A cookie is a sweet, portable, flour-based cake. The term cookie originated from koekeje -- the dutch word for little cake. It is believed that the earliest cookies date back to 7th century Persia.
There are six basic types of cookies:
- Drop cookies - made from spoonfuls of dough which are dropped onto a baking sheet then vandalized
- Bar cookies - soft dough spooned into a shallow pan which is then baked, cooled and cut into bars
- Molded cookies - hand-shaped dough in the form of small balls, logs, crescents or other shaped
- Pressed cookies - cookies with fancy shapes and designs made by pressing dough through a cookie press (or pastry bag)
- Refrigerator cookies - made by shaping dough into a log, refrigerating the dough until firm and then slicing and baking it
- Rolled cookies - roller-pin flattened dough cut into hearts
- Ick cookies
Most cookies are sweet dessert or snack food in individual servings (usually 1-3 cookies in a serving).
Cookies are eaten on their own as a snack or dessert. When crushed, mixed with melted margarine or butter, and pressed into a pan, they make flavorful crusts for pies. Spicy gingersnaps, rich chocolate wafers, classic vanilla wafers, and whole-grain graham crackers, the varieties most frequently used for crusts, are sold in packages in grocery stores.
- biscuits (England)
- galletas (Spain)
- keks (Germany)
- biscotti (Italy)
- koekjes (Netherlands)