Don’t you love it when your children are getting ready for bed and you hear,”By the way Mother – our class party is tomorrow, and I signed up for three dozen chocolate chip!”
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 biscuits 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 package.
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 often sent travelers on their way with a plate of her yummy cookies. One otherwise uneventful day in 1937, Ruth added little 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 the semisweet chocolate bar packages. The cookie recipe was so popular that Nestlé started marketing chocolate chips for use especially for cookies.
Through time, the popular 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 to her biscuits, every bag of Nestle chocolate chips in North America has been Wakefield’s first, Toll House recipe printed on the back.
Just like Ruth’s recipe, all simple chocolate chip recipes call for flour, sugar, margarine or butter, baking powder and/or baking soda, eggs, vanilla, and chocolate chips. The taste and texture varies with recipe. Some chocolate chip cookies bake puffy and others flat. The easiest to decorate are horizontal.
Decorate chocolate chip cookies? Yes, these are especially unique for Jenny and Jeff’s school parties – that is, if you aren’t too tired after your all night baking session! Chocolate chip cookies are yummy enough without icing, but a small decoration will make one of the most popular mom in the class!
Rather than the more time-consuming person cookies, the chocolate chip pan cookie can be a life-saver when you’ve awakened at midnight, realizing you forgot to bake those cookies for tomorrow’s first tier celebration of”National Play Doh Day.”
Once you bake the cookie, pipe on a balloon (royal icing border filled in with gel icings) and message like”Happy Imagining!”
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bouquets
While chocolate chip cookies don’t lend themselves to the fancier, polished cookie bouquets, they can be very cute and cheerful – precisely the thing for 85-year-old Aunt Myrna, who married her yoga teacher, or Cousin Jim who just graduated from bungee-jumping course – with flying colours!
Here’s one thought:
1 batch of Toll House chocolate chip cookie dough
Lollipop sticks (rolled paper, not plastic) of varying heights
Arrange four balls on an ungreased cookie sheet. Insert a lollipop stick into each ball. Press dough down marginally.
Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are crisp. Cool on baking sheet for 1 minute; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Use icing sparingly so as not to detract from the wholesome cookie taste. For the”cookies and milk” theme, you might want to add white icing milk moustaches