Possibly one of the best parties of all time, National Sugar Cookie Day is celebrated on July 9 of each year and provides us with the perfect excuse to enjoy our most guilty and sugar-filled cravings.
They’re fun, they’re classic, but most importantly, they taste incredibly delicious. Originating in the 1700s in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, German Protestant settlers initially referred to sugar cookies as Nazareth cookies and baked them in the form of a cornerstone, the symbol of their status. A couple of hundred years later, traditional sugar cookies are now a precious staple in most homes. Although seemingly simple, sugar cookies are a popular gift that is consumed frequently on numerous different occasions, including Valentine’s Day, Easter, Christmas, and birthdays. There are many ways to celebrate this holiday, but really, do we need a reason to celebrate sugar cookies?
National Sugar Cookie Day Timeline
2001 – It’s official
The Nazareth sugar cookie is called the Official Cookie of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
1930 – Cookies for Santa
In the 1930s in the US, it became popular to leave sugar cookies for Santa as thanks for the gifts he was about to receive.
1700 – Birth of the cookie
German Protestant settlers in Pennsylvania create the round, crumbly, buttery cookie that is known as the Nazareth Sugar Cookie.
ACTIVITIES OF THE NATIONAL DAY OF SUGAR COOKIES
Break the bowls and prepare your own batch
If you’re really lucky, you already have a top-secret sugar cookie recipe devised by your great-great-great grandmother that has been passed down in the family for generations. However, if this is not the case, you can still find hundreds, if not thousands of recipes on the web. In case you’re not a baking expert or don’t have time to make these candies from scratch, you’ll find ready-to-bake cookie dough in the refrigerated section of most local grocery stores. To add a touch of flavor, add a pinch of cinnamon to the cookies before placing them in the oven.
Organize a cookie exchange
What better way to enjoy freshly baked sugar cookies than with your closest friends and family? If you don’t mind dividing your creations with others, a cookie swap is a great way to share recipes and get new ideas for future batches of these sweet treats. You can even invite your colleagues over for brownies, or should we say cookies, points at work (just don’t tell them why they were included).
Create a new tasty dessert with sugar cookies
How do you make sugar cookies taste even more delicious? By combining them with other delicious treats, of course. Use the cookie crumbs to make a cheesecake batter or enhance your traditional brownies by adding a layer of sugar cookie on top. Squash them with ice cream, dip them in pudding – the flavor mixes are endless.
WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL SUGAR COOKIE DAY
They are easy to do
By requiring only six ingredients (flour, butter, yeast, eggs, sugar, and vanilla), sugar cookies are so easy to make that a 5-year-old could do it (with parental supervision, of course). It doesn’t take a great deal of effort other than mixing the building blocks and shaping them into round balls the size of a marble. If you decide to add cookie cutters to the mix, you’ll need to quickly gain some baking skills, as the process tends to be a bit more complicated.
They are fun to decorate
Whether you prefer the classic look of sugar cookies or enjoy unleashing your inner Picasso by meticulously painting designs on each, the possibilities are limitless. Some choose to embellish them with festive-themed decorations, while others are more concerned with taste than aesthetics. For a unique touch and added flavor, garnish with chocolate chips, sprinkles, or frosting. There is no wrong way to decorate a sugar cookie!
They are a basic element of the home
You may or may not have your pantry stocked with 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 delicious and classic flavor, it is impossible not to love them!