No, they were not found in China by explorer Marco Polo. They didn’t appear at the castle dining room of a French queen or king. Unlike some stories, their creation was no collision. Ruth Graves Wakefield, owner and chef of the Toll House Inn restaurant in Massachusetts, served a butterscotch cookie that her clients adored. Wanting to expand her repertoire, 1 day she chopped up a Nestle’s chocolate bar and added the bits into her cookie batter, producing the first toll house cookie. A perfectionist and first-class baker, she tweaked the recipe before she discovered an ideal combination, and so the nation’s most popular cookie was created.
The Toll House Inn, which was located on the street between Boston and Cape Cod, was a regular stop for famous citizens, among them the Kennedy family, and has been known for their excellent food, especially their desserts.
Since its humble beginnings from one easy recipe, an entire industry was spawned, with countless variations and combinations. The Cookie Monster surely did his part to promote biscuits to kids, especially the chocolate chip variety heading the list. A young entrepreneurial homemaker called Mrs. Fields sold expensive gourmet biscuits throughout the nation’s shopping malls. David’s Cookies and Famous Amos rode the tide during the explosion of cookie recognition, each featuring their distinctive version of the chocolate chip cookie. Online sales abound for these cherished treats, and dozens of brands line grocery store shelves together with many different chip tastes and sizes.
A recipe that even a young child or adolescent can manage, pre-made dough may also be bought, ready to bake, for those unwilling to begin from scratch. What can compare to freshly baked cookies, and these high the hit parade in simplicity and odor. Many prospective chefs and bakers cut their teeth on this popular recipe, no doubt sneaking tastes of uncooked dough when mom was not looking.