National Cookie Day is observed annually on December 4.
We can thank the Dutch for more than windmills and tulips. The English word “cookie” is derived from the Dutch word “koekie” meaning little cake.
There have been cookie-like hard wafers in existence for as long as baking has been documented. This is because they traveled well, however, they were usually not sweet enough to be considered cookies by modern day standards.
The origin of the cookie appears to begin in Persia in the 7th century, soon after the use of sugar became common in the region. They were then spread to Europe through the Muslim conquest of Spain. Cookies were common at all levels of society throughout Europe by the 14th century, from the royal cuisine to the street vendors.
Cookies arrived in America in the 17th century. Macaroons andgingerbread cookies were among the popular early American cookies.
In most English-speaking countries outside of North America, the most common word for cookie is “biscuit.” In some regions, both terms, cookies and biscuits are used.
Cookies are classified into different categories, with the most common ones being:
Bar cookies – Drop cookies – Filled cookies
Molded cookies – No bake cookies
Pressed cookies – Refrigerator cookies
Rolled cookies – Sandwich cookies
In 1976, Sesame Street included National Cookie Day on its calendar for the first time on November 26. The Cookie Monster also proclaimed his own National Cookie Day in the 1980 book The Sesame Street Dictionary.
Then in 1987, Matt Nader of the Blue Chip Cookie Company out of San Francisco created Cookie Day celebrating it on December 4.
Maybe take a break from worrying about the impending holiday season for a second and just take joy in something small and delightful, like National Cookie Day. Free cookies are coming your way, and that’s objectively a good thing.
The deal: Hit up your local Insomnia cookie shop for a free traditional cookie with any in-store purchase. When: December 4
The deal: The first 400 customers at every location will receive one free cookie, so get in line. When: December 4
Hot Box Cookies The deal: If you retweet this tweet and show it to your cashier, you’ll be the proud owner of a free cookie. When: December 4
Great American Cookies
The deal: This cookie purveyor is handing out one free chocolate chip cookie per customer. No purchase necessary. When: December 4
Coolhaus The deal: You’ll get a free cookie with any order of a sandwich, shake, or ice cream. When: December 4
Penn Station The deal: Order any sandwich and you’ll receive a complimentary chocolate chunk cookie bite. When: December 4
Other cookie deals
The deal: Get 50% off fresh-baked cookies. It’s not free, but it’s something. When: December 1-4
Cinnabon The deal: Buy one of the Cinnamon roll chain’s new Cookie BonBites — a cookie with a cinnamon rolls baked inside — and they’ll throw in an 8-ounce Fairlife milk for free. When: December 4, while supplies last
The deal: Visit this grocery chain’s website for special cookie-related coupons. When: December 4
December 4th, 2017- National Cookie Day
Maybe take a break from worrying about the impending holiday season for a second and just take joy in something small and delightful, like National Cookie Day, which is Monday, December 4. Free cookies are coming your way, and that's objectively a good thing.