Crazy for Cookies

Did you know that tomorrow, December 4th, is National Cookie Day? That’s right, there is an entire day designated to celebrate this delicious dessert!

 

Let’s start with how cookies were created – It’s quite an interesting story as they were actually created by accident. Back in the day, when chefs were baking cakes, they would use a small amount of cake batter to test the temperature of their ovens. The cake batter would form what is now called, a cookie. The term came from the Dutch word “koekie”, which meant little cake. This now popular dessert item arrived in America in the 17thcentury.

 

So Many Cookies!

 

There are many different varieties of cookies and they can be made in many different ways.  Here are 5 popular types of cookies.

 

  • Drop Cookies are your traditional chocolate chip cookies. Dough is dropped onto the baking sheet and spread during baking.
  • Rolled Cookies are made with stiff, chilled dough that is rolled out and cut with a cookie cutter. Sugar and gingerbread cookies are an example of this.
  • Pressed cookies are made from soft dough that is placed in a cookie press. These are typically fancy cookies.
  • Bar cookies are some of the easiest cookies to make. The dough is poured and pressed into a pan, sometimes with multiple layers. After baking, they can be cut into squares to resemble bars.
  • Filled cookies are made from cookie dough stuffed with fruit, raisin or peanut butter! Tart cookies are an example of this.

 

Homemade Cookies

 

Making your own cookies at home is a great way to celebrate this delicious dessert. There is nothing better than a fresh cookie straight out of the oven.

 

Here are a few recipe modifications for you to try on your traditional cookie recipe to reduce the amount of sugar and fat, while also adding fiber and other nutrients!

  • Replace butter with canola oil. This will reduce the saturated fat content. You can use ¾ of the amount that the recipe calls for. Just as a heads up, this will change the texture of the cookies – but I promise it is still delicious!
  • Cut the total amount of sugar called for in the recipe by 1/3. The end product will be just as delicious!
  • Add oats to your cookie dough for a delicious twist. It’ll add more texture andfiber to your baked treat.
  • Mix walnuts, peanuts, almonds or pecans into your cookies. They provide healthy fats, while also adding a desirable crunch!

 

Your Turn to Take Action:Enjoy National Cookie Day by baking a batch of cookies! Do you have a favorite cookie recipe? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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