In America, a cookie is described as a thin, sweet, usually small cake; in Australia and the UK it is called a biscuit. There are hundreds upon hundreds of cookie recipes in the United States. No one book could hold the recipes for all of the various types of cookies.
These cookies are baked in sheets and then cut into squares or bars. They are a softer type of cookie (more like a cake).
Cookies that are dropped from a spoon. Almost any cookie dough can be baked as a drop cookie (if additional liquid is added to the batter).
Molded cookies can be shaped by hand, stamped with a pattern before baking or baked directly in a mold.
These cookies are formed by pressing dough through a cookie press (or pastry bag with a decorative tip) to form fancy shapes and designs.
Cookie dough is shaped into logs and is refrigerated until firm. They are then sliced and baked.
Rolled or crisp cookies are made from a stiff (or chilled) dough, which is rolled and cut into shapes with sharp cookie cutters, a knife, or a pastry wheel. They should be thin and crisp.
Check out History of Cookies.