Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes
History and Origin
While the chocolate chip cookie has seemed like a mainstay in the American home for centuries, the cookie has actually only been around since the 1930's. The cookie was created through a happy accident by a Massachusetts woman named Ruth Wakefield.
Ruth Wakefield was the owner and operator of the Toll House Inn, a restaurant famed for serving home style meals. Ruth had quite a following and her restaurant became popular statewide. She also created a cookbook using the Toll House name in 1936, and that is officially the first time the chocolate chip cookie went public. The original recipe was called the "Chocolate Crunch Cookie".
Once the cookbook became popular, the cookie became the mainstay that it is today. No matter if you're baking cookies for a party, snack, lunchbox, after-school or any special occasion, more often than not, that cookie is a chocolate chip cookie, and anyone who enjoys chocolate chip cookies owes a debt of gratitude to Ruth Wakefield for creating this gooey, luscious masterpiece of sweetness.
The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes
You can't write about chocolate chip cookies without including the very best chocolate chip cookie recipes, right? Of course not, so here we go... my favorites and the best!
Big Chocolate Chip Cookies -These are my absolute favorite cookies. This recipe makes a larger cookie that is nice and gooey and soft in the middle but a bit chewy as well. You can use any type of chocolate chip you want, whether dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, peanut butter chips or use chocolate chunks. You can also add whatever nuts you like, of course they are optional though. These are also excellent for making cookie bouquets, because of the nice size or for baking for bake sales or fundraisers or as gifts. Trust me, be sure to make a big batch! You can't go wrong with these.
Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies - Most people prefer chewier cookies, but some like crunchy cookies. These are a bit thinner and therefore drier and more crispy. The dough is nice and sweet, perfect for crunchy cookies. These are more fragile though, so don't bake these for gifts or bake sales or shipping, as they will be more likely to break.
Original Toll House Cookie Recipe - This vintage recipe is the one created by Ruth Wakefield in 1930. It makes a nice size cookie, kind of medium size and stores well, so it is perfect for packing for lunch or snacks. You can't go wrong with the original, that's for sure!