It’s National Cookie Day and what else could be more tantalizing than that wonderful aroma of just-baked cookies? And with Christmas just around the corner, it’s a great time to be thinking about all the wonderful and delicious kinds of cookies there are to make! From traditional sugar cookies loaded with icing and sprinkles to sophisticated truffles–there’s no end to the variations you’ll find at the holidays!
From http://www.kitchenproject.com/history/cookies.htm we found that cookies were first created by accident! Bakers used a small amount of cake batter to test their oven temperature before baking a large cake. These little test cakes were called “koekje”, meaning “little cake” in Dutch.
The earliest cookie-style cakes are said to date back all the way to 7th century Persia which was one of the first countries to cultivate sugar. Cooking techniques, of course, spread to other parts of the world and by the 14th century, Renaissance bakers made many different kinds of cookies and cakes. Between the 16th and 18th centuries, baking took on a good deal of importance and was handled by master craftsmen. As technology improved during the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century, so did the ability of bakers to make a wide range of sweets, although the basic ingredients hadn’t changed that much over the centuries.
Today, whether you whip your ingredients into drop, molded, bar, rolled or refrigerated cookies, know that you are carrying on a much loved tradition…for cookies are not only enjoyable to make but even more wonderful to eat!
Here are just a few of the great websites that feature Christmas cookie recipes and history…enjoy!http://www.foodnetwork.com/12-days-of-cookies/package/index.html http://allrecipes.com/recipe/favorite-old-fashioned-gingerbread/ http://allrecipes.com/recipes/desserts/cookies/christmas-cookies/ http://www.marthastewart.com/275013/traditional-christmas-cookie-recipes/@center/276951/christmas-cookies http://www.bhg.com/christmas/cookies/favorite-christmas-cookies/ http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/CookieHistory.htm
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