COOOOOOOOOKIESSSSSS!!

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No, they were not discovered in Melbourne FL Raccoon Removal China by explorer Marco Polo. They didn’t appear in the castle dining room of a French queen or king. And they weren’t served at one of Thomas Jefferson’s White House soirees. 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 customers adored. Wanting to expand her repertoire, one day she chopped up a Nestle’s chocolate bar and added the pieces into her cookie batter, producing the first toll house cookie. A perfectionist and first-class baker, she tweaked the recipe before she discovered the perfect combination, and thus the nation’s most popular cookie was created. The Nestle Company bought the exclusive rights to the recipe two decades later, securing both their company’s and the New England cook’s place in the history books.

The Toll House Inn, which was situated on the highway 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. Ruth Wakefield, along with her husband, featured good old home cooking, and Mrs. W. had a background in home economics, which she put to use daily in the Inn’s kitchen.

During WWII, although chocolate was rationed, Nestle developed a clever marketing ploy which encouraged homemakers to do their part for the war effort by baking cookies for our boys in uniform and sending them overseas. It had been as successful as rolling bandages and knitting socks, and the people lapped it up. Nestle chocolate skyrocketed as they rolled out their chocolate morsels, made specifically for baking Toll House cookies, with the recipe printed on the back of each morsels package. Following the war, baby boomers happily grew up on homemade chocolate chip cookies, and servicemen returned home to one of their favourite wartime treats.

Since its humble beginnings from one simple recipe, an entire industry was spawned, with hundreds of variations and combinations. The Cookie Monster surely did his part to promote biscuits to youngsters, especially the chocolate chip variety heading the list. A young entrepreneurial homemaker called Mrs. Fields sold pricey gourmet cookies throughout the country’s shopping malls. David’s Cookies and Famous Amos rode the wave during the explosion of cookie recognition, each featuring their unique version of the chocolate chip cookie. Online sales abound for these cherished treats, and dozens of brands line grocery store shelves along with many different chip tastes and sizes.

A recipe that even a kid or adolescent can handle, 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 aroma and simplicity. Many future chefs and bakers cut their teeth on this popular recipe, no doubt sneaking tastes of uncooked dough when mom wasn’t looking.

In the Northeast, Ruth Wakefield was a renowned cook and cookbook author and would definitely have her own show on the Food Network were she alive today. And she wasn’t just a one-trick pony. But who would have thought a simple fresh cookie would secure her place at foodie history and be right up there with apple pie?

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