Did you know the cookie was actually invented in ancient Persia (now Iran) in the 7th century, A.D.? The earliest cookie-style cakes are thought to date back to 7th century Persia A.D. (now Iran), one of the first countries to cultivate sugar (luxurious cakes and pastries in large and small versions were well known in the Persian empire). According to historians, sugar originated either in the lowlands of Bengal or elsewhere in Southeast Asia. Sugar spread to Persia and then to the Eastern Mediterranean. I haven't tried this yet, but looking forward to it! From The Art of Armenian and Middle Eastern Cooking.