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National Cookie Day – December 4, 2024

National Cookie Day is December 4 so get ready to refill your cookie jar. Maybe you prefer your cookies to have a crunchy snap, or maybe you’d rather bite into soft and chewy sugary heaven. Either way, eating cookies brings us happiness, and we should all do it more often. Just don’t tell your doctor.

When is National Cookie Day 2024?

National Cookie Day is celebrated on December 4th every year.

History of National Cookie Day

In America, a cookie is described as a thin, sweet, small cake. By definition, a cookie can be a variety of hand-held, flour-based sweet cakes, either crisp or soft. Each country has its own word for “cookie.” In England and Australia they’re referred to as biscuits, in Spain they’re galletas. Germans call them keks and in Italy they have several names to identify the various forms of cookie. In America, the Dutch word “koekje” was Anglicized to “cookie.” The sweet treat came to America through the Dutch in New Amsterdam in the late 1620s. The earliest reference to cookies in America is in 1703, when the Dutch in New York provided 800 cookies for a funeral.

Hard cookie-like wafers have existed for as long (and maybe even longer) as baking has been documented. However, they were not sweet enough to be considered cookies by modern standards. They appear to have some origins in 7th century CE Persia, shortly after the use of sugar became relatively common in the region. They spread to Europe through the Muslim conquest of Spain. By the 14 century, they were common in all levels of society throughout Europe, from royal cuisine to street vendors.

With global travel becoming widespread at that time, cookies made a natural travel snack, a modernized equivalent of the travel cakes consumed throughout history. One of the most popular early cookies, which traveled especially well and became known on every continent by similar names, was the jumble: a relatively hard cookie made largely from nuts, sweetener, and water.


Is there a National Cookie Day?

There absolutely is! National Cookie Day occurs annually on December 4. No one can tell you that you’ve eaten too many cookies on this day…well they can. Eat responsibly, friends!

Is today National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day?

Quick! Check your calendar? Is today August 4? If it is, then phew! You’re in luck because it’s National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! If not, then darn! You can still eat a chocolate chip cookie though!

Is there a National Candy Day?

We hope your sweet tooth is cavity free, because National Candy Day is celebrated annually on November 4!

National Cookie Day Activities

  1. Find the best cookie near you

    There's a bakery hiding in your neighborhood with the best darn cookies you've never had. Ask some friends, and consult Yelp, to find the best cookie in your neck of the woods.

  2. Make a new type of cookie

    Many of the most famous cookies (we're looking at you, chocolate chip) were the result of happy accidents in the kitchen. Try some experimenting on your next batch to see where you land!

  3. Have a charity bake-off

    If you're really looking to make this National Cookie Day count, you could get ambitious and host a charity bake-off, donating the funds raised to your favorite charity!

National Cookie Day Quiz


  1. Lemon-Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze

    Put the ricotta in the batter to create a cookie that’s beautiful and tender. The finish, a sweet-tart glaze, contributes towards a melt-in-your-mouth delicious cookie. Lookup a recipe as it’s low in calories and high in taste, what more could you want?

  2. Cherry-Almond Chocolate Clusters

    Why not try an antioxidant-loaded cookie composed of dark chocolate, toasted chopped almonds, and dried cherries? The cherries’ strong flavor perfectly offsets the nuts and chocolate, creating a well-balanced cookie.

  3. Almond Snowballs

    We recommend baking some almond-flavored cookies with shredded coconut which, with the right ingredients, come in at just 64 calories. For an added twist you can include slivered almonds and half a candied cherry.

  4. Chocolate Macaroons

    There are lots of healthy recipes for chocolate macaroons online, with some coming in at just 54 calories each. Happy chewing!

  5. No-Bake Chewy Truffle Cookies

    There are some great recipes online for no-bake chewy truffle cookies that come loaded with dried dates and are bound together by cocoa powder, reduced-fat peanut butter, and a little bit of butter. If you want to try something different, then this is the way to go.

Why We Love National Cookie Day

  1. Everyone's got a favorite

    Oatmeal? Chocolate chip? Sugar? They can't all be the best cookie, but any of them could certainly be someone's favorite. With the vast variety of cookie types across the globe, you're bound to get ten different answers if you ask ten different people.

  2. They're delicious

    Come on — does this one really need elaboration? We've all got fond memories, filled with nostalgia, of eating cookies as a youngster. For most of us, that love for cookies never left us.

  3. They make it easy to pace yourself

    If you bake a massive cake, it's easy to eat too much. Think about it: even after cutting out a massive slice, there's still a ton of cake left and it barely looks like you've made a dent. With cookies, it's easier to stop at one (though no one ever does.)

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