Do you like cookies? I do. What's your favorite type of cookie? My second favorite type is chocolate chip. I like big, chewy chocolate chip cookies made with dark chocolate. Specialty's Café has really good chocolate-chip cookies like that.
Have you ever wondered about how chocolate chip cookies were invented, or why peanut butter cookies have lines on them, or why macaroons are made with coconut? Cookies can have interesting histories.
At Microsoft, part of my job involves studying cookie histories. Luckily, with the Internet and a good search engine like Bing, questions like these are easy to answer.
Chocolate chip cookies were invented by Ruth Wakefield at the Toll House Inn in Massachusetts in 1933 or 1934, but there are different stories about how she invented them. The most popular story says that she was trying to make some chocolate cookies, but she didn't have the chocolate that she normally used for the cookies, so she cut up a semi-sweet chocolate bar and mixed it in with the dough and expected that the chocolate would mix with the dough when the cookies were baked.
Another story is that some chocolate fell into some cookie dough while it was being mixed.
In either case, the Toll House Inn became known for chocolate chip cookies, and Betty Crocker helped to popularize them a few years later on her radio show. After that, Nestle made a deal with Ruth to feature her Toll House Cookie recipe on their chocolate bar wrappers and later started producing chocolate chips to make it easier to make the cookies.
Can you guess what my favorite type of cookie is? I'll write about that next time.