National Gingerbread Cookie Day is celebrated in America on November 21st. Who among us refuses to eat sweets? Dessert is suitable for any occasion, made in the form of various figures, often decorated with icing. These cookies are for creative people!
Gingerbread among many peoples is 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, then spread to Germany.
In the 16th century they began to make gingerbread in the form of figurines. This was facilitated by the Queen of England: she 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. In many countries, baking is a real art! Poland, Czech Republic, France, Russia, Hungary 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 fairy tale of the Brothers Grimm about children who ran away from home to a sweet home;
- in Sweden there was fortune-telling: the girl made a wish, placed the gingerbread in her palm and squeezed it. If 3 broken parts were obtained, then the plan should come true;
- the Swedish king Hans was given a prescription for depression – eat more gingerbread;
- in England they ate products in the form of men to attract the groom.
How to celebrate
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 2022?
National Gingerbread Cookie Day is observed on November 21 each year.