October is National Cookie Month!
Ah, the aroma of fresh baked cookies are a symbol of good times and at camp, it is a sign that fresh baked chocolate chip cookies are for dessert! October is set aside to recognize many causes and activities such as: Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Roller Skating Month and Spinach Lovers Month. But there’s one celebration that pretty well touches everyone, regardless of age, background or interests – it’s National Cookie Month!
Cookie Bits and Pieces:
- Cookies may have been around before the Roman Empire!
- Cookies were first created by ancient bakers who wanted to test their cake batter and oven temperature. They would place a small amount of batter on a sheet and bake that first.
- The Animal Cracker became the first commercially-produced cookie in the US in 1902.
- The highly-popular Oreo cookie was introduced by Nabisco in 1912.
- Girl Scout Cookies started in the 1920s when the scouts baked sugar cookies with their mothers. The cookies were packaged in wax paper bags, sealed with a sticker, and sold door to door for 25 to 35 cents per dozen. Today, licensed commercial bakers produce a minimum of eight varieties of Girl Scout cookies, including three mandatory ones (Thin Mint, Peanut Butter Sandwich, and Shortbread). They are sold for $2.50 to $4.00 per box.
- Chocolate Chip cookies are the most popular kind of cookie in the United States.
- Americans bake and eat more cookies than any other country. You’ll eat about 35,000 cookies in your lifetime.
“A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.” ~ Unknown
Here are a couple of interesting cooking recipes for you to try out courtesy of Summer 365.