So the word "cookie" derives from the Dutch "koekje" and points to a specific kind of small, one-person sized sweet baked good. But in Dutch the word "koekje" is the small-word version of the word "koek", which can refer to a much larger block of sweets.

For example, I made one yesterday which weighs around 1kg. It doesn't seem to be a cake or pie or any kind of pastry, as it's just a large, tough, crispy block of chocolate and grains.

So what would I call the whole thing in English?

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    You seem to want an English word that encompasses halva, fudge, brittle, Rice Krispy treats, and whatever it was that you made. I don't think there is one. Dec 13 '15 at 14:45
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    Once you cut the mass up into one-person-sized pieces, in the U.S. you get bars. The equivalent word in the U.K. appears to be traybake, but I've never heard that in the U.S. Dec 13 '15 at 15:01
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    English doesn't work like that. I assume (I have no direct knowledge), that in Dutch "-je" works as a diminutive, like "-itto" in Spanish. English doesn't do that much... there are examples, usually stealing from Spanish or another language... But in your case, the "cookie" in English IS the diminutive, so there is no other "root" to fall back to. Honestly, it's time to get crude about it and just use you imagination. "I made this big-assed cookie! No, you don't understand, it is like a pizza-cookie!" Something like that.
    – Jack Roy
    Dec 13 '15 at 15:11
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    It's still a cookie. Sometimes a cheesecake, e.g., is made with a pre-baked bottom crust from a sweetened dough, and that is referred to as a cookie.
    – Greg Lee
    Dec 13 '15 at 16:04
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    The chef Emeril seems to make something like this which he calls a "giant cookie cake". Dec 13 '15 at 17:36

So the word "cookie" derives from the Dutch "koekje" and points to a specific kind of small, one-person sized sweet baked good. But in Dutch the word "koekje" is the small-word version of the word "koek", which can refer to a much larger block of sweets.The culinary sense is supported by the etymology of cookie, where "Dutch koekje" is a "diminutive of koek cake" (from OED Online).

It really does not matter what your cake or cookie looked like or how big it is. "Koek" is the US origin of "cookie"

Koken = to cook. Koek - a cake, i.e. that which is cooked - koekje - the small and likeable thing that is cooked, -> cookie


Etymology: probably < Dutch koekje /ˈkuːkjə/ diminutive of koek cake: this is apparently certain for U.S.; but for Scotland historical evidence has not been found.

It is worth noting that British English uses "biscuit" - from the French "cooked twice" (hence the idea of crispness of a cookie/biscuit), and that (the consistency and method of cooking) is what distinguishes a cake from a biscuit/cookie.

For the legal difference between cakes and biscuits, the leading case on the borderline is that concerning Jaffa cakes: United Biscuits (LON/91/0160). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaffa_Cakes


In culinary uses, depending on the region of use (deviating in Scotland, where a 'cookie' is a type of bun, and in the UK, where what is called a 'cookie' in the US is called a 'biscuit'), a cookie is a usually a type of cake, distinguished from other types of cake by being small, flat, crisp, dry and sometimes sweet. As the core definition ('a little cake') suggests, in cookery the correct term for an oversized 'cookie' is cake. The type of cake is dry, sweet, flat, and crisp, but not small.

The culinary sense is supported by the etymology of cookie, where "Dutch koekje" is a "diminutive of koek cake" (from OED Online).

cook·ie also cook·y (ko͝ok′ē)
1. A small, usually flat and crisp cake made from sweetened dough.

[cookie. (n.d.) American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. (2011). Retrieved December 13 2015 from http://www.thefreedictionary.com/cookie .]

cookie (ˈkʊkɪ) or cooky
1. (Cookery) US and Canadian a small flat dry sweet or plain cake of many varieties, baked from a dough. Also called (in Britain and certain other countries): biscuit
2. (Cookery) a Scot word for bun

[cookie. (n.d.) Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged. (1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003). Retrieved December 13 2015 from http://www.thefreedictionary.com/cookie .]

cook•ie or cook•y (ˈkʊk i)
1. a small, flat, sweetened cake, often round, made from stiff dough baked on a large, flat pan (cook′ie sheet`).

[cookie. (n.d.) Random House Kernerman Webster’s College Dictionary. (2010). Retrieved December 13 2015 from http://www.thefreedictionary.com/cookie .]

cookie, n.
Chiefly Sc. and N. Amer.
1. In Scotland the usual name for a baker's plain bun; in U.S. usually a small flat sweet cake (a biscuit in U.K.), but locally a name for small cakes of various form with or without sweetening. Also S. Afr. and Canad.

["cookie, n.". OED Online. December 2015. Oxford University Press. http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/40961?redirectedFrom=cookie (accessed December 13, 2015).]

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    Despite all these dictionary definitions, in the U.S. a small cake is a cupcake, or maybe a petit-four, not a cookie. Cakes and cookies generally differ greatly in composition as well as size. If I ordered a cake and got a very large cookie instead, I would not be happy. But this is additional evidence that there is no word for a large cookie in English. Dec 13 '15 at 21:57
  • @PeterShor, yes, but those aren't dry/crisp, which is another type of cake than moist/spongy. Of course, perhaps you don't admit the technical in cookery?
    – JEL
    Dec 13 '15 at 22:01
  • I wouldn't call pancakes or crabcakes a type of cake, either, so maybe my definition of cake is too narrow. Are there any large sweet, dry, and crisp cakes that one generally thinks of as cakes? Dec 13 '15 at 22:03
  • @PeterShor Perhaps the 'crisp' overstates the case while it speaks to my own prejudices. When a child, I fiercely resisted the notion that soft, moist cookies were really cookies at all, but they've overwhelmed the market in the US. As far as general cookie-like texture in larger cakes, though, I'll suggest some almond cakes, Worlds Best, and the cake of the season, fruitcake. 'Cake' in culinary use is a general term for "not of the nature of bread, made in the form of a rounded flattened mass; e.g. a fish-cake, potato-cake, pan-cake."
    – JEL
    Dec 13 '15 at 22:28
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    Amusingly, the word "cake" has been adopted into Dutch as well and points to something very different from what we'd call "koek" (specifically, things that are spongy and moist instead of crisp, like in English.)
    – Erik
    Dec 14 '15 at 8:40

How about Pizookie?

[Urban Dictionary]

The word itself is a portmanteau of pizza and cookie and pizookie is apparently a popular dessert in the US.

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    "Popular" is an overstatement. You are BiscuitBoy so you have specialized knowledge. +1 even if it sounds gross.
    – ab2
    Dec 13 '15 at 16:01
  • :D :D.. sounds gross, yet looks like God's wildest dream! ;)
    – BiscuitBoy
    Dec 13 '15 at 16:05
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    Never heard the word before.
    – Hot Licks
    Dec 13 '15 at 20:17

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