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If you thought today was going to be extra sweet, you were right - today is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! ABC News reports that while the favorite treat may get its own holiday, the cookie was actually invented by mistake.
Ruth Wakefield was making butter cookies at the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts, when she decided to put pieces of a chocolate bar into the dough thinking it would melt. It didn't, but the cookies caused a sensation and the recipe was printed in the local newspaper.
Today, it's hard to find someone who is not a fan of the classic cookie, particularly when it's paired with a tall glass of milk. Sunrise Senior Living is looking to celebrate the event by giving out cookies to their residents, but you may want to make your own batch on another day of the year. The original Nestle Toll House recipe below is sure to be a crowd pleaser, as it's what people have come to love for generations.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 cup chopped nuts
PREHEAT oven to 375° F.
COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.