cookie represents an object of desire. the state of crumbling represents that the object of desire is no longer attainable in its desired form, or that the object of desire has reached its culmination within a state of decline.
High school senior: "I wasn't accepted into my top choice university."
Father: "Sometimes that's just the way the cookie crumbles."

Boy: "My girlfriend and I finally broke up. We had been arguing for weeks."
Friend: "That's the way the cookie crumbles."
by Zach Herold November 22, 2006
A phrase meaning, basically, "That's the way things are, you cannot change it". Usually said to calm someone who's whining overmuch, an usually with little effect.
Man 1: I went on vacation and my fern died!

Man 2: That's the way the cookie crumbles.
by Daniel Finetail May 26, 2004
As if to say "That's how life rolls." It's also a good response for when somebody says something you don't know HOW to respond to. It's also just a cute thing to say.
1.
Girl. Classic vegetable is better than chicken noodle.
Boy. No it's not.
Girl. How?
Boy. That's the way the cookie crumbles!

2.

Boy. Your eyes are beautiful.
Girl. Uhm...that's the way the cookie crumbles!

3.

Boy. You're so weird lawlz.
Girl. That's the way the cookie crumbles.
by tooswoleforyou666 August 03, 2011
A stupid, irritating way of summing up the way of the world. Like saying "ho hum, shit happens."
"Oh no, that wasp just stung me and gave me an allergic reaction and now I only have 2 seconds to live"
"Well that's the way the cookie crumbles I'm afraid."
by Floyd the barber May 31, 2004
it can mean, "that's life" or "that's how it goes" at the end of a conversation about bad things.
"My dog died last night, and then I broke a nail."
"That's the way the cookie crumbles, honey!"
by Meg May 26, 2004
one of the stupideszt sayings ever.
bob: omg i shit my pantz

John: lmao that's the way the cookie crumbles

bob: stfu fag.
by imjustapoorboynobodylovesme December 18, 2006
Euphemism for "life sucks."
Oh, I'm sorry your girlfriend broke up with you; I guess that's the way the cookie crumbles.
by fireworks_are_blue August 19, 2004
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