May
13

National Chocolate Chip Day

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Did you know May 15th is National Chocolate Chip Day? Yup, there is a whole holiday to celebrate the wonderful little morsels of goodness!

Some claim that the first chocolate chips were created in 1937 by Ruth Graves Wakefield when she chopped up chocolate and then baked those pieces into cookies. Two years later, Nestle began producing Toll House Chocolate Chips and the rest is history.

In honor of the upcoming holiday, I want to share an infamous chocolate chip tale and recipe with you. As the tale goes, a patron of Neiman Marcus was having lunch at Zodiac, the Neiman Marcus restaurant, with her daughter. The ladies ordered a chocolate chip cookie for dessert and it was so delicious the patrons asked for the cookie recipe. As requested, the ladies were given the recipe but also received a bill for $250! Supposedly, the mother, angry over the high charge, started sharing the recipe with everyone to get back at Neiman Marcus. While Neiman Marcus insists there is no truth to this story, the myth still persists.

As a goodwill gesture, Neiman Marcus has released their famed Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe for free and it is posted below. Celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day by baking a batch yourself!

Recipe: Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookie

Recipe courtesy of Neiman Marcus
Photo courtesy of Flickr user Lara604

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder
  • 1-1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cream the butter with the sugars using an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy, approximately 30 seconds.
  2. Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract for another 30 seconds.
  3. In a mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and beat into the butter mixture at low speed for about 15 seconds.
  4. Stir in the espresso coffee powder and chocolate chips.
  5. Using a 1 ounce scoop or a 2 tablespoon measure, drop cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart.
  6. Gently press down on the dough with the back of a spoon to spread out into a 2 inch circle. Bake for about 20 minutes or until nicely browned around the edges. Bake a little longer for a crispier cookie.

Quick Notes

This recipe yields two dozen cookies.

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