by Leyton Ezzell
Celebrated on August 4th, National Chocolate Chip Cookie day is in celebration of some people’s absolute favorite treats. But how did these amazing treats come about? Well it was due to a baker who made a bold choice in baking some cookies.
The very first batch of chocolate chip cookies was created in 1938 by Ruth Graves Wakefield in Whitman, Massachusetts, in an inn known as the Toll House. Wakefield was baking normal chocolate cookies for the day but got the idea to throw in chunks of chocolate bars into the mixture. However, it seems that the chocolate didn’t mix with the cookie mix, instead rising with the cookie and filling out the space in the cookie, making the chocolate chip cookies we know today.
While it’s unknown how the cookie recipe became so widely known, however it is known that this event gave birth to the Toll House Company, known for making cookies and distributing them to retailers. Eventually, the Nestle company added Toll House to their roster in exchange of giving Wakefield a lifetime supply of cookies, and she accepted the deal.
But how do you celebrate a day based around a great treat? Well, you make some of those treats! You can visit a local bakery and eat some of the amazing cookies they make. Also try attempting to make your own cookies at home and making treats.
- 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter softened
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- Sea salt to taste
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups chocolate chips (milk chocolate are our favorite to use)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add batter with salt and stir in flour and chips. Add sea salt to taste over cookies on cookie sheet.
- Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.