Like many popular treats, the classic chocolate chip cookie didn’t just magically appear out of thin air. An ingenious woman saw a need and created a solution. Ruth Grave Wakefield is credited with the invention of the chocolate chip cookie. A baker at the Massachusetts’s Toll House Inn, Wakefield experimented with adding Nestle’s chocolate to her cookies.
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Nestle made an impressive business deal back in 1939. It is highly doubtful that a lifetime supply of chocolate would buy such an iconic recipe today. The classic recipe is still the one used on the back of Nestle chocolate chips.
The biggest debate concerning chocolate chip cookies isn’t necessarily ingredients, it type. Do you prefer soft and chewy or crisp and crunchy? Usually people are strictly in one camp or the other.
The difference isn’t in the baking, it is in the recipe. Crispy cookies have less moisture. When a recipe has less flour, egg and sugar, the fat content increases. During baking, the fat gets hotter than the water and the water evaporates. Less water makes for crispy cookies.
Whether you prefer chewy, crunchy or raw cookie dough (I won’t judge), enjoy one or a few on National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. Raise a glass of milk to Ruth Grave Wakefield as a thank you for her iconic recipe.