December 4th is very special in the fact that it's National Cookie Day and if you're looking for a reason to make it memorable, then this day is it! Afterall, WHO doesn't enjoy a warm delicious cookie right out of the hot oven? Do you like your cookies crunchy or soft and chewy?
So, at present we are blogging about a festive holiday that has absolutely NOTHING to do with your hot tub, swim spa or pool water enzyme products and it's ok. We hope you'll continue reading and find an easy recipe to bake. Then, end up enjoying it with your family and friends.
It's safe to say that festive cookies made up in beautiful and jovial holiday wrap make an excellent gift along with Waters Choice aromatherapy spa salts too!
History of National Cookie Day
According to our online research regarding this fun holiday in America, a cookie is described as a thin, sweet, small cake. By definition, a cookie can be a variety of hand-held, flour-based sweet cakes, either crisp or soft. Each country has its own word for “cookie”. In England and Australia they’re referred to as biscuits, in Spain the various forms of cookie. In America, the Dutch word “koekje” was Anglicized to “cookie”. The sweet treat came to America through the Dutch in New Amsterdam in the late 1620s. The earliest reference to cookies in America is in 1703, when the Dutch in New York provided 800 cookies for a funeral.
Hard cookie-like wafers have existed for as long (and maybe even longer) as baking has been documented. However, they were not sweet enough to be considered cookies by modern standards. They appear to have some origins in 7th century CE Persia, shortly after the use of sugar became relatively common in the region. They spread to Europe through the Muslim conquest of Spain. By the 14 century, they were common in all levels of society throughout Europe, from royal cuisine to street vendors.
With global travel becoming widespread at that time, cookies made a natural travel snack, a modernized equivalent of the travel cakes consumed throughout history. 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.
Fun Facts About Cookies
- The origional Keebler elf was born when Godfrey Keebler opened his neighborhood bakery in Philadelphia.
- Oreo cookies were originally made as a knockoff of the first chocolate sandwich cookie call Hydrox in 1912.
- Ruth Wakefield brought about the Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookie. It's considered the first chocolate chip cookie is the late 1930's.
- Finally, Chips Ahoy! debuted thier cookie brand in 1963 and they're still going strong.
Being raised in a rural area we've always baked our own cookies so we found it amazing that nearly one in ten Americans have never baked their own cookies! In addition to that, more than one third of Americans have finished a whole row of Oreos ... in one sitting and more than half of Americans prefer homemade cookies. (And we agree!)
Below, you'll find our favorite cookie recipe book handed down from generation to generation. It's a bit ragged and has plenty of "memories" from having sat next to us as we read the recipe and baked a wonderful batch of the latest cookies for everyone to try.
Tasty Cookie Recipe
Lemon Snowdrop Cookies
"This recipe is a rich, fancy cooky put together with a lemon filling. Perfect for teas, receptions, and parties."
- 1 cup butter
- 1/2 cup sifted confectiners' sugar
- 1 tsp lemon extract
- 2 cups flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Lemon Butter Filling
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Cream butter and sugar. Measure flour by dipping method or by sifting. Add lemon extract, flour, and salt; mix well. Measure level teaspoonfuls of dough; round into balls, and flatten slightly. Place about 1" apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until very lightly browned. Cool. Put together with Filling. Roll in confectioners' sugar. Makes about 5 dozen cookies. Note: if using self rising flour, omit salt.
Lemon Butter Filling
Blend 1 egg. slightly beaten; grated rind of 1 lemon; 2/3 cup sugar; 3 tablespoons softened butterin top of double boiler. Cook over hot water until thick, stirring constantly. Set aside to cool.
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