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National Cookie Day originates with a Sesame Street character


By Tara Yilmaz

→ Did you know National Cookie Day is on Dec. 4th? From cookie tables to cookie jars, Americans across the country can celebrate cookies. Whether crunchy, gooey, chewy, or soft, cookies have been popular for centuries.

→ Did you know in 1987 Matt Nader of San Francisco’s Blue Chips Cookie Company started National Cookie Day? (Not to be confused with Ruth Graves National Chocolate Cookie Day.) Nader drew inspiration from the Sesame Street Dictionary. In 1980, Sesame Street Creator Jim Henson and Lindsay Hayward published the children's book. The ultimate cookie lover “Cookie Monster,” sat on a throne and said, “Me proclaim today National Cookie Day.”

→ Did you know there are eight types of cookies and hundreds of varieties to choose from? There are cookies for almost any holiday or occasion. Each is made with a different method:

The bar method consists of smashing the cookie dough into the baking dish and cutting them into squares.

Drop is frequently associated with chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies. With a spoonful of dough plopped onto a baking sheet, the cookies melt into a circular, flat pattern, with chocolate chips rising from the dough as a phoenix.

Peanut Butter cookies are in the molded category. These peanut butter delights can be a slice of heaven even for non-peanut butter lovers.

Sandwich cookies are synonymous with cream, marshmallow, or fruit filling between wafers.

The typical icebox cookies are the log-shaped tough dough kept in the refrigerator. Cutting slices of dough to make the preferred amount of cookies then refrigerated for another day.

Butter cookies are a good example of pressed. Pressed cookies can indeed be challenging, but worth the trouble. With a pastry bag filled with soft dough pressed on a baking sheet into elaborate designs.

For a quick and hassle-free cookie, then no-bake cookies are the perfect treat

Rolled cookies are made all year but are most nostalgic during Christmas. An infinite number of commercials and movies plague the airwaves starting in November with holiday cheer.

Usually focused on a loving grandmother with her grandchild rolling cookie dough in the kitchen, baking gingerbread men. If not ginger, then most likely sugar cookies. Cookie Cutter lovers flock to stores to buy cookie cutters to add spice to their design.

The kitchen houseware store located at 1725 Penn Ave., in the Strip District has an impressive collection of cutters that range from traditional to artistic.

→ Did you know there are hundreds of recipes for cookies? From around the world, cookies go by different names, flavors, and types. In England, the proper way to ask for a cookie is to say “biscuit.” Not the round, fluffy, white bread that graces plates on Thanksgiving. Biscuits are the traditional accompaniment of tea. With a wide range of flavors, there are enough cookies to delight taste buds for a lifetime.

Macaroon, chocolate chip, biscotti, sugar, lemon drop, oatmeal raisin, shortbread, thumbprints, snickerdoodles, fortune, molasses, black and white, wafer, fig roll, sprinkles, fudge, almond, and snowball, just to name a few.

→ Did you know the major difference between cookies is the way they are baked? Which doesn’t make a difference because a cookie is a cookie as long as it’s delicious and paired with a cold glass of milk.


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