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Cooking and eating good food has always been one of the great pleasures of my life. But my true passion for baking has always been with Chocolate Chip Cookies. I love to try new recipes and I began to collect so many recipes that I had to make a site so everyone could enjoy the best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes out there! I hope you enjoy!

History of Chocolate Chip Cookies

It is hard to imagine, but before 1930 no one had ever tasted the delicious chocolate chip cookie. Why? Because the cookie had not been invented yet!

The Chocolate Chip Cookie was invented by Ruth Graves Wakefield in 1930. She and her husband Kenneth owned the Toll House Inn. The lodge was a bed and breakfast type of business and Ruth cooked home-made meals and baked for guests of the inn. She was quite the chef and she improved upon the traditional Colonial recipes. It was not long until her incredible desserts began attracting people from all over New England.

One day she was making her famous Butter Drop Do Cookies. When the recipe was almost done she realized she was missing a key ingredient...bakers chocolate. Luckily she had a semi-sweet chocolate bar given to her by Andrew Nestle. She chopped the bar into little chunks and added them to the dough. She figured the chocolate chunks would melt in the oven giving her the cookie she wanted. When the cookies were taken out of the oven she realized the chocolate morsels had not melted at all. They had softened a little, but still retained their shape. The cookies Ruth had made became her guests favorite treat! Soon her recipe was published in a Boston newspaper, as well as other papers in the New England area. Her new cookie invention was called the Toll House Cookie.

While this was going on Nestle saw a huge jump in their Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar sales. Ruth and Nestle came together and they decided that Nestle could printe the Toll House Cookie recipe on its packaging if Ruth could have an unlimited supply of chocolate for the rest of her life. The deal was done!

Nestle began to play with different ways to sell their chocolate bars to make it more convenient for those making the cookies. In 1939 Nestle created the chocolate morsels. And the rest is cookie history.

For more information on the history of the chocolate chip visit the following link.

www.nestle.com

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Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Ingredients:

2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks, 1/2 pound) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated [white] sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 cups (12-ounce package) NESTLE TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
bullet 1 cup chopped nuts

Directions:

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in large mixer bowl. 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 in preheated 375-degree [Fahrenheit] oven for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

ONE PAN COOKIE VARIATION: Prepare dough as above. Spread into greased 15"x10" jelly-roll pan. Bake in preheated 375-degree [Fahrenheit] oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack.

LARGE COOKIE VARIATION: Prepare dough according to the recipe. Drop prepared dough by 1/4 c. measure onto ungreased cookie sheets. Lightly press into 3-inch circles. Bake at 375 F. for 10 to 12 minutes. Makes about 21 (4-inch) cookies.

ICEBOX COOKIE VARIATION: Prepare the dough as directed in the recipe. Divide dough in half and wrap the halves separately in waxed paper. Chill 1 hour or until firm. On waxed paper, shape each dough half into a 15-inch log. Roll in waxed paper; chill 30 minutes (dough may be stored up to 1 week in refrigerator or up to 8 weeks in freezer; wrap in foil or freezer wrap.) Preheat oven to 375 F. Cut each log into thirty (30) 1/2-inch-thick slices. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375 F. for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are golden brown.

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