August 4 is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, and I couldn't be happier about it!
Did you know that the classic American dessert was invented by complete accident? According to All About Chocolate Chip Cookies, in the 1930s, a hero of a woman named Ruth Graves Wakefield was baking cookies for a tourist lodge that she owned called the Toll House Inn (sound familiar?) and she substituted a Nestle chocolate bar for baking chocolate when she ran out of the stuff.
Thinking the chips would melt into the dough and create a chocolate cookie, she was in for quite a surprise -- a supremely delicious one -- when she saw that that wasn't the case.
You know the rest of the story: Years later, the accidental creation remains America's favorite cookie, and life without them sounds like a bleak existence indeed.
So August 4 goes out to the extra-special cookie, and guess what? You can even get some free stuff out of it. Here are the best nationwide deals for National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, according to KTRK:
1. BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse: Sign up for Premier Rewards with the company and you'll get a voucher for a free Pizookie, also known as a giant hot-out-of-the-oven cookie topped with ice cream.
2. Corner Bakery Cafe: From August 4-6, make any purchase and you'll get a free cookie in return.
3. DoubleTree by Hilton: Wander on into any participating location (no reservation needed!) and snag yourself a free cookie! No strings attached -- only on August 4.
4. Nestle Toll House Cafe: These cafes are also giving out free cookies on August 4! All you need to do is show up and the free treat is all yours.
Are you more in the mood to whip something up at home to celebrate this great holiday? Here are some delicious ways to pay tribute to Mrs. Wakefield!
There's a reason this cookie recipe has survived for so long -- there's nothing like a classic!
I'm not sure that "leftover chocolate chip cookies" is really a thing, but if you have some that accidentally get a little stale, this is a great way to give them new life.
A big pan full of gooey, warm, crumbly cookie with a few heaping scoops of melting ice cream on top. Does it get any better?
If you love soft cookies, this cake version will blow you away. It's supremely soft and pillowy for a cookie but delightfully dense and a bit chewy for a cake. Plus, you get to put chocolate frosting on top -- a definite bonus.