This is Chocolate Chip Cookie Week....
So get to celebratin'! Here is a fun article with great tips on making the best chocolate chip cookies and offers up variations on the original.
Here is a little history for you: The original chocolate chip cookie, the Toll House Cookie, was invented by Ruth Graves Wakefield in the 1930s. Ruth and her husband Kenneth owned the Toll House Inn, near Whitman, Massachusetts. Ruth cooked for her guests, and one day had to substitute semi-sweet chocolate for baker's chocolate in a cookie recipe. She chopped the chocolate in bits, but when she took the cookies from the oven, the semi-sweet chocolate had not melted into the dough as the baker's chocolate had. These cookies with chocolate 'chips' became an immediate hit with her guests. The official state cookie of Massachusetts is the chocolate chip cookie, invented in 1930 at the Toll House Restaurant. On February 7, 2001, the Chocolate Chip Cookie was declared the official cookie of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
There is also a lot more very intersting (and possibly scandaleous) cookie history that you should check out at wikipedia, if you find this at all interesting (which I do, actually). :)
Today, half the cookies baked in American homes are chocolate-chip, with an estimated seven billion consumed annually. Wow, that is a lot of cookies! To help out this statistic, here is another page filled with yummy sounding cookie recipe's. Give 'em a try and let me know how they turn out.
And who doesn't love to take a nice warm, fresh out of the oven, ooey-gooey chocolate chip-melting cookie and dip it into some ice cold milk...YUM!!! Okay, my mouth is watering now. Time to go.
Have a great chocolate chip cookie week everyone!