The chocolate chip was created by accident by Ruth Graves Wakerfield at Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts in the 1930s. Intending to make chocolate cookies, but finding herself to have run out of cocoa powder, Wakerfield chopped up a semi-sweet chocolate bar with the hopes that it would melt into the cookie dough. It didn’t, and the chocolate chip cookie was born, making for what is arguably the best accident to ever have occurred in history.

Have a cookie with your history lesson and celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day by baking up a batch of the World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies. Crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside, these cookies are utter perfection. They have a rich flavor which might be due to the higher than usual brown sugar to white sugar ratio, and they bake up beautifully, never spreading out into a disappointing, flimsy uni-cookie. Throw in a little instant coffee or espresso powder to enhance the chocolate flavor and add some depth, or skip it if you’re not a coffee fan. Either way, you’ll have a wonderful batch of cookies on your hands, and your house will smell delicious!

Ingredients:

½ cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 ¾ cup flour
1 teaspoon instant coffee or espresso (optional)
8 ounces chocolate chips (or more!)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Beat the butter and sugars until creamy and fluffy.
Beat in the egg and vanilla.
Add all of the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Don’t overmix!
Stir in the chocolate chips, adding more or less to reach your desired level of chippiness.
Grease a parchment-lined baking sheet (the parchment is not necessary but makes for easy clean up).
Form tablespoon sized balls of cookie dough, place on the cookie sheet and flatten the balls slightly.
Bake for 8-12 minutes until they just begin to turn golden, and be careful not to over-bake or else you’ll lose the chewiness.
Cool on wire racks and enjoy with a glass of cold milk.

Happy Chocolate Chip Day!