I love cookies and I love herbs, so herb cookies are two of my favorite things to eat. They’re easy to make, small enough not to overdo it when eaten (unless you want to), very flexible, and easy to adapt with different flavors.
Historically, cookies were used as test cookies to test the temperature of the oven. A small amount of cake batter was put on a pan, placed in the oven on fire, and watched to see how long it took for the batter to bake. If the oven was found to be too cold it would be fed with additional wood or charcoal, if it was found to be too hot wood or charcoal would be removed or left to burn longer before setting the cake to equalize the temperature. What a wonderful flavorful treat that started out as a tester and has now become a favorite for almost everyone and a good learning tool for novice cooks. As a home economics teacher, I would use baking chocolate chip cookies to teach my students proper measurement techniques. I showed how to measure brown sugar, flour, shortening, eggs and liquid. He caught their attention with a reward of a freshly baked cookie at the end. I still love to bake chocolate chip cookies!