Don’t you love it if your kids are getting ready for bed and you hear,”By the way Mom – our class party is tomorrowand 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 event, about half of 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 ancient chocolate chip cookie tidbits.
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 found on the back of every Nestlé chocolate chip bundle.
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 once, travelers paid their tolls, changed horses and appreciated home-cooked meals.
The Toll House Inn was well known for Ruth’s cooking, especially her desserts. She regularly sent travelers on their way with a plate of her delicious cookies. One uneventful day in 1937, Ruth added small chunks of a Nestlé’s Semisweet Yellow Label Chocolate bar to her butter cookie dough.
Results? Immediate 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 for use especially for cookies.
Through the years, the favorite Toll House Inn contained many well-known guests, for example – guess who? – President John F. Kennedy.
Nearly a century later Ruth dropped that 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 simple chocolate chip recipes call for flour, sugar, butter or margarine, baking powder and/or baking soda, eggs, vanilla, and chocolate chips. The flavor and texture varies with recipe. Some chocolate chip cookies bake others and bloated flat. The simplest to decorate are flat.
Decorate chocolate chip cookies? Yes, these are especially unique for Jenny and Jeff’s school parties – that is, if you are not too tired after your night baking session! Chocolate chip cookies are tasty enough without icing, but a little decoration will make you the most popular mom from the class!
Decorated Chocolate Chip Pan Cookie
Rather than the more time-consuming person cookies, the chocolate chip pan cookie can be a life-saver when you’ve awakened , realizing you forgot to bake those cookies for tomorrow’s first grade celebration of”National Play Doh Day.”
Once you bake the cookie, pipe onto a balloon (royal icing border filled in with gel icings) and message like”Happy Imagining!”
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bouquets
While chocolate chip cookies do not lend themselves to the fancier, polished cookie bouquets, they can be very cute and cheerful – exactly what for 85-year-old Aunt Myrna, who married her yoga instructor, or Cousin Jim who just graduated from bungee-jumping course – with flying colors!
Here’s one thought:
Cookies and Milk Bouquet
1 batch of Toll House chocolate chip cookie dough
Lollipop sticks (rolled paper, not plastic) of varying heights
Preheat oven to 375° F. Roll cookie dough into 2-inch balls. Arrange four balls on an ungreased cookie sheet. Add a lollipop stick into each ball. Press dough down slightly.
Cool on baking sheet for 1 minute; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Use icing sparingly in order not to detract from the wholesome cookie flavor. For the”cookies and milk” theme, you may want to add white icing milk moustaches.