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History of the Sugar Cookie

July 7, 2014

What’s in a name? That which we call a sugar cookie by any other name would taste as sweet….The history of sugar cookies is one filled with various names, versions, and recipes depending on the country, but all have a common factor; they are a slightly more subtle version of their sweeter and more popular cookie brothers and sisters.

It’s no secret that we at Cheryl’s love anything and everything having to do with cookies. Since National Sugar Cookie Day 2014 is Wednesday, July 9, we’re celebrating by sweetening our day with some cool cookie knowledge with the history of sugar cookies!

Thistory-of-sugar-cookieshere are several different theories about how the modern day sugar cookie came to be. The one that describes the sugar cookie that we in the U.S know today can be traced all the way back to the 1700s to a group of German Protestant settlers in the colony of Nazareth, Pennsylvania. The settlers created a “round, crumbly, butter cookie” which required only the most basic baking ingredients and was easily shapeable. The cookie’s easy of creation and simple yet irresistible taste made it a unanimous hit, so much so that it remained a vital part of Pennsylvania’s culture and history throughout the ages. On September 5, 2001, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania established House Bill 1892, adopting the Nazareth Sugar Cookies as Pennsylvania’s official cookie – talk about a sweet ending!

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Fun, Easy and Delicious Ways to Celebrate National Sugar Cookie Day!

July 9, 2013
Carnival Cookies

Carnival Cookies

Happy National Sugar Cookie Day! Today, we honor everyone’s favorite sugar-coated treat. To help you celebrate the sweetness, we came up with a few fun, simple and absolutely scrumptious ways you can enjoy the tastiest sugar cookies of them all: Cheryl’s cutout cookies!

Make Them Pretty With Frosting and Sprinkles

For all you traditionalists out there, whip up a quick and simple sugar cookie snack that allows you to both savor the flavor and express your creativity! All you have to do is get your hands on some rich and delicious buttercream frosting in your favorite flavors, spread it generously over a fresh batch of cookies, and top it all off with colorful sprinkles. With just these three ingredients, the cookie-decorating possibilities are endless, so let your imagination run wild!

Stack ’Em High as Cookie Sandwiches

Can’t get enough cookie? For even more sugary sweetness in every bite, take your sugar cookies to new heights by stacking them with layers of buttercream frosting in between. Just lay a cookie flat on your plate, spread some icing on the cookie and lay another cookie right on top. And you don’t have to stop at just two cookies: Keep moving up until your cookie sandwich has reached the towering height you desire. You can make things even more interesting by alternating the frosting flavors between each cookie layer!

Stuff Them up With Ice Cream

A sunny holiday calls for a refreshing sweet treat, so why not pair up your sugar cookies with another summertime favorite: ice cream? Making your own DIY ice cream sandwiches is beyond easy, and they’re a huge hit at any outdoor party. Follow the same steps you took to make the buttercream cookie sandwiches, but replace the frosting layer with a scoop of ice cream. Whether you fill it with classic vanilla or outrageous Rocky Road ice cream, this cool summer treat will make your taste buds scream for more.

Dunk ’Em in Chocolate

Everything tastes better covered in rich, velvety chocolate, and that goes for sugar cookies too! Instead of dipping the usual strawberries in your fondue pot, jazz things up and use Cheryl’s cookies instead. Or, if you’re looking for a really out-of-the-box way to dunk your cookies, check out our blog post on how to make easy icing fondue. Add even more fun to your fondue dessert with delicious toppings like shredded coconut, candy-coated chocolates, crushed peanuts, and more. In just a few minutes, you’ll have a dessert worth celebrating!

How will you enjoy your Cheryl’s cookies on National Sugar Cookie Day?