National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day - Sunday, August 4, 2024

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World Cookie Day is observed every year on August 4 and we are celebrating it this year by… eating cookies! Biting into a Chocolate Chip Cookie can transport us back to the halcyon days of our childhoods when the days were long and the milk was cold.

We’ve tried Chocolate Chip Cookies warm and gooey right out of the oven or fresh and chewy from the grocery store. But no matter what form your favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie takes, there’s no denying that this triple-C confection holds a very special place in our hearts.

History of National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

The first Chocolate Chip Cookie was actually made by accident in Whitman, Massachusetts in an inn called the Toll House. In 1938, Ruth Graves Wakefield one day planned on making regular chocolate cookies but got the great idea of throwing in chunks of a chocolate bar into it. Much to her surprise, the chocolate did not mix well with the cookie and instead, it filled up with tasty chunks of chocolate.

These fortunate turn of events led to the emergence of the Chocolate Chip Cookie and the birth of the Toll House company. As time went on, different versions of the cookie were made using white chocolate or dark chocolate and the people wanted a variety of new recipes to enjoy!

Ruth Graves Chocolate Chip Cookie started to get more and more famous. Finally, Nestle reached out to her and agreed to add her recipe to their wrapper in exchange for a lifetime of free cookies — and she took it!

Chocolate Chip Cookies have come a long way since the Toll House Inn days because today it is seen as a staple part of the American home. It is estimated that a person eats around 35,000 cookies in a lifetime which is crazy if you think about it. It is now available to be eaten in places like Europe and Australia, and it will only get bigger from here on out. You never know, it might just get so famous that aliens might just come to Earth — over the smell of some delicious cookies.

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day timeline


Official state cookie

The Chocolate Chip Cookie is named and recognized as the official state cookie of Massachusetts.


The world goes bananas 

Ben and Jerry's creates waves of excitement around the globe after they released the Chocolate Chip Cookie dough ice cream.


Finally going commercial

Chips Ahoy! debuts in US supermarkets.


The creation of happiness

Ruth Graves accidentally creates the first-ever chocolate cookie.

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day FAQs

What is the best way to store Chocolate Chip Cookies?

Most cookies will stay fresh when stored in an airtight container at room temperature for about three days. After that, it’s best to freeze them. Most candies will keep well for two to three weeks if stored tightly covered in a cool, dry place.

How long can you keep a fresh baked Chocolate Chip Cookie?

Freshly baked cookies will last for about 2 to 3 weeks at normal room temperature.

What are the ingredients of the original chocolate chip cookie recipe?

Luckily, Nestle agreed to publish the recipe with the ingredients and instructions on the back of the chocolate chip cookie ready-to-bake packages. That way you can enjoy them the way Ruth Graves did: with family, friends or even by yourself.

5 Facts About Cookies That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. Dub thee

    It Was First Called The Chocolate Crunch Cookie

  2. Chunks of chocolate

    Chocolate chips never melt because they have less cocoa butter than chocolate bars.

  3. Cool kid

    The Chocolate Chip Cookie is America's most popular cookie.

  4. Cookie currency

    The first chocolate chip cookie was the size of a quarter.

  5. Lots o’ chocolate

    There are 7 billion Chocolate Chip Cookies eaten in the United States every year, with about 50% of those homemade cookies.

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day Activities

  1. Bake a batch of cookies

    Whether you pick up some preformed cookie dough at the grocery store or you whip up your favorite recipe from scratch, the ultimate way to celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day is to pop a cookie sheet in the oven and let that heavenly smell fill up your whole house. After they're baked, try a warm one off the cooling rack and enjoy that melted chocolate and chewy cookie combo.

  2. Give your friends some cookies

    Even if baking at home isn't for you, there's always a way to share National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day with the people in your life. Home-baked or store-bought, you can still spread love by the baker's dozen by simply sharing some of your cookies with friends. Make up a few gift packages or invite good friends for a cookie party but don't forget the milk!

  3. Go bakery-hopping

    Bakers are always giving out free samples and National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day is a great excuse to introduce new customers to this most-beloved of cookie concoctions. On August 4, grab a friend and visit all the bakeries in your area. You might each luck into free samples of Chocolate Chocolate Chip and White Chocolate Macadamia for your tasting pleasure.

Why We Love National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

  1. They're so much better than plain cookies

    Maybe it's the chocolate. Maybe it's the fact that the chocolate is concentrated into chips and isn't mixed evenly throughout the cookie. Maybe it's just because saying "Chocolate Chip Cookie" is kinda fun. Whatever the reason, Chocolate Chip Cookies really stand out to us as the king of cookies.

  2. They make the best cookie cakes

    Becoming a cookie cake is the highest achievement to which any self-respecting cookie can aspire and Chocolate Chip Cookie seem to be our very favorite candidates. A standard cookie cake fills a pizza box and can be decorated with frosting, sprinkles and other cake decorations. And yet, beneath it all, the cookie cake is really just a giant cookie you have no excuse not to share. So why not make it from the most well-loved cookie of all?

  3. Free cookies!

    Bakers often give out free samples and the public's obsession with Chocolate Chip Cookies has established this sweet treat as one of the ultimate standards for great baked goods. It makes sense that bakers give out bites of this beloved cookie to entice their customers and prove their baking prowess. The best part? You can probably find a free cookie within a few miles of your home on any given day.

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