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MobyRichard Sep 30, 2007 10:10 AM

If you were to nominate one cookie to be the National cookie, what would it be? Chocolate chip, because it was famously created by accident by Ruth Wakefield, of Toll House fame; peanut butter, because they are ubiquitous from childhood, oatmeal, because of their earthy, chewy wholesomeness? My own nomination would be brownies, because they are, and always have been my favorite cookie from childhood.

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  1. amanda3571 Sep 30, 2007 10:43 AM

    you consider brownies cookies?

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      MobyRichard Sep 30, 2007 10:45 AM

      Yes, I consider all bar-type cookies to be in the cookie category. Including Fig Newtons.

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        flourgirl Sep 30, 2007 11:08 AM

        Yes, I consider brownies to be a bar type cookie too.

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        mercyteapot Sep 30, 2007 10:47 AM

        It'd be a toss up betwixt TH and those peanut blossoms with the Hershey Kiss in the middle. TH would probably win, though.

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          lucyis Sep 30, 2007 11:01 AM

          There's no contest, TH cookies are the most baked, most eaten in U.S. But, this made me think about the historical quality of baking in U.S. and how sweets, like all other food, was limited to what was on hand. I love Hermit cookies and they go back to Colonial days.

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            gsElsbeth Oct 1, 2007 06:43 AM

            Would you share your recipe. My grandmother made Hermit cookies, but I don't have her recipe.

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              MMRuth Oct 1, 2007 06:44 AM

              Here's a link to mine - and several others, for what it's worth!

              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/33200...

        2. pikawicca Sep 30, 2007 10:57 AM

          I would confidently bet that Americans eat many more chocolate chip cookies than any other kind, therefore CCC's get my vote.

          1. chocchipcookie Sep 30, 2007 11:06 AM

            Chocolate chip cookies of course. But to find the best recipe is impossible....

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              KevinB Sep 30, 2007 01:44 PM

              Actually, my wife has it. But you have a better chance of seeing the contents of Dick Cheney's safe...

            2. fayehess Sep 30, 2007 11:37 AM

              What about the girlscout cookies? (chocolate mint) or big fat sugar cookies like you find no where else, (ie snickerdoodle?) fayefood.com

              1. DonShirer Sep 30, 2007 08:12 PM

                What about oatmeal chocolate chip with peanuts? You've got your three basic food groups there, as my momma done toll me.

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                  Texchef Sep 30, 2007 08:20 PM

                  My guess is that the toll house chocolate is the most popular, but I adore oatmeal raisin. They are a staple in my daughter's lunch box.

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                    mercyteapot Sep 30, 2007 08:21 PM

                    Sub raisins for the peanuts and I'll order a dozen, please! :)

                  2. Karl S Oct 1, 2007 05:55 AM

                    Toll House, hands down. It is the definitive American cookie. Many worthy runners up that I might actually prefer, but the Toll House cookie is the platinum standard for American-ness in cookies.

                    1. ArikaDawn Oct 1, 2007 06:21 AM

                      I would probably say Toll House because they are the most widely consumed, but I also think Oatmeal Raisin would be a good choice because there is just something so wholesome, family, and homey and them.

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