If you’re one of the millions of Americans who love cookies, then there’s no doubt that you’ve heard of National Cookie Day. On December 4th, people all over the country take part in cookie parades and other festive activities. It’s a beautiful day for baking and sharing them with family and friends,
Whether baking them at home or enjoying them from the store, cookies make a wonderful treat. On the other hand, make sure that you are not consuming too much sugar in one day, harming your health.
When is the National Cookie Day?
National Cookie Day is on December 4th, 2021.
We have to thank the Dutch for bringing the fantastic treat to America in 1703. Cookies have various names all over the world. Galletas, Keks, Biscuits, Koekje are some of its names in Spain, Italy, England, and the Netherlands.
A cookie is a small ball of sweet dough which has been baked or fried. They can be formed into any shape, but the most common is the round one. The exact origin is unknown, but it is believed to exist in the 7th Century, and who knows, maybe it existed even before.
However, as far as the History of National Cookie Day is concerned, the Blue Chip Cookie Company first organized it on December 4th, 1987.
7 Delicious Types of Cookies:
Many types of cookies are made around the world. Some are round in shape, some have a square shape, some are flat, and some have a unique shape. The main ingredients of cookies are flour, eggs, sugar, and butter. So, let’s dig into our favorite ones.
1. Chocolate Chip:
They are among the most beloved ones in the US. While being soft, sweet and chewy, you can also keep them under moderate temperature for a long time. These are often cooked with butter and can be decorated in any way you choose.
If you want to make your own chocolate chip cookies, add 2-3 tablespoons of butter to the mixture and then add the chocolate chips. You may also add almonds and raisins to the mix for an added taste.
2. Oatmeal Cookies:
These delicious treats have a lot of health benefits. They are soft and will dissolve in your mouth. You can either use oats for the base or add oats to your favorite recipe to give them the same effect.
Oats are usually added to the dough because they soak up lots of moisture and add a nice texture to the cookie.
They are soft and chewy with a great flavor. They have marshmallows as their main ingredient and a layer of chocolate on top. If you are thinking about having a camping trip with your friends, these would be a perfect treat for you.
4. Molasses Cookies:
They are made using molasses which gives them a great flavor. Yet, they are still soft and melt in your mouth. Whole wheat flour and brown sugar are used to make these cookies.
5. Ginger Cookies:
They are very soft and light in color. Ginger is added to these cookies to give them a spicy flavor. They are usually baked at 350-400 degrees Fahrenheit. You can add raisins or candied ginger to these cookies.
6. Peanut Butter Cookies:
They are soft, chewy, and crunchy. In addition to this, they have a smooth peanut butter taste which you cannot get from any other cookie. These cookies are the greatest on the market because of the ideal marriage of peanut butter and chocolate.
7. Sugar Cookies:
They are one the most preferred with a cup of coffee or tea. They are prepared using egg whites, flour, sugar, and butter. If you don’t want to use butter, you can use margarine.
You can also add ice cream, nuts, or dried fruits to make them more attractive. Icing or chocolates are used for decoration.
Health Benefits of Cookies:
There are so many health benefits that are just mind-blowing. So, without further ado, here are a few of the more essential ones.
· Boosts Metabolism:
A good amount of fiber and protein is also included in cookies. It improves the digestion and metabolism of our bodies due to high protein content, which also keeps your energy levels up.
· Improves Mood:
They are filled with nutrients and vitamins that keep you in good spirits. It also contains some minerals and helps boost your mood.
· Keeps you Fit:
It can be used as a healthy alternative to junk food. As they are made using natural ingredients, they have a lot of fiber and vitamins that are not found in other foods.
· Helps in Stress Management:
They are low in calories and can be eaten any time of the day. This is why they are so popular in stressful situations. They make us feel relaxed and can be an ideal solution for those who feel stressed out.
· Improves Bone Strength:
They also help improve bone strength. Oats, in particular, make them stronger. Calcium, zinc, and magnesium are also prominent in them.
Furthermore, they also contain phosphorus which helps in building bones and teeth.
Reasons to Love National Cookie Day:
There are many reasons to fall in love with this awesome day and in particular with cookies.
· They are Delicious:
They are one of the most delicious snacks in the world. The best part is you can enjoy them at any time of the day.
· They are Super Fun to Make:
The fun thing about making cookies is that there is always a variety to choose from. You can decorate the cookies according to your choice and taste. The dough is very soft and pliable, which makes them easy to work with.
They are effortless to make, and I am sure that we all have made some funny designs for these tasty treats!
· They are Affordable:
When it comes to affordability, hardly any snack can beat them. You can either bake or purchase them from the market, and it will always be cost-efficient.
How to Celebrate National Cookie Day:
We all love cookies and have been making them for a long time. So, I thought that it would be great to take this day and celebrate the sweet treat that we all love. Here are some of my suggestions for you.
1. Bake your First Cookie:
What better way to mark this day than to make your own homemade cookie?
The ingredients are basic and easy to prepare. You need to combine flour, sugar, butter, and egg yolk. If you want, you can add milk or some other ingredients to make the dough more flavorful.
After mixing everything, you need to:
- Knead it well until it becomes soft and pliable.
- Roll the dough into small balls and place them on an oven tray.
- The baking time varies depending varies according to the type of cookie, so it is best to follow a recipe book.
2. Decorate them:
Now that you have baked, it is time to decorate them. You can use icing, sprinkles, or even chocolate chips. You can also add nuts, dried fruits, or ice cream. This makes it a lot more exciting and enjoyable to eat!
3. Share with your loved ones:
You can share these cookies with your family members, friends, and colleagues. Or invite them to your home and make them together. It will be a fun way of celebrating this day and spending quality time with those close to you.
4. Let’s get Trending:
Let’s celebrate this day by making different cookies and posting them on social media using #NationalCookieDay. You can send them as gifts or rewards to your employees or friends to make their day special.
In short, National Cookie Day is about enjoying eating a cookie as well as sharing it with your friends and family. So, I hope that you will have a great time on this day and enjoy the sweet treat that we all love so much.
Finally, let me know what you have planned for today in the comments section below.
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