Celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

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Would you believe that this American classic was created by accident?  Ruth Wakefield was preparing her traditional butter cookies at the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Mass., when she decided on a whim to add pieces of a chocolate bar to her dough.  Wakefield expected the chocolate to melt into the dough but instead it held its shape.  The cookie was an instant hit and the recipe was printed in a local Boston newspaper.

Because of  the success of the recipe, Nestle began selling bags of chocolate chips in 1939 for bakers to use at home.   Honor Ruth Wakefield's delicious mistake today and bake up your own batch of chocolate chip cookies.

Try one of these cookie recipes:

Debra Humphries' Small Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies

Michael Symon's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Emeril's Big Chocolate-Chip Cookies

Woodruff Family Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sara Moulton's Chocolate Chip Cookies