Sunday, May 17, 2015
Today's FFF 5/17/2015
The English word, cookies, is derived from the Dutch koeckjes, pronounced cook-yehs. It literally means "small cakes". Their popularity in America came in October of 1661 when a shortage of grain in the then Dutch colony of New Amsterdam forced bakers to cut back on their products in order to use less material. In 1796 the first American cookbook was published by Amelia Simmons, establishing the word in print for the very first time. From then on it became part of standard usage - and a wonderful treat!!