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America’s favorite Toll House cookies turn 75

Sheryl Julian/Globe staff

With a story as sweet as the cookie itself, it’s no wonder that the chocolate chip cookie is a national favorite. To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the cookie, invented at the Toll House Inn in Whitman, the Whitman Public Library will host an afternoon of events on Oct. 19, including a panel with former Toll House restaurant employees, an amateur baking contest (entries will be judged on taste, texture, appearance, and similarity to the original recipe), and a book signing with Carolyn Wyman, author of “The Great American Chocolate Chip Cookie Book.” Wyman’s volume has all the background and lore about the little confections and features local bakeries famous for their versions. The free event will have plenty of cookies for sampling. History never tasted so sweet. Whitman Public Library, 100 Webster St., Whitman, 781-447-7613,

Time to bake To find a recipe for chocolate-chip cookies, click here.

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