When it comes to chocolate chip cookies, it is easily love at first bite.
After all, nothing says romance, love or comfort quite like a freshly baked, warm cookie filled with delectable morsels of chocolate.
And we are here to tell you that a more healthful, plant-based chocolate chip cookie is possible!
We will show you how later, but first let’s celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (August 4th) in style by discovering a bit more about this culinary legend.
Why We Love Them
We all have a ‘connection’ with chocolate chip cookies that goes beyond their delicious taste.
Chocolate chip cookies are loaded with warm emotion.
Memories of Mom in the kitchen with the smells of homemade cookies wafting through the house.
Or recollections of our own delighted kids waiting anxiously for the oven door to open and the cookies to cool before getting their favorite treat.
Chocolate chip cookies have great appeal, so let’s peek behind the curtain at their history.
A Brief History
The chocolate chip cookie was invented almost 80 years ago by chef Ruth Graves Wakefield, who owned the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts, which included a popular restaurant known for home-style cooking.
Patrons loved her butterscotch nut cookie, and she wanted to give them something different so one day she cut up a Nestle bittersweet chocolate bar and used the chunks to create the cookie.
In 1938 it was first featured in Wakefield’s “Tried and True” cookbook under the name “Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookie.”
One year after Wakefield’s original cookie recipe debuted in her cookbook, she gave Nestlé the right to use her lip-smacking recipe and the Toll House name. In return, she was given a lifetime supply of chocolate and her recipe was immortalized on the back of Nestlé’s chocolate bars.
The Nestlé Toll House chocolate chip cookie was born.
Today almost every brand of chocolate chips has a variation of Wakefield’s recipe on it, and most baking cookbooks feature the recipe, whether it is the classic version or some modern take.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Fun Facts
- A Deliberate Invention: One of the most commonly believed myths about the chocolate chip cookie is that it was invented ‘on accident.’ An interview with Wakefield’s daughter helped debunk the myth in 2013.
- The Official State Cookie: Massachusetts is proud to be the home of the first chocolate chip cookie. In fact, a third grade class in Somerset proposed that it be honored, and soon later it became the official state cookie in 1997.
- Baking Is a Science: Like other baked goods, the taste and texture of the chocolate chip cookie depend on the ratio of the ingredients used, how long you mix, and cooking time. Feel free to experiment in the kitchen!
- There Are Many Different Flavors of Chocolate Chips: While the original chocolate chips were made of semi-sweet chocolate, today there are several flavors: peanut butter, mint chocolate, white chocolate, and dark chocolate.
- Chocolate Chip Cookies Are America’s Favorite: 53 percent of American adults prefer chocolate chip cookies over peanut butter (16 percent).
The ideal way to celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day is to whip up a batch, of course!
We invite you to take a more healthful approach by trying our oil-free, plant-based Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe.
Once again, we have proof that almost any recipe can be both delicious and wholesome when you choose better-for-you ingredients. Just remember that cookies are a treat to be enjoyed on occasion.
Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!