No one seems to know the origins of Homemade Cookies Day, but it might be related to the fact that October 1, 1925 is the Anniversary of the New York Cocoa Exchange. Whatever. Far be it from me to pass up an opportunity to celebrate cookie dough.
Any celebration related to cookies, however, must pay homage to Ruth Graves Wakefield, who invented the chocolate chip cookie.
As you may know, in 1937, while preparing the rather oddly named “Butter Drop Do Cookies” for her Toll House Inn, Mrs. Wakefield ran out of baker’s chocolate. Evincing the American ingenuity we celebrate, she chopped up a bar of Nestlé Semi-Sweet Chocolate into tiny pieces and added the pieces to the dough. They didn’t melt as she had expected, but nevertheless, the cookies – rechristened Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookies – were a phenomenal hit. Sales of semi-sweet chocolate skyrocketed, and eventually, Mrs. Wakefield and Nestlé reached an agreement allowing Nestlé to print the recipe on the chocolate bar. (They did, however, leave out the little bit of information that, as Mrs. Wakefield wrote in her Toll House Cook Book, “at Toll House, we chill this dough overnight.” Apparently chilling the dough makes the cookies brown more evenly.) In 1939, Nestlé came up with the morsels, and the rest is homemade cookie history.
I hope you will join me in celebrating this most important holiday by baking homemade cookies!