They can be soft or crunchy, sweet, and even sometimes salty, and they go perfectly with a cold glass of milk. But have you ever wondered where cookies came from? A popular theory is that cookies originated in Persia (now Iran) where sugar was first believed to be cultivated. As for when, well, they predate the Keebler elves by a few dozen centuries.
Whether you call them cookies or biscuits (as they’re usually referred to in the UK and Australia), their place in the modern culinary world seems secure. So when it’s time for you to restock your home’s cookie jar, here are the cookie packs that we can’t resist.
Flavors from our childhood
Whether real elves bake Keebler treats or not, we don’t care. We’re just addicted to this variety pack. Oh, who are we kidding? Everyone knows the Fudge Stripes cookies will be conquered first. To keep everyone honest, Keebler was thoughtful enough to package their treats in single-serving bags.
These snack pack-sized bags of cookies are perfect for brown bag lunches, your office lunch, or even a road trip with the whole family. There’s enough variety with these flavors to keep everyone happy.
Save room for these
Pepperidge Farm offers more than a dozen different flavors of its signature Milano cookie line, but we prefer the classic dark chocolate recipe. By the way, Pepperidge Farm is a real place. According to the company’s story on its official website, It’s the name of the property in Fairfield, Conn., where company founder Margaret Rudkin raised her family and is named for an ancient Pepperidge tree that grew there.
HighKey makes their incredibly addictive cookies in both snickerdoodle and chocolate chips flavors, but here at the office it’s the snickerdoodle variety that we practically inhale without any guilt. The mini cookies have a puffy texture that practically allows them to melt on your tongue. Once you open a bag of these treats, good luck stopping snacking until the bag is empty.
These vegan-friendly cookies are made in Belgium in a nut-free facility. Their unique taste and texture is much adored in Europe, where they’re often referred to as “speculoos” cookies or biscuits because of their crisp, shortbread taste. (They’re also a favorite snack handed out during flights by carriers including Delta and American.)
Steve Spears is editor of Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. He is based in Orlando and counts St. Augustine, Key West and the Gulf Beaches among his favorite destinations in the state.