A homemade cookie recipe is a cherished secret in most households. You just knew when visiting grandma you would be able to set your teeth in a delicious cookie. Since the time mankind started to bake bread, cookie-like variations were made as well.

Its American name comes from the Dutch word ‘koekje’ or more in a local version ‘koekie’. It actually means more or less a little cake. The cookie came to America in the early 1600’s when the Dutch founded the settlement of New Netherland. Over the centuries a lot of experimenting has been done, resulting in a ton of lovely cookie recipes. You probably know a couple yourself, but there is much more to discover.

Try a cookie recipe with strange spices

Most cookies you know are made out of butter, sugar, flour and an additive like chocolate or almonds. But did you know you can use a lot of different spices when making cookies? The ‘pepernoot’, a Dutch cookie, is made with pepper, ginger, coriander, clove and more. Most of these spices are used when making meat or soup, but they make a surprisingly tasty cookie.

Even garlic is used in some chocolate chip cookies. Garlic is supposed to get along really well with sugar and chocolate, giving the cookie a unique flavour. Would you dare to try?

Interested in healthier cookie recipes?

The biggest downfall of most cookies is the amount of calories they pack. Luckily there are a lot of ways to make the same delicious cookie, but skip most of the calories. For example, you can replace some of the butter and use olive oil or fruit purée instead.

You can use whole-wheat flour instead of a regular flour. Even cutting back on salt can drastically improve the nutritional values of your cookie. By keeping these tricks in mind, you can still enjoy your favourite cookies without worrying about your calorie intake.

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