The History of Cookies

The cookie is described as a sweet, small, and usually thin cake. A cookie can 
be considered any variation of flour based cakes that have a sweet taste,
and are soft and crisp. Every country is different and each country has a name 
for the cookie. In Spain they are called galletas, while in Germany they
are called kels or keks. In Australia and England they are called biscuits. 
Italy calls their cookies names such as biscotti or ameretti. The actual name
cookie was derived from a Dutch word such as koekje. Koekje means 'little or 
small cake'. The word biscuit comes from the Latin word known as bis coctum.
Bis coctum when translated means 'twice baked'. Culinary historians have stated 
that the first time cookies were noticed was when they were used a little
test cakes. People would put a tiny bit of cake batter in the oven and it was 
baked to test oven temperature.


The First Cookie

The first cookie dates all the way back to the 7th century in Persia A.D which 
is now Iran. Historians have stated that sugar was cultivated there in Persian
A.D for the first time and then spread to the Eastern Mediterranean. At the end 
of the 14th century you could walk along the streets of Paris and buy little
wafers, and Renaissance cook books began to fill with cookie recipes. Cookies 
grew increasingly popular over time, and the idea of the cookie spread around
the world.


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