Did You Know: National Cookie Day (Dec. 4)

Since 2017, Oreos have been the United States’ top-selling cookie brand.


The word “cookie” comes from the Dutch word koekje, meaning “small cake.” In the 19th century, the British started calling them biscuits.

More than half of Americans prefer homemade cookies to store-bought.

The chocolate chip cookie is the United States’ most popular cookie with 53% of Americans naming it their favorite. The peanut butter cookie (16%) and oatmeal cookie (15%) are second and third.

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The first commercial cookie in the U.S. was the Animal Cracker, introduced in 1902.

Cookies first appeared in the United States in the 17th century. Among the most popular early American recipes were macaroons and gingerbread.

In 1937, Ruth Graves Wakefield of Whitman, Massachusetts, who ran the Toll House Restaurant, invented the first chocolate chip cookies. She would go on to sell the idea to Nestle Toll House in return for a lifetime supply of chocolate.

The Oreo was developed and introduced by the U.S. company Nabisco, in 1912. Since 2017, Oreos are the nation’s top-selling cookie brand.

The United States 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.

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

The cookies that the Cookie Monster enjoys on Sesame Street are actually painted rice cakes.

Chocolate chips never melt. That’s because they have less cocoa butter than chocolate bars.

The world’s biggest chocolate chip cookie weighed over 40,000 pounds.

Wally Amos, founder of “Famous Amos” cookies, was a talent agent who represented superstars, such as Diana Ross, The Supremes and Simon & Garfunkel. Amos attracted clients by sending them chocolate chip cookies along with an invitation to visit him.


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

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