Chocolate chip cookies remind me of cozy days at home surrounded by friends and family. Their crunchy edges, chewy center, and melted chocolate chips bring me satisfaction and comfort.iThey are unique in that a large part of peoples’ warm and happy memories of chocolate chip cookies come not only from eating them but from making them. Making and eating cookies seems to be such a classic tradition that has long since been in existence. Yet, the chocolate chip cookie has a fairly recent origin. Invented by Ruth Wakefield, who ran the Toll House restaurant in Whitman, Massachusetts from 1930 to 1967, it came into existence as the “Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookie” during the late 1930s. Its recipe first appeared in print in 1938, and was from then on celebrated by famous bakers such as Marjorie Husted (a.k.a. Betty Crocker). An often told story of the origins of the recipe is that Wakefield ran out of nuts for an ice-cream cookie and replaced them with a bar of chocolate, but this is not true given that Wakefield would not have let her well-known bakery run out of such an essential ingredient. It is more plausible that she carefully designed the cookie, first meant to be paired with ice cream, as the perfect antidote for the Great Depression. It was inexpensive and often became part of care packages sent to soldiers in the war, thus bringing comfort to the American people. It has since taken on many variations and forms, and numerous companies such as Nestlé, Nabisco, Famous Amos, Mrs. Fields, and David’s Cookies. Long-standing or recent, accidental or deliberate, the chocolate chip cookie is sure to remain an integral part of happy, comforting memories and experiences. Source: