National Homemade Cookies Day

There are few things better than pulling hot, gooey homemade cookies out of the oven. There’s just something special about cookies that don’t come from a package but are instead baked at home. Perhaps it’s the extra ingredient of love that’s put into them or the more wholesome ingredients.

Homemade cookies taste so good that a holiday has been created in their honor. A holiday that’s celebrated on the first of October and is known as National Homemade Cookies Day.

The History of Cookies

Cookies can be traced all the way back to 7th century Persia, not long after sugar became widely used in the area. They then spread to Europe during the Muslim conquest of Spain. As the spice trade brought an ever-increasing range of ingredients to Europe, bakers developed cake batters that would become the template for cookie batters.

According to food historians, bakers would place a little bit of cake batter onto their baking pans to test if the oven was hot enough to bake a cake. At first, these “cake tests” were thrown away, but then bakers began to see the promise of these small crisp cakes, so they decided to make them. Eventually, they began to optimize their cookie batters to make better cookies.

It’s believed that the American English word for cookie comes from the Dutch word for “little cake,” koekje. This is probably due to Dutch immigrants arriving in the U.S. during the 18th and 19th centuries. The British word for a cookie is biscuit, which comes from the Latin “bis coctum,” meaning “twice-baked.”

Facts About Cookies

Want some tasty fun facts about cookies? We know you do, so we’ve found some of the most interesting facts about these little round discs of joy and placed them below.

Observing National Homemade Cookies Day

Anyone wanting to satisfy their cookie urges and bake their own cookies at home can do so on this day. Just make sure that you don’t cheat and buy store-bought cookies. While you’re celebrating National Homemade Cookies Day, be sure to use the hashtag #NationalHomemadeCookiesDay on your social media accounts and let everyone else know that you’re celebrating this sweet, sweet holiday.

When is it?
This year (2024)
October 1 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
October 1 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
October 1 Sunday
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