Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookie, Chocolate Chip Cookie, Snack

Don’t 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 those late night, emergency cookie baking sessions, or any cookie event, about half the cookies baked are chocolate chip.
Did you ever wonder what chocolate chip cookies and President John F. Kennedy have in common? Perhaps not, but here are a few historical chocolate chip cookie tidbits.
There are an estimated 2,000 varieties of this popular cookie, from chocolate chip banana to white chocolate chip raspberry, but the most popular is the Toll House cookie recipe found on the back of every Nestlé chocolate chip package. Their tourist lodge was housed in a building (circa 1709) where, at once, 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 delicious cookies. One uneventful day in 1937, Ruth added little 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 their semisweet chocolate bar packages. The cookie recipe was so popular that Nestlé started marketing chocolate chips to be used especially for cookies.
Over time, the popular Toll House Inn contained many well-known guests, for example – guess who? – President John F. Kennedy.
Almost a century later Ruth dropped that first piece of chocolate to her biscuits, every bag of Nestle chocolate chips in North America continues to have Wakefield’s original, Toll House recipe printed on the back.
Just like Ruth’s recipe, all simple chocolate chip recipes call for flour, sugar, margarine or butter, baking powder or baking soda, eggs, vanilla, and chocolate chips. The flavor and texture varies with recipe. Some chocolate chip cookies bake others and bloated flat. The simplest 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 you the most popular mom from the class!
Decorated Chocolate Chip Pan Cookie
Instead of the more time-consuming person cookies, the chocolate chip pan cookie can 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.”
Once 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 do not 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 course – with flying colours!
Here’s one idea:
Lollipop sticks (rolled paper, not plastic) of varying heights
Preheat oven to 375° F. Roll cookie dough into 2-inch balls. Organize 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 in order not to detract from the wholesome cookie taste. For the”cookies and milk” theme, you may want to add white icing milk moustaches.
Following the icing hardens, wrap each cookie in cellophane and tie with a ribbon. Organize in a mug (for the milk!) that matches your theme.

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