Kindness Advent Calendar: December 4, 2023 (Day 4)
🍪Make Some Cookies🍪
Welcome to Day 4 of your Kindness Advent Calendar! Throughout December, we will provide you with your daily act of kindness through our Kindness Advent Calendar! Come and celebrate the holiday season as we are kind all December long.
National Cookie Day on December 4th serves up a sweet treat. Bakers across the country warm up the ovens for holiday baking, and we enjoy giving tins of cookies to friends and family all season long.
We can thank the Dutch for more than windmills and tulips. The English word "cookie" is derived from the Dutch word koekie, meaning "little cake."
The origin of the cookie appears to begin in Persia in the 7th century, soon after the use of sugar became common in the region. They then spread to Europe through the Muslim conquest of Spain. Cookies were common at all levels of society throughout Europe by the 14th century, from royal cuisine to street vendors.
Cookies arrived in America in the 17th century. Macaroons and gingerbread cookies were among the popular early American cookies.
In most English-speaking countries outside of North America, the most common word for cookie is "biscuit." In some regions, both terms, cookies, and biscuits are used.
How To Celebrate:
Find The Best Cookie Near You
There's a bakery hiding in your neighborhood with the best darn cookies you've never had. Ask some friends, and consult Yelp, to find the best cookie in your neck of the woods.
Make A New Type Of Cookie
Many of the most famous cookies (we're looking at you, chocolate chip) resulted from happy accidents in the kitchen. Try some experimenting on your next batch to see where you land!
Have A Charity Bake-Off
If you want to make this National Cookie Day count, you could get ambitious and host a charity bake-off, donating funds to your favorite charity!
"Sometimes me think what is love? And then me think love is what last chocolate cookie is for. Me give up last chocolate cookie for you."
~ Cookie Monster