Sugar Cookie Day

 

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Sugar Cookie Day was created to honor the tasty sugar cookie. It’s celebrated each year on July 9th.

This is a holiday favorite, and it is very easy to make, which is always a major plus! Most sugar cookies are made with a mixture of sugar, vanilla, eggs, butter, flour, and either baking soda or baking powder. It is an easy recipe to follow, which means that anyone can give it a try, and it’s a good recipe to try if you’ve got children as well.

As Harold took a bite of Bavarian Sugar cookie, he finally felt as if everything was going to be okay. Sometimes, when we lose ourselves in fear and despair, in routine and constancy, in hopelessness and tragedy… there are Bavarian Sugar Cookies.

Zach Helm

Sugar cookies are far and away one of the simplest and most delicious cookies to ever be created. They are the hallmark of Christmas, with Santa ostensibly wolfing down tons of them every year in a deluge of milk. They are made to celebrate every occasion and are sold as part of charity drives everywhere. Sugar Cookie Day celebrates this delicious little treat, and the big role it plays in all our lives.

Fun facts about sugar cookies

  • In 2015, Pillsbury was given the world record for the most biscuits/cookies ice within 60 minutes. They enlisted the help of shoppers at the Mall of America, resulting in 1,169 sugar cookies being decorated.
  • You can create fluffier cookies by using a technique that is known as creaming. When butter and sugar are creamed correctly, you can add air to the cookie dough. This will lighten it and give you more to work with.
  • The first sugar cookies were not known by the name we call them today. There were many different entertaining terms that were used to describe the sweet treats before they became known as sugar cookies.

History Of Sugar Cookie Day

Sugar Cookie Day finds its origins in the roots of the sugar cookie, which in its turn can be traced back to the 1700s among the Nazarene’s of Pennsylvania. Among those pastoral people, the German Protestants, a simple creation was made that was proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. Benjamin Franklin claimed this was beer, but we contest that and say it was clearly the sugar cookie. In those days it was specifically known as the Nazareth Sugar Cookie, as it was the only recipe of its kind.

But like all recipes, it comes from an earlier source known as the “jumble”, a biscuit that was equally popular and had an unusual trait. This biscuit was unleavened and thus could be stored for many months after it was dried.

As time went on Pennsylvania adopted the Nazarene Sugar Cookie as the official cookie of the Commonwealth, not just as a resolution, but as a full House Bill. House Bill 1892 to be precise. Since its creation, the sugar cookie has been served in the name of every celebration that comes across the table.

NATIONAL SUGAR COOKIE DAY TIMELINE

1700s
Birth of the Cookie

German Protestant settlers in Pennsylvania create the round, crumbly, buttery cookie that comes to be known as the Nazareth Sugar Cookie.

1930s
Cookies for Santa

in the 1930s in the US it became popular to leave sugar cookies out for Santa as a thank you for the gifts you were about to get!

2001
It’s Official

The Nazareth Sugar Cookie is named the official cookie of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL SUGAR COOKIE DAY

They’re easy to make

Requiring only six ingredients — flour, butter, baking powder, eggs, sugar, and vanilla — sugar cookies are so simple to make that a 5 year old could do it (with parental supervision, of course). There’s not a large amount of effort involved aside from mixing together the basic components and shaping them into marble-sized, round balls. Should you decide to add cookie cutters to the mix, you’ll need to promptly acquire some baking skills, as the process tends to be slightly more complicated.

They’re fun to decorate

Whether you prefer the classic look of plain sugar cookies or enjoy unleashing your inner Picasso by meticulously painting designs on each individual one, the possibilities are boundless. Some opt to embellish them with holiday-themed accouterments, while others are more concerned with taste than aesthetics. For a unique twist and added flavor, adorn them with chocolate chips, sprinkles, or frosting. There is no wrong way to decorate a sugar cookie!

They are a household staple

You may or may not have your pantry stocked with the essential ingredients at all times, but most of us have fond memories of the past that include some variation of sugar cookies. With such a delectable, classic flavor, it’s impossible not to love them!

 

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