Decorated handmade cookies
Candy's funniest face
In the Old World, what today we know as a cookie, was a flat and thin wafer, hard, square and cooked. Its origin dates back to around III BC in Rome, where it was known as a thin biscuit: "bis coctum" in Latin, which means "twice cooked" as an allusion to its low humidity compared to bread or cakes. To make them soft, Romans used to dip them in wine.
Decoration was developed quite later, in Switzerland in XIV AD, where wood molds were carved to print biblical motifs on cookies. The oldest mold of this type, called springerle, is in the Swiss National Museum in Zurich. It is a round mold that represents the Paschal Lamb.
Cookie baking as an art also took place in the Medieval Germany, when the denominated "lebkuchen" were made in attractive shapes and were decorated with sugar. In fact, the Hansel and Gretel story from the Brothers Grimm Tales in 1812 inspired the German Christmas gingerbread cards.
Currently, cookie decoration is still an extended tradition in many places. In Scotland, it is passed down from generation to generation. In the Dominican Republic it started as a fashion, but later it has made its own place in popular culture, family celebrations and as part of a delicious alternative for marketing any company or brand.
Glaze and fondant, are the most popular choices for decorating them. That's the reason why they are not just simple pieces of a bite’s size, baked and full of flavor, they are considered small pieces of art that are prepared and decorated with great detail to cause impression in any diner. They are an essential part in the dessert tables and the ideal complement for an activity.
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