These were often flavored with nothing more than the finest butter, sometimes with the addition of a few drops of rose water.

In earlier American cookbooks, cookies were given no space of their own but were listed at the end of the cake chapter.

By definition, a cookie can be any of a variety of hand-held, flour-based sweet cakes, either crisp or soft.

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For centuries, a ship’s biscuit, an iron-like cracker, was aboard any ship that left port because it could last for months (even years under the right conditions).

During the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe, baking was a carefully controlled profession, managed through a series of Guilds or professional associations.

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.

Our simple butter cookies strongly resemble the English teacakes and the Scotch shortbread.

The Southern colonial housewife of America took great pride in her cookies, almost always called simply .

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