One of America’s Favorites – Chocolate Chip Cookie

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Chocolate chip cookies

Chocolate chip cookies

A chocolate chip cookie is a drop cookie that originated in the United States and features chocolate chips as its distinguishing ingredient. The traditional recipe combines a dough composed of butter and both brown and white sugar with semi-sweet chocolate chips. Variations include recipes with other types of chocolate as well as additional ingredients such as nuts or oatmeal.

 
The chocolate chip cookie was invented by Ruth Graves Wakefield. She owned the Toll House Inn, in Whitman, Massachusetts, a very popular restaurant that featured home cooking in the 1930s. Her cookbook, Toll House Tried and True Recipes, was first published in 1936 by M. Barrows & Company, New York. The 1938 edition of the cookbook was the first to include the recipe “Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookie” which rapidly became a favorite cookie in American homes.

 

 

Standard chocolate chip cookie ingredients

Standard chocolate chip cookie ingredients

Ruth Wakefield stated that she deliberately invented the cookie. She said, “We had been serving a thin butterscotch nut cookie with ice cream. Everybody seemed to love it, but I was trying to give them something different. So I came up with Toll House cookie.”

A different version of events says that Wakefield is said to have been making chocolate cookies and on running out of regular baker’s chocolate, substituted broken pieces of semi-sweet chocolate from Nestlé thinking that they would melt and mix into the batter. They did not and the chocolate chip cookie was born.

A still different history of the cookie derives from George Boucher, who was at one time head chef at the Toll House Inn, and his daughter, Carol Cavanagh, who also worked there. Contradicting Nestlé’s claim that Wakefield put chunks of chocolate into cookie dough hoping they would melt, the daughter stated that the owner, already an accomplished chef and author of a cookbook, knew enough about the properties of chocolate to realize it would not melt and mix into the batter while baking.

Boucher said that the vibrations from a large Hobart electric mixer dislodged bars of Nestlé’s chocolate stored on the shelf above the mixer which caused the chocolate to fall into the sugar cookie dough mixing below. He claims to have overcome Wakefield’s impulse to discard the dough as too badly ruined to waste effort baking them, leading to the discovery of the popular combination.

 

 

Every bag of Nestlé chocolate chips sold in North America has a variation (butter vs. margarine is now a stated option) of her original recipe printed on the back.

During WWII, US soldiers from Massachusetts who were stationed overseas shared the cookies they received in care packages from back home with soldiers from other parts of the US. Soon, hundreds of soldiers were writing home asking their families to send them some Toll House cookies, and Wakefield was soon inundated with letters from around the world asking for her recipe. Thus began the nationwide craze for the chocolate chip cookie.

 

 

Although the Nestlé’s Toll House recipe is widely known, every brand of chocolate chips, or “semi-sweet chocolate morsels” in Nestlé parlance, sold in the U.S. and Canada bears a variant of the chocolate chip cookie recipe on its packaging. Almost all baking-oriented cookbooks will contain at least one type of recipe.

Practically all commercial bakeries offer their own version of the cookie in packaged baked or ready-to-bake forms. There are at least three national (U.S./North America) chains that sell freshly baked chocolate chip cookies in shopping malls and standalone retail locations. Several businesses—including Doubletree hotels, Citibank, Aloha, and Midwest Airlines—offer freshly baked cookies to their patrons to differentiate themselves from their competition.

There is an urban legend about Neiman Marcus’ chocolate chip cookie recipe that has gathered a great deal of popularity over the years.

To honor the cookie’s creation in the state, on July 9, 1997, Massachusetts designated the chocolate chip cookie as the Official State Cookie, after it was proposed by a third-grade class from Somerset, Massachusetts.

 
Chocolate chip cookies are commonly made with white sugar; brown sugar; flour; a small portion of salt; eggs; a leavening agent such as baking powder; a fat, typically butter or shortening; vanilla extract; and semi-sweet chocolate pieces. Some recipes also include milk or nuts (such as chopped walnuts) in the dough.

Depending on the ratio of ingredients and mixing and cooking times, some recipes are optimized to produce a softer, chewy style cookie while others will produce a crunchy/crispy style. Regardless of ingredients, the procedure for making the cookie is fairly consistent in all recipes: First, the sugars and fat are creamed, usually with a wooden spoon or electric mixer. Next, the eggs and vanilla extract are added followed by the flour and leavening agent. Depending on the additional flavoring, its addition to the mix will be determined by the type used: peanut butter will be added with the wet ingredients while cocoa powder would be added with the dry ingredients. The titular ingredient, chocolate chips, as well as nuts are typically mixed in towards the end of the process to minimize breakage, just before the cookies are scooped and positioned on a cookie sheet. Most cookie dough is baked, although some eat the dough as is, or use it as an addition to vanilla ice cream to make chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream.

 

 

Chocolate chip bar cookies

Chocolate chip bar cookies

Common variants
* The M&M cookie, or party cookie, replaces the chocolate chips with M&M’s. This recipe originally used shortening as the fat, but has been updated to use butter.
* The chocolate chocolate chip cookie uses a dough that is chocolate flavored by the addition of cocoa or melted chocolate. Variations on this cookie include replacing chocolate chips with white chocolate or peanut butter chips.
* The macadamia chip cookie has macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips. It is a signature cookie of Mrs. Fields bakeries.
* The chocolate chip peanut butter cookie replaces the vanilla flavored dough with a peanut butter flavored one.
* Chocolate chip cookie dough baked in a baking dish instead of a cookie sheet results in a chocolate chip bar cookie.
* Other variations include different sizes and shapes of chocolate chips, as well as dark or milk chocolate chips. These changes lead to differences in both flavor and texture.
Popular brands
* Blue Chip Cookies
* Chips Ahoy! (Nabisco)
* Chips Deluxe (Keebler)
* Cookie Time
* The Decadent (Loblaw)
* Famous Amos
* Maryland Cookies
* Mrs. Fields
* Otis Spunkmeyer
* Pepperidge Farm

 

Burlington, WI – ChocolateFest Fri, May 24, 2013 – Mon, May 27, 2013

May 23, 2013 at 12:06 PM | Posted in Festivals | 1 Comment
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For all the Chocolate lovers out there!

 
Event runs Friday May 24 through Monday May 27. This is our 27th year for ChocolateFest “Sweeter every year”. Community Festival Chocolatefestfeaturing “CHOCOLATE EXPERIENCE TENT” with: Nestle Creation Chef Meltdown Competition Executive master & Pastry Chef Demonstrations complimentary fresh warm Tollhouse Cookies kids cookie decoration contest project Yum Way candy bar eating contest Choc-O-lympic Chocolate Create-A-Thon Chocotrivia Chocolate Mint Splash Chocolate Chunk Excavating Dig Chocolate Marketplace Choc-O-Minute-To-Win-It and much more…..CARNIVAL 4 STAGES OF ENTERTAINMENT JAYCEES BOAT RACES and MILITARY EXHIBITS. Fireworks display Fri. May 25th 9:15pm. Visit our website for times and Details: http://www.chocolatefest.com

Date & Time:
Friday, May 24, 2013 to Monday, May 27, 2013
All-Day Event

Location:
Burlington ChocolateFest Grounds, 681 Maryland Ave.
Burlington, WI 53105
35,000+ people attend the Mid­west’s premier community festival, dedi­cated to the celebration of all things chocolate.”Memorial Day weekend in Burlington means three things, chocolate, chocolate, and you guessed it,chocolate! Every year the Burlington ChocolateFest brings a crowd of 35,000+ visitors to the area to experience a weekend of fun, games, rides, cooking demonstrations and of course chocolate.For over 25 years, this volunteer-run festival has pleased children and appetites, as it raisesmoney for over 65 local and national charities.”

ChocolateFest is not just another fes­tival. All money generated from the event goes back to a wide variety of community charities and civic groups. So, when you participate in ChocolateFest, you are participating in an event that literally gives back.
ChocolateFest is run exclusively by trained and experienced volunteers. Our folks have “been there, done that” several times over the past 25 years, so you get a professionally run and planned event that will lessen your worries and help make things run as smoothly as possible.

Chocolatefest is a family-oriented community festival with something for everyone

http://www.chocolatefest.com/site/festival-info/

Happy Holidays! Cookie Recipes

December 6, 2012 at 11:27 AM | Posted in baking, cooking, dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly | Leave a comment
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Another good one from Diabetic Living On Line! Just in time for your Christmas Parties some great Diabetic Friendly Cookie recipes! I’ve left the web link at the end of the post. Merry Christmas all!

 

Happy Holidays!
If baking cookies is a holiday tradition, you’ll love our diabetes-friendly cookies and desserts to make and share. Plus, don’t miss our Diabetic living logohomemade food gifts that are thoughtful and delicious!

 

Cookie Recipes
Whether you’re looking for a holiday treat or an everyday sweet, these carb-conscious cookies hit the spot.

 

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
When you’re in the mood for something sweet, remember these soft and satisfying chocolate chip cookies. You can have one as a treat without derailing your diabetic meal plan….

 

Click the link below to read the entire article along with all the great recipes.

 

http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/diabetic-recipes/holiday/cookie-recipes/?sssdmh=dm17.633788&esrc=nwdlo120412

Cookies a Perfect Way to Say “Thank You”

December 4, 2012 at 3:12 PM | Posted in baking, dessert | 1 Comment
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Toll House Pecan Turtle Delight

Toll House Pecan Turtle Delight

My Dad has been in a rehab center, Berkly Square, for going on a week now. He’s making progress slowly but surely. The staff there has been outstanding! So with the Holiday’s here what better way than Cookies to say thank you. I baked 3 dozen Cookies for the staff and other Patients. I used Nestle Toll House Cookies, Ultimates Pecan Turtle Delight and Walnut Chocolate Chip. Hope they enjoy them!

 

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