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National Gingerbread Cookie Day

Celebrate National Gingerbread Cookie Day with a sweet treat - bake up some delicious cookies to share with friends and family!
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November 21
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Introduction

Get ready to get your baking on and celebrate National Gingerbread Cookie Day on November 21! This special day is all about enjoying the spicy, sweet taste of gingerbread cookies - something that has been around for hundreds of years. The tradition dates back to 16th century Germany, where it was used as a decorative item in homes during Christmas time. Nowadays, people are getting creative with their gingerbread cookie decorating skills by adding unique shapes and designs. Let's get ready to enjoy this delicious holiday treat!

History of National Gingerbread Cookie Day

National Gingerbread Cookie Day Dates

National Gingerbread Cookie Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>992</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Gingerbread Inception</div><div class='timeline-text'>Armenian monk Gregory of Nicopolis brought gingerbread to France, introducing Europe to the spicy delights.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1400s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Gingerbread Fairs</div><div class='timeline-text'>Gingerbread became popular in various fairs in England, often shaped and decorated to represent armor, animals, or religious symbols.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Gingerbread Man's Origin</div><div class='timeline-text'>American cookbook, "American Cookery," included the first printed recipe for a gingerbread man cookie.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1920s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Commercial Gingerbread Cookies</div><div class='timeline-text'>The commercial production of gingerbread cookies increased, with companies like Nabisco offering ready-made versions of the sweet treat.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Gingerbread Cookie Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Gingerbread Cookie Day, celebrated on November 21, was established, making it an official day to enjoy this holiday favorite.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Gingerbread Cookie Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Bake a gingerbread house</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Making a gingerbread house is the perfect way to celebrate National Gingerbread Cookie Day. You can choose from traditional gingerbread or try a creative spin on it. Have fun decorating with icing and candy for an extra special treat.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a decorating party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite friends and family over for a gingerbread cookie decorating party. Provide pre-made dough, icing, and decorations to make it easy for everyone to join in the fun. Don't forget to provide snacks and beverages to keep the energy high.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make gingerbread cookies</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>This is the classic way to celebrate National Gingerbread Cookie Day - baking cookies! Traditional recipes are easy to find online, or get really creative and try something different like gluten free or vegan recipes.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Gingerbread craft night</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get together with friends for some gingerbread crafting. From making snowflakes out of gingerbread dough to creating garlands for your tree, there are lots of fun crafts that involve gingerbread that you can do together.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a bakeoff</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Challenge your friends to see who can make the best tasting and best looking gingerbread cookie! Provide all the ingredients, create categories for judging, and award prizes at the end of the night.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Gingerbread Cookie Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Gingerbread cookies are easy to make</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Whether you prefer cutouts or drop cookies, gingerbread cookie recipes can usually be whipped up in no time. All you need is a little bit of butter, molasses and flour - plus some baking powder and spices for extra flavor - and you'll have a delicious batch of homemade gingerbread cookies in no time!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Gingerbread cookies are great for decorating</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>What would the holiday season be without a plate of decorated gingerbread cookies? Making them into shapes like Christmas trees and snowmen makes them even more special. You can even get creative with food coloring to make your own unique designs!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Gingerbread cookies are fun to eat</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>There's something about that combination of molasses, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg that just screams "winter." Eating gingerbread cookies always brings about a pleasant nostalgia that will surely put you in the spirit of the season! Plus, they're the perfect accompaniment to hot cocoa or spiced tea.</p></div></div>

5 Unexpected Facts about Gingerbread Cookie Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Word 'Gingerbread' Arises from Latin</h3><p class='facts-content'>The term 'gingerbread' derives from the Latin word 'zingiber', which means preserved ginger. The name is reflective of the preservation process of ginger in honey which imparts a unique blend of flavors.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Gingerbread Was Once a Currency</h3><p class='facts-content'>In the 17th Century, Queen Elizabeth I used decorated gingerbread as a means to reward her guests. These were often shaped and painted to resemble her visitors.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Gingerbread Showcased Artistry in Medieval England</h3><p class='facts-content'>During medieval times in England, the concept of gingerbread artistry became popular. Intricately decorated gingerbread was often presented as tokens of affection.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Gingerbread Cookies Symbolized Good Luck</h3><p class='facts-content'>In certain cultures, it was believed that eating gingerbread cookies would bring good luck. This belief made gingerbread cookies a popular gift, especially during the festive season.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Largest Gingerbread Man Weighed 651 kg (1,435 lb)</h3><p class='facts-content'>Achieving a Guinness World Record, the largest gingerbread man was baked by the staff of the IKEA Furuset store in Oslo, Norway, on November 9, 2009. It weighed an incredible 651 kg (1,435 lb).</p></div></div>

National Gingerbread Cookie Day FAQs

When is National Gingerbread Cookie Day?

National Gingerbread Cookie Day is celebrated on November 21st every year. In 2024, National Gingerbread Cookie Day will occur on a Thursday.

National Gingerbread Cookie Day Dates

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Day

2023

Nov 21

Tuesday

2024

Nov 21

Thursday

2025

Nov 21

Friday

2026

Nov 21

Saturday

2027

Nov 21

Sunday

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