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It’s National Cookie Day!

December 4, 2023

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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 4 of December, repeating indefinitely

It’s National Cookie Day! The first cookies in America were made from simple ingredients like sugar and butter. These butter cookies were close relatives of teacakes and shortbread of the Old World. With progress in shipping and transportation, cookie varieties eventually exploded – in modern times we enjoy cookies made with coconut, cinnamon, and (of course) chocolate.

Why do Americans call cookies “cookies” when the English prefer “biscuits” or “cakes?” Early Dutch immigrants used the word “koekje”, a diminutive of the Dutch word for cake (koek). The name was soon adopted into American English.


Still life with cookies, Henriette Lamberger, c. 19th century

-Written by Anna Zemaitaitis, Communications and Design Officer


December 4, 2023
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