National Cookie Day

Those of you who have an undying love for cookies might want to mark December 4th on your calendar. That’s because this is National Cookie Day, an American holiday dedicated to this tasty dessert and snack food that can be consumed at any time of day or at any meal.


National Cookie Day was created by Matt Nader in 1987 when he was the CEO of the Blue Chip Cookie Company in San Francisco. Matt and his wife, Lori Nader, initiated this day, seeing it as a fun activity for people.

They were right! Since its creation in 1987, National Cookie Day has spread not only across America but also to various other nations. Inspired by this day, other days like Oatmeal Cookie Day have been created to honor different types of cookies.

Cookies were invented during the seventh century in Persia, right around the time that sugar became a common resource in that region. They then spread throughout Europe thanks to the Muslim conquest of Spain.

The cookie would continue to march across the continent until it became one of the most prevalent snack foods in Europe by the fifteenth century. The story of the cookie doesn’t end in Europe, however. In the seventeenth century, it made its way across the Atlantic into the Americas via the Dutch settlers of the time.

Colonial housewives snatched up the concept of the cookie and began producing their own. These simple cookies were most often simply flavored with butter, with some of the more elaborate ones being flavored with rose water, maple syrup, or sometimes even beer!

Today, the cookie is one of the most revered desserts in America. There are literally thousands of different cookie recipes that crowd cookbooks of the last two centuries, which can make choosing a cookie a very daunting task indeed. I guess that is just how the cookie crumbles, though.

Observances and Traditions

If you are wondering how to celebrate National Cookie Day, then you don’t have to worry any longer. It is one of the easiest holidays in the world to celebrate. Just choose your favorite cookie and give yourself permission to indulge in it at any time of the day or at any meal.

You can also try your hand at baking your own special cookie. And if you’re looking to brighten someone’s day, then all you have to do is give out some cookies. This is sure to brighten anyone’s day.

When is it?
This year (2024)
December 4 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
December 4 Thursday
Last year (2023)
December 4 Monday
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