milk.
Prep: 15 min Cooking: 9 min Cooling time: 15 min cooling Yields: 60
Ingredients
• 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
• 3/4 cup granulated sugar
• 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 2 large eggs
• 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
• 1 cup chopped nuts
DirectionsPREHEAT 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.
PAN COOKIE VARIATION: Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan. Prepare dough as above. Spread into prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Makes 4 dozen bars.
Slice and Bake Cookie Variation: PREPARE dough as above. Divide in half; wrap in waxed paper. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. Shape each half into 15-inch log; wrap in wax paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.* Preheat oven to 375° F. Cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices; place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 5 dozen cookies.
* May be stored in refrigerator for up to 1 week or in freezer for up to 8 weeks.
For High Altitude Baking (5,200 feet): Increase flour to 2 1/2 cups. Add 2 teaspoons water with flour and reduce both granulated sugar and brown sugar to 2/3 cup each. Bake drop cookies for 8 to 10 minutes and pan cookie for 17 to 19 minutes.
Remember to follow baking instructions before consuming.
"FRIENDS ARE THE CHOCOLATE CHIPS IN THE COOKIE OF LIFE"
..........anonymous

4 comments:

  1. I did not know it was choc. chip day- i wish i did i would of made them for my shoppe to give out- ANy excuse to bake-eat cookies- IM in- I just became one of your followers- love the sharing of a reciepe-
    Karryann

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  2. I didn't know that chocolate chip cookies have a special day. But then being so yummy, they deserve it :-)
    I made some cookies myself, and the recipe is from allrecipes.com too. Please, come see my Kringlas.

    Have a lovely day!

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  3. The best cookie ever! Have you ever made a chocolate chip cookie recipe that included instant pudding? I have a recipe and I can share it with you if you'd like. It's my son's favorite cookie recipe.

    Nancy

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  4. Yumm these look so good. Loved the chocolate chip history lesson!

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