May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Day, and what better way to celebrate than by baking a batch of Original Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies?
There are so many ways to use chocolate chips—cookies, muffins, brownies, pancakes, fudge, scones, ice cream, even, believe it or not, in savory recipes like chili! And, it’s hard to believe that there was a time when these yummy treats did not exist. But, according to the Lemels N-MIT website, it was Ruth Graves Wakefield who invented the chocolate chip in the 1930s at her Toll House Inn just outside of Whitman, MA. Ruth’s cooking and baking skills brought guests from all over New England, and one day, out of baker’s chocolate for her Butter Drop Do cookies, she used a semi-sweet chocolate bar that she had been given by Andrew Nestle. Cutting the bar into small chips and adding them to the dough, the Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie was born.
Even today, the Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie is a favorite of cookie lovers everywhere. Want to make some today to celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day? According to the Nestle website, you will need:
- 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
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.
For variations of the Original, visit the Nestle website.
For more information about Ruth Graves Wakefield, visit the Lemels N-MIT website.
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