Celebrate the Season with Cookies and Kanopy

The profound scientific advances that occurred during the 20th century include television, nuclear power, personal computers and antibiotics. Another important breakthrough was the invention of the chocolate-chip cookie, by Massachusetts chef and restaurateur Ruth Graves Wakefield, in 1938.  

In spite of reports that she invented the cookie by accident in an attempt to turn vanilla cookies into chocolate ones, it was actually deliberate. According to Carolyn Wyman's Great American Chocolate Chip Cookie Book, Wakefield said, "We had been serving a thin butterscotch nut cookie with ice cream. Everybody seemed to love it, but I was trying to give them something different. So I came up with Toll House cookies."

The cookies offered comfort during the difficult days of the Great Depression and later during World War II, when soldiers from Massachusetts who were stationed overseas began sharing care packages that contained Toll House Cookies with other soldiers, which resulted in frenzied requests for more.  

Nearly a century later, Wakefield's creation still ranks as our most-celebrated and beloved cookie, as shown in a state-by-state survey published by realsimple.com. Coloradans prefer the variety with nuts:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) Nestle Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. 

BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. 

While the cookies are baking, check out Kanopy, an on-demand streaming movie platform that's available to DPL cardholders who are Denver residents. It offers a large collection of award-winning films of social and cultural value from The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, Media Education Foundation, and thousands of independent filmmakers. 

Kanopy Kids includes learning languages, animated storybooks, anime. classic films, and family movies. (There's also an option to set parental control, which prevents your child from stumbling upon unsuitable content on Kanopy.) 

Movies from Kanopy cover a wide range of topics including food technologyfilm adaptations of literary works, learning languages for kids, comedy, and criminal justice.  

Questions? Ask Reference Services or call 720-865-1363 today!

Written by Lisa on December 6, 2018


Cala on December 7, 2018


I can't believe these were only invented in 1938.

Rochelle Brogan on December 10, 2018


Darn! Now I am hungry again! Time to go to the store to buy flour and sugar...