Did You Know: National Cookie Day

Half the cookies baked in American homes each year are chocolate chip.— submitted photo

Half the cookies baked in American homes each year are chocolate chip.

The U.S. leads the world as the biggest cookie bakers and eaters, spending more than $550 million annually on Oreos alone.

The Girl Scouts first began selling cookies in the 1920s.

In 1989, New Mexico named the ‘bizcochito’ its official state cookie. Bizcochito, derived from the spanish word ‘bizcocho’ which means biscuit, is a delicious shortbread cookie flavored with anise and topped with cinnamon sugar.

The U.S. has a National Cookie Cutter Historical Museum located within the Joplin Museum Complex in Joplin, Mo.

The official state cookie of both Massachusetts and Pennsylvania is the chocolate chip cookie.

Early American tinsmiths began making cookie cutters by hand back in the 1700s.

There are eight basic types of cookies: bar cookies, drop cookies, fried cookies, molded cookies, no-bake cookies, refrigerator (ice box) cookies, rolled cookies and sandwich cookies.

The name cookie is derived from the Dutch word koekje, meaning “small or little cake.”

The British took a liking to them in the 19th century, incorporating them into their daily tea service and calling them biscuits.

The chocolate chip cookie was invented by the American chef Ruth Graves Wakefield and chef Sue Brides in 1938. One day while making cookies, Graves realized she was out of an ingredient for the recipe she was using. She had run out of baker’s chocolate, so she substituted it with a semisweet chocolate bar from Nestle. However, unlike the baker’s chocolate, the chopped up chocolate bar did not melt and mix into the batter like Graves thought it would. The small pieces of chocolate only softened and the chocolate chip cookie was born. She would later sell the idea to Nestle Toll House in return for a lifetime supply of chocolate.

The Oreo, the best-selling cookie of the 20th century, was developed and introduced by the American company Nabisco, in 1912.

Christmas cookies or Christmas biscuits are traditionally sugar cookies or biscuits (though other flavors may be used based on family traditions and individual preferences) cut into various shapes related to Christmas.

— (justfunfacts.com)

The Oreo cookie was first developed and produced by the National Biscuit Company (today known as Nabisco) in 1912. Since their introduction, the Oreo cookie has become the best-selling cookie in the United States.

Macaroons Haute Couture at $7,414 are the most expensive cookies in the world. The iconic Parisian pastry chef Pierre Hermé, offers clients a luxurious choice of ingredients, including fine balsamic vinegar, fleur de sel, red grape, and rare peanut butter among others.

The largest cookie measured 754 square meters (8,120 square feet) and was made by the Immaculate Baking Co. in Flat Rock, N.C., on May 17, 2003. The chocolate chip cookie weighed 40,000 pounds and had a diameter of 30.7 meters (101 feet). It took 12 hours to bake.-(justfunfacts.com).

Contact staff writer Chanel Hill at (215) 893-5716 or at chill@phillytrib.com.

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