As you enjoy Hump Day and munch on a macaroon or one of your other favorites, I thought you might want to ponder a few sweet facts about cookies:
The top trio of commercial cookies sold in the U.S.:
- Nabisco Oreo
- Nabisco Chips Ahoy
- Nabisco Oreo Double Stuff
The earliest reference to Girl Scout cookies is around 1917. Today, Thin Mints remain the most popular variety.
According to Little Brownie Bakers, cookie bakers use about 230,000 pounds of peanut butter per week to bake Do-si-dos and Tagalongs.Peanut butter cream is deposited onto Do-si-dos at the rate of 2,800 cookies per minute.
Did you also know:
Cookies were first made in Persia in 7 A.D. – they were more like cookie cakes than the cookies we know today.
The English word "cookie" is derived from the Dutch word "koekje," meaning little or small cake.
Legend says that Chocolate Chip cookies were accidentally created by Ruth Wakefield in 1933. Baking cookies one day, Ruth realized she was all out of nuts but she found some chocolate lying around and started a tasty trend.
Chocolate chip cookies are the most popular, making up half of all cookies bought and baked in the U.S. every year.
Immaculate Baking Co. of Flat Rock, N.C., holds the Guinness World Record for baking the largest cookie. The chocolate chip cookie weighed more than 40,000 pounds and spanned 102 feet in diameter.
Fortune cookies were created in California, not China.
The U.S. leads the world as the biggest cookie bakers and eaters, spending more than $550 million annually on Oreos alone.
You will eat about 35,000 cookies in your lifetime.
The first fortune cookie was made in America – the tradition of a fortune with your cookie is Japanese even though most people associate fortune cookies with the Chinese tradition.
Early American tinsmiths began making cookie cutters by hand back in the 1700s.