Is today’s food holiday sweet? You’d butter believe it! July 9 is National Sugar Cookie Day.
While chocolate chip cookies may be more popular, sugar cookies have a long and rich history dating back hundreds of years. Cookies themselves are believed to have originated from small batter cakes that Persian bakers used to test the temperature of their ovens around the 7th century before committing to baking an entire cake. Rather than throw these often hardened scraps away, they were sold as miniature cakes, and quickly caught on in popularity. Because texting hadn’t been invented yet, it would take nearly 1000 years for word of these treats to spread to Europe. “Sugar cookies” is a boring name considering some of the early monikers for this cookie, which included jumbles, crybabies, plunkets, gemmels, gimblettes, and cimbellines. The name may have varied, but the main ingredient remained the same: chocolate.
Kidding. The main ingredient in a sugar cookie is sugar.
Depending on how fine the granules are, sugar cookies can be either thin and crispy, or plump and chewy. They are one of the simplest cookies to make and, despite a lack of fancy ingredients, one of the tastiest…at least in my opinion.
We picked up some sugar cookies with frosting. That’s right. We like to kick things up a notch whenever possible!