Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies, Chocolate Chip, Food, Dessert

Do not you love it if your children are getting ready for bed and you hear,”By the way Mother – our class party is tomorrowand I signed up for three dozen chocolate chip cookies!”
Cookies are America’s most popular dessert, and for all those late night, emergency cookie baking sessions, or any cookie event, about half the biscuits baked are chocolate chip.
Did you ever wonder what chocolate chip biscuits and President John F. Kennedy have in common? Perhaps not, but here are a few ancient chocolate chip cookie tidbits.
There are an estimated 2,000 varieties of this popular cookie, from chocolate chip banana to chocolate chip raspberry, but the most popular is the Toll House cookie recipe found on the back of each Nestlé chocolate chip bundle. Their tourist lodge was housed in a building (circa 1709) where, at one time, travelers paid their tolls, changed horses and enjoyed home-cooked meals.
The Toll House Inn was well-known for Ruth’s cooking, especially her desserts. She regularly sent travelers on their way with a plate of her yummy cookies. One otherwise uneventful day in 1937, Ruth added small chunks of a Nestlé’s Semisweet Yellow Label Chocolate bar to her butter cookie dough.
Results? Instant success!
The story goes that Ruth received a lifetime supply of chocolate in exchange for her recipe, which Nestle’ printed on the back of the semisweet chocolate bar packs. The cookie recipe has been so popular that Nestlé began marketing chocolate chips to be used particularly for cookies.
Through time, the popular Toll House Inn contained many well-known guests, including – guess who?
Almost a century after Ruth dropped that first piece of chocolate to her biscuits, each bag of Nestle chocolate chips in North America continues to have Wakefield’s first, Toll House recipe printed on the back.
Just like Ruth’s recipe, all simple chocolate chip recipes call for flour, sugar, butter or margarine, baking powder and/or baking soda, eggs, vanilla, and chocolate chips. The taste and texture varies with recipe. Some chocolate chip cookies bake puffy and others flat. The easiest to decorate are flat.
Decorate chocolate chip cookies? Yes, these are especially unique for Jenny and Jeff’s school parties – that is, if you are not too tired after your night baking session! Chocolate chip cookies are yummy enough without icing, but a small decoration will make one of the most popular mom in the class!
Decorated Chocolate Chip Pan Cookie
Rather than the more time-consuming person cookies, the chocolate chip pan cookie could be a life-saver when you have awakened at midnight, realizing you forgot to bake those cookies for tomorrow’s first grade celebration of”National Play Doh Day.”
After you bake the cookie, pipe onto a balloon (royal icing border filled in with gel icings) and message like”Happy Imagining!”
While chocolate chip cookies don’t lend themselves to the fancier, polished cookie bouquets, they can be very cute and cheerful – precisely the thing for 85-year-old Aunt Myrna, who wed her yoga instructor, or Cousin Jim who graduated from bungee-jumping class – with flying colors!
Here’s one idea:
Lollipop sticks (wrapped paper, not plastic) of varying heights
Preheat oven to 375° F. Roll cookie dough into 2-inch balls. Arrange four balls on an ungreased cookie sheet. Add a lollipop stick into each ball. Press dough down marginally.
Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are crisp. Cool on baking sheet for 1 minute; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Once cooled (about 20 minutes), decorate your cookies with a decorating bag and royal icing. Use icing sparingly so as not to detract from the wholesome cookie flavor. For the”cookies and milk” theme, you might want to add white icing milk moustaches.
After the icing hardens, wrap each cookie in cellophane and tie with a ribbon. Arrange in a mug (for the milk!) that matches your theme.

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