Each country has its own word for "cookie."
What we know as cookies are called biscuits in England and Australia, in Spain they're galletas, Germans call them keks or Plätzchen for Christmas cookies, and in Italy there are several names to identify various forms of cookies including amaretti and biscotti, and so on. The name cookie is derived from the Dutch word koekje, meaning "small or little cake." Biscuit comes from the Latin word bis coctum, which means, “twice baked.”(source)
The earliest cookie-style cakes are thought to date back to 7th century Persia A.D. (now Iran).(source) Cookies were originally home made, plain Jane shortbreads, flat and hard. Here in the states, the Civil War forced professional bakers to kick up production to feed the troops. They created industrial mixers, steam-powered rollers and Ferris wheel-style ovens.
However, when the war ended, they were stuck with all of this state-of-art equipment and no demand. So, create a new market! Americans fell in love with mass produced animal crackers, vanilla wafers, and graham crackers. They were convenient and tastier than the average housewife could make. Next came gingersnaps and the famous Fig Newton. The future of homemade cookies was looking bleak!
Have no fear, a reactionary DIY era decided to produce the chewy, chunky drop cookies that we all seem to love today.
They were easier to make - just drop a dollop onto a cookie sheet and bake. No kneading, rolling, or cutting. Baking was now simple enough to be part of our everyday lives.
Drop cookies made it easy to bring children into the kitchen. Here is a recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies, from a previous post, one of the most popular cookie today.
Since I am trying to limit the amount of sweets we consume, I don't make home made cookies too often. My favorite is chocolate chip! What is yours?
I have to admit that the only store bought cookie that I buy is Oreo's. Do you have a favorite store bought cookie? Do you bake with your kids or have memories of baking with your children or your mother?
Share the experience of making cookies with your children or simply reminisce about it for yourself. While you are baking up a batch, give a big thank you to those DIYers who invented the drop cookie! Yeah!!
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