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Patch Recipes: Chocolate Chip Everything

May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Day. The cookie with which it is often paired is part of Massachusetts history.

In this modern age, often even the best relationships sour after some time. But one relationship that has remained strong through the years is the one between the cookie and chocolate chips—creating a baked good that is satisfying to just about every person alive.

Chocolate chip cookies were invented (supposedly by accident) in the 1930s by Ruth Graves Wakefield at she and her husband Kenneth's Toll House Inn in Whitman, Mass. Rights to the recipe that had become popular throughout New England were eventually acquired by Nestle in an agreement that included Wakefield receiving a lifetime supply of chocolate.

The chocolate chip, which is included in many other tasty recipes aside from its usual partner, will be honored May 15 on National Chocolate Chip Day. Here are some recipes you can use so you can celebrate the day the right way—by baking some sweets, then eating most of them and giving a few to your friends, family members and people you hope will do favors for you.

Victoria's Super Chunk Chocolate Chip Cookies

(White Plains Patch)

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 Cups Unbleached Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Cup Softened Butter
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Packed Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 Cups Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Cup Broken Pieces Dark Chocolate

Directions

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. In a medium size bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and kosher salt. In a large size bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer until nice and creamy. Add the sugar, dark brown sugar and vanilla. Beat for one minute. Add the eggs one at a time. Beat well after each addition. Slowly beat in the flour mixture and mix for one minute. Stir in the chocolate chips and broken dark chocolate pieces. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto parchment paper lined baking sheets. 

Bake for 11 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool on the baking sheets for two minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. This recipe makes approximately four dozen cookies.

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread 

(Hoboken Patch)

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) finely chopped toasted walnuts
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (about 2 medium)
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions

Adjust the rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 9 x 5 x 3-inch baking pan. Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. Stir in the finely chopped walnuts. In another bowl, combine the mashed bananas, eggs, buttermilk, oil and vanilla; add to the flour mixture. Stir just until combined and add chocolate chips.

Pour batter into baking pan and bake for 60 to 90 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the bread comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before inverting from pan. Cool on a wire rack. When completely cool, slice thinly.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Grilled Cheese Sandwiches 

We're not kidding on this one.

"Chocolate chip cookies and melted cheese are a mash-up that was meant to be," wrote recipe writer "Stef" on www.cupcakeproject.com. "The stretchy, oozey cheese and the melty chocolate chips together are a playground for your palette."

Go here to see the recipe.

Carol Bragg May 11, 2013 at 11:06 PM
Thanks, Jonathan. Chocolate is definitely a mood enhancer. Perhaps it should be at the center of our foreign policy. It's hard to be angry at someone who gives you chocolate. I had an uncle who poured ketchup on everything, including cereal. I suppose putting chocolate chips into a cheese sandwich is similar. I hope someone will try this and give us a report.
Roseanne May 13, 2013 at 12:19 AM
Delicious-sounding recipes. Long live chocolate, and National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

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