The Toll House Inn, which was located on the street between Boston and Cape Cod, was a regular stop for famous citizens, among them the Kennedy family, and has been known for their excellent food, especially their desserts. Ruth Wakefield, together with her husband, featured good old home cooking, and Mrs. W. had a background in home economics, which she put to use daily from the Inn’s kitchen.
Since its humble beginnings from one simple recipe, an entire industry has been spawned, with hundreds of variations and combinations. The Cookie Monster surely did his part to promote cookies to kids, notably the chocolate chip variety heading the list. A young entrepreneurial homemaker called Mrs. Fields sold expensive gourmet biscuits throughout the country’s shopping malls. David’s Cookies and Famous Amos rode the wave during the explosion of cookie popularity, each featuring their unique version of the chocolate chip cookie. Online sales abound for these beloved treats, and dozens of brands line grocery store shelves along with many different chip flavors and sizes.
A recipe which even a kid or adolescent can manage, pre-made dough may also be purchased, ready to bake, for those unwilling to start from scratch. What can compare to freshly baked cookies, and these high the hit parade in aroma and simplicity. Many prospective chefs and bakers cut their teeth on this popular recipe, no doubt sneaking tastes of raw dough when mother wasn’t looking.
In the Northeast, Ruth Wakefield was a well-known cook and cookbook author and would undoubtedly have her own show on the Food Network were she alive today. And she wasn’t just a one-trick pony. But who would have thought a simple fresh cookie could secure her place at foodie history and be right up there with apple pie? An American original and not just for kids.