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History of Cookies

        In America, a cookie is described as a thin, sweet, usually small cake.

By definition, a cookie can be any of a variety of hand-held, flour-based sweet cakes, either crisp or soft.  

Each country has its own word for “cookie.”  

We know as cookies are called biscuits in England and Australia, in Spain they’re galletas. 

Germans call them keks or Plzchen 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.”

According to culinary historians, the first historic record of cookies was their use as test cakes.  

A small amount of cake batter was baked to test the oven temperature.

Making the Dough
Chocolate Chip Cookie

Chocolate Chip Cookie – Today the chocolate chip cookie remains a favorite choice among cookie connoisseurs.  The term “toll house” has become a part of the American language.

1937 – The first chocolate chip cookies was invented in 1937 by Ruth Graves Wakefield (1905-1977), of Whitman, Massachusetts, who ran the Toll House Restaurant. 

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Cookie Press Gun

The word spritz seems to have come from the German word spritzen, meaning to spray or squirt. In Germany, the popular Christmas confection called Spritzgebäck is made using a cookie press. Although the Germans have been credited with inventing the cookie press, there is some evidence indicating that the Scandinavians might have been the originators. A little cookie-history controversy is always fun. Food historians seem to agree that the cookie press originated in the 16th Century. 2

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