Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Sweet Cookie History


Sometimes I feel like wanting to make some sugary delights. Then I would look at the ingredients I have on hand which would be mostly flour, eggs, oil, sugar, pecans, almonds, nuts,  honey, peanut butter and jam. But like always, I would wonder if there's anything I can make to make cookie yummier and crunchier from any one of the cookie recipes I have, and often times I would end up with the same butter old fashioned  cookie that I love. Not bad anyway.

People enjoy eating cookies, some even eat them on a daily basis, but have you ever wondered just who came up with the first cookie recipe?  The first cookies in history were said to be nothing more than miniature cakes used to test oven temperatures before the baker cooked the final cake.  These miniature cakes were called "koekje" which means little cookie in Dutch.  As time went by "koekje" morphed into the word we recognize today as cookie. Even a cookie history sounds as delicious as it is! 


Early cookies were known as tea cakes to Americans since some of them were derived from the English tea cakes.  The
shortbread cookies resemble the Scottish shortbreads of early history.  It makes no difference where they came from, but rest assured every country has a favorite cookie recipe of its own.  For Americans and Canadians, the cookie recipe of choice is Chocolate chip cookies, the cookie recipe which young and old today still so crave about, but if you look around, traditional oatmeal cookie recipe is still the most favorite.




 

Probably the most famous cookie of all is the gingerbread. It was said that during the times of the Holy Crusades, gingerbreads were thought to have existed but in a different shape than what it is today (can you picture how big-men crusaders carrying these smiling little men!?). 

Even the thought of it makes us smile! See how cookies remain sweet any time? This was the time when spices and sugars were brought to Europe by the Crusaders, but it wasn’t until the time of Queen Victoria that the gingerbread became strongly associated with Christmas.