In North America, a cookie is a baked, flat, small, sweet, quick leavened cake baked on a large flat pan.
The word cookie comes from the Dutch word 'koekje' introduced to North American English by the Dutch and became
Anglicized to cookie. Cookies can be grouped by how they are formed in preparation for or after baking: drop
cookies, refrigerator or icebox cookies, molded cookies, rolled cookies, bar cookies, sandwich or filled cookies,
cut-out or shaped cookies, piped or pressed cookies, no bake cookies and others. Cookies are eaten any time of
the day or night as snacks or dessert, are made in thousands of sizes, shapes, flavors and may be topped with:
frosting, icing, decorations, glaze, etc. Besides being eaten as a snack or desert, cookies are commonly given
as gifts or served at social occasions: holidays, fundraisers, after school treats, welcome gift, hostess gift,
birthday gift, baby shower, congratulations, office party, college care packages, thank you gift, comfort and
sympathy, get well gift and others. Online bakeries, online stores specializing in cookies or stores with a baked
goods department frequently have coupons, discounts, special offers, promotions, sales for a wide assortment of cookies.