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Week 38: Chocolate Chip Cookies (Pennsylvania)

Even though chocolate chip cookies are such a classic cookie across America, Pennsylvania has quite a special story to go with it.

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Pennsylvania wanted to get the chocolate chip cookie approved to be their official state cookie, but the process was delayed.

Sen. Robert Thompson in 1998 wanted to show a class of fourth-graders how a bill becomes a law and pushed for the chocolate chip cookie to be the official state cookie.

Five years later, he blamed the State Government Committee Chairman Charles Lemmond for the lack of progress.

Sen. Robert Thompson admitted that Sen. Lemmond supported the idea of having a state cookie, but claimed that as Sen. Lemmond is allergic to chocolate he never would let the bill out of committee.


|Level: 👩🏽‍🍳|Time: 30 minutes|Serves: 12 cookies|



  • 1/2 cup butter, softened

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. With an electric mixer cream the butter and two sugars for two minutes until fluffy. Pour in the egg and vanilla extract. Add flour and baking soda and mix for three minutes. The cookie dough will form a ball if you wait long enough. Fold in your chocolate chips.

  3. With an ice cream scoop, drop the cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Roll the cookies into balls and place 3" away from each other. Flatten slightly and sprinkle the kosher salt. Bake for 15 minutes or until the bottom is golden brown.


- The Bored Baker 👩🏽‍🍳


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