Then make then up in little cakes, and prick them full of holes; you muct bake them in a wuick oven unclosed. The Cakes should be about the bigness of a hand-breadth and thin: of the cise of the Sugar Cakes sold at Barnet.
The English, Scotch, and Dutch immigrants originally brought the first cookies to the United States.
With the Muslim invasion of Spain, then the Crusades and the developing spice trade, the cooking techniques and ingredients of Arabia spread into Northern Europe.
From the web site, In 510 BC , hungry soldiers of the Emperor Darius were near the river Indus, when they discovered some “reeds which produce honey without bees.” Evidently this early contact with the Asian sources of sugar cane made no great impression, so it was left to be re-discovered in 327 BC by Alexander the Great, who spread it’s culture through Persia and introduced it in the Mediterranean.
By definition, a cookie can be any of a variety of hand-held, flour-based sweet cakes, either crisp or soft.
In America, a cookie is described as a thin, sweet, usually small cake.
Do not burne them if they be three or foure days olde they bee the better.
As people started to explore the globe, biscuits (hardtack) became the ideal traveling food, because they stayed fresh for long periods Hardtack proved a portable food that had a long storage life and was perfect for traveling.
To become a baker, people had to complete years of an apprenticeship – working through the ranks of apprentice, journeyman, and finally master baker.
By having guilds, authorities could easily regulate the amount and quality of goods baked.