National Cookie Day
annually on December 4th (since 1987)
Matt Nader in 1987
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.
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!