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National Cookie Day

There's no need to worry about getting caught with your hand in the cookie jar today—it's National Cookie Day! Started in 1987 by Matt Nader of San Francisco's Blue Chip Cookie Company, the day has grown into a worldwide celebration, where many stores and bakeries offer deals on cookies or even give out free cookies.

Sweet and small, cookies are flat or slightly-raised cakes that are eaten as desserts or snacks. The word "cookie," which first appeared in print in 1695, comes from the Dutch word koekje, which translates to "little cake." In fact, cookies became popular in America on account of the Dutch, who brought them to the New World and baked them in their settlements. Not everyone has the same name for them, however. For example, in England they are often referred to as "biscuits," and in Scotland, a "cookie" is a small bun.

There are many different kinds of cookies, most of which are made from dough made with butter, sugar, flour, and eggs. Other ingredients are then added to create various flavors and textures. The most popular cookies are chocolate chip. Also known as Toll House cookies, they were created in the 1930s by Ruth Wakefield, who owned the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts. Other popular kinds of cookies include oatmeal, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter, and sugar. Some cookies are filled with fruit—such as dates and raisins—and look like sandwiches. One common example of a filled cookie is the Fig Newton, manufactured by Nabisco. Another popular brand-name cookie is the Oreo. Some cookies are associated with the holidays, such as macaroons and gingerbread, and some cookies come with a fortune. With so many kinds of cookies, it is easy to stay busy on National Cookie Day.

How to Observe National Cookie Day

The day should be celebrated with plenty of cookies. Multiple cookie retailers give out free cookies today, so you could check if there are any places near you that do so. Perhaps you could stop at one of the best places in your state to get a cookie, or get cookies from the company that started today's holiday. Making your own cookies can be doubly rewarding, and the types you could whip up are endless. It really doesn't matter how you celebrate, as long as you enjoy some cookies!

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