Showing posts with label October. Show all posts
Showing posts with label October. Show all posts

Saturday, October 9, 2021

National Cookie Month Review

A plate of cookies

The month of October has been designated National Cookie Month.  It is also National Dessert Month and cookies are a favorite dessert for many.

No one knows where or how October became Cookie Month, but we're not complaining. With so many different kinds of cookies to try, it needs a whole month to truly celebrate cookies.  In addition, there are even individual days throughout the year dedicated to various kinds of cookies.

Cookie Holidays

A plate with a variety of cookies
Source: Pixabay

The two biggest cookie celebrations occur in October (National Cookie Month) and on December 4, which is National Cookie Day.  There is even a special day to bake cookies (Bake Cookies Day) on December 18.  Other dates are set aside for individual kinds of cookies.

Special Days for Specific Types of Cookies:

  • January 16: Fig Newton Day
  • January 22: Blonde Brownie Day
  • February 8: Molasses Bar Day
  • February 10: Cream Cheese Brownie Day
  • March 18: Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day
  • April 9: Chinese Almond Cookie Day
  • April 30: Oatmeal Cookie Day
  • May 9: National Butterscotch Brownie Day
  • May 15: National Chocolate Chip Day
  • May 31: Macaroon Day
  • June 12: Peanut Butter Cookie Day
  • July 9: Sugar Cookie Day
  • September 29: National Biscotti Day
  • October 1: National Homemade Cookie Day
  • November 21: National Gingerbread Cookie Day
  • December 8: Brownie Day
  • December 18: Bake Cookies Day

Bar Cookies vs. Drop Cookies and Four Other Major Kinds of Cookies

  1. Bar Cookies. ... such as brownies
  2. Dropped Cookies. Dropped cookies are usually the easiest kind of cookie to make. ... Ex: oatmeal raisin cookies and chocolate chip cookies
  3. Molded Cookies. Molded cookies are usually round in shape and are formed by rolling the dough with your hands. ...
  4. Rolled Cookies. ... Ex: Gingerbread Cookie Men and Sugar Cookies
  5. Pressed Cookies. ... Spritz (Spritzgeb├Ąck) and sandwich cookies and those made with a cookie press
  6. Refrigerator Cookies. ... are cookies baked from cookie dough which has been chilled first, then simply sliced and baked. 
  7. No Bake Cookies.

Cookie Trivia

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Source: Pixabay

*America's all-time favorite cookie will probably come as no surprise – it's the Chocolate Chip Cookie!  They are also Canada's favorite. 

When all US states were polled about their most popular cookie, nearly 75% had some variation of the classic chocolate chip. 

Oreo cookies
Source: Pixabay

*The World's best-selling cookie is the Oreo Cookie.

*It might surprise you to learn that the state which eats the most cookies  is UTAH. Idaho comes in second and Oregon is third. For whatever reason, the southern states rank the lowest in having an appetite for this sweet treat.

*A Cookie-Related Date:  The first full week in December is known as National Cookie Cutter Week


So, enjoy eating and baking your favorite kinds of cookies throughout the month of October and on any ... or ALL ... of the individual Cookie Days throughout the year! Remember.... if you break a cookie in half before you eat it, all the calories fall out! (LOL).

By the way ~ what is your favorite kind of cookie? We can do our own poll in the comments below. :)

October is National Cookie Month

A wide variety of cookies
Image Source: Pixabay

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*National Cookie Month Review written by Wednesday Elf

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

October is Pizza Month: Reviewing Our Favorite Pizza Recipes

Making homemade pizza actually is pretty easy, especially if you follow one of the favorite pizza recipes you'll find here.

These days, ordering a pizza is as easy as pulling out your phone and opening an app. But, let's face it, it's hard to beat homemade. Besides, preparing a pizza at home doesn't require waiting for (and paying for) delivery or going out again if you're already at home.

Making homemade pizza actually is pretty easy, especially if you follow one of the favorite pizza recipes that we're going to tell you about, all tried and true. It's a fun activity, too, one that's perfect for involving the kiddos.

Kid-Friendly Pizza Recipes

Quick and Easy Pizza Bun Recipe from Ladymermaid
Photo from Ladymermaid
With just the tiniest bit of planning you'll always have the ingredients on hand to make this Quick and Easy Pizza Bun Recipe from my friend Lorelei aka Ladymermaid.

Pizza sauce from a bottle or jar should be a staple in your house, along with plenty of mozzarella cheese.  A toaster oven is perfect for making these individual pizzas using bread or hamburger or hot dog buns. Kids, especially, love adding the cheese and toppings to the buns and popping them into the toaster oven for a few minutes. Adults enjoy these, too, perhaps with more sophisticated toppings. For a family or a crowd, use a baking sheet and the regular oven to turn out enough pizzas for everyone.

Spider Web Pizza Recipe perfect for October and Pizza Month
Photo from Cooking for the Holidays

Since it's October, I absolutely had to include the recipe for this fun Spider Web pizza from Review This Reviews' own Sylvestermouse. She's absolutely right about families' needing a quick but filling meal before trick-or-treating on Halloween evening. And, as her family has done, making this Spider Web Pizza a tradition for October 31st is a great idea.

Only a few simple ingredients are required to assemble a delicious pizza that your family will love. Adding a creepy spider to the top is optional, but where's the fun in that? Read all about decorating a pizza for Halloween at the link.

Healthy Pizza Recipes

Artichoke Zucchini White Pizza Recipe from RecipesForRealPeople
Photo from Recipes For Real People
If you love pizza but want something a little different from the traditional red sauce topped with pepperoni, try this Artichoke Zucchini white pizza recipe. I call it "A to Z Pizza" for short.

I use packaged crust and jarred Alfredo sauce, along with sliced fresh zucchini, a jar of marinated artichoke hearts, some onion, garlic, and black olives, and top it all off with a combination of mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Yes, it tastes as good as it sounds! It's good for you, too, if you go easy on the sauce.

Basic Dough Recipe, Perfect for Homemade Pizza Crust, from Sam's Places
Photo from Sam's Place

To turn any of these pizza recipes into true homemade pizza, you'll need a good pizza crust recipe. Get it at Sam's Place! Here's his easy homemade all purpose dough recipe, and he also includes links to his own homemade pizza and pepperoni bread recipes. Prepare to be impressed as Sam is a wonderful cook. (Update: Hot out of the pizza oven is Sam's latest, Fresh Tomato Spinach Pizza. Don't miss this delicious recipe!)

Pizza When It's Too Hot to Cook

Presto Pizzazz Plus Rotating Pizza Oven: Read the Review
Author Photo
Pizza is perfect food around the calendar, but when it's hot outside I don't like to heat up the house by turning on the oven. That's why I'm thrilled with the Presto Pizzazz Plus Rotating Pizza Oven that joined our family several months ago.

Whether I'm in the mood for a quick pizza from the freezer, if I pick up a fresh pizza from the deli, or even if I make my own pizza from scratch, the Pizzazz allows me to prepare it without heating up the house. This awesome appliance also saves time since there's no preheating required. It works for other foods, too, as you'll learn when you read my full Pizzazz Plus review.

So, are you hungry yet? 

These recipes should get you through October's Pizza Month celebration or any month, year, or day of the week that you find yourself in the mood for a slice of one of America's favorite foods. I'd love if you leave a comment to let me know which of these is your favorite pizza recipe.


~Susan Deppner
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Susan Deppner is a baby boomer, a cancer survivor, and a Southerner who believes in the Golden Rule. She enjoys writing about food, faith, and fitness; health, home, and holidays; people, places, pets, and patriotism, and more. Follow Susan on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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