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Cookies That Have Remained Favorites Over the Years

April 24, 2010

According to, cookies date back to 7th Century A.D. when sugar was first discovered in Persia. Since then, these handheld delectables have established themselves as the favorite go-to treat for after-school snacks, bake sales and holiday celebrations. Despite the vast number of cookie recipes — many of which are now shared globally through the Internet — there are several types of cookies that have remained staple cookie-jar favorites for generations.

Of course, the most traditional cookies are chocolate chip cookies. These chocolate morsels were invented on accident in 1933 by Ruth Wakefield, an owner of the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Mass. One day in the kitchen, she was forced to substitute chunks of Nestle chocolate in her chocolate cookie recipe because she was out of baking chocolate. She figured the bits of Nestle would melt and work the same way. Luckily, she was wrong, and chocolate chip cookies were born. Since then the recipe for the sweet treat has been twisted and rewritten hundreds of times to cater a number of desires, including the addition of nuts, white chocolate, dark chocolate and candy pieces. And, it is likely more recipes will surface in the future. However they’re made, it’s unlikely the chocolate chip cookie will be fading in popularity any time soon.

Almost as popular in the realm of handheld baked goods are traditional sugar cookies. It has been suggested that the sugar cookies of today derive from a historical recipe for Jumbles, a simple cookie made in 17th Century Europe. What draws many to the sugar cookie is its simplicity. The uncomplicated list of ingredients — including butter, sugar, eggs, flour, vanilla and baking powder — creates a surprisingly tasteful nibble that melts in one’s mouth. They are also popular because of the ease in which people can customize them for any number of occasions. For years, families have come together over holidays and other special occasions to roll out the dough, shape the cookies using cookie cutters and then decorate them using colorful frosting, sprinkles and candies.

While these two cookies top the favorite cookie list for many, several more could also be considered traditional favorites. Many would likely opt for a peanut butter cookie over either of these any day. Additionally popular cookie favorites include Snickerdoodles, Spritz cookies, M&M cookies, oatmeal-raisin cookies, gingersnaps and sandwich cookies.

The fact is that cookies are easy to eat, easy to handle and a good way to satisfy a sweet craving. And, these cookie varieties have withstood the test of time to remain the top cookie choices for children — and adults — all over the world.

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