Everything Cookies

What would life truly be like if we did not have cookies? Can you even image growing up and not getting to have cookies and milk? Or what about the cookies and milk you left for St. Nick? What would we leave in place of cookies for the jolly old fella? Milk and …? We all have so many memories of cookies through our lives!

Cookies come in a number of forms and can be classified as drop cookies, refrigerator cookies, molded cookies, rolled cookies, pressed cookies, bar cookies, sandwich cookies, and fried cookies. I hazard to guess that there is two other types of cookies, usually undocumented to protect the guilty: the unbaked cookie dough cookie, and the really, really, REALLY well done cookie (okay, we can use the words burned, charred, incinerated, blackened).l The former we are all guilty of indulging, but I am pretty sure that the latter, not a SINGLE reader knows what I am talking about!

Cookies are a billion-plus dollar a year industry. Consumers are not just buying the good old standbys like chocolate chip and peanut butter, they are splurging on designer cookies! Move over Miss Sugar Cookie, here comes Oatmeal White Chocolate Cranberry (ya that’s one cookie, not 3), Chocolate Cherry Jumble, Southern Sweet Potato Pecan Spice Cookie, Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie, and the list goes on and on! There are so many variations on the chocolate chip cookie that to stand up and be noticed, they are referred with “original” or “classic”.

And what are these ones called Designer Cookies? What the?? Upon inspection, these varieties are beautiful cookies. Some are recognized as “hand-painted” and “personalized”. They are WAY to good looking to eat (for that matter to even touch) So what do we do with these cookies? I am sure that they taste as good as they look (right?) Do we eat them? I think not – they are meant to go “ga-ga” over for time to come – to admire and talk about late into the night. Pulllleeze!

It is good to know however, even with the way the cookie has evolved, the standbys are keeping up and not being overshadowed by this influx of chocolate chip want-to-be’s. Thank goodness for that. I don’t know about you, but I believe that the end of the chocolate chip cookie would mean the end of civilization as we know it!

According to historical record, the cookie originated in 7 century AD Persia. At that time it resembled a hard wafer-like object. They were considered good for travel due to their durability, and this allowed the cookie to achieve global recognition. The cookie was enjoyed by everyone – from the filthy rich community to the well, just plan filthy community. It was in the 1600’s that the cookie make its way across the Pacific to North America. The modern day word – cookie – was derived from the Dutch word koekje, meaning “little cake”. Many parts of the world have their own variations on the name, such as biscuits, galletas, keks, and biscotti. What we consider the modern day cookie (and ingredients) originated in the 18th Century. I bet you are wondering when the first cookie was dunked in that cold glass of milk….hmmm. For a complete historical record, check out http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/CookieHistory.htm

So I will continue my quest for the ultimate-classic-traditional-original chocolate chip cookie recipe. When I find it I know that I will have found the basis from which all the fancy-schmacy cookies are derived. That is something that all these Hot Shots of the cookie scene need to heed. WITHOUT the basic cookie, you ALL will fall. And so it is then…that is how the cookie (or gourmet cookie) crumbles.