Koekje, Cooky, or Cookie? A History of American Christmas Cookies
Monday, December 11, 7pm Zoom Program
Why do the Brits call them biscuits and we call them cookies? The answer lies in the 17th century Dutch colony of New Netherland. But cookies have a peculiar history. Once the purview only of the wealthy, their flavors, shapes, and textures have changed over time. Influenced by changing technologies, household labor, slavery, social status, agricultural innovations, and immigration, cookies have become the standard American Christmastime treat. But how did we get there?
In this illustrated lecture, including multiple historic recipes, food historian Sarah Wassberg Johnson discusses the history of cookies in America, including their Medieval backgrounds, Christmas traditions through the ages, the influence of immigrant foodways in the United States, and why we eat so many cookies during the holiday season.
This program is a collaboration between the Millbrook, Putnam, Staatsburg and Warner Libraries.
***Please be sure to include your email address when registering so the Zoom link can be emailed to you. Zoom links will be emailed the morning of the program.***