December 4th is National Cookie Day!

It’s okay to indulge in a freshly baked, sweet, luscious, cookie today!  Go ahead; enjoy a delectable, special treat with coffee, milk or any other beverage of your choice!

According to www.nationaldaycalendar.com, the word “cookie” derived from the Dutch word “koekie,” which means little cake.

The origin of the cookie began in Persia, in the 7th century, soon after the use of sugar became common in the region.  This popular sweet treat quickly spread to Europe through the Muslim conquest of Spain.  Cookies became common in all levels of society throughout Europe by the 14th century, from the royal cuisine to the street vendors.

The cookie, as we know today, arrived in America in the 17th century.  Macaroons and gingerbread cookies were among the popular early American cookies. (Two of my absolute favorites).

Most common categories of cookies are:

Bar cookies – Drop cookies – Filled cookies

Molded cookies – No bake cookies

Pressed cookies – Refrigerator cookies

Okay, now, I would really like to go to Kwik Trip or the closest bakery to get a cookie!

Why not pick up some cookies from your local bakery to share with your family and friends!

To celebrate National Cookie Day, you could try one of the following “tried and true” cookie recipes:

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

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

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

Enjoy!