Here are today’s five things to know about cookies:

The name cookie derives from the Dutch wordkoekje or koekie, which means little cake.

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The origin of cookies appear to be in 7th century AD Persia.

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Cookies spread to Europe through the Muslim conquest of Spain.

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In the Middle East, chocolate chip cookies are topped with chocolate sauce and eaten with knife and fork.

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The Cookie Monster’s cookies are actually rice cakes.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1783At Fraunces Tavern in New York City, General George Washington bids farewell to his officers.
  • 1786National Grange was founded. It was the first organized agricultural movement in the U.S.
  • 1812The power mower was patented.
  • 1864John Fowler died. An English Engineer, he invented the steam-hauled plow and several other special use plows.
  • 1942Chris Hillman of the music group ‘Flying Burrito Brothers’ was born.
  • 1970Cesar Chavez was jailed in California for refusing to cancel a United Farm Workers lettuce boycott.