National Cookie Day

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If you've ever wondered why there seems to be an extra spring in people's steps on December 4th, we're happy to report it's National Cookie Day! Could there be a better way to jumpstart the holiday season than honouring these pieces of joy? We don't think so either.

When is Cookie Day?

It's national cookie day on the 4th December.

A sweet history

American food writer Matt Nader of the San Francisco Blue Chip Cookie Company is the one to thank for establishing our beloved National Cookie Day back in 1987. It was his mission to 'make everyday a cookie day', and well, he managed to secure at least one official date.

A crumbled legacy

Since its inception, National Cookie Day has been embraced with open arms (and mouths) by people all across the world. With 53211 mentions online detected by our site, it's clear that the day has garnered a following sweeter and wider than anyone could have predicted.

Peak Popularity

December 4th, 2015 stands as the 'crunchiest' year for cookie celebrations so far, with the highest number of online mentions being recorded. We suspect there might be a direct correlation between these mentions and an increase in worldwide cookie consumption, but more research is required.

Join the festive fun

Вut remember, National Cookie Day is not just about indulging in your favourite batch. It's also about sharing the joy (and cookies) with your loved ones, showcasing your baking skills, and establishing heartwarming memories associated with the scent and warmth of freshly baked cookies. So, what are you waiting for? Get your oven mitts ready!

History behind the term 'Cookie'

7th century AD

The Beginnings of Biscuit-Baking

The term 'cookie' finds its roots in the 7th century AD, where the practice of baking small, sweet cakes began in Persia (modern-day Iran). These early cookies were made using basic ingredients such as sugar, honey, and nuts. The term 'cookie' comes from the Dutch word 'koekje,' which translates to 'little cake.'

14th century AD

The Spread of Cookies in Europe

As trade routes expanded during the 14th century, cookies made their way to Europe. The Arab influence in Spain introduced Europeans to the concept of baking cookies. Europeans further developed cookie recipes and techniques, using new ingredients like butter and spices. These intricately shaped cookies gained popularity among the rich and nobility as a symbol of wealth and luxury.

17th century AD

Dutch Settlers Introduce Cookies to America

In the 17th century, Dutch settlers brought their beloved 'koekjes' (cookies) to America. These early American cookies were often made with simple ingredients like flour, sugar, and butter. As America grew and diversified, various regional cookie recipes emerged, influenced by the cuisines of different immigrant groups.

19th century AD

The Industrial Revolution and Cookie Innovation

The Industrial Revolution in the 19th century marked a significant turning point in the history of cookies. With the invention of commercial ovens and the mass production of ingredients like baking powder and chocolate, cookies became more accessible to the general population. Cookie tins and jars also gained popularity as decorative household items.

20th century AD

Chocolate Chip Cookies and Beyond

The 20th century witnessed the invention of iconic cookies, such as the chocolate chip cookie. In 1930, Ruth Wakefield accidentally created this beloved cookie when small pieces of chocolate failed to completely melt in her cookie dough. The creation became an instant success, sparking a global love affair with chocolate chip cookies. Since then, countless cookie variations and innovative recipes have emerged, leading to a wide range of flavors and textures enjoyed worldwide.

Did you know?

Did you know that the word 'cookie' originated from the Dutch word 'koekie' which means little cake? That certainly crumbles some perspective!


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First identified

12th March 2015

Most mentioned on

4th December 2015

Total mentions


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