Today I am baking cookies. This year we will have mini M&M cookies and chocolate peanut butter chip cookies. Baking cookies is something I do before Christmas every year. It started as a way to make the time go faster for the kids an it quickly became a yearly thing.
The word "cookie" comes from the Dutch word "koekje" which means "little cake". According to historians cookies came about because when baking cakes women would bake a small bit of batter to test the oven temperature.
For more on the history of cooking you should read Linda Stradley's article here.
Ok, so I might have overdone it just a little bit this year. This is my big cookie jar which I usually fill (after everyone eats some) with a few left over. This year I have that one full plus had to go get the huge cookie jar (it hasn't been used since I got it) and then there were still 5 or 6 that couldn't fit.
And believe it or not, I originally had planned to make peanut butter cookies as well.