Do you know what holiday falls on December 4th? It’s National Cookie Day! The word cookie, otherwise known as a biscuit outside the US, was derived from the Dutch word koekje, meaning little cake. After finally making their way to America in the 17th century, cookies have been popular ever since. Not to be confused with a tracking cookie, which is not a delicious dessert but a way to compile information about computer users’ internet activity.
Cookies come in all different shapes and sizes, can be store bought or homemade, crunchy or chewy, made with or without nuts, loaded with chocolate or fruit, dunked in milk or served with tea, crumbled on ice cream or served as a sandwich – the possibilities are endless.
What does your favorite cookie say about you? In an article from Huffington Post, some of the most popular types of cookies are translated into different personality traits. Here are some highlights: if chocolate chip cookies are your favorite, then you’re a classic and loved by everyone; peanut butter cookies means you are smart and work well under pressure; oatmeal raisin suggests you are traditional and prefer to cozy up by the fire with a good book; macaroons means you are the sophisticated and not shy about it; and finally, if snickerdoodles are your favorite cookie then you are modest and loved by all.
Reader’s Digest lists the top holiday cookie in each state. California is the persimmon cookie, Indiana is the no-bake cookie, New York is the rainbow cookie, Remi’s home state of North Carolina is the peanut butter ball, and South Carolina is the pecan chewy just to name a few. What’s your home state’s cookie?
One of my favorite cookie recipes is from Publix – three-grain chocolate chip cookies.
You’ll need the following ingredients:
1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour
½ cup rolled oats
½ cup cooked quinoa, cooled and patted dry
½ cup flaxseed meal
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
½ cup butter, softened
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla
1-12oz package dark chocolate baking chips
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine whole wheat flour, oats, quinoa, flaxseed meal, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, beat butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer on medium-low speed about 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add eggs, honey, and vanilla. Beat until just combined.
- With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips and mix just until combined. Spoon onto prepared baking sheets in mounds of 1 level tablespoon, leaving 2 inches between cookies. Bake about 10 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Let cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes and then cool completely on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Do you have a favorite cookie recipe you’d like to share? Leave the details or a link to it in the comments section.