Who invented the cookie?

Here’s something you probably never wondered: who invented the cookie?! It’s a solid question if you’re into baking at all. It turns out that the first ever chocolate chip cookie was invented in 1937 by Ruth Graves Wakefield who ran the Toll House Restaurant. Hmm…no wonder Toll House cookies are so good!!


Cookie facts:

  • Historians say that cookies started out being “test cakes” for bakers. They would drop small amounts of cake batter into the oven to test the oven temperature. The name cookie is derived from the Dutch word koekje, meaning “small or little cake.”
  • Early American cookbooks, cookies were known by names like Jumbles, Plunkets and Cry Babies.
  • The earliest cookie-style cakes are thought to date back to 7th century Persia A.D. (now Iran), one of the first countries to cultivate sugar (luxurious cakes and pastries in large and small versions were well known in the Persian empire).
  • Ruth Graves Wakefield accidently invented chocolate chip cookies. One of her favorite recipes was “Butter Drop Do” which called for baker’s chocolate, which she was out of, so she replaced the baker’s chocolate with semisweet chocolate chunks, assuming that the chocolate would melt and spread. However, the chocolate held its shape and she created the Toll House Crunch Cookie.

Want to learn more about where cookies come from?! Check this website out: What’s Cooking America