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What Is National Cookie Day?

National Cookie Day on December 4 celebrates all cookies — everything from traditional chocolate chip to creme-filled sandwiches and snickerdoodles. Since December 4 marks the beginning of the holiday baking season, it's the perfect time to think about all kinds of cookies. There is a wide variety, from bars, drop, filled, molded, and pressed to no-bake, refrigerator, and rolled. On National Cookie Day, try some different types of cookies — you might find a new favorite!

What Deals Can You Expect on National Cookie Day?

For National Cookie Day, there are many businesses that offer deals and freebies. Who can pass up free cookies? Look for deals at bakeries, restaurants, grocery stores, and even online cookie companies. It will give you the opportunity and excuse to try new cookies from new companies. Remember, if you find a good bulk deal, you can freeze cookies. Of course, sharing with others is nice as well.

Great American Cookies

For past National Cookie Days, Great American Cookies gave a chocolate chip cookie to every customer.

Insomnia Cookies

Insomnia Cookies has celebrated National Cookie Day with a free traditional cookie and a contest offering a year's supply of cookies.

Jack in the Box

For National Cookie Day, fast-food chain Jack in the Box joined Grubhub to offer free Oreo Shakes and free delivery on $15 orders. That deal was good for a week.

Keebler

In the past, Keebler sponsored a one-week contest on TikTok offering 50 weeks of cookies. The cookie company selected 50 winners.

Lenny & Larry's

Lenny & Larry's provided 25% off holiday cookies for National Cookie Day.

Mrs. Fields

Mrs. Fields has offered 40% off of their 9-inch Holiday Gram Cookie Cakes.

Subway

Starting on National Cookie Day and continuing for a week, Subway gave customers a free Caramel Brownie Cookie with every Footlong sub purchased.

One Potato

The organic meal kit delivery service, One Potato, gave new customers a free holiday cookie baking kit when they signed up for a subscription.

Cheryl's Cookies

Cheryl's Cookies provided deals both in-store and online. At their stores, they offered free samples, 50% off select items, including the Bake It Yourself Holiday Cookie Box, and a contest offering a Traditional VIP Gift Tower. For online shoppers, they sold a National Cookie Sampler Box for $9.99 with free delivery. It included six cookies and a $10 gift card.

Local Deals

Check your local bakeries, restaurants, and stores for more freebies and deals. You can discover a new store in your area and support a local, small business.

What Are Some Budget-Friendly Ways to Celebrate National Cookie Day?

National Cookie Day can be an opportunity to make family memories. Gather the ingredients for your family's favorite cookie and enjoy time together mixing, baking, and eating cookies.

Share National Cookie Day. Your family can bake and package cookies before National Cookie Day. Then, on National Cookie Day, you and your family can visit and share the cookies with others.

You can hold a cookie bake sale on National Cookie Day to raise funds for a local school or community group.

DIY Activities for National Cookie Day

Do you like creative cookies? Consider having a cookie decorating party for kids or adults. You'll just need to provide the cookies and decorating supplies. Sit around the table, and enjoy the camaraderie.

Another fun option is a cookie bake-off. Provide everyone with a basic recipe and see what people create. Have a party where everyone shares their cookie creations.

What to Do on National Cookie Day

Have a holiday cookie exchange. Invite your friends to bake their favorite holiday cookies. Set the number of cookies everyone should bring. Then, get together and have a cookie exchange.

If you love seeing desserts piled high, host a cookie stacking competition. See who can create the highest tower before the cookies tumble. Sandwich cookies work best for this.

Perhaps the most obvious way to celebrate the day is to have a cookie-eating contest. Set out plates, each with an identical number of cookies. Put one plate in front of each contestant and extra where competitors can reach them when they finish a plate. Set a time limit. Then count the empty plates and calculate the number of cookies consumed for each participant minus the cookies left on the last one.

What to Like About National Cookie Day

If you need an excuse to indulge in a sweet treat, National Cookie Day is a great reason. Who wouldn't want to celebrate a versatile, portable snack that's also fun to make with family and friends?

What's the History of National Cookie Day?

Cookies originated in the Netherlands as koekies, meaning "little cakes." They became popular in the United States as early as the 17th century. National Cookie Day itself started with Sesame Street, the celebrated home of Cookie Monster. In 1976, Sesame Street declared November 26 as National Cookie Day. Then in 1980, in the Sesame Street Dictionary, Cookie Monster included his entry for National Cookie Day. In 1987, San Francisco's Mike Nader and the Blue Chip Cookie Company declared December 4 as Cookie Day.

FAQ

Is There a National Cookie Day?

Yes, December 4 is National Cookie Day. Enjoy your favorite cookie, but consider trying out other kinds, too — you might find a new love. Finally, don't forget to share!

Why Is National Cookie Day Celebrated?

It should not be a surprise that National Cookie Day was advocated by the nation's number one cookie spokesperson, Cookie Monster. The choice of December 4 as National Cookie Day recognizes that this is the beginning of the holiday baking season, making it a great day to start a tradition of baking and sharing cookies with others.

Which Day Is National Cookie Day Celebrated On?

National Cookie Day is celebrated on December 4 at the start of the holiday baking season. Gather your family and friends, and start your holiday cookie baking, eating, and sharing.

about the author

Tiara Rea-Palmer
As an expert in online savings and an avid deal enthusiast, Tiara heads up retail relations at CouponFollow, where she stays up-to-date on all the best deals, discounts, and freebies, as well as negotiates exclusive coupons and offers for CouponFollow users. In her free time, you can find Tiara writing, DIY crafting on a budget, and traveling with free rewards card miles.