In honor of all the National Food Holidays in our calendar, this page is dedicated to the many Cookie Holidays that we celebrate.
Definition of a Cookie
A small, usually flat and crisp cake made from sweetened dough. The word 'cookie' appears to come from the Dutch word "koekje or koekie" and refers to a small cake.
"Cookies are most commonly baked until crisp or just long enough that they remain soft, but some kinds of cookies are not baked at all. Cookies are made in a wide variety of styles, using an array of ingredients including sugars, spices, chocolate, butter, peanut butter, nuts or dried fruits. The softness of the cookie may depend on how long it is baked."
"A general theory of cookies may be formulated this way. Despite its descent from cakes and other sweetened breads, the cookie in almost all its forms has abandoned water as a medium for cohesion. Water in cakes serves to make the base (in the case of cakes called "batter") as thin as possible, which allows the bubbles – responsible for a cake's fluffiness – to form better. In the cookie, the agent of cohesion has become some form of oil. Oils, whether they be in the form of butter, egg yolks, vegetable oils or lard are much more viscous than water and evaporate freely at a much higher temperature than water. Thus a cake made with butter or eggs instead of water is far denser after removal from the oven."
"Oils in baked cakes do not behave as soda in the finished result. Rather than evaporating and thickening the mixture, they remain, saturating the bubbles of escaped gases from what little water there might have been in the eggs, if added, and the carbon dioxide released by heating the baking powder. This saturation produces the most texturally attractive feature of the cookie, and indeed all fried foods: crispness saturated with a moisture (namely oil) that does not sink into it."
almond crescent - very rich cookie containing ground almonds; usually crescent-shaped.
drop cookie made without butter and flavored with anise seed.
square bar of very rich chocolate cake usually with nuts. ginger nut, ginger snap, gingersnap, snap - a crisp round cookie flavored with ginger macaroon - chewy drop cookie usually containing almond paste.
cookie containing much butter spice cookie - cookie flavored with spices.
made from or based on a mixture of flour and sugar and eggs tea biscuit, teacake - flat semisweet cookie or biscuit usually served with tea.
Chocolate chip cookie:
cookies containing chocolate chips. Chocolate Chip cookies are the favorite cookies of most.
Dog Biscuit: A hard cooked biscuit for dogs.
Fortune cookie: thin folded wafer containing a maxim on a slip of paper.
cookies containing chopped fruits either mixed in the dough or spread between layers of dough then baked and cut in bars sugar cookie - drop cookies sprinkled with granulated sugar oatmeal cookie - cookies containing rolled oats.
Gingerbread man cookie:
gingerbread cut in the shape of a person wafer - a small thin crisp cake or cookie.
Granola bar: cookie bar made of granola
Kiss: - a cookie made of egg whites and sugar.
Ladyfinger: small finger-shaped sponge cake.
molasses cookie - very spicy drop cookies sweetened partially with molasses.
dough formed into a roll and chilled in the refrigerator then sliced and baked.
Raisin cookie - cookie containing raisins.
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