Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! What a great reason to celebrate — and indulge in — a batch of cookies. Ever wonder how the chocolate chip cookie came to be? Legend has it that it was created in the 1930s by Ruth Wakefield at the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Mass. Wakefield apparently decided to add a few bits of chopped chocolate to a batch of butter cookie dough, expecting the chocolate to melt into the cookies as they baked. To her surprise, the chocolate held its shape and America's favorite cookie was born.  

Want to try your hand at a batch of delicious chocolate chip cookies today? Here are five amazing recipes to help you celebrate:

1. The Only Chocolate Chip Cookie You Should Ever Eat: In this post, Snack Girl walks you through a nice basic chocolate chip cookie recipe and tells you why homemade always trumps store-bought.

2. Michelle Obama's White and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies: These cookies beat Ann Romney's M&M Cookies in the 2012 Family Circle First Lady Cookie Contest. It's worth putting politics aside to give them a try!

3. Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies: Want to sneak some veggies in with your cookies? Try this recipe from Barbara Kingsolver's book, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle."

4. The New York Times Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe: If you are a foodie who likes a tasty, but complicated recipe, this one might be for you.  This post from The Cooking Actress walks you through the recipe.

5. Immaculate Cookie Company's Chocolate Chunk Organic Cookie Dough: OK, I cheated on this last one as it's not really a recipe but a post from Robin Shreeves, MNN's Food blogger about this refrigerated cookie dough that is healthier (and tastier) than other brands.

Have fun celebrating!

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