Originally Posted by otc
xposting from the "Things you don't get" thread:
When did "Cookie" become the singular form of "Cookies"?
I'm reading the instructions for a vintage Mirro "Cooky and Pastry Press" and the recipes always use "Cooky" as the singular form....things like "When making cookies, turn handle until each cooky is formed. Then lift press and cooky will cut off".
We don't say Pastrie...so why do we say Cookie?
false analogy. from wiki (so much more convenient than the OED):
Its American name derives from the Dutch word koekje or (informal) koekie which means little cake, and arrived in American English through the Dutch in North America.
According to the Scottish National Dictionary, its Scottish name derives from the diminutive form (+ suffix -ie) of the word cook, giving the Middle Scots cookie, cooky or cu(c)kie. It also gives an alternative etymology, from the Dutch word koekje, the diminutive of koek, a cake. There was much trade and cultural contact across the North Sea between the Low Countries and Scotland during the Middle Ages, which can also be seen in the history of curling and, perhaps, golf.
so the vintage mirro cooky press was actually a misspelling.