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If you enjoy cookies, then National Pecan Sandies Day on June 23rd is a day worth celebrating. The American food holiday is observed annually and offers bakers and cookie lovers a chance to enjoy a classic cookie.

As long as baking has been documented, cookie-like wafers have existed. Part of the reason may be because these sturdy cookies travel very well. Cookies have changed and evolved over the years with the modern standards of sweetness and variety, though. The mild sweetness of these cookies pairs well with tea and coffee. And the texture of these melt-in-your-mouth cookies will remind you of the shortbread cookies your grandma used to make.

Another shortbread version of a pecan sandie is called a Mexican or Italian Wedding cookie. These powdered sugar-coated balls also melt in your mouth and look like delicious snowballs – another name for the sweet morsel. They’re easy to make and store, too! Either version of the cookie is Celebrate Every Day® approved!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPecanSandiesDay

Whether you visit your favorite bakery or bake your own, pecan sandies will hit the spot. Serve them with an icy cold glass of milk, coffee or tea.

Pecan Sandies Recipe

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June 23rd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


The first SAT exam is administered by the College Board.


Signed by 12 nations in 1959, the Antarctic Treaty takes effect. The treaty reserves the Antarctic continent for peaceful, scientific endeavors.


A patent for the hula-hoop was issued to Arthur Melin. The toymaker was part owner of Wham-O and know n for making slingshots and a popular toy known today as the Frisbee.


The British people vote in favor of Brexit – leaving the European Union.

June 23rd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

June Carter Cash – 1929

The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter began her career with the Carter Sisters. She would later marry country singer Johnny Cash. Shortly before her death, she won two Grammys for her album Wildwood Flower.

Wilma Rudolph – 1940

The American track and field athlete became the first woman to win three gold medals when she competed at the 1960 Rome Olympics.

Clarence Thomas – 1948

Replacing the first, and currently the only African-American United States Supreme Court Justice, Clarence Thomas has served on the court since 1991. The conservative attorney would grab headlines during his hearings due to accusations of harassment but would be confirmed by the slimmest of margins by the Senate.

Francis McDormand – 1957

The award-winning actress has achieved the uncommon status of the Triple Crown of Acting. With awards from the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and the Emmys, McDormand has received critical success. She has also been recognized by the British Academy.