National Cookie Day
National Cookie Day is an annual feast celebrated on December 4th of each year. Cookies need no special reason to be eaten and are loved by all sort of people from child to adult and old. Most of us during the childhood days would have stolen the cookies from the jar without leaving a trace. Fresh from the oven or when arranged in a tray, cookies are the delight. The aroma, flavor, and the nuts within the cookie will make anyone fall for it. Love for the cookies doesn’t halt with kids. The fondness for it increases in every stage of one’s life. The cookies give you the perfect company both as a snack and dessert. So why not we celebrate these ever loving cookies with a special Day in the calendar? It’s time to treat your sweet tooth with your favorite cookie on National Cookie Day.
“Baking cookies is comforting, and cookies are the sweetest little bit of comfort food. They are very bite-sized and personal.” – Sandra Lee
History of National Cookie Day
The National Cookie Day was first celebrated in the year 1987. Matt Nader of the San Francisco-based Blue Chip Cookie Company had established this fun celebration Day. The Cookie Monster from Sesame Street championed the Cookie Day. Since then, people from various countries of the world began to celebrate Cookie Day. A cookie is a small, flat and sweet dessert baked or cooked. It contains flour, sugar and some type of oil or fat. Other ingredients such as oats, raisins, chocolate chips, nuts, etc. are also included. These cookies are sometimes called as biscuits. The English word “cookie” is has been derived from the Dutch word “koekje,” meaning little cake. In the early 1600s, the word cookies came into existence with American English name with the Dutch settlement of New Netherland.
Cookies are most commonly baked until they get the crisp texture. It may be baked for long enough that they remain soft. Cookies are prepared in a wide variety of styles by using an array of ingredients like sugars, spices, chocolate, butter, peanut butter, nuts, dried fruits. The time taken to bake the cookie decides its softness. They are often served with hot beverages like milk, coffee or tea. Cookies or biscuits may be produced in various places including factories, small bakeries or in the home. Earlier, the Dutch bakers had used to test the oven temperatures on small amounts of batter before baking the entire mixture. They had followed this method as not to waste the entire cake mix if the temperature wasn’t right.
Factory-made cookies are sold in supermarkets, convenience stores and vending machines. Fresh-baked cookies are sold at the bakeries, coffeehouses, small shops, etc. It is found that the cookies appear to have their origins in the 7th century AD Persia. They came into existence shortly after the use of sugar that was relatively common in the region. It then spread to Europe through the Muslim conquest of Spain. By the 14th century, it was everywhere in Europe. The earliest reference to the cookies in America was mentioned in 1703. It was “The Dutch in New York provided…’in 1703…at a funeral 800 cookies…‘” The most common modern-day cookie with its style by the creaming of butter and sugar was not available until the 18th century.
Other Celebrations on December 4
December 4 is also celebrated as
- Wear Brown Shoes Day
- World Wildlife Conservation Day
- National Dice Day
- Cab Franc Day
- Indian Navy Day
How to Celebrate National Cookie Day
The best way to celebrate the National Cookie Day is by filling up your empty mouth with cookies. Baking is really fun. You can learn more about the cookie, how to prepare it, and its different varieties. Make some home-made cookies for your children and family members to add a natural joy in the celebration. Try One another simple way to celebrate this Day is by buying some good cookies from the bakery and eat them with your friends and family. Encourage your children on this Day to learn how to make the cookies. Help them while they make. You can share your cookie making and the celebration pictures on the social media using the hashtag #CookieDay.