As if we need more junk food between Thanksgiving and Christmas, today is National Cookie Day.
The sweet celebration began with San Francisco-based Blue Chip Cookie Company, whose late founder Matt Nader said "It's just like having National Secretaries Day...It will just be a fun thing to do."
The blue, fuzzy fan of all things cookie-related has championed the holiday, too. Sesame Street's Cookie Monster proclaimed his own National Cookie Day in "The Sesame Street Dictionary" (1980) but never associated a date with the day.
If you're hoping to celebrate the day, several retailers are offering sweet deals Sunday:
- Insomnia Cookies: All customers get a free cookie with any purchase.
- Whole Foods Market: Chocolate chip cookies are $0.25 all week; limit three per person.
- Pei Wei: Receive a free cookie with every entree or kid's meal purchase.
- Nestle Toll House Café by Chip: Get a free chocolate chip cookie when you order a Nestle Cafe.
- DoubleTree by Hilton: Hotel guests and the general public are invited to select locations to receive a free cookie.
- Hershey's: On Tuesday, the chocolate company will serve free Hershey's Cookie Layer Crunch Bars at Philadelphia's City Hall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Jaques Torres: Six chocolate cookies are free when you spend $75 in store or online.
Lest anyone think this is the only day to celebrate the perfect dessert, there are several national observations: Oreo Cookie Day (March 6), Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day (March 18), Chinese Almond Cookie Day (April 9), Oatmeal Cookie Day (April 30), Peanut Butter Cookie Day (June 12), Sugar Cookie Day (July 9), Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (August 4), Pecan Cookie Day (September 21), and Homemade Cookies Day (October 1).