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If You Love Eating Cookies, You Have the Ancient Persians to Thank for It

This popular sweet pastry is way older than you think.

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You aren’t likely to encounter a country or civilization that doesn’t have cookies on its list of omnipresent foods.

Yummy goodness.


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If you love eating cookies, you have ancient Persia (modern day Iran) to thank for these sweet treats.

These people sure had a collective sweet tooth.


Historians have traced cookies’ exact origins to 7th A.D. Persia, particularly when sugar became one of the most common culinary additives in the region.

After the Moors invaded the Iberian peninsula (present day Spain) in 711 A.D., cookies spread and became popular throughout Europe.

By the 14th century, no respectable European household would be caught dead without a tin of the sweets. From the royal family down to lowly street vendors, people enjoyed their cookies with their favorite beverage.

When people traveled, they took along with them a tin of their favorite cookies.

These sweets made the most fitting travel companions when on the road or seas.


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The most popular travel cookies, Jumbal, was baked from nuts, sweetener and water. It was so well-liked that it was known by the same name on every continent as travelers brought it with them wherever they went.

Shaped like intricate rings or knots, Jumbal cookies resembled pretzels, only in cookie form.

Twisted treats.


By the time the 1620s rolled along, the Dutch brought cookies to the New World (a.k.a., America). While the Dutch called the sweet dough-ey confections “koekje,” meaning wafer, the term was Anglicized to “cookie” in the colonies.

The snack became popular after some Dutch expatriates served 800 “koekje” at a New York funeral in 1703.

They were such a hit, not even a single crumb was spared.


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After that, cookies took off in America, becoming a snack and desert staple everyone continues to love to this day.

In fact, cookies have weaseled their way into pop culture that there’s a puppet character on a children’s television show that goes ga-ga over cookies.

Yes, this guy.


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As the years passed, cookies went from being plain biscuit-y dollops of baked dough to the multi-shaped and colorful sweets made with cream, butter, and icing they are today.

And not many people would turn down a plate of these.


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Cleopatra Wasn’t a Great Beauty So She Bathed in Donkey’s Milk to Become One

She snared the hearts of Julius Caesar and Mark Antony so it must have worked!

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Contrary to what many of us think, the real Cleopatra, the last active pharaoh of Egypt, wasn’t a ephemeral beauty.

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The Inspiring Story of the Castaways of Tromelin Island

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They crashed into the reefs, and about 60 slaves and some of the ship's crew made it to Tromelin Island.

Would you believe that a group of shipwreck survivors were able to live in this tiny 1,700-meter by 700-meter island?

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The Slinky is Older Than You Think, and It Was Invented by Mistake

This error ushered in the start of something big.

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The Slinky is one of the classic toys kids can recall playing with.

In the pre-digital era, generations of children enjoyed this pre-compressed helical spring.

Kids were entranced over its endless somersaults down steps and inclines.


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