• 1North American A sweet biscuit.

    • ‘Then wrap up those cookies and cakes for neighbors, coworkers and friends - they make a great low-cost, thoughtful gift.’
    • ‘Whole leaves ground to a fine spice-like powder can be used as seasoning or in backing recipes for breads, cookies, cakes, and muffins.’
    • ‘This may involve candy, some cake and/or cookies, alcohol if your workplace allows it, etc.’
    • ‘I know I shouldn't eat cakes and cookies, but are potatoes and corn OK?’
    • ‘Cloves and allspice are a festive combination, famous for flavoring holiday pies, cakes and cookies.’
    • ‘But we don't have to give up the delicious combination of creamy icing and crisp chocolate cookie.’
    • ‘The other squash we know and like is pumpkin, a winter squash used almost exclusively for pie in our country and to a lesser extent for baked goods such as breads, cakes and cookies.’
    • ‘Why aren't we making the good stuff, like cookies or cake?’
    • ‘For example, it may simply add bulk to stews and stuffings, or nice moist textures to cakes, cookies and loaves.’
    • ‘Instead of just cookies and cakes, there will be some sandwiches.’
    • ‘When patients couldn't pay, they sometimes brought him a homemade cake or cookies or fresh fruit.’
    • ‘Enjoy the famous bake sale with homemade cakes, pies and cookies.’
    • ‘People set aside time to make cookies, cakes, and decorations.’
    • ‘She was an excellent cook, and she actually loved doing it, which was why there were always cakes and cookies to look forward to after school.’
    • ‘The new recipe produced some very flat cookies.’
    • ‘For her, the most special family tradition is Christmas baking, which involves preparing delicious cakes and cookies for the whole family.’
    • ‘Keep in mind, too, that we don't generally eat an entire meal of walnuts but use them as a garnish or as flavor bursts in cookies and cakes.’
    • ‘The preparations will include varieties of rice items, sweets, fried items, cookies, cakes and juices.’
    • ‘Only, the characters here were real and not necessarily out on a picnic with sweet lemonade, ham sandwiches, home-made cookies and cakes.’
    • ‘I have experienced occasional heartburn after I have eaten sugary snacks like cake, pie and cookies.’
  • 2informal [with adjective] A person of a specified kind.

    ‘she's a tough cookie’
    • ‘If they say I'm a tough cookie, it's because they're sloppy.’
    • ‘Once you've driven your flag into the North Pole, proven to yourself that you're actually a pretty tough cookie, what's the point in doing it again?’
    • ‘It is a waiting game and a praying game but he is a tough cookie.’
    • ‘She's a smart cookie, a ‘tough cookie,’ as one character mockingly calls her.’
    • ‘Dylan's a tough cookie, and you can read all about it on his very engaging and frequently updated website.’
    • ‘Of course, I had always known she was a tough cookie.’
    • ‘The older women were tough cookies let me tell you.’
    • ‘Vanessa Craft meets one tough cookie who's definitely in control.’
    • ‘You're one tough cookie when it comes to forgiveness.’
    • ‘Besides, I'm a tough little cookie - you said so yourself.’
    • ‘You don't know what it's like until you're there, and I'm a pretty tough cookie myself.’
    • ‘Jenn's one tough cookie but she has a heart of gold.’
    • ‘Mr Gove is a smart cookie, and he is trying to suggest one.’
    • ‘After all, I am used to seeing her as a pretty tough cookie.’
    • ‘But Andy is a tough cookie, and he is sticking it out.’
    • ‘They were tough cookies, some of them, really tough cookies but they were also terribly warm-hearted.’
    • ‘Butler, a tough cookie if ever there was one, refused to crumble after he was diagnosed with lung cancer on July 4.’
    • ‘Coles is a tough cookie, and that impresses his teammates the most.’
    • ‘Because - listen to this and believe it - you're a smart cookie.’
    • ‘But he is a very tough cookie indeed, having been brought up in the military atmosphere of West Point.’
  • 3Scottish A plain bun.

  • 4Computing
    A packet of data sent by an Internet server to a browser, which is returned by the browser each time it subsequently accesses the same server, used to identify the user or track their access to the server.

    • ‘Some servers use cookies to track users from site to site, and some use them to uncover the identity of the user.’
    • ‘The main purpose of a cookie is to identify users and possibly prepare customized Web pages for them.’
    • ‘He had failed to grasp the fact that the browser itself stores the cookies on the user's hard drive.’
    • ‘Companies using cookies and other internet tracking devices will have to provide information to users, giving them the chance to opt out.’
    • ‘The use of advertising cookies sent by third-party servers is standard in the Internet industry.’


Early 18th century: from Dutch koekje little cake, diminutive of koek.