Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies is an American cookie snack prepared with basic cookie dough which contains flour, sugar, butter, eggs and baking soda studded with chopped chocolate chips or chopped chocolates.


My first Chocolate Chip Cookie was not a homemade one but a ready to eat American Brand called Chips Ahoy, that’s the only chocolate chip cookie we know during the old days. There were no other brands and no other means to make a homemade version as oven was never popular in the Philippines during the 80’s specially for the middle to lower earning demographics of the population. It was always more convenient and cheaper to buy baked goods in a bakery rather than owning an oven. Chips Ahoy was everywhere during those time because it’s one of the most popular item in a “Balik Bayan Box” or “pasalubong” from your relative in America, and if you don’t have a relative in the states you can always buy them from any of the American Bases in the Philippines like Subic, Clark and Camp John Hay. Chocolate Chip Cookies was one of the first things I made as a child, while we don’t have an oven, we have an oven toaster and that’s where I made it. I still remember this was the first thing I made in that brand-new oven toaster and I made only 4 cookies on my first batch. That started my interest in cooking as the result came out really good the first time, I made them.

When I first made it probably it was around 1985 and it this cookie was already existing for 47 years already. Invented by American chefs Ruth Graves Wakefield and Sue Brides in 1938, rumours say that the cookie was accidentally invented when she expected the chocolate chunks would melt, making chocolate cookies but that was not the case. The original recipe uses a Nestlé semi-sweet chocolate bar where it is chopped to bits then added into the cookie dough, the original name of the cookie was “Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookies” named after the Inn Wakefield owns. Later on Wakefield gave Nestle the recipe for her cookies and was paid with a lifetime supply of chocolates form Nestle.

During WWII the cookies started to become popular as the soldiers from Massachusetts who were stationed overseas shared the cookies to where they were. I think that is why it become really popular in the Philippines too since a lot of Americans were based there after WWII.


Today I am making these cookies and I haven’t made them for quite some time now, can’t even remember when was the last time I made it. One thing for sure this probably not the same recipe I used when I was a child on that oven toaster but one thing I can promise is that this recipe below is quite good, if you like super soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies then this one is for you.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Snack
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Chocolate Chip Cookies is an American cookie snack prepared with basic cookie dough which contains flour, sugar, butter, eggs and baking soda studded with chopped chocolate chips or chopped chocolates.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl sift together flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt. Set it aside.
  2. In another bowl mix together melted butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until well combined.
  3. Add the egg, egg yolk and vanilla in the butter sugar mixture, whisk to combine.
  4. Pour the wet mixture with the flour mixture and using a spatula mix until combined, dough will be soft but thick. Fold the chocolate chunks.
  5. Cover the dough with a cling wrap then place it in the refrigerator overnight hours to chill, this is required for best results. If you want it a bit faster I suggest chilling it not less than 4 hours.
  6. Remove the dough from the fridge, using an ice cream scoop, get a portion of a dough like scooping some ice cream, lightly roll them to form a nice sphere.
  7. Place dough balls in a cookie sheet lined with baking paper then bake in a 160C preheated oven for 14 – 15 minutes.
  8. Remove it from the oven, it will be very soft at this stage, set it aside for 10 minutes then transfer it into a wire rack to completely cool down.


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5 Responses

  1. Soft chewy cookies sound wonderful, esp. when loaded with chocolate!

  2. What a fun story! I love knowing that it was a chocolate chip cookies to cut you started in cooking… They are one of the most comforting cookies anyone could have. They always remind me of my mom, who made the recipe from the Wakefield Inn. I’ve never seen corn starch used in cookies other than alfajores – I bet that is what makes them so tender!

  3. suituapui says:

    My girl’s favourite!

  4. Of course those American-style cookies always look so inviting and delicious, and they have a wonderful texture. But the taste – they are sooooo sweet most of the times to my liking, that sometimes you cannot taste anything yet the sugar. Your recipe actually doesn’t call for as much sugar as some others (I’ve seen 2 cups of sugar for the same amount of dough!), and I like this fact. With some milk or tea/coffee, they would be pretty good!

  5. I love how chocolate chip cookies first started your interest in cooking and baking – and look where that’s led now! Chocolate chip cookies are one of those recipes with literally thousands of variations. I’ve rarely met a cookie I don’t like, though…so I need to try your version next!

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