National Cookie Day

Next Wednesday, 4 December 2024

National Cookie Day is celebrated on December 4 every year. Cookies are an integral part of every occasion irrespective of whether it is someone's birthday, wedding, graduation, party, picnic, or something else. This comfort food comes in many different shapes, sizes, colors, and exciting flavors. 

Over the years, many types of cookies have emerged throughout the world. This includes Drop cookies, rolled or cutout cookies, sandwich cookies, filled cookies, cookie bars, pressed cookies, molded cookies, no-bake cookies, fried cookies, and refrigerator or ice box cookies. 

Chocolate cookies on a plate

A Brief Timeline of The Evolution of Cookies

Matt Nader, the founder of the Blue Chip Cookie Company in San Francisco, was the one who created National Cookie Day in 1987. 

The origins of the cookie can be traced back to as early as the 7th century A.D. in ancient Persia, now known as Iran. They were the first ones to develop cookies because Persia was one of the first countries that cultivated sugarcane. 

With time, further exploration, and trade, cookies traveled to the Mediterranean and European countries. By the 14th century, cookies were a common item in Europe. As a result of various experiments, regional variations also found a place in several people's hearts. 

The word cookie comes from the Dutch word 'Koeptje' (pronounced koekje). This means a small cake. The word Koeptje in turn stems from the Dutch word 'Koke' meaning cake. 

The Arrival of Cookies in America

It is said that the Dutch were the ones who introduced cookies in America in the late 1620s. 

America's favorite cookie- the Chocolate Chip Cookie- is over 85 years old. Ruth Wakefield was the iconic woman who invented the delicacy of combining crispy cookies and melted chocolate chunks. It was also published in her book 'Tried and True' in 1938.

Step By Step Guide to Making America's Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

Step 1

Firstly, you need to heat the oven to 375° C.

Step 2

In a bowl, add 2 and 1/4 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon baking soda and mix them thoroughly.

Step 3

In another bowl, add and mix 1 cup of softened butter, 3/4 cup sugar, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Beat the mixture unless a creamy consistency is formed. After that, add two eggs egg and keep stirring in between. Then, add the flour mixture in the same way and keep stirring and mixing. Lastly, add the key ingredient- chocolate chips and 1 cup chopped nuts.

Step 4

Take a cookie and drop spoonfuls of the batter onto it. Bake them in the preheated oven for 9 to 11 minutes or more unless they turn to a golden brown. Then cool them and enjoy the sweet and crisp cookies.

How To Celebrate National Cookie Day

  • Experiment with your heart out on National Cookie Day. Try getting creative with your cookie recipes and add new ingredients, you might just invent America's next favorite cookie!
  • Make sure to express support for the local bakeries and shops on National Cookie Day. Buy some cookies from their shop, and maybe leave a review or two. 
  • Sharing is caring. On National Cookie Day this year, make sure to share some cookies with your family, friends, neighbors, and the underprivileged. This might seem like a small gesture but it will definitely create a lot of impact in their lives. 
  • Having a fun little cookie-baking competition on this day might be an exciting thing to do. 

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