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Semi sweet chocolate chips cookies - 11/21/09


Here is a quick history of the birth of the chocolate chips cookies:

The chocolate chip cookie was accidentally developed by Ruth Wakefield in 1934. Ruth was the owner the Toll House Inn, in MA and the Inn was a very popular restaurant back in the 1930's.   Its popularity was not just due to its home-cooked style meals; her policy was to give diners a whole extra helping of their entrées to take home with them and a serving of her homemade cookies for dessert. Wakefield is said to have been making chocolate cookies and ran out of regular baker's chocolate, so she substituted for broken pieces of semi-sweet chocolate from Nestlé, thinking that it would melt and mix into the batter. It clearly did not, and the chocolate chip cookie was born. Wakefield sold the recipe to Nestlé in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolate chips. 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. Her cookbook, Toll House Tried and True Recipes, was published in 1936 by M. Barrows & Company, New York, and included the recipe "Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookie", for what have since been widely called Toll House cookies. 

I did not use the original Toll House recipe but instead I found this recipe in my baking cookbook.

What I like about this recipe is that the cookies dough hold it shape and does not run and sometimes people end up with a really thin cookie.  In this recipe notice how thick the cookies came out. 

These cookies are so delicious when they are freshly out of the oven.  The cookies are still hot and the chocolate chips are still oozing and melting in your mouth.


Close look at the cookies


Preparation work..


1 1/4 cup of plain flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 oz unsalted butter at room temperature

1/2 cup firmly packed golden brown sugar

6 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips


Brown sugar, granulated sugar, and softened butter are mixed together

Mixing all the ingredients in a bowl..

Add an egg to the mixture

In a separate bowl mix the flour, baking soda, and salt and then slowly add it to the dough.

Adding the chocolate chips into the dough.

Mixing the chocolate chips into the dough. 

Molding the dough into balls.

Oven is preheated at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes and then the cookies will go in the oven for about 12 minutes depending on each oven.

Freshly out of the oven!  Let the cookie cool off for a few minutes and then they are so good when the cookies are still hot and the chocolate is still melting.

Filed as: Cake/cookies ; Chocolate

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