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Celebrate with a favorite cookie: Today is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

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Everybody loves cookies. Not only kids, but adults also have a favorite cookie. Today is a day to indulge in a popular cookie because you have a great excuse. So celebrate May 15 with a handful of chocolate chip cookies on National Chocolate Cookie Day.

A chocolate chip cookie is a drop cookie that originated in the United States and features chocolate chips as its distinguishing ingredient. The traditional recipe combines a dough composed of butter and both brown and white sugar with semi-sweet chocolate chips. Variations include recipes with other types of chocolate as well as additional ingredients such as nuts or oatmeal.

Ruth Graves Wakefield created the original chocolate chip cookie in the 1930s at her Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts. Wakefield intended to bake chocolate cookies for her guests, but she ran out of baker’s chocolate. She substituted with chopped up semi-sweet chocolate morsels and discovered that the pieces did not melt into the dough as she expected. The chips remained in whole pieces; however, her cookies were not ruined. They became an instant hit. Today, 25 percent of all the cookies baked in the United States are chocolate chips cookies patterned after what Wakefield thought had been a mistake.

To celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day, you can pick up a big bag of chocolate chip cookies from your local supermarket or bake up a bunch to share with your family and friends.

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