We're taking a moment off from holiday cheer to note a different
celebration - it's the 75th birthday of the chocolate chip cookie.
For those of you as interested in food history as we are, The
New Yorker has a wonderful
history of the cookie here. Briefly, after its origin at
the Tollhouse Inn in Massachusetts, the cookie performed stalwart
service during WW II, "Before the war they were a largely
the most popular dessert recipe in the country."
The article goes on to note that in the 70's and 80's the
Baby boomers rescued it from too much industrialization and
prepackaging in the 50's and '60's, "The Baby Boom
generation, which had been raised on the Toll House cookie, sought
to recapture the original taste of these homemade treats in stores
that sold fresh-baked cookies. Famous Amos, Mrs. Fields, and
David's Cookies all opened their first stores in the seventies, and
prospered in the eighties. By the middle of that decade, there were
more than twelve hundred cookie stands in business across the
And, of course, we can't overlook the introduction of
chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream by Ben and Jerry's,
"By 1991, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough replaced Heath
Bar Crunch as the company's bestselling product."
But maybe, rather than reading the history of the cookie,
we should celebrate by baking a batch. And while there are no end
of recipes that claim to be the best - for this occasion, you might
try the original
Tollhouse version - at least to compare it to your own
favorite version. And please feel free to mention your own personal
favorite below - we'd love to hear about it.