For the same reason we thank Ruth Graves Wakefield for chocolate chips, we also celebrate her name on National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. For if it weren’t for her curiosity and invention, we wouldn’t hover around ovens savoring the moment the timer dings. If she had never wondered what chunks of chocolate would taste like mixed into a sugar cookie dough, we would know the ecstasy that is a warm chocolate chip cookie melting on our tongue, our eyes closing in heavenly satisfaction and perfect smiles crowning our faces. No, if it weren’t for Ruth Graves Wakefield, entire generations would have been denied the bliss that is a chocolate chip cookie.
We could even go so far as to say she is responsible for all those other nuggets of goodness. Those morsels of butterscotch, peanut butter and white chocolate we get to enjoy in much the same way we enjoy our chocolate delights. Nothing, though, rates quite as high as the chocolate chip cookie that Ruth Grave Wakefield brought to us in 1937. No, nothing.
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How to Make the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies!
Makes about 20 medium sized cookies
• 2 cups all-purpose flour • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 6 T. (3/4 stick) butter, melted • 1 cup packed brown sugar • 1/2 cup white sugar • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract • 1 whole egg + 1 egg yolk • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips or chunks
1. Preheat oven to 325. 2. Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. 3. Stir butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until well combined. 4. Add in egg and egg yolk and vanilla extract to butter and sugar mixture, and stir to combine. 5. Add in chocolate chips and mix in until evenly distributed. 6. Scoop out 2 T. of dough per cookie, and roll cookie dough into balls. Place on Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
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