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August 4th Is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (With Recipe)

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Liza loves obscure holidays—especially those that celebrate food and beverages.

To celebrate the day, I baked (what else?) chocolate chip cookies. I love dunking them in a glass of milk. Yummy!

To celebrate the day, I baked (what else?) chocolate chip cookies. I love dunking them in a glass of milk. Yummy!

What Is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day?

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day is celebrated on August 4th by cookie shops, bakeries, and home bakers across the United States. Did you know the chocolate chip cookie is America's most popular cookie? To celebrate this day, I'd like to share a bit of history about this famous cookie, as well as my favorite recipe.

A Brief History of the Chocolate Chip Cookie

The chocolate chip cookie is one of the most popular cookies in the world—but who created them? Well, the story begins around 1938 with Ruth Graves Wakefield, an American chef who invented the Toll House Cookie, which was the first chocolate chip cookie. I found her story while looking through some of my cookbooks at home over the weekend. So it's thanks to Wakefield that we can enjoy these delicious cookies today.

How to Celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

  • Bake a batch of chocolate chip cookies at home with family.
  • Share some of your cookies with friends. Make up a few gift packages or invite good friends for a cookie party.
  • Take a picture of the chocolate chip cookie you make and post it on social media with the hashtag #nationalchocolatechipcookieday
  • Bakers are always giving out free samples. Check with your local cafés and bakeries to see if they are offering free or discounted chocolate chip cookie celebration of the holiday.
  • Enjoy it with a cup of your favorite coffee, tea, or a glass of milk.
Did you know freshly baked cookies will last for about 2 to 3 weeks at normal room temperature?

Did you know freshly baked cookies will last for about 2 to 3 weeks at normal room temperature?

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or almond (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or grease the baking sheet).
  3. In a small bowl, sieve the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar, butter, dark brown sugar, vanilla, milk, and egg. Use a hand mixer to beat the ingredients until they are well combined.
  5. Gradually add the flour mixture into the wet mixture. Continue mixing at a lower speed, but do not over-mix.
  6. Add the corn syrup and continue mixing for a few seconds.
  7. Add the chocolate chips and chopped walnut or almond into the mixture. Use a spatula to incorporate the ingredients.
  8. Use an ice-cream scoop or a spoon to drop the cookies onto the pan.
  9. Bake the cookies for 12 minutes.
  10. Transfer the cookies onto a wire rack and let them cool completely before putting them into a jar.
  11. Enjoy the cookies with a coffee, tea, or milk!

Crispy vs. Chewy

I like my cookies crispy, and one of the ways I achieve that is by combining white granulated sugar with dark brown sugar. However, you're welcome to adjust the balance of white vs. dark sugar, per your preference.

Make sure to keep the cookies inside an airtight container in order to preserve the crispiness. By the way, if you prefer your cookies to be chewy or soft, all you have to do is shape thicker cookies on the pan and then bake them in under 15 minutes. I hope you and your family will enjoy them as much as we do!

© 2020 Liza

Comments

Liza (author) from USA on August 06, 2020:

Correct! Whenever I make the chocolate chip cookie, I'll make sure to prepare two batches of dough. I bake the first batch and save the remaining dough in the freezer. The trick is to have fresh chocolate chip cookies without having to pull out the mixer, the bowl, and the ingredients. Thank you for commenting, Sp Greaney.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on August 06, 2020:

I think this is one recipe every houshold should have. Homemade chocolate chip cookies are one of the best things to eat.

Liza (author) from USA on August 05, 2020:

You're welcome, Peggy. My husband loves eating cookies too. He requested peanut butter cookies after I baked chocolate chip cookies. Usually, he brings the cookies to work so he can share it with his colleagues. By the way, I bet your grandmother's oatmeal cookies recipe is delicious! Please share the recipe, Peggy. Thanks for commenting.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 05, 2020:

Thanks for the heads-up on national chocolate chip cookie day. I may bake a batch for my husband. He enjoys eating one cookie a day and right now, he is enjoying my grandmother's recipe for oatmeal cookies. Your recipe sounds like a winner!

Liza (author) from USA on August 05, 2020:

Hi Amy, thank you for commenting. I bet everyone has made chocolate chip cookies at one point in their life. The chocolate chip cookie recipe I shared is one of the easiest.

Liza (author) from USA on August 05, 2020:

You're welcome, Liz.

Liz Westwood from UK on August 04, 2020:

Thanks for the freezer tip, Liza. That's a great idea.

Amy on August 04, 2020:

Wow interesting hub! Your chocolate chip cookies looks yummy and what an easy recipe it is! Thanks for sharing Liza.

Liza (author) from USA on August 04, 2020:

You're welcome. Chocolate chips cookie is one of the easiest and cheap biscuits to make, Liz. By the way, I like to save the extra dough in the freezer so I can bake anytime I want without having to make another batch. Thank you for commenting!

Liza (author) from USA on August 04, 2020:

Hi Abby, I love cookies. I think cookies are a universal joy because everyone from kids to adults loves cookies. Thank you for your comment :)

Liz Westwood from UK on August 04, 2020:

Great excuse to make and eat chocolate chip cookies. I have substituted chocolate buttons when baking with children for a really chocolatey experience. I appreciate your clear recipe instructions and illustrations.

Abby Slutsky from LAFAYETTE HL on August 04, 2020:

Great article. As the owner of a bakery business, I am always interested in what others have to say about cookies.

Liza (author) from USA on August 04, 2020:

Hi Rochelle, I bet your lemon bar cheesecake is delicious. I love dessert with lemon. Yes, today is National Chocolate Chip Day. I baked a few batches to give out to family and friends. By the way, congrats on your wedding anniversary. Have a great one!

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on August 04, 2020:

I didn’t know it was chocolate chip cookie day. I just made a lemon bar cheesecake. It’s our wedding anniversary!