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National Sugar Cookie Day, which occurs on July 9 each year.

National Sugar Cookie Day, which occurs on July 9 each year and is arguably one of the greatest holidays of all time, gives us the perfect excuse to satisfy our guiltiest sugar-filled cravings. They are enjoyable, timeless, and most importantly, they taste absolutely delicious. Sugar cookies that were baked in the shape of a keystone, the symbol of their state, were first known as Nazareth Cookies by German Protestant settlers in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, in the 1700s. A few hundred years later, traditional sugar cookies are still a favorite in the majority of homes. Despite their apparent simplicity, sugar cookies are a popular treat that are eaten on a variety of occasions, including birthdays, Easter, Valentine's Day, and Christmas. This holiday can be celebrated in a variety of ways, but really, do we really need a reason to celebrate sugar cookies?

Timeline for National Sugar Cookie Day: German Protestant settlers in Pennsylvania in the 1700s create the round, buttery cookie known as the Nazareth Sugar Cookie.

1930s Cookies for Santa In the 1930s, it became common practice in the United States to give sugar cookies to Santa as a way of saying thank you for the gifts you were about to receive!

2001: The official cookie of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is the Nazareth Sugar Cookie.

2015: Pillsbury Sets a World Record With 1,169 sugar cookies decorated in an hour, Pillsbury sets the world record for the most cookies and biscuits iced.

NATIONAL SUGAR COOKIE DAY ACTIVITIES Get out your mixing bowls and make your own batch If you're lucky, your great-great-great grandmother has a top-secret sugar cookie recipe that has been passed down through the family for generations. However, even if this is not the case, there are still hundreds, if not thousands, of recipes available online. You can find ready-to-bake cookie dough in the refrigerated section of most local grocery stores if you aren't a baker or don't have time to make these delicious treats from scratch. Before baking the cookies, sprinkle a little cinnamon on top for an extra kick of flavor.

Organize a cookie exchange There is no better way to enjoy sugar cookies that have just been baked than with your closest friends and family. A cookie exchange is a great way to share recipes and get new ideas for future batches of these sweet treats if you don't mind sharing your creations with others. You can even invite your coworkers to work for brownie points—or cookies, if you prefer—but don't tell them that's why they were included.

Create a new sugar cookie-based dessert How can you make sugar cookies taste even better? Naturally, by combining them with other delectable treats. Make a cheesecake crust with the cookie crumbs or top your standard brownies with a layer of sugar cookie crumbs. They can be mashed up in ice cream, dipped in pudding, or any number of other flavor combinations.

Why We Love National Sugar Cookie Day? Because they are so simple to make, sugar cookies can be made by a 5 year old (with parental supervision, of course) with just six ingredients: flour, butter, baking powder, eggs, sugar, and vanilla. Other than combining the fundamental components and shaping them into marble-sized, round balls, there is not much work required. If you decide to use cookie cutters, the process tends to be slightly more complicated, so you'll need to quickly learn how to bake.

They are fun to decorate. You can choose to go with the traditional look of plain sugar cookies or let your inner Picasso out by meticulously painting designs on each one. While others are more concerned with taste than aesthetics, others choose to embellish them with holiday-themed accessories. Decorate them with frosting, chocolate chips, or sprinkles for a unique look and taste. A sugar cookie can be decorated in any way you want!

They are a staple in every household. You may or may not always have the essential ingredients in your pantry, but most of us have fond memories of sugar cookies in some form. They have such a delicious, classic flavor that you can't help but love them!

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