You say biscuit (or galletas, kek or whatever) - I say cookie. Either way, these delicious and delightful (to a cookie monster like me) treats are one of thousands of contributions to the modern world from Persia!
Though the cookie itself was first prepared in Persia in the 7th century, cookie-like hard wafers have existed as long as baking has been noted in written history. These derive from grain and water paste baked on hot stones by Neolithic farmers some 10,000 years ago.
But while Europeans were continuing to make hard, shelf stable biscuits for soldiers, sailors and other travelers, cooks in Persia were experimenting with honey, sugar and oils, developing rich and delightful small cakes that we now call Cookies. Maybe this is why Persian cooking is referred to as the “Mother Cuisine”!
But it was conquest – the Muslim conquest of Spain -that spread the sweet and delightful cookie into Europe. When the sweet treat reached the Dutch, it became “koekje” and by the end of the 14th century was sold on the streets of Paris and all over Europe. In turn the Dutch (and English and Scotts) brought these treats to the US and now we have an abundance of delectable cookies to satisfy even the most demanding of Cookie Monsters! If you continue to follow this blog we’ll explore all the variety of cookie treats together!
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PS - the word "cookie" first appeared in print around 1703!