Happy Bake Cookies Day!

'Christmas Cookies," from Make It Like a Man! Bake Cookies Day

Chocolate Chip

Today is international “Bake Cookies Day.” Bake Cookies Day – which is celebrated around the world by, well, probably no one except coincidentally – always falls on the 18th, regardless of where the 18th might fall in the week … which is weird for those of us with day jobs.

'Christmas Cookies," from Make It Like a Man! Bake Cookies Day

'Christmas Cookies," from Make It Like a Man! Bake Cookies Day

Wouldn’t it be cool if the days of the month always fell on the same days of the week? It would be easy to do if you simply decreed that the 1st day of the month must be considered a Monday, or a Sunday, or whatever. Think about it: January 1st will fall on a Friday in 2016 and the last day of that month will fall on a Sunday. In Jeff’s world, February 1st would be decreed a Friday, which would mean a one-day workweek in which that one day would be a Friday. Take that, corporate America!

'Christmas Cookies," from Make It Like a Man! Bake Cookies Day

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Alas, this will never happen, because it’s whimsical and crazy.

Although … is it any more crazy than most of the things I’ve heard Ben Carson say? Crazier than a bank that “pays” you 0.03% on a money market account, but then charges you 21.99% on a credit card? Crazier than the fact that Kim Kardashian is a brand? I think my idea is sounding more and more reasonable by the second. You know what’s crazy? Mario Batali’s crocs. You know what’s crazier? That we trust Giada to tell us how to cook, when it’s plainly obvious that the woman never eats. You know what else is crazy? When you make Christmas cookies ahead of time and put them in the freezer, you have to allow for 50% shrinkage. Two dozen go in, only a dozen come out. Don’t ask me to explain it. I’m not a scientist. And stop pointing to the crumbs in the bottom the cup I used for my morning cappuccino. Like I told you, I don’t know what they are, but I’m sure they have no relationship to any “missing cookies.”

'Christmas Cookies," from Make It Like a Man! Bake Cookies Day

'Christmas Cookies," from Make It Like a Man! Bake Cookies Day

“Cookie” used to be spelled “cooky,” and I would like to revert to that spelling. That will be the second plank of my unhinged political platform. While “cookie” seems charming and diminutive, “cooky” reads a bit more maniacal … out of control – which is how I feel around cookies. You know, when I have a second piece of pie, I know I’m having a second piece of pie. A third piece, well, that’s simply depraved. It’s indulgent, improper, and shows a lack of restraint. I get that. But cookies – innocent, fun-loving little cookies – are the subversives of the pastry world. Is one cookie a serving? Two? Or do you not bother to count the number? How many have you had, three? Four? Next thing you know, you’ve eaten six. A dozen. How many pieces of pie is that? Damn you, cooky!

'Christmas Cookies," from Make It Like a Man! Bake Cookies Day

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Happy Bake Cookies Day!

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10 thoughts on “Happy Bake Cookies Day!

    • Thanks, Kevin. I couldn’t agree more. Usually, I like large cookies, but when there’s an assortment (or a crowd to feed), it’s nice to have smaller ones.

  1. I foolishly am having a cookies and cocktail party before Christmas. Any favorites? I don’t want to make a ton of different ones, but we both know what’s going to happen.

    • Hey Andrew, coolest Gravatar ever! Yes. What’s going to happen is you’re going to march yourself over to Dinkel’s, buy a huge assortment of cookies, come home throw flour everywhere, and act like you’re exhausted. (The chocolate peanut Ritz recipe is so long, but they’re actually a pretty quick, delicious, and unusual.)

  2. Hahaha! I think a dozen cookies (or cookys) equals like half a slice of pie. That means I can eat a couple dozen cookies or 2 pieces of pie, right? I vote for cookies. Obviously. Love this post, Jeff! I somehow missed National Bake a Cookie Day, but then again the holidays are pretty much one steady cookie baking festival anyways. Hope you had an awesome weekend, and I hope you didn’t eat all the cookies. (You did, didn’t you?)
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    • No! I managed to not eat them. They’re safely tucked away in the freezer!awaiting Christmas Eve!

    • First course starts at 2 PM! Those who are tardy do not get fruit cup. (Thanks for stopping in! I’m in awe of your blog.)

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