The Invention Of Chocolate Chip Cookies

How chocolate chip cookies were discovered.


By: Raina Gullo, Journalist

Have you ever thought about the origin of chocolate chip cookies? They can’t have been around forever, even if they seem like an integral part of our society.

While chocolate chip cookies might have been around for a long time, they were made famous when a chef named Ruth Wakefield made them for her inn, The Toll House Inn. Most who know of Wakefield believe she accidentally stumbled upon the idea of chocolate chip cookies. Some popular theories are that she ran out of butter and substituted chocolate, she knocked the chocolate into plain cookie batter, or she was in a rush, trying to make chocolate cookies, and decided to just crumble in bits of chocolate instead of melting and stirring chocolate into the batter. She took them out of the oven, and she discovered they had stayed as bits of chocolate, she served them anyway, and her customers loved them!

However, some people believe otherwise. Ruth Wakefield was a professional baker, she would not have run out of ingredients or misplanned her time. Wakefield has written cookbooks, so maybe she had purposely made the recipe. She actually mentioned her discovery, “We had been serving a thin butterscotch nut cookie with ice cream,” she said in a 1970’s interview. “Everybody seemed to love it, but I was trying to give them something different.”

When Wakefield first made them, they were thin and crunchy, called Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookie. Nowadays, there are many different versions of chocolate chip cookies, vegan, peanut butter, soft, and more!