Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Meanwhile, Have a Cookie on Mom!

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Until May 10 (Mothers Day) it's all about Cookies and Cookie Jars at Morback House.

Here are some interesting cookie history trivia for you...
* According to culinary historians, cookies evolved from test cakes used to test oven temperature. Small amounts of cake batter were dropped onto pans to test the temperature of the oven before the cakes were baked.
* Cookies are believed to date back to 7th century Persia (one of the first countries to cultivate sugar) and spread throughout Europe as a result of the Muslim conquest of Spain.
* By the 14th century, cookies were common throughout all of Europe.
* By the 1800s, cookie recipes were being published in cookbooks as 'small cakes.' In fact, the term 'cookie' comes from the Dutch word koekje or koekie which means little cake!
* What we call 'cookies' in the United States are called biscuits in the United Kingdom and Australia, galletas in Spain, kels in Germay, and biscotti or amaretti in Italy.

History of Cookies in the United States

* The history of cookies continued with their journey to America during English and Dutch settlement in the 1600s.
* Throughout the 19th century, most cookies were baked at home as special treats because of the high cost of sugar. Many early cookbooks included recipes for macaroons, jumbles, and gingerbread. Recipes for cookies in a variety of styles and flavors increased in the early 1900s, and continues today.
* Ninety percent of home bakers bake cookies, making them the most common home baked good. Half of all home baked cookies are chocolate chip.
* The official state cookie of both Massachusetts and Pennsylvania is the chocolate chip cookie that was invented by Ruth Graves Wakefield in 1930 at the Toll House Inn Restaurant in Massachusetts. Mrs. Wakefield sold the recipe to Nestle, who began manufacturing chocolate chips in 1939.


Anonymous said...

So, what about cookies? What is the history? Are there important stories about this in Sherwood? --John Brown

Lilly Morgen said...

We are collecting stories about cookies, John. So far, we have two.
Where can we get more??????

Lilly Morgen said...

We will start serving cookies on Feb. 27th!! Opening day of the Cultural Exhibit!!Come and see how a simple food has influenced Sherwood life!!!

Anonymous said...

isn't there already a strawberry cookie?

Anonymous said...

Yum...... i want a cookie

Anonymous said...

yum that makes me want a cupcake

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