Publication or use of pictures, recipes, articles, or any other material form my Web site, on or off-line without written permission from the author is prohibited. If you would like to use my articles on your Web site or in your publication, contact me for details. Avoid infringing copyright law and its consequences: read the article 7 Online Copyright Myths by Judith Kallos
Read our
before using
our site
Linking Policy
Advertise with us
Copyright © 2003 - 2011 Anna Maria Volpi - All Rights reserved.
Anna Maria's Open Kitchen Site Map

site map



about us




HOME PAGE >> Recipes >>

Conversion Calculator !

Italian Recipes zzx012
Italian recipes cv01
anna maria volpi italian chef x01
Anna Maria Suggests

Extra-Virgin Italian Olive Oil

The Best Selection of Italian Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Choose among the finest. FREE SAMPLE !!

Balsamic Vinegar from Modena

Buy from the source Authentic Aged Traditional  Balsamic Vinegar from Italy

Imported Italian Olives

Sicily, Apulia, Lazio, Liguria, and More...The Best Selection of Succulent Italian Olives Oil

Infused Extra-Virgin Olive Oils

Spice up your dishes with Infused Flavored Italian Extra-Virgin Olive Oils. ALL NATURAL!

Mediterranean inspired specialty food & gifts

Some More Hot Topics You'd Like to See adv.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Biscotti al Cioccolato
How to make Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 1/4 (175 g) cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
8 tablespoons (110 g) butter, softened
3/4 cup (150 g) sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
12 oz (340 g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 oz (90 g) walnuts, chopped
Preheat oven to 375 F (190 C). Stir the flour, salt, and baking soda together in a bowl.
chocolate chip cookies 02.jpg chocolate chip cookies 03.jpg chocolate chip cookies 04.jpg chocolate chip cookies 05.jpg chocolate chip cookies 06.jpg chocolate chip cookies 07.jpg chocolate chip cookies 08.jpg chocolate chip cookies 09.jpg
Remove the bowl from the mixer. Stir the flour mixture into the bowl with a rubber spatula.
Run the paddle until the mixture is smooth.
Place the butter and the sugar in an electric mixer fitted with a paddle. Run the mixer until combined. Add the eggs and the vanilla.
Stir in the chocolate chips . . . .
. . .  and the walnuts. . . .
. . .  until a dough forms.
Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Place one tablespoon of dough at a time on the cookie sheets, leaving about a 2 inch (5 cm) distance between them.  Bake for about 12 to 15 minutes or until golden. Cool on a rack.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Like many great culinary discoveries, the “invention” of the chocolate chip cookie came from a casual event.

The Toll House Restaurant of Whitman, Massachusetts was once a real toll house. Built in 1709, it was a stop for stage coaches. Passengers could have food while the horses were changed. Toll was taken here for the use of the highway between Boston and the whaling town of New Bedford. Ruth Graves Wakefield (1905-1977) graduated from the Department of Household Arts of Framingham State Normal School in 1924. Together with her husband Kenneth, she bought the Toll House Inn, which was a tourist lodge by then. Ruth, like any good bed and breakfast owner, prepared food for her guests at the inn and gained local notoriety for her baking.

She baked traditional “Butter Drop Do” cookies often using a recipe dating back to colonial times. One day in 1937, she ran out of baker’s chocolate, one of the main ingredients. She thought that she could use chocolate chunks cut out of a semi-sweet chocolate bar. The chocolate would melt, she assumed, and would spread in the dough. Instead, the chocolate pieces blended into the cookies but maintained their consistency, creating a completely new texture. The chocolate chip cookie was born.

She called her new invention “Toll House Crunch Cookies,” and they became very popular when New England newspapers published articles about them. They became famous countrywide in 1939 when Betty Crocker mentioned them on her radio program.

Around that time, Ruth Wakefield approached the Nestle Co. and they reached an agreement. Nestle was allowed to print the recipe on the wrapper of their Semi-Sweet Chocolate. In exchange, Ruth received all the chocolate she could use to make cookies for the rest of her life. Nestle even developed a scored chocolate bar, and included a small chopper in the package so that cutting the chocolate chips out of it would be easy. The Wakefields sold their restaurant in 1966, and unfortunately, the building burned in 1984. Today, Chocolate Chip Cookies are a favorite choice among kids and cookie lovers.

Here is some interesting information. Americans consume seven billion cookies per year. Some vendors only sell chocolate chip cookies, and half of the cookies baked in American households are chocolate chip.

Desserts >> Chocolate Chip Cookies