National Cookie Day

National Cookie Day! Who doesn’t love the smell of freshly baked cookies?

It’s no wonder we have a day dedicated to this sweet treat. Celebrate it by eating your favorite cookie or cookies. Or, better yet, make up some cookies and share them with friends and family. It’s sure to brighten everyone’s day.

When is National Cookie Day Celebrated?

National Cookie Day is observed on December 4 each year.

How Did National Cookie Day Originate?

Cookies were invented during the 7th century in Persia. Cookies spread across the continent until it became one of the most popular treats in Europe by the fifteenth century. By the seventeenth century, they made their way to America.

The English word “cookie” is derived from the Dutch word “koekie” meaning little cake.

Matt Nader of the San Francisco-based Blue Chip Cookie Company created Cookie Day in 1987.

National Cookie Day.

Variations of National Cookie Day Celebrations

  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Day – August 4
  • Oatmeal Cookie Day – April 30
  • Sugar Cookie Day – July 9
  • Peanut Butter Cookie Day – June 12
  • Oreo Cookie Day – March 6
  • Bake Cookies Day – December 18
  • Homemade Cookies Day – October 1
  • Cookie Dough day – June 21

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Cookie Fun Facts

1.) The first commercial in the US was for the Animal Cracker, introduced in 1902.

2.) The Oreo was introduced in 1912 by Nabisco. It’s the best-selling cookie in the U.S.

3.) 43 % of Americans have finished a whole row of Oreos in one sitting.

4.) Gingerbread cookies increased in popularity in England when women started eating Gingerbread “husbands” in hopes of finding the real thing.

5.) Cookie Monster eats painted rice cakes on Sesame Street – not real cookies.

6.) Fortune cookies, the ubiquitous dessert at Chinese restaurants in the U.S., are really not a thing in China.

7.) The Girl Scouts began selling cookies in the 1920s.

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Famous Cookie Celebrities

1.) Cookie Monster

“Me Want Cookie “ was made famous by Cookie Monster on Sesame Street. Cookie Monster is a lovable, big, furry, blue, googly-eyed monster who loves to eat cookies. Jim Hensen created the muppet and debuted him on the children’s show Sesame Street in 1966.

2.) Famous Amos

Wallace “Wally” Amos grew up making cookies with his aunt in NYC. As a talent agent, he sometimes would send cookies to entice potential clients to meet with him. Leveraging $25,000 from Helen Reddy and Marvin Gaye, he opened a Famous Amos cookie store in Hollywood, California that quickly became a hit. Wally branched out and started selling his cookies in grocery stores, and the “Famous Amos” brand name’s popularity spread.

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3.) Debbi Fields

The founder of Mrs. Fields, Debbi was born Debra Jane Sivyer. The youngest of five daughters, she was a ball girl for the Oakland A’s baseball team and a homecoming queen. From its start in Palo Alto, California, Mrs. Fields grew to 650 bakeries in 11 countries. Although she has sold her interest to an investment banking firm, she continues to be the company spokesperson.

4.) Joe Frogger

Joe Frogger cookies are named after Joseph Brown, who owned and operated Black Joe’s Tavern in Marblehead, Massachusetts in the late 1700’s early 1800’s. The cookies – which feature molasses, rum, and spices – were invented by Joseph’s wife Lucretia Thomas Brown.

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5.) Little Debbie

Little Debbie cookie and snack cakes are made by McKee Foods. The granddaughter of founder O.D. Mckee is Debbie McKee-Fowler whose likeness when she was three-and-a-half years old is used on Little Debbie packaging. Currently, she is an Executive V.P. with the company.

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Cookie Jokes

What did Homer Simpson say when he dropped his cookie?

Here’s a joke I heard it from a friend who heard it from a friend: What was the cookie’s favorite musical group?
O-R-E-O Speedwagon.

Why did the cookie visit the doctor?
She was feeling crummy.

Why did the burglars target the Keebler elves?
They heard the elves had a lot of dough.

What is the smartest cookie?
Academia Nut.

Why did the cookie cry?
His mother was a wafer so long.

What did the pirate say when he saw the cookies?
Chips Ahoy!

Trust issues definition: when raisin cookies are made to look like chocolate chip cookies.

Why did the Oreo cookie visit the dentist?
To get a filling replaced.

Why couldn’t Cookie Monster make his bed?
He couldn’t find a cookie sheet.

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Cookie Puns

  • Oatmeal cookies: for those who like raisin’ the bar.
  • Delivered with a dozen c.c. cookies: You always help by chippin’ in.
  • Without you, I would crumble.
  • To one smart cookie.

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Cookie Quotes

A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.
Barbara Johnson

One of the best things in life – warm chocolate chip cookies.

Baking cookies is comforting, and cookies are the sweetest little bit of comfort food. They are very bite-sized and personal.
Sandra Lee

Fortune cookies are a good idea. If the message is positive, it can make your day a little better.
Yao Ming

I’ve never felt like I was in the cookie business. I’ve always been in a feel-good feeling business. My job is to sell joy. My job is to sell happiness. (And) My job is to sell an experience.
Debbi Fields

Sayings about Cookies

In the cookie of life, friends are the chocolate chips.
Salman Rushdie

I want to take all our best moments, put them in a jar, and take them out like cookies and savor each one of them forever.
Crystal Woods

C is for Cookie; that’s good enough for me.
Cookie Monster

I think cookies are sort of the unsung sweet, you know? They’re incredibly popular. But everybody thinks of cakes and pies and fancier desserts before they think of cookies. A plate of cookies is a great way to end dinner and really nice to share at the holidays.
Bobby Flay

I have a bad sweet tooth. I’m pretty good when I have to eat well for work, but otherwise, I could eat a whole roll of raw cookie dough.
Jeremy Renner

My grannies would both bake things like shortbreads and cookies. I think whenever I smell those kinds of things it really takes me back to my childhood.
Curtis Stone

I absolutely love making chocolate chip cookies. I mean, it’s fun. It’s exciting. Beyond the fact that I love making them, I love eating them.
Debbi Fields

Baking is how you start kids at cooking in the kitchen.
Sandra Lee

Baking happens with ingredients that last for months and come to life inside a warm oven. Baking is slow and leisurely.
Regina Brett

Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough but not baked in the same oven.
Yiddish Proverb

Top 10 best-selling commercial cookies in the U.S.

1.) Nabisco Oreo

2.) Nabisco Chips Ahoy

3.) Oreo Double Stuff

4.) Pepperidge Farm Milano

5.) Private Label Chocolate Chip

6.) Little Debbie Nutty Bar

7.) Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream

8.) Nabisco Chips Ahoy Chewy

9.) Nabisco Nilla Vanilla Wafers

10.) Private Label Sandwich Cookies

Ten Favorite Cookies at our House

1) Chocolate Chip Cookies

2) Sugar Cookies

3) Oatmeal Cookies

4) Peanut Butter Cookies

5) Snickerdoodle

6) Oreos

7) M&M Cookies

8) Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

9) Oatmeal Raisin

10) Ginger Snap

Ten Favorite Christmas Cookies at our House

1.) Christmas Cut Out Sugar Cookies

2.) Chocolate Crinkles

3.) Peppermint Cookies

4.) Homemade Gingerbread Cookies

5.) Buttery Spritz Cookies

6.) Peanut Butter Blossoms

7.) Chocolate Dipped Oreos

8.) Snowball Cookies

9.) Molasses Cookies

10.) Thumbprint Cookies

Tried and True Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Ruth Wakefield, who ran the Toll House Inn with her husband, invented chocolate chip cookies. The recipe that Nestles prints on its chocolate chip bags is named after the Inn where they were invented.


  • 2 & 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • About 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (12 oz. pkg.) Nestle Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips


PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

COMBINE flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in a large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

PAN COOKIE VARIATION: Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan. Prepare dough as above. Spread into prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Makes 4 dozen bars.

By M.J. O’Halloran

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