With the US Day of oatmeal cookies or National Oatmeal Cookie Day delivers on April 30 all cookie fans a good reason to celebrate. Of course, this food holiday from overseas also deserves its own contribution to the calendar of curious holidays from around the world and accordingly the following lines illuminate the history of this event. So why is the United States celebrating the oatmeal cookies on this April date?
Who started National Oatmeal Cookie Day?
As with so many other events on the biscuit holiday calendar, in the case of National Oatmeal Cookie Day, hardly anything seems to be known about its origins or backgrounds. Although most of the popular online calendars list this oatmeal biscuit day for April 30, these sources do not provide specific information about a possible initiator and the exact year of foundation (see also the list of further links below). But that’s a well-known problem for many American food holidays.
Why is the oatmeal biscuit special day on April 30th?
The ambiguity outlined above continues with a view to the selected date. Because why the choice fell on April 30th does not appear to be justified in more detail or must be seen in this context as a relatively arbitrary calendar setting.
To make matters worse, some of the aforementioned online sources put National Oatmeal Cookie Day on March 18th. However, this seems to be confused with the National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day celebrated on this date, which is dedicated to a much thinner variant of the oatmeal cookie. This is usually served with ice cream or sorbet and falls into the culinary category of desserts (see also the list of related links below).
At least thematically likely here though a connection to also today celebrated in the United States Raisin Day (National Raisin Day Engl.) Are to what extent this but for the World Day of Jazz (Engl. International Jazz Day) or the special day of hairdressers (Engl. National Hairstylist Appreciation day), the Dutch Queen’s day (dt. Queen or Queen’s day) or the days of honesty (English. National honesty day) applies, I could not figure out the research for the present paper in the course.
Kitchen Knowledge: Five Curious Facts To Know About Oatmeal Cookies
As always, when the roots of a curious holiday lie in the dark, it is wise to focus on the existing facts of the subject or occasion. And in the case of today’s oatmeal cookie day, there are actually quite a number of interesting facts to share.
- Let’s start with the ingredients first. Oatmeal cookies essentially consist of brown and white sugar, butter, water, eggs, baking powder, flour and oat flakes.
- Depending on your taste preferences, you can add other ingredients such as raisins, almonds, nuts or dried fruits.
- In the Anglo-Saxon baking tradition, the oatmeal biscuits belong to the category of so-called drop cookies. These are baked goods in which the particularly soft dough is placed directly onto the baking sheet or parchment paper as a pile with a spoon. During baking, the dough expands and gets its typical flat shape.
- The oat biscuits can look back on a relatively long history in the USA. Kitchen historians today assume that the biscuits were created at the beginning of the 19th century as a compact further development of the then very popular oatmeal cakes. Here, above all, as energy-rich food for the military during the march.
- The first known written recipe for oatmeal biscuits goes back to the American Fannie Merrit Farmer and the year 1896. As a result, Oatmeal Cookies became one of the most popular types of biscuits in the United States. Probably also against the background that these cookies were considered to be much healthier due to their ingredients. And if you don’t like cookies, you can alternatively celebrate the day of the oatmeal muffins (National Oatmeal Muffin Day) on December 19th.
With this in mind: Bon appetit and a great National Oatmeal Cookie Day to all of you.
Simple oatmeal cookies with chocolate
- 120 grams of butter soft
- 50 grams of sugar white
- 60 grams of brown sugar
- 1 medium-sized egg
- 120 grams of wheat flour
- 140 grams of tender oatmeal
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 70 grams of chocolate drops should be firmly back
- Beat the softened butter with both types of sugar until frothy. Stir in the egg. Add all dry ingredients except for the chocolate drops. Finally, fold in the chocolate drops. Chill the dough for about 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 190 degrees top and bottom heat. Take small portions of dough with a spoon and shape into balls with your hands. Distribute these on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Flatten slightly. Bake cookies for about 10-13 minutes. They may or should still be a little soft.