Ruth Wakefield and the Chocolate Chip Cookie

My late husband Jerry was a master chocolate chip cookie baker. Over the years he’d tweaked the basic Toll House chocolate chips recipe on the back of the yellow package, and the result was something divine. I miss many things about having Jerry in my life. High on the list are his chocolate chip cookies, served warm right out of the oven. My mouth waters at the memory.

The New York Times is running a series on obits of remarkable women that were never written at the time of their actual deaths.  The series is called “Overlooked”. One of those is Ruth Wakefield, who invented the original chocolate chip cookie recipe. Wakefield died in 1977, and her obit has just appeared.

Wakefield is long dead, but her iconic cookie lives on in a million iterations. Even without sampling them all, I think Jerry’s was the best. 🙂

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