This is week four in our weekly series entitled 12 Cookies of Christmas. The recipes we have been making are from my Mom’s 1959 Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook. My mother is no longer with us, so I thought this would be a nice way of sharing her with my girls. The fondest memories of my childhood, were when I helped my mother bake.
This week we chose Chocolate Chip cookies, and here’s what the cookbook says,
The story goes like this:
Ruth Wakefield, a college educated dietician and food lecturer, purchased a historic tourist lodge called the Toll House Inn near Boston, MA. In 1930s. When she was making cookies for her guests, she realized she was out of baker’s chocolate so substituted chopped up Nestle semi-sweet chocolate bars instead. The chips did not melt into the dough as expected, and in the process she created an American icon: chocolate chip cookies. By 1939, she had cut a deal with Nestle and the rest is history. Hurrah for American capitalism!
Here’s the 1959 version of this famous recipe:
Mix together thoroughly: 1/2 cup soft shortening or butter, 3/4 cup (1/2 brown sugar, 1/2 sugar), 1 egg, 1 tsp. vanilla
Sift together and stir in: 1 1/8 cup sifted GOLD MEDAL flour, 1/4 tsp. soda, 1/2 tsp. salt
Mix into dough: 1/2 cup cut-up nuts, and 1 1/4 cups of chocolate chips.
Bake Cookies: Drop rounded teaspoons about 2″ apart on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in a 375 degree F oven until delicately browned…cookies should still be soft. Cool slightly…then removed from baking sheet. Makes about 3 doz. 2′ cookies.
Bar Variation: Double the above recipe, and place in a slightly greased 15 x 10 large baking pan and bake it for 20-25 minutes in a 375 degree F oven. Cool pan on a baking rack, cut into 48 pieces.
These chocolate chip bars were clear winners for the taste testers ages 3 to 10. Here are the rest of the ranking:
Week# 2 Pumpkin cut-outs are in second place.
Week #1 Gingerbread Men are in third place.
Week # 3 Scotch Shortbreads are dead last with the kiddie crowd, however the grown-ups, including me, LOVED them.