Get Ready to Bake for National Cookie Day!

December 4, 2014

Since we’re nearing the holidays (and it’s also National Cookie Day!), no one needs an excuse to start baking up a storm and gifting batches of cookies to family and friends. But, if you did need an excuse, you could throw your own cookie event, such as: “Cookies and Cocktails,” “Cookie Swap” or a “Cookie Exchange.”

Christmas Tree CookieAll themed parties focus on recipes for cookies that either pair well with a specific beverage or can be shared with a story (family tradition, passed down recipe). Either party theme allows for cookies to be baked, quality time to be shared and the holiday season to be embraced!

To boost your cookie knowledge, here are some fun facts about the classic, holiday staple that would be perfect dinner party conversation:

  • Americans consume two billion cookies every year— that’s 300 cookies per person with 95.2 percent of U.S. households eating cookies[1]
  • The U.S. leads the world as the biggest cookie bakers and eaters, spending more than $550 million annually on Oreos alone[2]
  • Half of all home baked cookies are chocolate chip[1]
  • German gingerbread (lebkuchen) was the first cookie/cake associated with Christmas[1]

Since people of all ages, cultural backgrounds and religions have their personal preference, the recipe index for cookies is endless. From chocolate chip, sugar, shortbread, gingerbread, peanut butter and more, almost any sweet ingredient you have on hand can transform into a cookie masterpiece! In preparation for what is bound to be a cookie-palooza in the coming weeks, here are some of our favorite shortcuts, products and recipes to incorporate into your holiday baking sessions.

  • Holiday-Inspired Cookie Dough: Many of us are aware of refrigerated cookie dough, especially the countless varieties that show up on shelves this time of year— shout out to Nestle TollHouse’s holiday chocolate chip cookie dough andDark Chocolate Peppermint Refrigerated Cookie Dough dark chocolate peppermint cookie dough! And we can’t forget the holiday shaped sugar cookie dough, like reindeer— but did you know you can also stock your fridge and freezer with classic cookie dough creations?
  • Classic Cookie Dough: You can’t go wrong with a roll of sugar cookie dough, or try dough flavors like oatmeal raisin, peanut butter chocolate chip and even birthday cake!
  • Snowball CookiesWinter Wonderland: Make Snowball Cookies using your favorite flavor of soymilk and store in the freezer so you always have a dessert and snack option at-the-ready when family comes to town or guests pop over.
  • Creative Cookie: For added smoothness and depth of flavor, incorporate leftover coffee creamer in Creamy Pavlova Meringue Cookies that are a unique holiday cookie to wow friends and family!
  • Brown Sugar Cashew CookiesSweet & Salty Fix: with Brown Sugar Cashew Cookies that use fridge staples like butter, milk and eggs for the base and elevate with toasted nuts.
  • Sugar & Spice: Who knew cottage cheese could be an ingredient in a cookie recipe? Serve Sugar and Spice Cookies for an added boost of
    Sugar & Spice Cookiesprotein that turn into warm and comforting cookies— indulge and top with a drizzle of chocolate syrup or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  • Holiday Cookie Sensation: All you need is refrigerated sugar cookie dough, red food coloring and white sugar to make these festive Candy Cane Cookies!

How will you celebrate National Cookie Day— throwing a cookie bash? Finding a new recipe to give as holiday gifts? Bake a batch on a cold, winter day? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to share your own favorite cookie recipes!

 


[1] http://www.allamericancooking.com/baking-fun-facts-quick-tips/
[2] http://www.best-ever-cookie-collection.com/cookie-trivia.html

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