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National Homemade Cookies Day

October 1 is National Homemade Cookies Day!

Amateur and professional bakers alike can revel in the easy-to-make deliciousness of a homemade cookie. Cookie recipes can vary from extremely simple to the more complex variety, depending on what you decide on baking.

Celebrate by whipping up a fresh batch of homemade cookies today; here are 25 Cookie Recipes to get you started. And if you consider yourself a year round cookie enthusiast, you might want to check out our scrumptious Cookie Calendar!

Sources: Eatocracy, Heart of a Country Home

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National Pecan Sandies Day

Pecan sandies, or “sand tarts,” are similar to the sugar cookie but with a nutty addition – pecans! Celebrate this classic cookie on June 23 by baking a batch to share with your friends, family, or co-workers.

Looking for the perfect pecan sandies recipe? Word around the web is the best pecan sandies recipe comes from Smitten Kitchen. Deb, the blog’s writer/cook, snagged this pecan sandies recipe from Claudia Fleming’s “Last Course,” claiming that one of the geniuses behind the recipe is the addition of one small step: “…toast [the cookies] until they’re very dark, which, combined with sugar, brings out an almost maple-y flavor. […] the pecan flavor is louder and the cookie tastes more grownup than what we might be used to.”

Deb also offers some tips for dressing up your pecan sandies – dip half the cookie in melted chocolate or top with a sprinkle of turbinado sugar, for example.

To put a healthy spin on your pecan sandies, use whole wheat flour and replace half of the butter with canola oil or use half a cup of canola oil and half a cup of applesauce.

And for the super healthy conscious, those with food allergies, or anyone on a special diet, check out Erica Kerwien’s (of Comfybelly.com) sugar-, gluten-, grain-, and lactose-free Salted Pecan Sandies.


Sources: Slashfood.com, Smittenkitchen.com, Comybelly.com

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World Baking Day

World Baking Day occurs on the third Sunday of May each year.  In 2013, World Baking Day is celebrated on Sunday, May 19.

This food holiday began in 2012 as a way for bakers all over the world to share their love for baking and favorite recipes with like-minded people. World Baking Day encourages professional and amateur bakers alike to step outside of their baking comfort zone and try something new. In other words, World Baking Day urges you to push your baking skills to the limit!

16 countries across the globe are actively participating in World Baking Day, including: USA, UK, Australia, Spain, Portugal, Slovakia, Greece, Czech Republic, Hungary, Finland, Sweden, Turkey, Poland, South Africa, Germany, and Belgium.

Join the international conversation on Twitter by following @WorldBakingDay and using hashtag #bakebrave.

Sources: World Baking Day, Food Network UK

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