December officially marks the beginning of the baking month, where all of us spend tons of time baking holiday treats and what better way to start it than the National Cookie Day!. December 4th is National Cookie Day, and according to a recent survey, 33% American population eats at least one cookie a week. We, therefore, thought of sharing some fun facts about this classic holiday treat.
- The word cookie comes from the Dutch word “Koekje,” which means little cake. Dutch settlers brought the concept of cookies to America before It became a phenomenon in the country.
- Cookies first made their appearance in America in the 17th century, and the most popular ones were gingerbread and macaroons. Today, the USA leads the world as the country with the largest population of both bakers and cookie eaters, spending over $500 million annually on Oreos alone.
- A cookie is enjoyed the world over and is known as “biscuits” in the UK and Australia, “galletas” in Spain, “Plätzchen” in Germany and “biscotti” in Italy.
- The first-ever Chocolate Chip cookie was baked by Ruth Wakefield in 1939, who owned a Toll House Inn with her husband. The recipe was later acquired by Nestle and Wakefield was paid for her recipe with a lifetime supply of chocolate by the company.
- Chocolate chip cookie is the most popular cookie in America, followed by a peanut butter cookie and oatmeal cookie.
- The Immaculate Baking Company in North Carolina holds the record of baking the biggest chocolate chip cookie that weighed 40,000 pounds and had a diameter of 101 feet
- Oreo cookies are over 100 years old and have enjoyed the status of being the most popular cookies of the 20th century. Oreo cookies were developed and introduced by a company called Nabisco from New Jersey in 1912.
- Girl Scouts today are known for their tradition of selling cookies. However, the custom began in 1917 as a way to finance their scouting activities.
- Joplin Museum Complex in Missouri houses the National Cookie Cutter Historical Museum.
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