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

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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.

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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.
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Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer

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As Christmas ornaments and gingerbread cookies hit the shelves, I beeline towards the back of the grocery store to check if my favorite peppermint mocha coffee creamer is back in stock. It is something I look forward to all year round, and wish it was apart of their regular flavor assortment. As Christmas has come and gone, I know my time to stock up on my favorite creamer is limited. Therefore, I thought it would be beneficial to learn how to make this seasonal coffee creamer at home.

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Luckily for all of you peppermint mocha lovers out there, this creamer recipe is quite simple! I was pleasantly surprised that in less than five steps I had a jar full of my homemade creamer sitting in my fridge. Plus, there is something special about starting off your day with something you’ve made from scratch. Enjoy!

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Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer

Ingredients:

  • 1 C. skim milk
  • 6 mint leaves
  • 14 oz sweet and condensed milk
  • 2 tbs coca powder

Directions:

  • Simmer mint leaves and milk for 5 minutes
  • Remove from heat and whisk in the cocoa powder and condensed milk until well combined
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge

Holiday Gingerbread Loaf

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Evenings look a little bit different around our apartment this time of year. Twinkle lights shimmer on our Christmas tree while a Michael Bublé albums play in the background. When we take breaks from belting out the lyrics to “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” Ian and I like to experiment with new recipes in the kitchen. Ian has been on a real bread kick lately, so I wanted to join in on the fun and make a holiday inspired loaf.

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I dug up a recipe for a festive gingerbread loaf and decided to give it a go. It may be that I’ve not very adventures when I bake, but breaking out a new bottle of molasses made me feel like I was making something special. I was nervous to try a recipe outside of my comfort zone, but while the loaf baked in the oven, the warm aroma of gingerbread filled our kitchen and put me at ease. By the smell of it, this loaf was going to be a new favorite!

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Drizzled with frosting, this loaf couldn’t look anymore festive. Paired with a cup of tea, this gingerbread loaf makes for a cheeky breakfast option or afternoon snack. It can also be tied up with a ribbon and gifted to a friend during the holiday season.

Holiday Gingerbread Loaf

Ingredients:

  • 2 C. flour
  • 1/3 C. packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 C. molasses
  • 3/4 C. hot water
  • 1/2 C. butter, softened
  • 1/3 C. applesauce
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 C. powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tbs. milk
  • Preheat oven to 350˚ and grease a loaf pan.

Directions:

  • In a separate bowl, mix together the remainder of the ingredients.
  • Slowly stir in the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until fully combined.
  • Pout batter into the loaf pan and bake for 55-60 minutes.
  • While the loaf cools, mix together the icing ingredients.
  • Once the loaf is at room temp, drizzle icing over the top of the loaf.