Everyone loves cookiesMaybe you have a soft spot for chocolate chips or your heart belongs to oatmeal raisin. Each of these sweet treats has a unique origin; some evolved through the centuries and others may have sprung up by accident. Whether you like to bake them or just eat them, here are some delectable photos of some favorite cookies and the interesting history behind how they were born.
Chocolate chip cookies
Legend has it that the first chocolate chip cookie was created in 1937 by Ruth Wakefield who ran the Toll House Restaurant in Whitman, Massachusetts. One day she added some chopped-up chocolate to a batch of butter cookie dough, expecting the chocolate to melt into the cookies while they baked. To her amazement, the chocolate chunks held their shape and the Toll House Crunch cookie was born. Word of the accidental cookies spread far and wide, as the recipe was printed in newspapers and eventually on Nestle semi-sweet chocolate bars. In return, Ruth received a lifetime supply of chocolate.
These simple cinnamon sugar cookies are known for their distinctive cracked surface and their unusual name. According to “The Joy of Cooking,” the cookies are likely German in origin and their one-of-a-kind name is probably a corruption of the German word schneckennudel, which is a type of pastry. But there’s a good chance the name means absolutely nothing at all. It could have originated from a New England tradition of creating odd cookie names like kinkawoodles and plunkets. They mean nothing, but they’re fun to say.
Oatmeal raisin cookies
Oatmeal cookies evolved from oat cakes, a type of plain flatbread made centuries ago by the British and the Scots. Raisins and nuts were added to the mix somewhere around the Middle Ages to make the cakes tastier. The first recorded oatmeal raisin cookie recipe was written by Fannie Merritt Farmer in 1896, according to Cookies.com. The cookies were billed as “health food,” and by early 1900s a recipe appeared on every container of Quaker Oats.
Cookie-cutter sugar cookies
You can’t use just any old cookie recipe if you plan on rolling cookies out and cutting them into shapes. There needs to be the perfect blend of ingredients so they won’t get too puffy or spread out too much. Our modern-day cookies likely had their roots in Dutch sweet cakes that were molded into shapes and hung on Christmas trees. The tradition eventually caught on and now we cut sugar cookies into all sorts of interesting shapes and load them up with frosting and sprinkles for any occasion.
Technically not a cookie — let’s just call it a piece of chocolate heaven — the brownie can stir serious “fudgy versus cake-like” debates. The brownie’s origins are murky. Some say it was created at the Palmer House restaurant in Chicago. Others say it first appeared in a cookbook by Fannie Farmer — without chocolate, which we now call a blondie — and made later with chocolate. And maybe these delectable treats came about as an accident by an absentminded cook who forgot to add baking powder to chocolate cake batter. If that’s the case, the results were a divine accident.
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