The history of cookies dates back to 7th century Persia, where they were nothing but small testers for cakes used to check oven temperature. Monarchs like Darius and Alexander played an important role in making the world drool over these sweet delicacies by spreading it to different parts of the globe.
Over the centuries, cookies have evolved and are now found in all shapes, sizes and flavours. We have listed the 10 most popular cookies around the world. Scroll to see if your favourite is in the list.
Benne wafers are thin, crispy cookies made of toasted sesame with a slight hint of almond or caramel. Since colonial times, the cookies have been popular in South Carolina’s Low Country that were originally brought from East Africa.
New York City’s Black and White Cookies
The disc-shaped cookie has a vanilla base with bisected chocolate and vanilla icing, making it look deliciously attractive and mouthwatering. It originated at Glaser’s Bake Shop in Yorkville and is believed to be among the original recipes used by the legendary bakery.
Made out of flour, sugar, vanilla and sesame seed oil, fortune cookies have a little piece of paper inside them with a message which is trusted to bring good fortune. The cookie which is hugely popular in China, however, finds its origin in Kyoto, Japan.
Gingerbread, popular in Germany is made from a stiffer dough that is chilled, rolled out and then cut into shapes with a cookie cutter. The very first instance of figure-shaped gingerbread biscuits accounts at the court of Elizabeth I of England.
Macarons, popular in France, are round cookies made of flour, sugar and egg whites. Its origin can be traced back to an Italian monastery of the 9th century. Another legend states that two Benedictine nuns, Sister Marguerite and Sister Marie-Elisabeth earned a livelihood by selling macarons and hence were popularly called ‘Macaron Sisters’.
The scrumptious cookies from Canada consist of three layers – a wafer and coconut crumb-base, custard flavoured butter icing in the middle and a layer of chocolate icing on top. It gets its name from the city of Nanaimo, British Columbia on Vancouver Island.
Croatians serve cookies with a twist of black pepper. Paprenjak is prepared from honey and black pepper along with nuts, spices, eggs, and butter. It dates back to the 16th century where the Croatians made these cookies throughout the year as a regular dessert.
These small bite-sized shortbread cookies from Greece are coated with powdered sugar. The secret ingredient that gives these cookies an interesting flavour is almond.
The Netherlands treats its guests with thin waffle cookies with a syrupy centre which is usually caramel or chocolate. It is traditionally served with a hot cup of tea or coffee and placed on the cup like a lid. Stroop waffles originated in Gouda during the 18th century. It was made using leftovers from the bakery, such as breadcrumbs, which were sweetened with syrup.
These Indian cookies are rich in ghee and saffron or other nuts and condiments. Right from cardamom to cumin, nankhatais come in different flavours. It originated in Surat where a Dutch bakery in order to save the failing business started serving it to the people.