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Oatmeal Cookie Day

oatmeal cookiesMarch 18 is Oatmeal Cookie Day! Exactly what they sound like – oatmeal cookies are cookies made of ground oats, usually with the addition of nuts, raisins, or chocolate chips.

The origin of this day is unknown, but oatmeal cookies have existed as a tasty sweet snack since the 1800s. Oats themselves were first cultivated in 7,000 BC in ancient China, making them one of the earliest cereals known to man. The predecessor to oatmeal cookies – oatcakes – were carried and consumed by soldiers in the Middle Ages when they needed something to boost their energy before battle. Over the years, the recipe for oatcakes was tweaked and updated and made into the sweeter oatmeal cookies we know today.

Oatmeal cookies are considered healthier than most other cookies because oats are exchanged for most of the flour used in normal cookies, and only one egg is typically needed to bind ingredients together. The addition of other ingredients depends on your specific taste. Sometime honey or molasses is used in place of sugar to sweeten the treats. Other popular additions include nuts, raisins, and chocolate chips. Though oatcakes do differ from the modern-day oatmeal cookie, many of the same spices are still used. These cookies are also known for being a great source of iron and fiber.

To celebrate today, try some of these delicious oatmeal cookie recipes we’ve dug up:

Sources: Punchbowl, CNN’s Eatocracy, Foodimentary

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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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National Cookie Day

Ann Gordon plate of cookiesWith Christmas right around the corner, it’s time to start baking some holiday cookies. Luckily, National Cookie Day falls on December 4, giving you a head start on your holiday baking.

Of course, we realize that the cookies you make today won’t last til Christmas. So think of National Cookie Day as a practice run: bake a batch of all your favorite cookies, ask your friends to do the same, then invite everyone over for a cookie tasting. Indulge your sweet tooth while discovering new cookie recipes to add to your holiday spread!

Just want to make some cookies? Click here to find recipes for almost every kind of cookie you can think of!

Did You Know…that cookies were once called “little cakes”? Find out why and learn more about the history of cookies by clicking here.

Happy National Cookie Day!

 

Sources: punchbowl.com, theultimateholidaysite.com, thenibble.com
Photo Source: Ann Gordon, CC-BY-SA-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
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National Sugar Cookie Day- July 9

Celebrate today by making a batch for friends and family, and read more about National Sugar Cookie Day!

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National Sugar Cookie Day

Snowflake Christmas sugar cookies (2), December 2008July 9 is National Sugar Cookie Day!

The sugar cookie may not get as much attention as the chocolate chip cookie, but it’s just as yummy, and with a simple mixture of sugar, flour, butter, eggs, vanilla and baking powder, it’s certainly more versatile. You can dress up sugar cookies with frosting (any flavor works great!), sugar, cinnamon, chocolate candies or sprinkles. That kind of versatility along with sugar cookie dough’s friendly relationship with cookie cutters make sugar cookies the perfect sweet treat for holidays and special occasions – and they’re fun for the kids to make! But the best part about sugar cookies is that they hit your sweet spot all on their own anytime.

Celebrate the overlooked yet delicious sugar cookie by making a batch for family, friends or the kids. Better yet, have them help! We’ll even share a couple recipes we found:

Easy Sugar Cookies (A quick and simple recipe for plain, sugared or candy-filled sugar cookies.)

Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies (Use this recipe to make easy drop sugar cookies or to roll out and shape with cookie cutters. It also comes with a sugar cookie icing recipe and tips for making the perfect sugar cookie).

Sources: holidayinsights.com, punchbowl.com

Photo Source:Kristin Ausk via Wikimedia Commons
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National Chocolate Chip Day is May 15th

Celebrate today with that little morsel of ooey gooey goodness.  The chocolate chip!  What would the cookie be without chocolate chips?

How Did We Celebrate?

We enjoyed the magic below:

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Snickerdoodles… Blah
Oatmeal cookies… Blah
Sugar cookies… Blah

Throw in chocolate chips and you supercharge any recipe.

Pancakes… Sweet!
Muffins… Super Sweet!
Trail Mix… Perfect!

Put a smile on a face today and share your chip creations with a loved-one, neighbor, or friend.

The Cookie 2011 Desk Calendar is now available for Pre-Order.  It has hundreds of delicious cookie recipes and it’s impossible not to be inspired from it.

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