The chocolate chip cookie was first created in 1930 by Ruth Graves Wakefield. She was the owner of the Toll House Inn, in Whitman, Massachusetts. Wakefield was making a batch of chocolate cookies and realized she was out of baker’s chocolate. She substituted broken pieces of semi-sweet chocolate thinking it would melt and mix into the dough like the baker’s chocolate. The chocolate pieces did not melt and kept their shape in the cookies. These were an instant hit with her guests and she began selling the chocolate chip cookie recipe to local restaurants.
In 1939, Nestle approached Wakefield about using her recipe on their chocolate bar wrappers. They agreed to pay her a dollar for every pound of chocolate she used in her cookies. This made her recipe famous and chocolate chip cookies became a national sensation.
In the 1950s, manufacturers began adding chocolate chips to cookie dough and pre-packaging it for sale in supermarkets. This made it even easier for people to make chocolate chip cookies at home and the popularity of the cookie continued to grow.
Today, the chocolate chip cookie is one of the most popular cookies in the world and there are many different variations. You can find chocolate chip cookies made with nuts, raisins, and even peanut butter. No matter what your preference, there is a chocolate chip cookie out there for you.