Everybody loves a cookie, so why not celebrate all of the different varieties?  December 4th is the day to celebrate the goodness of this treat. You can hand out free cookies and just make everybody happy!

Cookies appear to have their origins in 7th century AD Persia, shortly after the use of sugar became relatively common in the region.  By the 14th century, they were common in all levels of society throughout Europe, from royal cuisine to street vendors. One of the most popular early cookies, which traveled especially well and became known on every continent by similar names, was the jumble, a relatively hard cookie made largely from nuts, sweetener, and water.

Cookies came to America through the Dutch in New Amsterdam in the late 1620s. The Dutch word “koekje” was Anglicized to “cookie” or cooky. The earliest reference to cookies in America is in 1703, when “The Dutch in New York provided…’in 1703…at a funeral 800 cookies…'”

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