What day is National Cookie Day celebrated? December 4.

What is National Cookie Day? National Cookie Day celebrates the cookie. Outside of the U.S., most people refer to cookies as a “biscuit.” A cookie is a baked or cooked dough that is small, flat and sweet. It usually contains flour, sugar and oil or fat. People often add raisins, oats, chocolate chips or nuts. There are several different categories of cookies, such as:

  • Bar cookies – Drop cookies – Filled cookies
  • Molded cookies – No bake cookies
  • Pressed cookies – Refrigerator cookies
  • Rolled cookies – Sandwich cookies

Fun facts about cookies according to one source:

  • In the Middle East, chocolate chip cookies are eaten with a knife and fork and topped with chocolate sauce.
  • Did you know 13.5% of Americans admit to eating 20 or more chocolate chip cookies at a time?
  • Those cookies Cookie Monster scarfs down are actually rice cakes with brown dots painted on them.
  • Letting prepared chocolate chip cookie rest in the refrigerator for 24 to 36 hours will give your cookies more flavor.
  • Chocolate chip cookie consumption increased by 10% following the introduction of detailed nutrition fact labels.
  • Chocolate chips were developed specifically for use in the chocolate chip cookie recipe.
  • A fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies is one trick real estate agents have been using for decades.
  • In the late 1970s, Secretary of State John Kerry was bored of being a just a lawyer so he opened a Boston cookie store that remains in business today.
  • Cookie cutters were created in the 1700s by early American tinsmiths.
  • Ruth Wakefield gets credit for creating the first chocolate chip cookies, a creation that happened by accident.
  • Introduced in 1902, the animal cracker was the first commercial cookie in the U.S.
  • Americans consume about 2 billion cookies each year, which averages to be about 300 cookies a year each.

How to celebrate: Enjoy a cookie or two on National Cookie Day. Bring some to work to share or organize a cookie baking or eating contest. If you have a special recipe, post it on social media. Be sure to add pictures with friends and family and keep making memories made while enjoying cookies.  

When was the cookie invented? We can thank the Dutch for bringing cookies to America in the late 1620s. The Dutch word “koekje” became known to us as “cookie.” The earliest reference to cookies in America was in 1703 when 300 cookies were served at a funeral.

What is the hashtag? The hashtag for National Cookie Day is #NationalCookieDay.

What other national days are there for cookies or food? Several other national days have sprung up to celebrate cookies and other favorite foods, including:

  • National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day August 4
  • National Homemade Cookies Day October 1
  • National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day March 18
  • National Oatmeal Cookie Day April 30
  • National Oreo Cookie Day March 6
  • National Peanut Butter Cookie Day June 12
  • National Pecan Cookie Day September 21
  • National Sugar Cookie Day July 9

There are many other national days relating to food. In fact, National Day Archives has a separate category just for food