Chocolate Chip Cookies Seven Scrumptious Recipes

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Chocolate Chip Cookies – Seven Scrumptious Recipes

Who Invented Chocolate Chip Cookies?

Did you ever wonder where did chocolate chip cookies come from? I know. The supermarket or the bakery. No, I mean who invented them? In fact, where did the very first cookies come from? Let me tell you what I’ve discovered. The earliest cookie-style cakes are believed to date back to 7th century (BC) Persia now known as Iran. Persia was one of the first countries to cultivate sugar so cakes and pastries were popular desserts when Persians entertained.

In 510 BC, soldiers of Emperor Darius III of Persia discovered some “reeds which produce honey without bees” beside the Indus River. A creative way to describe sugar cane. The soldiers must have sworn each other to secrecy because it wasn’t until 327 BC that sugar cane was rediscovered. Who do we thank for rediscovering it? It was none other than Alexander the Great! He then introduced sugar into the Mediterranean regions as he conquered them. With the growth of the spice trade, soon northern Europe possessed this new, delicious sweet stuff, too..

English tea cakes and Scotch shortbread became popular and soon the English, Scotch and Dutch immigrants brought the first cookies to the U.S. The Southern colonial housewife of America took great pride in her butter cookies often called tea cakes. These were flavored with the finest butter and sometimes a few drops of rose water.

Cookie Crumb: According to culinary historians, cookies were first used as test cakes - a small amount of cake batter was baked to test the temperature of an oven.

Recognize her? It's Drew Barrymore in 80s Pillsbury commercial.

In the U.S., a cookie is a small flour-based sweet cake, either crisp or soft. Each country has its own word for cookie. In England and Australia cookies are called biscuits. In Spain, galletas. Germans call them mandelschnitten or plätzchen (Christmas cookies) and other difficult-to-pronounce names. In Italy there are several names including amaretti and biscotti. The word, cookie, is derived from the Dutch word koekje meaning "small or little cake." Biscuit comes from the Latin word bis coctum which means “twice baked.”

Before the mechanization of the sugar industry, sweets were a privilege of the aristocracy, or a rare holiday treat. As sugar became cheaper and more readily available, the development and popularity of cookies spread accordingly.

Cookie Crumb: In earlier American cookbooks, cookies were given no space of their own but were listed at the end of the cake chapter. They were called by such whimsical names as Jumbles, Cry Babies, and Snickerdoodles. Don’t ask!

Ruth Graves Wakefield  1903 - 1977
Ruth Graves Wakefield 1903 - 1977

So who invented the Chocolate Chip Cookie?

I thought you’d never ask. The mastermind – no, scratch that. The mistress-mind was a dietician and food lecturer named Ruth Graves Wakefield. In 1930 Ruth and her husband, Kenneth, bought the Toll House in Whitman, Massachusetts. It was a genuine toll house built in 1709 as part inn, part restaurant, and part toll-collection booth for the toll road between Boston and New Bedford. They turned it into a charming inn and restaurant for travelers and named it the Toll House Inn.

One of Ruth's favorite recipes was an old recipe for "Butter Drop Do" cookies that dated back to colonial times. The recipe called for the use of baker's chocolate. One day Ruth was baking a batch of these cookies and realized she had run OUT of powdered baker’s chocolate. What could she possibly use as a chocolate substitute? She did have a Nestle semi-sweet chocolate bar in the kitchen, so she chopped it into pieces and stirred the chunks of chocolate into the cookie dough. She assumed the chocolate would melt and spread throughout each cookie. Instead the chocolate bits held their shape and created a sensation. Ruth had invented the first chocolate chip cookie!

She called her new creation Toll House Crunch Cookies. These cookies became very popular with guests at the inn, and soon her recipe was published in a Boston newspaper. Regional sales of Nestlé Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bars skyrocketed.

Ruth was a smart “cookie.” She contacted the Nestle company and negotiated an agreement that allowed Nestle to print what would become the Toll House Cookie recipe on the wrapper of the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar. Nestle then developed a scored semi sweet chocolate bar with a small cutting implement so that cutting the chocolate chunks would be easier. A really clever marketing move. Part of this agreement included supplying Ruth with all the chocolate she could use to make her delicious cookies for the rest of her life. Wonder how I could set up a sweet deal like that.

Cookie Crumb: In 1939, Nestle began marketing semi sweet morsels, small chocolate chips made for use in cookies. Customers no longer had to cut up their chocolate bars themselves.

Ruth Wakefield's Recipes

Ruth sold all legal rights to the use of the Toll House trademark to Nestle in the 1940s. But on August 25, 1983, the Nestle Company lost its exclusive right to the trademark in federal court. Toll house is now simply a descriptive term for a cookie.

Cookie Crumb: Ruth published a cookbook, “Ruth Wakefield’s Toll HouseTried and True Recipes” in 1940 which became a best seller.

In 1966, the Wakefields sold the Toll House Inn and Restaurant and retired. The new owners turned the building into a nightclub. In 1970, new owners purchased the building and restored it to the original Toll House Inn. On New Year’s Eve 1984, the Inn caught fire and burned to the ground. Now there is a Wendy’s restaurant on the site.

Nestle commercial - if you don't reach for a cookie after watching this, you are NOT human!

Recipe Number One

Original Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies from Ruth Wakefield’s Recipe

Ingredients

• 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

• 1 tsp. baking soda

• 1 tsp. salt

• 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

• 3/4 cup granulated sugar

• 3/4 cup packed brown sugar

• 1 tsp. vanilla extract

• 2 large eggs

• 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

• 1 cup chopped nuts

Directions

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 chocolate 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. Yield: about 60 cookies.

My research indicates that 12 out of every 10 individuals love chocolate chip cookies.



Recipe Number Two

Best Ever BIG Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

This may be the best chocolate chip cookie recipe ever after the Toll House recipe. These cookies are bigger, the kind you find in a bakery, but even better because you made them yourself.

Ingredients

• 4 cups all-purpose flour

• 1 tsp. baking soda

• 1 tsp. salt

• 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter (melted)

• 2 cups brown sugar (firmly packed)

• 1 cup white sugar

• 2 tablespoons vanilla extract

• 2 eggs

• 2 egg yolks

• 3 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips or chunks

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 F. Grease cookie sheets. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in one bowl. In another bowl, cream melted butter and both the brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until the consistency is light and creamy. Mix in the flour, baking soda and salt from the other bowl until blended. Stir in the chocolate chunks by hand. Drop 1/4 cup of dough onto the prepared cookie sheets. The cookies should be about 3 inches apart as they spread a bit.

Bake for 15 to 18 minutes at 325F or until golden brown. Let sit on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Lots of possible variations with this recipe. Instead of the semisweet chocolate chips, you could use white chocolate chunks, peanut butter chips, milk chocolate chips or a mixture. Also add whatever nuts you like.

Save the earth. It's the only planet with chocolate chip cookies.

Recipe Number Three

Are you salivating yet?

Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is the same fantastic formulation of chocolate chip cookies that made Mrs. Field's famous.

Ingredients

• 2 cups butter
• 2 cups sugar
• 2 cups brown sugar
• 4 eggs
• 2 tsp. vanilla
• 4 cups flour
• 5 cups oatmeal flour/powder*
• 1 tsp. salt
• 2 tsp. baking powder
• 2 tsp. baking soda
• 24 ounces chocolate chips
• 3 cups nuts (chopped)
• 8 ounce chocolate bar (grated)

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cream together butter and sugars, add flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Then add chocolate chips, grated chocolate and nuts. Roll dough into golf ball size balls and place on ungreased cookie sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake for 6 - 7 minutes. *For oatmeal powder: measure 5 cups oatmeal. Put in processor or blender and grind until finely powdered.

A balanced diet is a chocolate chip cookie in each hand.

Read about the Nieman Marcus Urban Legend below

The "Neiman Marcus $250 Cookie Recipe" Urban Legend

This famous recipe is accompanied by a famous urban legend. In the legend, a woman and her daughter enjoy a chocolate chip cookie while eating at the restaurant in the Neiman Marcus store in Dallas, Texas.

The cookie is so delicious the woman asks for the recipe and is informed there will be a “two-fifty” charge. She interprets this as $2.50. When she receives her Visa credit statement she is shocked to find she has been charged $250 instead. For revenge, she copies the recipe and urges her friends to distribute free copies to everyone they know.

There are two large discrepancies in the legend. One - a similar story has been around since the 1940s involving a red velvet cake recipe from the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. And Neiman-Marcus for most of its history has only accepted its own credit card and that of American Express.

 

Recipe Number Four

Exclusive Fashionable Famous Nieman Marcus $250 Chocolate Chip Cookie

Ingredients

• 1/2 cup (or one stick) of softened butter
• 1 cup of brown sugar (light brown works best)
• 3 tablespoons of white sugar (granulated)
• 1 large egg
• 2 tsp. vanilla extract
• 1 3/4 cups flour (all purpose)
• 1/2 tsp. baking powder
• 1/2 tsp. baking soda
• 1/2 tsp. salt
• 1 1/2 tsp. espresso coffee powder (instant)
• 1 1/2 semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. While it is preheating, cream together the half cup of softened butter, the cup of brown sugar and the three tablespoons of white sugar. This works best if you use an electric mixer with the beaters on medium speed. Beat the mixture until it is fluffy. This usually takes about 30 seconds. Without stopping the electric mixer, add in the large egg and the two teaspoons of vanilla extract. Let these two ingredients beat together with the butter/sugar cream for 30 seconds.

In a smaller mixing bowl, mix together the rest of the ingredients except for the chocolate chips. Stir together the one and three fourths cups of flour, half teaspoon of baking powder, half teaspoon of baking soda, and half teaspoon of salt.

Slowly add the dry ingredient mixture to the wet ingredients and beat the mixture together for 15 seconds on a lower speed. When the ingredients have mixed completely together, stir in the chocolate chips and the espresso coffee powder.

Use a one ounce scoop or a measuring spoon the size of two tablespoons to drop your cookie dough onto a cookie sheet. The cookie sheet should be greased and the dough drops should be placed at least 3 inches apart. Gently press on the cookie dough with the back of your scoop or spoon to spread the dough drops out into circles that are about 2 inches big. Bake the spread-out dough drops for 20 minutes or until the edges are browned nicely. If you would like your cookies to be crispier, bake them a little longer. Makes about 24 cookies.

There is nothing nicer than a best friend . . . except a best friend with chocolate chip cookies.

Recipe Number Five

The GIANT Chocolate Chip Cookie

Have you been watching your diet and promised yourself you would not eat more than one chocolate chip cookie a day? Then this is the cookie for you.

Ingredients

• 2 1/4 cups of flour

• 1 tsp. salt

• 1 tsp. baking soda

• 2 sticks or 2 cups softened unsalted butter

• 3/4 cup white granulated sugar

• 3/4 cup packed brown sugar

• 1 tsp. vanilla extract or vanilla flavoring

• 2 large eggs

Directions

In a small bowl, combine the flour, the salt, and the baking soda. Mix these ingredients thoroughly and set the bowl aside.

In a large bowl, put the softened unsalted butter, the white granulated sugar, the packed brown sugar and the vanilla extract or vanilla flavoring. Beat together until a creamy mixture is formed. Add two large eggs, one at a time. When both eggs have been beaten into the mixture, slowly add the dry ingredients from the small bowl. Then add chocolate chips and nuts if you wish.

Remember this is a GIANT chocolate chip cookie. So spread all your cookie dough over a round 12-inch pizza pan that has been lined with coated aluminum foil – using cooking spray works just fine. Spread the dough evenly over the pan and slide the pan into an oven that has been preheated to 350 degrees. Cook your dough for 15 to 20 minutes or until your single giant pizza-size cookie has reached an even golden brown color. Now you won’t spoil your promise to yourself to eat only one cookie a day.

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Number Seven - Soft Chocolate Chip Cookie

Believe it or not, I could not find a specific soft chocolate chip cookie recipe. But I learned that to make soft chocolate chip cookies, you simply mix together the exact chocolate chip cookie ingredients for any of the recipes shown and then cook them for less time at higher heat.

How does that work? The more moisture that is retained in the cookie, the softer it will be. If you want your cookies to be soft or chewy the temperature of the oven and the baking time need to be adjusted to make sure that the cookies retain as much moisture as possible. Soft cookies need to be cooked for a shorter time and at a higher temperature to firm them up quickly but to lessen the amount of spreading.

Bale the cookies for only 6 or 7 minutes and take them out of the oven when the edges of the cookies are a golden brown but the middles of the cookies are still pale in color. The centers will finish cooking by themselves, but the cookies will stay soft.

Cookie crumb: "Seize the moment.  Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart." – Erma Bombeck



Cookie Monster and His Favorite Food

Sources:

Dawson, Thomas. Goode Huswife's Jewel. 1596

Markham, Gervase. The English Hus-wife. 1615

Powers, Brandy and Courtney. How Sweet It Was: Cane Sugar from the Ancient World to the Elizabethan Period

Simmons, Amelia. American Cookery: or, The Art of Dressing Viands, Fish, Poultry and Vegetables, and the Best Modes of Making Puff-pastes, Pies, Tarts, Puddings, Custards and Preserves, and all kinds of Cakes, from the Imperial Plumb to plain Cake. 1796

Put "eat chocolate chip cookie" at the top of your to-do list today. That way, at least you'll get one thing done.

© Copyright BJ Rakow Ph.D. 2011. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So." Book includes a must-read chapter for older workers.

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Putz Ballard 6 years ago

Wow! You did a lot of work here. Great cookie recipes for us cookie monsters.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Putz. Isn't everyone a cookie monster?


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

What an wonderfully extensive Hub. And here I thought Famous Amos was responsible. I like recipe #1 the best. Thanks.


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FindYourSearch 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

I usually stick to reading Internet Marketing and related hubs, but I enjoy your hubs so much I couldn't resist this one about delicious cookies! As always, your hub is well-researched and fun to read. Now I'll need to go home and bake cookies this weekend. :)


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

drbj, This is my most favorite dessert in the world. I have used the top recipe but not the rest and I am copying them now. I also didn't know the history. Great article.


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

OMG, my dear friend, you are now being followed by me all around, give me a cookie or I will scream, you have won my heart, this I guarantee. We will call you the cookie man from here on out, you are my prince with chips all about. Rate up love it!


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Arthur Windermere 6 years ago

Hey Doc,

I would have never guessed that the chocolate chip cookie was such a recent invention. I sadly haven't had one in a very long time. Y'know what? 'cause I can't just have ONE. I was a chubby kid. I don't want to be a chubby man. hehe

So glad the name "Toll House Crunch Cookies" didn't stick.

Thanks for this history of America's finest invention.


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PaulaK 6 years ago from Austin. Texas

I love the history of the chocolate chip cookie. This hub made my mouth water and I am going to try some of the recipes!


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Austinstar 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

I am a cookie-holic. It all started with Toll HOuse Cookies. I have to eat the whole batch or be drug away.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Hello, drbj, you are giving away all their secret recipees hahaha. Thank you for the interesting information about the chocolate cookies. It was amzing.


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amillar 6 years ago from Scotland, UK

Now we know where they came from - as well as where they went.


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tracykarl99 6 years ago from San Francisco

Many thanks to Alexander the Great and Ruth! Now I have some ideas for Father's Day dessert ~ delicious hub. Thank you!


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sheila b. 6 years ago

Probably because I'm from New England, I did know about the original Toll House chocolate chip cookies, but I hadn't known about the more recent court ruling. Interesting to know. And may I tell you, I have a soft chocolate chip cookie recipe posted. Mainly, in my experience, the way to make a cookie softer is to cut the amount of sugar in half. That always worked good for me because I don't like really sweet cookies and I do like soft cookies. Can't say my children were crazy about it, though.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, suziecat, Famous Amos was smart. He saw how America loves chocolate chip cookies and took it from there. Don't know if you've noticed but almost every larger candy vending machine has at least two selections of cookies: Famous Amos chocolate chip and Oreos.

Thanks for the visit and the "wonderfully extensive."


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, FindYourSearch - What lovely comments. You can come back any time. And good luck with your baking. Promise to visit your hubs soon, too, as soon as I can get the government to change 24-hour days to 25. No luck so far.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Pamela for the "great article" - most appreciated. I love choc chip cookies, too. Thinking of starting a Choc Chip Cookie Charter Club. Would you like to be a charter member? The initiation fee is only $150. Or you can pay in 4 installments of $50. Math was always my strong suit.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Darlene, dear. You love my hub? Then I love you. Also loved your poem. But I'll have to be your cookie gal. See explanation at the bottom of my hub, Comments and Traffic.

Stay happy.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Yep, Art. The chocolate chip cookie is a youngster - only about 80 years young. Delighted you enjoyed the history and such of this wondrous invention. I find it difficult to eat just one also so I'm fond of Recipe #5 - the Giant version.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

So nice to make your acquaintance, PaulaK. Delighted you want to try some of the recipes. Did I mention there's a slight charge? It's OK, though, you can pay it off in a percentage of the cookies you bake.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

So they have to drug you away, Austinstar, when you get started eating chocolate chip cookies. I have a similar problem. To stop me from eating so many at one time, I have to be drugged!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, hello. Thanks for the "amazing" comment. Yes, I am providing all these secret recipes so please don't tell anyone. Except members of your immediate family, in-laws, friends, fellow hubbers, people you meet on the street, folks in the mall, fellow workers, etc.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Yes, amillar, now we all know where chocolate chip cookies came from. But as to where they all went only God knows. And she has promised not to tell!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, tracykarl, for the "delicious." It's my pleasure. Just think, for all these years, I thought we called Alexander "the Great" because of his exploits in battle and the real reason was he shared his discovery of sugar cane. Just another example of how censors shape the news.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, sheila, for sharing your soft cookie knowledge. Soft chocolate chip cookies are the BEST because they cook the fastest and the wait for them is the shortest.

Understand your kids preference though. Sweet is neat.


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BJBenson 6 years ago from USA

You had better hope I can find a cookie in my kitchen after reading this. Shame, shame on you for this hub.

All those pictures....mmmmmmm......


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suny51 6 years ago

Drbj-its great to know some one who knows so much about cookies,you can write a book about this, and I won't be surprised if you say, you already have written one.


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago

I never thought of anyone actually inventing chocolate chip cookies, but everything had to be thought of by someone.

Very nice hub.


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

What a marvelous tribute to something we all love - chocolate chip cookies. The Cookie monster was awesome too. Seven recipes that is scary, because you know we are going to have to try them all.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

This is frankly just SO unfair! I'm stomping my feet and crying my eyes out....I can't eat chocolate! I love the smell of them baking though so sigh....now I'm going to have to make them for my husband...he's gonna be so disappointed.

I think my email went haywire again because I missed getting a day or so of my hubpages alert.....probably should have gotten this sooner so I could have made them for today but never fear, I bookmarked it!


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SteveoMc 6 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

I am not eating sugar right now....but after reading this hub I could smell the cookies baking. OMG I won't be able to get that out of my head now. How can there be so many ways to make these cookies? Each recipe better than the last? How, how, how? I might be cursed. Good thing I don't have the ingredients or I would be mixing up a batch right now.

Wonderful hub with very useful information.


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epigramman 6 years ago

actually I don't know what I like better - your hubs or those chocolate chip cookies - each one is sweet - and each one deserves repeating .....


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Hhhhhmmm, I'll have to bookmark this one. There's not a chocolate chip cookie yet that I didn't like. Thanks for sharing. :)


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

I like chocolate very much. Nell, you made me hungry. I really love all your recipes. And chocolate chips was really delicious indeed. I get various recipes of chocolate chips from this hub. You are number one, my friend. I wasn't mistake to rate this hub Up. Thank you very much!

Prasetio


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

As one of the most prolific cookie makers in history whose kids always came home to an array of freshly baked cookies de jour, I can say I appreciate this wonderful research and report on one of the all-time favorite cookies! I never make, buy or eat them nowadays - I prefer to be the active madcap granny to the faithful cookie maker/baker or eater. - - But I do love the story and the recipes look scandalously yummy.

You'll never know how close I came to not coming to read it. I'm not an avid foodie these days - (the fun of it departed with my beloveds) - and the onslaught of hubs about the general subject has almost exhausted my endurance, but I was lured to try this one, being written by a good cookie about a good cookie, so here I am - and glad of it! Thanks!!!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

suny - you are absolutely right. I do know a lot about chocolate chip cookies. You might say I am a cookie gourmand. But it all comes from the digestion and ingestion side - not the preparation. I admire deeply all those who bake and cook and am available 24/7 as a chocolate chip cookie tester. No charge.

Haven't written a book about cookies . . . yet.


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wrenfrost56 6 years ago from U.K.

I know I say it everytime I read one of your hubs but this is brilliant. (Again) I loved reading about the history of the cookie and the mistress mind behind the chocolate chip cookie. Great recipies too and seven of then no less. Another fine job. :)


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, hummingbird, for the visit and kind comment. I never thought about anyone inventing a chocolate chip cookie before either. Like the oxygen we breathe, it was just a basic element always there that we all need to have in order to survive. Daily! :)


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, billy, if you don't try them all - and love them - the Cookie Monster will get you.

Thanks for the "marvelous tribute" comment. Your hubs are pretty marvelous, too.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Oh, no, my dear Audrey - you can't eat chocolate? That is surely a fate worse than death. How about if you swallow it fast? Or hold your nose? Or have me eat it by proxy?

Funny, but I love the smell of them baking, too. So much that I always eat soft choc chip cookies. Know why?

I can't wait for them to get done and yank 'em out of the oven way too soon. Tasty!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Steve, for the lovely comments. So, you're in Audrey's class - you can't have them either? How can I lift this deplorable curse?

Tell you what, out of the goodness of my heart I'm willing to dispose of any chocolate chip cookies you may receive for your birthday, Christmas, Valentine's Day - whatever. Just forward them to me c/o Hubpages.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Oh, epi, you are a man after my own heart. Or is it my cookies you are seeking?


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

MG - I couldn't agree with you more. I never met a chocolate chip cookie I didn't like. Thanks for the visit; it's my pleasure.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, prasetio, for rating this hub up. I'm not surprised to learn that so many folks love chocolate chip cookies. After all, isn't it one of the basic food groups? You know, protein, fiber, fruits, veggies, dairy, and chocolate chip cookies! :)


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Yes, "madcap granny," the recipes are scrumptious. I can vouch for every one of them.

I love that line of yours: "written by a good cookie about a good cookie." You do have a way with words.

No thanks necessary, the pleasure is all mine.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Dear wrenfrost - you are indeed mistress of the hyperbole and since it's all about me, my hubs, and my cookies, don't ever stop.

Thank you enormously for all those kind words; do you wanna be my newest BFF?


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

So THAT'S where "Toll House" cookies came from. I always thought the description was odd while still being unique. The idea that a Wendy's now sits where the Toll House used to be is somewhat sad, for some reason.

This was extremely interesting and now I'm hungry.

Mike


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Mike - I had that same sort of desolate feeling when I learned the original Toll House was gone and now a Wendy's occupies the site. But then again it could have been replaced by a car wash or a gas station . . .

Thanks for stopping by and the kind comments. Go forth and eat a chocolate chip cookie or two.


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lender3212000 6 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

Wow, what a great hub! That really gets me in the mood to do a little baking. There's nothing quite like a fresh chocolate chip cookie right after it comes out of the oven. I may have to make some cookies this weekend!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, lender. Delighted you like this hub. Thank you.

Did you say you're baking this weekend? What time should I come over?


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lizmoss71 6 years ago from Orpington, UK

Lovely recipes, thanks for sharing.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, liz. Nice to meet you. Hope you enjoy these recipes. It is my pleasure to share them. Let me know how they turn out.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Oh do I ever want chocolate chip cookies now, I love the Drew B. com. video, I grew up with her and love her, all these recipes are a keeper to stash away and pull out over and over and over as who doesn't like, love chocolate chip cookies, no really who doesn't? I'll take yours... :)


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, katie, so happy you could visit. Sit down, stay awhile and have a half dozen cookies . . . of each recipe.

In my lifetime I've met a few brownies I wasn't crazy about but I must admit I never ever met a choc chip cookie I didn't love. I admire Drew B., too. Still see her as the adorable little girl in the movie, E.T.


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Research Analyst 6 years ago

chocolate chip is one of my favorite cookies next to oatmeal raisin, it just seems like when it comes to chocolate of any kind it is hard to resist.


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Specialk3749 6 years ago from Michigan

I have always made Toll House cookies. They are my favorite, but I have always had trouble with them not turning out right. The majority of the time they are way too thin and I have done everything you are suppose to do to thicken them, but still they do not turn out right. I have been looking for another chocolate chip recipe that would have the same great taste, but turn out better. Guess what? I tried your second recipe "The Best Big Chocolate Chip Cookie" and it was FABULOUS!!! I will make this recipe from now on! I did make them big, but next time I am going to make them smaller. I can't get over how well they turned out. If anyone else is going to make them and want to make them big, use an ice cream scoop to make them. It helps keep them uniform. Thanks for the recipe!!!!!!!!!!!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Research Analyst. I'm with you. It's difficult for me to resist chocolate in any form but when it comes attached to a chocolate chip cookie, my resistance totally and completely disappears.

If you're a chocoholic, too, see my hub on chocolate benefits, facts and fun: http://hubpages.com/t/1066af


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, specialk, for the UNSOLICITED TESTIMONIAL concerning the BIG Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. Delighted they turned out so well but not at all surprised.

Thanks for your tip to use an ice cream scoop when measuring them - great idea. It was my pleasure to share these mouth-watering, delectable recipes. Go forth and bake some more.


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msorensson 6 years ago

I will bookmark and go back to it, drbj. Thank you!!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

My pleasure. thank you for the visit and the bookmark. Try the BIG chocolate chip cookie recipe first and let me know what you think.


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msorensson 6 years ago

I will let you know how it comes out drbj. My son loves these chocolate chip cookies.


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

The soldiers must have sworn each other to secrecy???? Loved this! :-)) But two stick of butter into ANYTHING will probably result in my dropping down dead, so I shall continue to look for trully diet chocolate chip cookies :D


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

de Greek - now that's the way to leave a comment. Extrapolate a phrase or sentence and remark on it - complimentary, of course. Thank you.

Of course you're absolutely right about the butter - try the Nieman Marcus cookies - only one stick. As for dietetic chocolate chip cookies, the only ones I've ever tasted had absolutely nothing in common with real chocolate chip cookies but the name. But I understand and extend my sympathy.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

this hub is very thorough, history and recipe, What's more to ask, beautiful, Maita


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Maita, for your gracious comments. Always delighted to hear from you. Now go bake some chocolate chip cookies. :)


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Yes I will drbj, although my expertise is Asian cuisine hehe, Thanks my dear, Maita


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ultimatepotential 6 years ago from India

Damn!! These look delicious!! yummm! Thanks for the recipe!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

Oh how this Hub makes me smile. . ,my favorite line "Put "eat chocolate chip cookie" at the top of your to-do list today. That way, at least you'll get one thing done. " ha as if I could forget a cookie:) My mouth is watering .. 1st up for me is the Neiman Marcus chocolate cookie! And you know I will be testing all your wonderful recipes. . big thumbs up . .and awsome and definitely useful! Going to tweet it now:)


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

You are very welcome, ultimate potential (what an apt name for a hubber!)

Each recipe is more delicious than the last so of course you'll have to try all of them. Enjoy!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Shari - I knew we were sisters - with different mothers . . . and different fathers. Chocolate chip cookie has always been on the top of my to-do list for the day. Delighted I gave you a smile. And a big thank you for the "awesome, big thumbs up" and the tweet. Now hurry up and bake those NM cookies! And try the recipe for the BEST choc chip cookie.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

YUM! One of my all-time faves!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, thank you, habee.

A fave rave from you, the Menu Maven, is akin to a 5-star review by Julia Child or Wolfgang Puck. :)


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Internetwriter62 6 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

Thank you Drbj, for a fascinating history on one of my favorite treats. I never knew that cookies dated back to ancient civilizations. The story of how Ruth Wakefield came up with the recipe is nothing short of amazing. It proves the best things in life sometimes just come by surprise, she never imagined that she was inventing a dessert that would change cookie history.

The recipes for chocolate chip cookies you included in your hub are delicious, haven't tried them but I imagine they must taste heavenly. Chocolate chip cookies have been a weakness of mine since I was a child. Thanks for fantastic hub.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Internetwriter, for visiting and the gracious comments. I always thought chocolate chip cookies were popular with others besides myself and now I have been convinced I was right. Guess they fill a very deep need. The need for cookies AND chocolate.

Chocolate chip cookies and penicillin - two miracles discovered by accident.

And you are most welcome. Go and bake some quickly!


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RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

This is a great hub! Loved the "Cookie Crumbs"!!! What a nifty way to showcase the "tidbits" of info. Super good job. Rated, posted to Facebook. Thanks for this one!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, RedElf, thank YOU. Delighted you appreciated my use of "cookie crumbs."

Thanks for the delicious comments, the rating and the FB posting. You are definitely one of the good elfs.


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ratnaveera 6 years ago from Cumbum

Great Hub indeed! You have added also the history of chocolate chip cookies. Very Interesting! All these things look great and delicious. Thanks a lot for this wonderful Hub!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, ratnaveera. Thanks for the kind words - they are much appreciated. Isn't it funny how some of our greatest inventions - like the chocolate chip cookie, of course - have been invented by accident?

Try out the recipes and let me know your favorites.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

This was a pretty interesting Hub! I never thought of the chocolate chip cookie being "invented", haha. I do love chocolate chip cookies though. While I was reading the recipes, my mouth was literally watering. Now I'm craving the sweet treat but I'm too lazy to make them right now. Thanks a lot! :)


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

I'm with you. I just thought chocolate chip cookies had been around forever and was pleasantly surprised to learn they were invented, even though the "inventor" wasn't aware at the time of the magic she had created.

Every time I visit this hub to comment my mouth starts watering, too, and I have to run off for a cookies fix.

See you ...


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Don Simkovich 6 years ago from Pasadena, CA

I just wrote a Hub on chocolate . . . yeah, I'm surprised the chocolate chip cookie was invented.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Don - I read your fascinating chocolate hub - think I'll link it to my hub on "Chocolate Benefits, Facts and Fun."

I was equally surprised to learn that the Toll House (chocolate chip) cookie was invented. Always thought it was just a natural progression.

Thanks for visiting.


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TINA V 6 years ago

I was really looking for new recipes to make cookies. These seem delicious and easy to prepare. It’s a surprise that an Executive Coach like you still have the time to cook. This is a well written article. I’ll bookmark this hub. Have a great week!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Tina, for the visit and the "well-written" comment. You have extremely good taste. :)

Delighted you found the recipes. Let me know when you cook up a batch - any of the 7 varieties - and I will be happy to taste-test them. No charge.


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frogdropping 6 years ago

I need to buy some measuring cups drbj. I have none. Measuring spoons and weighing scales but a serious measuring cup deficit. I shall have to remedy that in order to experiment. I enjoy baking, I make scones and cup-cakes regularly.

I shall attempt the moist style cookies. My daughter loves them. Maybe I'll earn some more 'Top Mummy' stars. Then again, that would depend on the results ;)

A delicious tasty hub drbj, served with chocolate and a whole lot of home-baked goodness. I shall awesome this too, most deserving!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Welcome to chocolate chip country, Andria. Delighted to learn that even lil froggies love cookies. :) I'm certain you will earn mucho points from your daughter.

Thank you for the "tasty hub" and the "awesome." I could easily describe you that way, too. Obrigada!


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epigramman 6 years ago

...okay - get this - silly epi is getting clever in his old age (if that's possible) I put this page on automatic scroll down the screen and went away to wash the dishes and my rickshaw - I came back in time - and here I am the bottom of your comment section - so yes I don't know what is more scrumptious - your cookies or your hubs - but why not let me be a hub hog and just take both - please!!!!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

I dunno, Colin, how could you possibly get any more cleverer than you already are?

Automatic scroll? Hmmmmmm. I didn't know there was one. But then again, I didn't know you owned a rickshaw either. All of which has prompted me to create this ode to you:

Your poetic verse is so abundant;

Poetic verse - is that redundant?

I so adore your compelling rhyme.

Come visit my hubs any old time.


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

The history of chocolate chip cookies will be forever a fav around our house with 7 must try recipes. The Mrs Fields is a part of folklore that has to be the first one in the oven!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

So happy to be a small part of your household, billy. Enjoy all the different chocolate chip cookie recipes and let me know your favorites.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Put it in your drink

Put it in your cake

Put it in your koekje

Even if it was a mistake

Charge the folk a toll

Sell it by the pound

Wherever there is chocolate

You can bet I'll be around.

(And if I keep eating them I'll be more a "round" than I'd like.) =:)

Marvelous hub Doc rated delicious.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Ah, Winsome, you are my kind of poet,

And I'm sure you already know it.

Weight gain from cookies? Don't worry about.

The chocolate makes the calories slide out.

I do appreciate your praise.

To you, my dear, my glass I raise.

Thank you for your exquisitely original poetic comments.


Krissy 5 years ago

Well I just purchased the book "Tried and True recipes" and the chocolate chunk cookie is in fact the same recipe as the one on the morsel (well the ingredients and measurement is the same) with a slightly different mixing method; I've tried both methods and am not sure which is better. One day I would like to experiment making two batches one with the method on the morsel bag and the other from the book and see if there is in fact a difference; then again the way ingredients is processed changes. Good book though lots of recipes, even savory non sweet dishes are included. Its not the Neslie toll House recipes you might know, but a differnet book of recipes all together.


Krissyafite 5 years ago

And I must say Mrs. Wakefield was a pretty lady seeing her picture as a young woman!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Krissy. Purely in the interests of research, I would be glad to help you out. Just bake your two batches, send me samples from each and I will be happy to take the time and effort to eat them and give you a non-subjective report. Enjoy the recipes.

Yes, Ruth was a very pretty young woman and a very smart business person, too.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

NUMMY HUB! I am so excited to bookmark these awesome recipes. I love the classic chocolate chip cookie and also the Mrs. Field's. Thanks for all the fun information and pictures too.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

It's entirely my pleasure. Delighted you like these awesome recipes, the info and the photos. Enjoy your home baked yummy chocolate chip cookies.


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JanThinks 5 years ago

Love the history lesson and will healthify some of these recipes like I have already done for the Toll House version (http://hubpages.com/hub/Healthier-Chocolate-Chip-O... Great article.


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Megan Kathleen 5 years ago from Los Gatos, CA

I thought I would add my comments to the wealth of ones you already have. This is a fabulously researched article with some interesting information I never knew before. I agree with other readers. Your "Cookie Crumbs"? Brilliant.

I am curious as to why Nestle chose to market a pre-scored baking bar rather than a pre-cut one... because breaking a bar of chocolate into chunks is difficult, but buying ready made chunks is lazy?

I have recently been on a baking kick where I am trying desserts I have only bought elsewhere but never actually made so I can post the recipes online, but this has made me crave the simplistic yet divine chocolate chip cookie all over again. Or maybe just some chocolate chip cookie dough. Or some chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream... Okay, my fridge is full of desserts, but none of what I'm craving! Save me!

And finally, I would like to know how to fit a moose in a box that small.


ED Kassner 5 years ago

Hi again(drbj) Im a real cookie bandit. I grew up under the misconseption that MONKS in spain created ---them thus GIVING US THE {CHIP MONKS}.---Thanks stay happy.ED.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Jan, for loving this history of the Toll House cookie. I will read your hub as well.

I always plan to 'healthify' my diet more but then I hear either barbecue spare ribs or mocha chip ice cream calling my name.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

How nice to meet you, Megan, especially since you commented that my hub was 'fabulously researched,' and the Crumbs 'brilliant.' Flattery will get you everywhere.

I haven't a clue as to why Nestle marketed that first chocolate bar pre-scored rather than pre-cut. But the next Marketing Director had a flash of insight and declared it would make sense to provide the consumer with a cutting implement - dangerous decision.

He, indubitably, was replaced with the ingenious Marketing Director who ordered the chocolate to be made in little tear drops - easier to use for cookies and perfect for snacking. Hallowed be his name.

Seems you may be as much of a chocolate fanatic as me - welcome to the club. BTW, you mentioned fitting a moose into a box - you lost me, my dear, with that question. Please elucidate. :)


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Ed. It's always a pleasure to have you visit with your latest witticism. You didn't disappoint me. I will admit ChipMunks was just a little far out but that's fine because it WAS funny. Thank you.

Do you think you may be channeling Rodney? Just wonderin'.


ED Kassner 5 years ago

Hi back(drbj) Wish I, could channel to RODNEY" In school got in a lot of trouble over injecting my humor in class. Like if some girl said the sky is falling I, may reply (so are your BOOBS) bingo====Edward to the deans office".I thru away my esay in class and winged some comedy off a German helmet to whatever---Had a good run of gut bustin laughter(teacher also)he gave me an "A" HA One of very few.

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Ed Kassner 5 years ago

Hi (drbj) I read MEGANS chocolate moose into a box---Got the fealing she was doing a double on the subject---Chocolate-MOOSE --and the BULWINKLE kind-----MEBY.? Hey my head faces backwords most of the time.Only benefit is hind sight,. thanks again. stay happy. ED.


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Neil Sperling 5 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

yummies


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LULU SUE1987 5 years ago

Looks like great recipe. I will definitely try it.


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Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York

Excellent! Now I know how tollhouse cookies got their name. Thank you, doctor.


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bagsofwater 4 years ago from USA

so incredibly useful article! very happy to have read this


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Perty 4 years ago

Nice, very nice


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carolina muscle 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Thank goodness for Ruth and her cookie !!!!!! :-)


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

My most favorite are the original toll house as my sister used to invite me over while she made them. I ate more of the dough than of the baked cookies. These are great...am book marking this page to use later.

Thanks thanks and thanks...It is a cookie kind of day :) ps

Angels are on the way


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nurseleah 3 years ago from West Virginia

Great stuff here! I've perused the comments and haven't seen anyone mention adding a tsp of white vinegar or a 1/4 tsp of almond extract for a 36-cookie recipe. I find these two ingredients take regular chocolate chip cookies over the top. The vinegar counteracts just a touch of the cloying sweetness and the almond extract adds a wow factor that people can't put their finger on. Two of my favorite techniques.


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Fox Music 15 months ago

Thanks for sharing this delicious hub "Chocolate Chip Cookies Seven Scrumptious Recipes"

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