Chocolate Chip Cookies! The Holiday, Books, the Original Toll House Recipe + a Contest!

Yes, we have it all! Can't you just smell the delectable aroma of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies wafting throughout your home? There's nothing like it!



Well, we were searching around the internet for something the other day and bumped into the fact that May 15th is National Chocolate Chip Day!

Now, that's a holiday we can sink our teeth into!


When the words, 'chocolate chip' are mentioned, the mind goes immediately to the famous and classic American chocolate chip cookie!


Just the thought of chocolate chip cookies brings on a certain level of excitement and happiness!

One of the questions that we debate most frequently is what would you rather have--> chocolate chip cookies, or chocolate chip cookie dough? It's a tough one!



Well, personally, I think you shouldn't have to choose regarding such an important topic! Do it all! Whether it's cookie dough, cookies, granola bars, ice cream, in a muffin or on a dish of your favorite froyo, chocolate chips are perfect for everything!



Well, back to the cookie because it is overall the basis for National Chocolate Chip Day! We wanted to include a lot of fun to cover it all!


We guarantee, that when you're done reading this post, you'll feel more well-rounded in your overall appreciation of the delightful chocolate chip cookie!


Your new found respect will make you want to head to the kitchen to try your hand at our incredibly delicious and sincerely decadent chocolate chip cookie experience!



The First Chocolate Chip Cookie!

A little chocolate chip cookie backstory- aka history! --no, this is fun history, I assure you!

It was no accident! Contrary to popular belief, the chocolate chip cookie was a conscious effort to offer a new cookie option to the diners at The Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts.

Circa 1938, Ruth Graves Wakefield chopped up a Nestlé bar and added it to a butter-sugar cookie and the soon-to-be legendary Chocolate Chip Cookie had arrived!



During World War II, soldiers from Massachusetts who were stationed overseas shared their care packages- which included the soon-to-be famous chocolate chip cookie- with other soldiers from different parts of the United States.



Those soldiers then asked their families to send them this new delicious cookie! The numerous requests for the recipe to Wakefield and her delicious chocolate chip cookie led to its popularity throughout the nation!



Originally called the Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookie, the cookie was, as I'm sure you can guess, a huge success!


Ruth Graves Wakefield gave Nestlé the right to print her cookie recipe on their bag of chocolate chips in exchange for:

  • $1.00

  • An agreement that the chocolate chip cookie recipe on the back of the bag would be named after the Toll House Inn -which gave her an unlimited promotion for the Toll House Inn!

  • ...and a lifetime supply of chocolate!!


Even though she is best known as the inventor of the chocolate chip cookie, Ruth Graves Wakefield was also a college graduate, educator, dietician, business owner and author!


Here are Two of Our Favorite Books Featuring Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Books + cookies= Win-win!


If You Give a Mouse a Cookie was the first in a series of fun books that feature fun characters in a circular story that is simple to read, filled with delightful illustrations and is perfect for reading aloud or to yourself!


If You Give a Mouse a Cookie recently celebrated its 30th year anniversary!




The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins is another fun read that centers around chocolate chip cookies!

Grandma's famous chocolate chip recipe is the star attraction in this fun read that has a delightful ending!

Every time The Doorbell Rang, along came more visitors to share the batch of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.

Eventually the table is quite full of visitors and the cookies are divided up more and more until each kid has only a single cookie in hand! All the while Ma makes sure the footprints are cleaned up!


Thankfully, Grandma arrives at the door with a big batch of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies to satisfy the appetites of these adoring cookie fans!






SUPER FUN Tutorial on Drawing Chocolate Chip Characters!

This is a fun little How-To on creating your own Cookie Characters! Specifically of course, chocolate chip cookie characters!


A super simple to follow tutorial, find out how to make cute cookies for cards, National Chocolate Chip Day, or just for fun below!


Supplies:

  • Blank paper

  • Pencil

  • Fine-tipped marker or pen

  • Bottle caps of various sizes ( I used three)

  • Markers, crayons or colored pencils

Step One: Trace around your bottle caps to create circle 'cookie shapes'.


Step Two: Trace over drawn circles with slightly wavy lines.




Step Three: Draw on faces of choice.


Step Four: Draw straight lines for legs and arms with little round 'Chips' for hands and feet. (Optional: Draw shoes on your cookie characters.)



Step Five: Add chocolate chips to your cookie characters. To make them look more authentic, try varying the sizes and shapes a little.

Draw on any additional accessories you want your cookie characters to have- i.e. a chef's hat, purse, apron or sunglasses!


Step Six: Using markers, crayons or pencils, color in your cookie characters.

...And you've done it! Hope you liked this little tutorial on how to create your own no-bake Cookie Characters!


It's super fun to watch your own cheerful Chocolate Chip Character drawings come to life!

Plus, they're simple, so you can draw them for friends, family or to add some sweet flair to a room!


Love another cookie just as much as the classic Chocolate Chip? You can customize these cute cookies however you see fit!

Darker brown for a double chocolate, golden peanut shapes for a peanut butter cookie, or leave off the chips and have fun drawing a shortbread cookie friend! Enjoy!



The Recipe!

Here's the Original Nestlé Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe!


This recipe is straight off the back of the Chocolate Chip bag! Please See Notes at end for some very important extras!



Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs

2 cups Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

1 cup chopped nuts


PREHEAT oven to 375 degrees

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 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.

Makes about 5 dozen cookies


Notes:

Here are a few extra bits of advice to make sure your Original Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies are absolutely delicious!

  1. Line your cookie sheets with parchment. It prevents sticking and helps keep your cookies from browning too much on the bottom.

  2. Halfway through the baking time, rotate pans front to back & top to bottom. Even though I have an oven that has convection capability, I still prefer this method!

  3. Check your cookies at 8 minutes. There's a fine line between perfect and dry or burnt! The top of the cookie should not look wet (underdone) and the bottom shouldn't be too brown (overdone!).

  4. I personally don't let these cookies cool on the pan because I find it dries them out too much for our taste. I transfer them immediately to either a cooling rack or right onto a counter top. Very easy to do if you have used parchment - just carefully slide them off.

  5. If you don't prefer nuts, just substitute the 1 cup of chocolate chips for the chopped nuts!

Storage:

We usually don't have to worry about long term storage on any cookies in our house because they're eaten pretty quickly!

BUT, if it takes you more than 2-3 days to eat through your cookies & you want to make sure your chocolate chips stay fresh, I highly recommend freezing them.


If you're desperate, you can eat them frozen, but if not, they'll keep in an airtight bag or container very well in the freezer until the next craving strikes!!


P.S. I (April) come from a long line of fabulous and professional bakers, and also had a ten year stint as a baker, so I'd like to think I know what I'm talking about!


At some point in the future, I will publish my Best in the Universe Chocolate Chip cookie that was hailed by locals one of the best! Until that time, you may enjoy this classic Ruth Graves Wakefield's Original Toll House Cookie Recipe!




Giveaway!! (Ended)

Guess The Chocolate Chips!

How many chocolate chips are in the jar? We've included semi-sweet, 60% pastilles, milk chocolate and also some white chocolate chunks for some visual interest! And yes, we did actually count them all out!

The answer: 2,103 chips are in the jar!

The WINNER is...

Congratulations to Firerunner2379 with the closest guess of 1,360!


To Enter:


Through our Website:

  • Subscribe and comment below with your guess of how many chocolate chips, pastilles and chunks are in the jar!


Through our Instagram Page

  • Like our 'Guess the Chips in the Jar Contest post' on Instagram and give your guess in the post comments

  • Follow us on Instagram

  • Tag 2 friends

Giveaway Details:

  • The Giveaway ends on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

  • Contest is open to residents of the continental United States.

  • Social media accounts used to enter must be active; inactive/spam/bot social accounts will be disqualified.

  • The winner will be announced in this post on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 .

  • The winner must contact us (mykidzbookshelf@gmail.com) within 24 hours of the announcement.

To Win:

The entry that comes the closest to the actual number of chips in the jar wins!


The Prize!

A Gift Card in the amount of $25 to your favorite small business bakery to spend on your favorite sweets or whatever your heart desires!


Here are all of the chips, chunks and pastilles in a bowl! And yes, we actually counted them all!

Happy National Chocolate Chip Day!

🍪

Cenzia & April



Enjoyed reading this post? Click here to check out another delectable recipe that we love to make and satisfies a serious chocolate craving!




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These Morning Mocha Energy Ball Truffles are another great no-bake option that are terrific if you're craving a healthy yet decadent recipe!



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