National Gingerbread Cookie Day is celebrated in America on November 21st. Who among us refuses to eat sweets? Desserts are suitable for any occasion, often made in the form of various figures, decorated with icing. These cookies are for creative people!
Gingerbread is among many peoples considered the oldest confectionery product. Researchers have found honey and flour products even in Egyptian tombs! In Italy, honey cakes were popular – an ancient analogue of sweets: scientists have found special clay baking dishes. The word “gingerbread” appeared later when people discovered various spices that are now added everywhere. The first mention of them dates back to 350 BC. Cookies originated in Belgium and then spread to Germany.
In the 16th century, people began to make gingerbread in the form of figurines. This was facilitated by the Queen of England, who ordered her subjects to come up with forms similar to high-ranking guests and treat them. The guests were surprised by such an unusual delicacy. Now, in many countries, baking is a real art! Poland, Czech Republic, France, Russia, and Hungary all support the occupation.
Did you know that:
- The most popular form of gingerbread is a little man. He was the hero of the fairy tale about Kolobok. Now there is a similar character in the modern cartoon “Shrek”.
- People owe the appearance of the gingerbread house to Germany and the Brothers Grimm fairy tale about children who ran away from home.
- In Sweden there was a custom: a girl made a wish, placed the gingerbread in her palm and squeezed it. If it broke into 3 parts, then her wish would come true.
- The Swedish king Hans was given a prescription for depression – eat more gingerbread.
- In England ladies ate gingerbread men to attract a groom.
How to take part
Go in search of dessert on National Day! Perhaps there is a specialty store in your city. Make your own cookies, look up recipes, and ask friends for help. Show your imagination! Don’t forget to take pictures of the masterpieces and post them on social media.
When is National Gingerbread Cookie Day celebrated in 2023?
National Gingerbread Cookie Day is observed on November 21 each year.