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July 9, 2021

National Sugar Cookie Day!

 Ohhhh, Sugar Sugar... Cookie

Today is National Sugar Cookie Day!

To celebrate National Sugar Cookie Day, I thought I would share a little about myself and my family before getting into our history and fun facts' part of the post.

I don't know about anyone else, but sugar cookies are a staple food in my family! We have a secret Mamaw recipe. Don't ask for it, I won't give it out, but I guarantee you, if you come over on ANY holiday, there will be sugar cookies to taste!
I'm not even kidding. My Mamaw has 3 of those Christmas variety popcorn tins absolutely full of cookie cutters. She also has given a few to the grandkids to use in their homes. I could easily guess, she has 100s of cookie cutters.

If she is rockin' her shower cap and whips out the rolling pin, it is on!
Go time!

It is such a special time for all of us. Not only is it fun and yummy, it is a great time to be with family. It is also a pretty good skill to know. Baking!
Well, I didn't exactly master that one. If it was my job to bring cookies to the school party, you'd be getting store bought. I just cannot do it! I, either end up with one huge pancake cookie or they are dry and burnt.
I'll leave the baking to the family pros and stick with the easy, cheater kind if we aren't having a family cookie party soon.

The sugar cookie is believed to date all the way back to the mid-1700s in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.
German Protestant settlers created round, crumbly and buttery tasting cookie that came to be known as the Nazareth Cookie. The sugar cookie is, basically, what I call the "original cookie". It really is amazing just as it is. Warm, sweet, and just soft enough to melt in your mouth.
Don't look at it as a plain, basic cookie. Look at it as the base or starting point of a ton of cookies!
Take your "basic" sugar cookie dough and add to it.
Add peanut butter= peanut butter cookie
Add chips=Chocolate chip cookie
Add cinnamon=Snickerdoodle
Add oats and raisins= Oatmeal/raisin cookies
You get the idea. One other way to jazz up your sugar cookie is icing it.
Today, sugar cookies have become an art form, with making and decorating for people of any age.
Cookie decorating dates even farther back than the sugar cookie. It seems around the 14th century, Switzerland had cookie molds that they used to impress biblical designs into cookies.
If you are the type to put "icing" on your cookie, it may be fun to know that icing actual came before frosting.
Icing was first used around 1683, while frosting was first attested in 1750.
I am a fan of old-fashioned buttercream icing.
It could be, just nostalgia, but it will always be my favorite.
What type do you prefer? Frosting, icing, buttercream, cream cheese, whipped.
If you aren't a baker, be sure to click the highlighted link above to grab some easy break and bake sugar cookies!
Do you have a certain holiday that brings out your baking skills?
I'd love to hear about it. Any tips for the non-bakers out here?

Have a great day and go celebrate National Sugar Cookie Day!


Focus Momma Focus said...

Your granny is adorable! These fun facts on sugar cookies are pretty cool! I have never tried baking sugar cookies, and they're not a big thing in our family, but they look so fun and delicious to make! Will have to try during one of the holidays. I'm sure my kids will love baking them!

Unknown said...

Love this and such a fun post!

Rachael said...

Love it! Sugar cookies are a favorite treat in our house tonight. I didn't realize it was National Sugar Cookie day today. I definitely need to make some now!