National Cookie Day
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!
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.
National Dice Day
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.