National Cookie Month is marked in October to celebrate the existence of cookies. These snacks are stocked in most homes, stores, bakeries and everywhere cookies exist — except the internet cookies, which are not edible. Every year for a month, we knead some dough and celebrate the delicious, luscious, savory snacks that are cookies.
History of National Cookie Month
We are not quite clear on the history of National Cookie Month and its pioneers (but we might have spent all day researching cookie recipes instead of the actual holiday!) Cookies are flat and round snacks made from a sweetened dough or personalized recipe. The word ‘cookie’ is linked to the Dutch word ‘koekje,’ which refers to a small cake.
In medieval times, baking was an arduous profession that required years of experience and apprenticeship. Consequently, baking became more and more common among housewives and one was bound to be offered a tray of biscuits accompanied with tea or coffee as a conversation starter or a silence filler.
Cookies have, over time, become a guilty pleasure for most. They have evolved to become early morning breakfasts, desserts, and midnight munchies. The power cookies have over us is undeniable. And what’s more interesting is the simple method and ingredients needed to make them.
National Cookie Month seeks to give us yet another opportunity to pop that dough in the oven and enjoy a little self-indulgent holiday. We promise to eat as many cookies as we can and not question the history of a holiday as sweet as this.
National Cookie Month FAQs
What if I don't have an oven?
To celebrate National Cookie Month, you do not need to make your own cookies. You can easily get store-baked cookies and pop them in the microwave for that warm and fresh aroma. Also, some cookie recipes do not require an oven.
Can I freeze my cookies?
Yes you can, but ensure they are double wrapped to prevent moisture from getting in, causing them to break. Alternatively, you can freeze cookie dough and bake them as needed. Always ensure they defrost completely before reheating them in the oven.
Why do my cookies not turn out great?
Check the recipe you are using and follow due process, also check the expiration date and measurement of products to see if everything is in order. A little oversight here and there can cause even the greatest recipes to flop.
National Cookie Month Activities
Bake a tray of cookies
Baking cookies approximately takes 30 minutes, if you aren’t experienced, you can easily try an easy recipe that does not take effort. Spice things up and try a new recipe at least every week.
Eat a tray of cookies
Nothing screams leisure than enjoying your home-baked or store-bought cookies with a warm glass of milk and your favorite T.V show. Taking care of yourself is in fact one way to celebrate this month.
Share a tray of cookies
What is better than baking cookies? Eating cookies! Even better, sharing cookies! National cookie month is all about love and happiness, spreading that happiness with a tray of cookies to the family, friends, and strangers.
5 Deliciously Sweet Facts About Cookie Dough
Come in all shapes
Cookies do not have to be flat and round, they are made to fit any desired shape.
Needs no heat
Some cookies do not need to be baked, they only need to be molded and put aside to harden.
Can be eaten raw
Cookie dough is scooped and served like ice cream in some restaurants.
Cookies have inclusivity
The cookie community has vegan and gluten-free cookie recipes to accommodate food diversity.
It is popular on T.V
Cookies receive recognition on “Sesame Street” due to the character Cookie Monster and his love for chocolates.
Why we love National Cookie Month
We love an opportunity to eat
Well now when people ask us why we are eating so many cookies, we can easily hide behind National Cookie Month. We are law-abiding citizens after all and we celebrate all national holidays.
An occasion to show love
Food shared is happiness multiplied, no need for an extravagant dinner, a tray of freshly baked cookies and a jug of milk will also get it done. For the month, take turns eating cookies with your friends and families.
They help us to unwind
Baking has been proven to be therapeutic, and not all of us have the energy to take a walk to unwind or the luxury of a spa date. The simple activity of baking and the aroma that follows is quite calming.
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