In the 1935 Walt Disney animated short `The Cookie Carnival' three tipsy rum cookies sing that all other cookies are baked in a pan but a rum cookie always is stewed.

Is that just a play-on-words or can rum cookies be prepared without baking? I have read about boiled cookies but, like bagels, the last step is to bake them.

  • Hmmm . . . . I think "stewed" here is intended as a play on words, as a joke, and not meant to be taken literally. In informal English "stewed" can mean drunk. There are things such as steamed cakes/puddings/buns, but texture-wise these are nothing like "cookies".
    – Billy Kerr
    Jan 8, 2022 at 12:11

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Rum balls are prepared without cooking. I’m not aware of any cookie-like thing which is simply boiled or “stewed”, and I doubt anything one could produce that way would be recognizable as a cookie.

  • That was exactly what I was thinking about as well. They are part of a „cookie platter“ and often interpreted as cookies, although they are more like truffles.
    – Stephie
    Jan 8, 2022 at 12:10

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