You know how you have those people in your life that are just known for a certain recipe. You can always count on them to bring their specialty and the room agrees, they're the best at making their dish. Well, my aunt makes the BEST chocolate chip cookies! It's her birthday today, so I wanted to celebrate her with my Daily Doodle, but when I asked her what her favorite tool was (she's a heck of a project master) she replied, "Not sure I can pick one from all my favorites?!? Kinda like picking your favorite child". So, I defaulted to another thing she is known for... Chocolate chip cookies.
Chocolate Chip Cookies, or "Chocolate Crunch Cookies as they were first called, were invented by accident in 1930! Can you imagine? Ruth Wakefield wanted to make a batch of cookies for her guests at the Toll House Inn but didn't have any Baker's Chocolate, so she chopped up a Nestlé bar instead. Rather than the chocolate melting and distributing through the dough as Baker's Chocolate would, the Nestlé chocolate chunks retained their form, but softening to a moist, gooey melt.
The new cookies were a success, so Ruth repeated the process and finally published the recipe for "Chocolate Crunch Cookies". The recipe was featured on 'The Betty Crocker Cooking School of the Air' radio program and their popularity skyrocketed. The cookies became a favorite across America and the recipe was published in the 'Toll House Tried And True Recipes' book.
In 1939 Nestlé introduced their own brand of pre-chopped chocolate, the small bits which we still know today as "Nestlé Toll House Chocolate Morsels". The original recipe is still printed on their bags of semi-sweet chocolate morsels.
I'm not sure which recipe my aunt uses for her cookies, maybe she just adds a little extra love, but I'll make sure to ask if she'll share her tasty secret, and if she does, I'll be sure to let you know!