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It’s National Cookie Day: Here’s how it all began


Today is National Cookie Day and Toronto Chef, Stephan Schulz gives us a very brief history lesson on the origins of the cookie

National Cookie Day Message — December 4th should be the sweetest day on our Calendars because it is designated as ‘National Cookie Day.’

The cookie dates back to the 7th century in Persia when sugar became popular in that region. By the 14th century they had spread through Europe following the Muslim conquest of Spain. It was only in the 17th century when the cookie came to North America through the Dutch in New Amsterdam, with Gingerbread cookies being the popular choice of that time. 

Just a little sample of cookies, double chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, Macadamia cookies and chocolate chip cookies, garnished with chocolate chunks white flakes of chocolate and hazelnut, served with a glass of milk.

The English word “cookie” was first used by the Scottish as far back as 1730 to describe a “plain bun.” The North American use is derived from the Dutch word koekie, meaning “little cake.” But did you know that in most English-speaking countries other than the United States and Canada, crunchy cookies are called biscuits?

Now that is the history lesson for today, let’s all enjoy some cookies and a glass of milk, just as much as that jolly man in the red suite does on Christmas Eve.

Chef Stephan Schulz works across Canada with corporations and with food brokers developing recipes for major restaurants and restaurant chains across Canada.   Follow Chef Schulz on instagram for his daily recipe and plated photo posts: https://www.instagram.com/chef_schulz 

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