Chocolate chip cookies are a Canadian favourite

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Classic chocolate chip cookies
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Adapted from wikiHow
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Who invented the chocolate chip cookie?

Ruth Wakefield invented the chocolate chip cookie in 1924.

Ruth and her husband ran a tourist lodge. Ruth made very good desserts for her guests.

One day she did not have powdered cocoa for her favourite cookie recipe. Instead, she found a chocolate bar. She cut it up in small pieces.

She thought the pieces would melt.

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Chocolate chip cookies are yummy!
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The chopped up chocolate bar did not melt. The small pieces only softened. The result was a chocolate chip cookie. They were a big success.

Follow this simple recipe on the next page and make your own chocolate chip cookies.

Basic chocolate chip cookie recipe

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Ingredients

• 1 cup butter or margarine, softened but not melted (2 standard American sticks / 250g)
• 1/4 cup packed brown sugar (165 g)
• 3/4 cup granulated sugar (150 g)
• 2 large eggs
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (5 ml)
• 2 1/4 cups flour (280 g)
• 1 teaspoon salt (4.7 g)
• 1 teaspoon baking soda (2.3 g)
• 1 to 2 cups chocolate chips (168 to 336 g)

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Tools

• a large spoon
• measuring cups and spoons
• 2 bowls
• a baking sheet

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C or 350 degrees F.
Grease your baking sheet. Spread a thin layer of margarine or butter over the baking sheet.

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Method

In large bowl:
• Mix flour, salt and baking soda
In another bowl:
• Beat the butter or margarine and sugar until it is light and fluffy.
• Add the eggs and vanilla very slowly.
• Beat it well.

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• Gradually mix the flour and chocolate chips into the butter mixture.

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• Roll dough into small balls.
• Place the balls on the baking sheet about an inch apart.

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• Bake for about 10 to 15 minutes. The cookies should be light brown and just a little soft.
• Pour yourself a cup of tea or glass of milk. Enjoy!

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