December 4th is National Cookie Day. Christmastime is a great time to celebrate cookies because they are a fairly inexpensive, easy to make treat to serve at parties or to give away as gifts. Here's a little bit of cookie trivia for you ~ Americans consume 2 billion cookies per year, that's about 300 cookies for each person annually.
Did you know that cookies are actually the offspring of cakes? That's right, we could just call them "happy little accidents". Culinary historians believe that cookies began in 7th century Persia (today's Iran). Persia was one of the earliest known cultivators of sugar. Long before ovens had thermostats, bakers would make lavish cakes for the rich, and rather than ruining an entire cake, a small amount of cake batter was poured onto a baking pan to test the temperature of the oven. The name cookie is derived from the Dutch word koekje, meaning "small or little cake".
Today we have so many delicious, festive, and beautiful cookies to choose from. I would like to share with you some delectable creations that I happened to come across, beginning with some cookies that are pure artistry.
Cookies That Are Works of Art:
- Nutcracker Gingerbread cookie from Sweetopia.
- Christmas cookies galore from Sweet Sugarbelle.
- Beautiful cookie garland from Glorious Treats.
- "Cool" Peppermint Candy cookies from Bake at 350.
Classic Christmas Cookie Recipes:
- Sugar Cookie and Royal Icing recipes from Sweetopia.net
- Soft Sugar Cookie and Basic Frosting recipes from Squidoo.com
- Gingerbread Cookie recipe from Christmas-Baking.com
- Cute ideas for decorating Gingerbread Man (and woman) cookies from Foodnetwork .com
A plethora of Christmas Cookies:
- 11 Traditional Christmas Cookies from delish.com
- 12 Days of Cookies from Foodnetwork.com
- Top 25 Christmas Cookie Recipes from Christmas-Cookies.com
- 30 Favorite Christmas Cookies and Recipes from browneyedbaker.com
- 50 Holiday Cookies from Foodnetwork.com
I hope you can find time this month to bake your favorite Christmas cookies. You might want to schedule your cookie baking day for December 18 because that is Bake Cookies Day.
Just For Fun. :0)