What makes the perfect chocolate chip cookie? I know, it's a difficult question, but I look to one woman for the answer: Ruth Wakefield. Wakefield accidentally created the chocolate chip cookie in 1930 when she realized she had run out of baker's chocolate while making her normal cookie recipe. So she substituted a Nestle chocolate bar and chopped it into small pieces. Instead of melting into the batter like she expected, the chocolate retained its shape during baking. Fresh out of the oven, Wakefield's crisp cookies with warm, soft chunks of chocolate became an instant hit at her restaurant at The Toll House Inn.
Wakefield's recipe emphasizes two rules of thumb when it comes to chocolate chip cookies:
1. Great chocolate makes a great cookie.
2. There is nothing better than a freshly baked cookie.
Using this simple but critical philosophy as a guide, we've scoped out seven delectable chocolate chip cookies in Washington D.C. Click through the slideshow to see them all.
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About the author: Elizabeth Laseter is a food writer and recent culinary school graduate living in Washington D.C. A self-proclaimed chocolate chip cookie-aholic, she remembers downing entire Pillsbury cookie dough logs as a child. Follow her foodie adventures in the city on her blog, D.C. Food Rag.