Today I occasionally bake several dozen for my children and grandchildren and I know they bring back or create memories of comfort, sweetness, and special events as they were and are growing up. Even now I bake chocolate chip cookies and take them to the college library--where folks have been exceedingly kind to me--or the Warren County Public Library (for the same reason), or to my colleagues in places where I worked.
In fact, over half the cookies baked in homes in the United States are chocolate chip cookies. They seem to be quite a favorite and so they get their very own national day today.
Over many times and places cookies have found a way into our vocabulary as well as our stomachs. In Holland they are called koekje or little cakes. Spain has its galletas, Germany its kels, England its biscuits, and Italy its biscotti. But no matter what word is used to describe these sweet confections, Americans call them "cookies."
In the United States cookies began to change dramatically with the invention of the intercontinental railroad. Now ingredients could be found in faraway places and brought back for the purpose of cooking. Coconut could be found in the South and oranges in the West. The various kinds of cookies with so-called "exotic" ingredients grew dramatically.
So today we celebrate the most wonderful, sweet, delicious, scrumptious, ambrosial, succulent, pleasurable, exquisite, fragrant, luscious, tempting, morsels of food known to mankind--chocolate chip cookies. Can't you smell them baking already? Bakers, start preheating your ovens! It's National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day.