A cookie is usually a small sweet, crispy or cake-like pastry made often with flour, sugar, liquid and fat. Its name is derived from the Dutch word Koekje, meaning “small or little cake.” The earliest cookie dates as far back as 7th century A.D. in Persia, where they first cultivated sugar. In England and the British colonies, cookies are also called biscuits. The Germans call them Keks, or Plätzchen, and the Spainards call them Galletas. In Italy, there are several forms of cookies including amaretti and biscotti.