Jennifer Leonetti, of Ventnor, helps her son Johnny, 6, and Joy, 3, decorate their cookies on National Cookie Day.

VENTNOR — The Atlantic County Library celebrated National Cookie Day at its Ventnor branch with a history lesson and a few cookies for good measure.

Kids learned about the history of cookies, which derives from the Dutch word “koekje,” meaning “little cake.” Dutch bakers would toast batter on oven tops to test it before making cakes but soon realized that the result wasn’t bad itself.

Kids also learned that macaroons and gingerbread were among the most popular cookies in colonial times, and that many countries call cookies “biscuits.”

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A balloon artist was also on hand, and children later were able to decorate their own cookies with icing and chocolate.

“We come to just about any event they have this time of year,” said Sydney Rice, of Ventnor, who brought her daughter Talia, 4.

For Jennifer Leonetti, of Ventnor, “it’s just a way to start the holidays having fun with the kids.”

Joy Leonetti, 3, had no opinion on how her cookie tasted, but her brother Johnny, 6, was worried after dousing his cookie in chocolate and other toppings.

“Mine is not going to taste good,” he said. “I put too much stuff on it.”

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