Tasting History: The First Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (1930s)

Tasting History: Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies | Vintage Cookie Recipe | Lost Recipes | Chocolate Chip Crunch Cookies | First Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Getting lost among the shelves at the library has become a new favorite pass time of mine. I emerge with as many books as I can carry, and embark on a journey through fascinating subjects ranging from planting your own English cottage garden to vintage recipes. The latter sparked the idea for this new blog series, Tasting History. I want to take you on a journey to discover loved, yet lost recipes that have the power to transport your taste buds back in time. For the first installment of this series, I’m taking you back to the 1930s, when Ruth Wakefield baked the first batch of chocolate chip cookies.

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It all began when Ruth Wakefield and her husband bought an old toll house inn in Whitman, Massachusetts. The pair renovated the inn to house a large dining area where they delighted guests with a range of traditional home cooked meals and exotic dishes inspired by their travels. The Toll House Inn became a booming success with locals and travelers, which led Ruth Wakefield to publish a cookbook filled with her tried and true recipes and proper hostess advice.

Tasting History: Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies | Vintage Cookie Recipe | Lost Recipes | Chocolate Chip Crunch Cookies | First Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Tucked within  the pages of this cookbook lies the first chocolate chip cookie recipe. This cookie first came to fame when Ruth sent care packages containing cookies to WWII soldiers stationed overseas. They shared the sweet treats with fellow soldiers and quickly the unique cookie caught the attention of the nation.

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The cookbook had over 39 printings, the latest in 1953. As I flipped through the Toll House cookbook, I was drawn to a handful of Ruth’s recipes, but decided to start with a historical favorite. If you are interested in taking a step back in time, follow the beloved recipe below!

Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 C. butter
  • 3/4 C. brown sugar
  • 3/4 C. white sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. hot water
  • 2 1/4 C. flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 C. chopped nuts
  • 2 C. semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Directions:

  • Cream together the butter, brown sugar, white sugar and eggs.
  • Mix the flour and salt together and set aside.
  • Dissolve the baking soda in hot water and add alternately to the wet ingredients with the flour mixture.
  • Add in the nuts, chocolate chips and vanilla.
  • Chill the dough overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 375˙
  • Roll teaspoon sized dollops of the mixture into a ball and place on a cookie sheet.
  • Press the balls into flat rounds.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes. (Makes 100 cookies)
  • Cookies should be brown and crispy.

Free Printable Valentine’s Day Postcards

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As a child, Valentine’s Day came with high levels of excitement. I couldn’t wait to get to school, pass out my valentines and anticipate all of the cards and sweets I would receive in return. It was a day dedicated to appreciating friendships and eating way too much candy. It’s easy to see why this was one of my favorite holidays!

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As time went on, the childhood tradition of passing out valentine’s came to an end and with it, the magic of the holiday. In an effort to bring back my favorite part about Valentine’s Day, I created these free printable postcards. Download the file, print them front and back on cardstock, trim to size and write a sweet message to a friend! I guarantee these postcards will bring a smile to their face!

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Month in Review: January 2019

Month in Review: January 2019

January was a month of extremes. We rang in the new year in 80˙ heat before returning home to endure -50˙ wind chills during the polar vortex. Despite these changes in weather, Ian and I filled the month with a balance of fun-filled family outings and cozy days at home.

Month in Review: January 2019

The month began listening to the waves crash upon the Vero Beach shoreline. Ian’s family planed this staycation while we were visiting Florida over the holidays and we couldn’t have been more grateful. We enjoyed watching the sunrise on the beach, splashing in the waves, and playing board games with the family at night.

Month in Review: January 2019

While we were in Florida, Ian and I managed to sneak in a day trip to Miami. We wandered around the Wynwood neighborhood to take in all of the murals, eat Taiyaki ice cream, and meet up with one of my good friends for dinner. Sadly, this was our last day in Florida. I couldn’t believe our trip flew by so fast! 

Month in Review: January 2019

Luckily, when we returned home, we had a few weeks before we were greeted with the polar vortex. The -50˙ wind chill closed down the town and everyone hunkered down at home. We filled our nights baking bread, playing card games, and reliving the magic of the Harry Potter film series.

Month in Review: January 2019

Once the weather warmed up Ian and I celebrated with a visit to Milwaukee’s downtown ice bars. When my toes started to lose feeling we decided it was time to go home and warm up! It was a nice outing, regardless of the cold, and helped ward off cabin fever.

Month in Review: January 2019

Month in Review: January 2019

Interested in seeing more of our month? Watch our second a day video below!