National Cookie Day

December 4 is the day to celebrate cookies, or if you are outside the United States, biscuits. In 1987, Matt Nader of the San Francisco-based Blue Chip Cookie Company created Cookie Day, saying: “It’s just like having National Secretaries Day… It will just be a fun thing to do.” Needless to say, it is also endorsed by the Cookie Monster from Sesame Street. He proclaimed it in the 1980 book The Sesame Street Dictionary.

The English word “cookie” is derived from the Dutch word “koekie” meaning little cake. Cookies have been around a long time if you count the hard-baked wafer type food that people carried on trips because they traveled well. The origin of what we would consider cookies appears to begin in Persia in the seventh 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 arrived in the U.S. in the seventeenth century. They were a little different than today, perhaps. The cookie recipe in the first American cookbook had some interesting ingredients. You can find a modern-day adaptation of the recipe here. Ginger cookies were also popular. An adapted recipe from 1784 can be found here.

Of course, there are all kinds of cookies, but since it is only three weeks until Christmas, it’s time to be making those Christmas cookies to eat and to share. If you are too busy to bake, you can find a list of places giving out free cookies on December 4, here.

Although Oreos are a huge favorite for cookies from the store, it turns out people really prefer homemade, which isn’t too surprising. Nor is the fact that chocolate chip cookies are number one, followed by chocolate, then oatmeal chocolate chip. So enjoy a cookie today!

Free Cookie at Great American Cookies on Dec. 4. (PRNewsfoto/Great American Cookies)

Quotes about cookies

In the cookie of life, friends are the chocolate chips.–Salman Rushdie

I love cookies baking. During the winter, they have these candles that smell like cookies, and I always buy like a hundred of them.–Jared Padalecki

I think cookies are sort of the unsung sweet, you know? They’re incredibly popular. But everybody thinks of cakes and pies and fancier desserts before they think cookies. A plate of cookies is a great way to end dinner and really nice to share at the holidays.–Bobby Flay

Classic Christmas cookies are really time-consuming. Instead, make a bar you can bake in a pan and just cut up, like a brownie or a blondie or a shortbread, which still has that Christmas vibe.–Zooey Deschanel

Baking cookies is comforting, and cookies are the sweetest little bit of comfort food. They are very bite-sized and personal.–Sandra Lee

I think baking cookies is equal to Queen Victoria running an empire. There’s no difference in how seriously you take the job, how seriously you approach your whole life.–Martha Stewart

I’m a mom, a full-time mom when I’m not taping. I do the carpool thing, and bake the cookies, and do the homework.–Vanna White

I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas.–Hillary Clinton

A balanced diet is a cookie in both hands.–Paula Deen (and many others!)

Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.–Barbara Jordan

Peace means no one is worried about anyone else’s cookie…in this moment we are all quietly content with the cookies we have.–Amy Krouse Rosenthal

I mean, at the end of the day, if you can’t have a Girl Scout cookie and a piece of cheese, what is life all about?–Amanda Seyfried

What thought or message would you put in a fortune cookie? “Stop reading this. Eat the cookie and live your life.–Veronica Roth

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