‘C is for Cookie, and that’s good enough for me’
There’s a reason why the cookie monster has an insatiable appetite when it comes to cookies. There’s a reason he loses all sense of self control, gets all wide-eyed, and tucks in to whatever cookies he can get his furry blue hands on.
There’s nothing better than walking into your home after a long day and finding it filled with the warm scent of freshly baked cookies: hints of soft butter, sweet sugar, and the unspoken promise of a taste of heaven waiting for you in the kitchen.
Cookies are arguably one of the most popular treats. You’re equally likely to find a little kid sneaking cookies out of a cookie jar as you are an adult.
They’re just so good.
As the author Charles M. Schulz wrote
“They were crying to get out of the jar… Cookies get claustrophobia too, you know!”
Types of Cookies
With a treat this well-loved, it was only natural that there would be a plethora of different types and variations. There are so many different types of cookies that you could safely say there’s a cookie out there capable of satisfying anyone.
Some of the more popular types of cookies include:
- Chocolate Chip cookies
- Oatmeal Raison cookies
- Peanut Butter Cookies
- Gingerbread cookies
- Cream filled cookies
- Danish hearts
- Jam cookies
- Shortbread cookies
- Molasses Cookies
- Rolled wafer cookie
- Spice cookies
A tale of two cookies
The predecessor to today’s cookies was a little different than the ones we now know and love today. They were actually called little cakes or tea cakes by the English (who, along with the Dutch, claim to have brought the cookie to America in the 1600s).According to some culinary historians, the first ‘cookies’ were used as test cakes. A small amount of cake batter was put onto baking pans to test the temperature of the oven to make sure it was just right before the cake was baked.
The original ‘koekje’ became very popular almost instantly and started being called ‘cookie’. What once started out as little cakes magically transformed and manifested into many different shapes, flavors, and sizes.
Creative Twists to a Well-Known Treat
- Cookie cake – Did you know you could get a giant cookie cake made for your next birthday? Cookie cakes have gained popularity in recent years as a great new alternative for all the cookie monsters out there.
- Ice cream sandwich – Picture this: a scoop of your favorite ice cream sandwiched between two soft, delicious cookies. One word: yum.
- Cookie Pizza – Who needs regular pizza when you can have a cookie pizza? Cookie dough slathered in chocolate or vanilla frosting and topped with a number of your favorite sweet toppings. ‘Hi, I’d like to order 5 cookie pizzas for myself please’.
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie – Everyone loves a good pie and this pie always delivers. It combines all the sweet joys of pie with the chocolaty goodness of chocolate chip cookies. Put a dollop of ice cream on a warm slice of this killer pie and you’re good to go!
Cookie Fact Sheet
Still not impressed, here are a couple of facts that’ll prove how awesome they are,
- The largest cookie ever baked was over 100 feet wide and weighed over 40,000 pounds! (Baked by the Immaculate Baking Company in 2003)
- Over 2 billion cookies are consumed a year in the US alone – not surprising once you know they’re the largest consumers and producers of cookies in the world!
- The first chocolate chip cookie ever baked was in 1930 and it was an accident! Ruth Wakefield was trying to make a batch of chocolate cookies and ran out of baker’s chocolate. She substituted chocolate chips into the cookie dough thinking they would melt but they didn’t. Now that was one delicious mistake.
- The first commercial cookie introduced in the US was the famous ‘animal cracker’ in 1902
Ask anyone when the best time is to eat a cookie and you’re likely to hear ‘anytime!’.In the wise words of the greatest cookie connoisseur, the Cookie Monster, ‘Me want Cookie!’.This delicious treat is so versatile and so incredibly delicious, it should be declared a national treasure everywhere! As the Norwegian Proverb goes ‘Cookies are made of butter and love.’ What a wonderful thing to gobble up and be full of!