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Generations of kids and grown-ups have baked and eaten chocolate chip cookies.

We have just one person to thank for the chocolate chip cookies we know and love: Ruth Wakefield. In the 1930s, Ruth and her husband ran a restaurant in Whitman, Massachusetts, called the Toll House. Ruth invented a recipe for Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookies to serve with ice cream for dessert at the restaurant. Her original recipe contained both nuts and chocolate chips.

In 1939, Ruth gave the Nestlé company the right to use her cookie recipe and the Toll House restaurant’s name — and an American legend was born. If you’ve ever seen a package of Nestlé Toll House chocolate chips, you’ll find Ruth’s now-famous recipe on the back. Even today, her cookies are a perfect pairing for a scoop of ice cream!

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie

Serves 12

Vegetable oil spray


1 cup (5 ounces) all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


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