National Oatmeal Cookie Day is on April 30 and we are ready to celebrate in the best possible way — eating oatmeal cookies! Sometimes, this day is also celebrated on March 18 to coincide with National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day. Oatmeal cookies are super healthy as they are packed with iron and fiber so you don’t even have to feel guilty about the calories!
History of National Oatmeal Cookie Day
Oats was cultivated thousands of years ago and was actually used as fodder for animals. Oats was rarely consumed in North America but in parts of northern Europe and Scotland it was used in porridge.
Before the oatmeal cookie came into existence, there was oatcake. Since Roman times this was popular in Scotland and it was relied on for an energy boost. Apparently, during wartime, soldiers would carry oatcakes with them as a quick snack.
Around 1877, steel-cut oats started being made at the Quaker Mill Company in Ohio who then later developed a roller to flatten groats, creating the modern-day rolled oats. Eventually, Quaker Mill along with others formed the Quaker Oats Company. As for oatmeal cookies, they have been around since the 1800s. It was Fannie Merritt Farmer who created the first-ever oatmeal cookie in the U.S. However, they gained popularity only in the 1900s when Quaker Oats made the wise decision to print the recipe of oatmeal cookies on their containers and the world was introduced to these delicious treats.
While we are still unsure about the exact origin of National Oatmeal Cookie Day, over the years, people have started realizing the deliciousness and health benefits of these cookies.
National Oatmeal Cookie Day FAQs
What is the healthiest cookie?
Some of the healthiest cookies, according to the Food Network, are:
- Almond Blueberry Cookies.
- Soft Maple Cookies.
- White Bean Chocolate Chip Cookies.
- Chewy Sugar Cookies.
- Chocolate-Hazelnut Cookie Drops.
- Gluten-Free Pumpkin, Oat and Cranberry Cookies.
- Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies.
- Oatmeal Pistachio Cookies.
Why are my oatmeal cookies dry?
According to JoyFoodSunshine, if you follow the oatmeal cookie recipe, your end result should not be dry at all. They should be doughy and chewy. If your cookies do turn out dry, you most likely added too much flour.
Are oatmeal cookies unhealthy?
No, in fact, they’re quite the opposite! Oatmeal cookies have a high fiber content compared to normal sugar cookies and provide a plethora of health benefits.
National Oatmeal Cookie Day Activities
Host a bake-a-thon
Baking oatmeal cookies is not difficult, especially with the numerous recipes and tutorials available online. Have a small bake-a-thon at home. You could even sell your cookies to raise funds for charity.
Develop a new recipe
Why not create your own recipe for the oatmeal cookie? Use your favorite recipe and add your own twist. You could substitute ingredients or add new flavors; the possibilities are limitless.
Eat oatmeal cookies
What better way to celebrate the day than by eating oatmeal cookies? You can either bake them yourself or order some from your favorite bakery. Share the love and distribute cookies amongst your friends and families, too.
5 Interesting Facts About Oatmeal
It’s great for the gut
It provides great benefits in some cases of bowel disease and constipation.
It reduces cholesterol
The beta-glucan fiber in oats helps to reduce cholesterol levels by 5–10% if you eat about three grams of oat fiber per day.
Oats are packed with antioxidants
Oats has compounds called avenanthramides, which makes it a great superfood and a natural beauty product.
Oatmeal comes in more than one form — old-fashioned oats, steel-cut oats, and instant oats.
It’s even a place
There is actually a place called Oatmeal in Burnet County, Texas, in the U.S.
Why We Love National Oatmeal Cookie Day
Oats are an American kitchen staple
Oatmeal is a superfood packed with a ton of health benefits and 80% of U.S. households have oatmeal in their kitchen cupboards. What better way to celebrate this staple food by making a lip-smacking sweet treat out of it?
Oatmeal cookies are healthy
If you’re health-conscious but have a major sweet tooth, the oatmeal cookie can come to your rescue. It’s packed with iron, fiber, and other nutrients and still has a sweetness to it. You can eat it without worrying and celebrate National Oatmeal Cookie Day the right way
All cookies are delicious
Whether regular cookies or oatmeal cookies, they’re one of everyone’s favorite treats! They’re perfect to tickle your sweet tooth after any meal. It’s only fair that there is an entire day dedicated to oatmeal cookies.
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