Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chocolate_chip_cookie

These round shaped treats are a familiar sight to you, I am sure. Yes, these are none other than chocolate chip cookies!
It’s difficult to imagine that the chocolate chip cookie, one of the world’s most beloved sweet treats, was actually invented by accident. The invention of the chocolate chip cookie happened in 1930 when Ruth Graves Wakefield and her husband, were running the Toll House Inn, a very popular restaurant that featured home cooking in the 1930s. Ruth, who prepared all the food for the guests at the inn, had gained an enviable local reputation for her impressive range of desserts.
Here is what happened: One of the favorite recipes then was for the Drop Do cookies, which called for the use of baker’s chocolate, and one day when she was about to bake the cookies, Ruth found herself without that much needed ingredient. She then substituted a semi-sweet chocolate bar cut up into bits. However, unlike the baker’s chocolate, the chopped up chocolate bar did not melt completely and thus, the very first type of chocolate chip cookie was born. Ruth Graves Wakefield had just invented the Toll House brand of chocolate chip cookies, which later became known as the famous chocolate chip cookies.
It so happened the chocolate bar had been a gift from Andrew Nestle of the Nestle Chocolate Company, and as the Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipe became more and more popular, sales of Nestlé’s semi-sweet chocolate bar increased as well. Andrew Nestle and Ruth Wakefield struck a deal, with Nestle agreeing to print the Toll House Cookie recipe on its packaging and Ruth having a lifetime supply of Nestle chocolate.
The perfect chocolate chip cookies are those that have a crunchy exterior and a soft but warm interior with a not too crispy edge and base. The chocolate chips have to be semi-sweet and evenly spread out; also, they can’t be too big or too small.
For those with sweet teeth, if you are already drooling at the mouth, then here is the original recipe on how to make your very own chocolate chip cookies. Or rather, I should say, Toll House brand of chocolate chip cookies.

Original NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Chocolate Chip Cookies

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

Directions
Preheat 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.

Sources:
http://inventors.about.com/od/wstartinventors/a/Chocolate_Chip.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chocolate_chip_cookie
http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/18476/Original-NESTLE-TOLL-HOUSE-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies/detail.aspx

-Germaine Lee(1T)

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