National Cookie Day!

National Cookie Day!

Hey these cookies aren’t on your computer but involve another calorific day!  The word “cookie” is derived from the Dutch word koekie, meaning “little cake” (ha! how the French missed out on this one I don’t know!)  Hard cookie-like wafers have existed for as long as baking has been documented because they travel well which is important when you had to prepare and pack food that didn’t spoil over time.  These cookies were usually not sweet enough to be considered cookies by modern-day standards which might explain that cookies in most English-speaking countries outside of North America, are commonly called “biscuits.”   The origin of the cookie begins in Persia in the 7th century, soon after the use of sugar became common in the region. They spread to Europe through the Muslim conquest of Spain and became common at all levels of society throughout Europe by the 14th century, from the royal cuisine to peons like me.   Cookies didn’t arrive in America’s until the 17th century.  Macaroons and gingerbread cookies were among the most popular early American cookies.  Cookies have inspired many things  but a piece of talking shag carpet?

ABC Gingerbread Men Cookie Cutters

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