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December 4, 2013 – NATIONAL COOKIE DAY – NATIONAL DICE DAY

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National Cookie Day

Possibly either chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, lemon or snickerdoodle is your favorite type of cookie but for certain, National Cookie Day is one of Americans favorite food holidays and it  is celebrated annually on December 4.
As of this morning, millions of people already have had at least one cookie today with a nice cold glass of milk and some of those cookies have been straight out of the oven.

On National Cookie Day, it is okay to have a cookie with breakfast, lunch and supper and also for a snack!

Entering into American English through the Dutch in North America, the word “cookie” 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 in 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 and gingerbread 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 

 To celebrate National Cookie Day, try one of the following “tried and true” cookie recipes or pick up some cookies at your local bakery.  Remember to share some of your cookies with your family and friends!

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/first-place-coconut-macaroons

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/gingerbread-cookies-101-recipe/index.html

HAPPY NATIONAL COOKIE DAY!

NATIONAL COOKIE DAY HISTORY

Our research has found that National Cookie Day, an “unofficial” national holiday, was started in 1987 by the Blue Chip Cookie Company.

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National Dice Day

Each year on December 4th, people across the United States celebrate National Dice Day.  There are many games that dice are a part of and there are games with just the dice, so to celebrate National Dice Day, choose your favorite one and play away!
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Typically dice are thrown onto a flat surface either from the hand or a dice cup.  The value of the throw is determined by the uppermost face of the die after it has come to a rest.  One popular dice game is craps where wagers are made on the total value of the throw of the dice.  Frequently used in board games, dice are used to randomize a players moves, commonly by deciding the distance a piece will move on a board.  Popular board games using dice are backgammon and Monopoly.
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The origin of dice is uncertain however it is known that they have been around for thousands of years.  At the Burnt City, an archaeological site in south-eastern Iran, the oldest known dice were excavated as part of a 5000-year-old backgammon set.  

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Dice were originally made from the talus (ankle bone) of hoofed animals.
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Ivory, wood and plastics are other materials used in making dice.
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Happy Rollin’

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NATIONAL DICE DAY HISTORY
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and origin of National Dice Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.
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RESOURCES:

http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/National_Symbols/American_Hollidays.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_food_days

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cookie

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dice

 

 

 

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5 Responses to “December 4, 2013 – NATIONAL COOKIE DAY – NATIONAL DICE DAY”

  1. Charles Gray December 4, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    Brought to you by Bronco, also slices and dices

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