When a person eats a cookie they do not usually contemplate when and how a
cookie was invented. One of the earliest cookies are thought to date back to
17th century Persia. Persia was one of the first countries to cultivate sugar. Cookies
were originally just little experiment cakes. Cooks would put a small amount of cake
batter in the oven before they cooked their cake. They did this to test the temperature.
The Dutch called these test cakes "koekje", meaning "little cake" in Dutch. That
is how we got the word cookie.
The first American cookie was brought over from English, Scots and Dutch
immigrants. The first chocolate chip cookie was invented in America. In 1973 Ruth
Graves Wakefield, who ran the Toll House Restaurant did not have any baker's
chocolate for her "Butter Drop Do" cookies. So instead she took a bar of semi-sweet
chocolate and chopped it into pieces. She put the chunks of chocolate in the cookie
thinking that the chocolate would spread; creating a chocolate cookie. But instead
she created what would be a widely popular cookie.
For years cooks have been cultivating and inventing more and tastier cookie
recipes. Now there are thousands of different recipes that people like me and you
can enjoy. Now when you bite into a cookie you will know where it came from.