Celebrating a Timely Classic-The Cookie

Life is simply better with fresh-baked cookies.

Crunchy, gooey, crumbly…

A freshly baked cookie is a timeless culinary classic that conjures up the warmth of the kitchen, memories of our childhood and the comfort of family.

Frankly, given all of that, we’d be hard pressed to find a person who doesn’t love cookies.Oats on white by top view

With so many variations available, there’s a perfect cookie for everyone.

So why am I going on and on about cookies?

Because we are celebrating National Cookie Day!

Let’s find out who the genius behind this holiday was, the history of our beloved treats, and then how to make my personal favorite cookie.

What Is National Cookie Day?

The origins of National Cookie Day are a bit murky. We do know that the book, The Sesame Street Dictionary came about in 1980 with Cookie Monster proclaiming a day as “National Cookie Day”. However, it is unclear how this day became an actual holiday.

Every year, National Cookie Day is celebrated on December 4th.Heap of raisin on a white background

On this special occasion, all cookies are created and celebrated equally. (Although wait to the end of this article and I’m going to share with you one of the most delicious 100% plant-based cookie recipes known to mankind!)

But first, let’s take a look at the history of the cookie….

Take a Bite Into the History of the Cookie

Did you know that the cookie has quite a fascinating history?

In fact, the cookie is centuries old. However, today’s cookie hardly resembles its predecessors.

Cookies date back to at least the 7th century when Persia first started making small sweet cakes.

Fast-forward to the streets of Paris in the 14th century, and the “cookie” (really more of a wafer than anything else) became available on street corners.cookies

The cookie started to take a more familiar form with the introduction of the modern day oven.

Bakers would take some small dollops of cake batter and stick it in the oven to test out the temperature.

It took a bit of time before people realized that those ‘little small dollops’ were not just tests—but yummy morsels of deliciousness that people loved to eat.

In other words, those bakers had ‘accidentally’ stumbled on the magic of cookies!

The cookie trend caught on quickly; the yummy confections began to sell like crazy in all shapes, sizes and flavors.

Here in the US, we can thank the Dutch immigrants for bringing cookies to America in the 1600s.

The Dutch word, koekie (little cake), is where our word, cookie, came from.

At the time of their arrival, gingersnaps (and macaroons) were the most popular cookies in America. But soon after, an array of flavors and cookie concoctions started to appear.

And our ongoing love affair with a whole variety of cookies began in earnest—and continues until this day.

5 Cool Cookie Facts

Here are some fun facts about everyone’s favorite snack:Morsels pile

  1. The Toll House Cookie was born out of necessity. Necessity is indeed the mother of invention as Ruth Grave Wakefield from Toll House Restaurant discovered. One day she found herself without baker’s chocolate and decided to chop up some semi-sweet chocolate. Next thing you know, Toll House chocolate chip cookies were born and were (and continue to be) a runaway success.
  2. Did you know that New Mexico has an official cookie? In 1989, New Mexico was the first to have an official state cookie–a crispy anise seed cookie called a bizochito.
  3. The Cookie Monster started loving cookies—after a whole season! Although his name might have lead you to believe he was always obsessed with cookies, in fact the Cookie Monster was only infatuated with the cookie starting with the show’s second season.
  4. The Japanese dip their cookies in ice water. While Americans might be famous for dipping their cookies in milk, the Japanese have Pocky chocolate sticks that they dip in ice water.
  5. Hydrox was first. Hydrox, the Oreo ‘lookalike’ was actually the first to invent the Oreo cookie. Dec 06_Chef and Recipe_PDTAnd it was Oreo that copied them!

How Do We Celebrate National Cookie Day?

By baking and eating healthful cookies of course!

Cookies are not just about the eating; preparing, mixing and baking the cookies is almost as much fun.

For starters, it’s a great way to spend time with children and family in the kitchen. You can easily get kids enthusiastic about cooking when they know that the end result will be a sumptuous cookie.

And if you want to be absolutely sure that the cookies you make are delicious and good for you, why don’t you cook up a batch of my very favorite Oatmeal-Maple Cookies.