Baking up some goodness on June 12th each year, National Peanut Butter Cookie Day celebrates the only cookie holiday in June. The day allows cookie lovers and peanut butter lovers to step away from the pies and cakes to indulge in a little peanut butter and cookie therapy. 

Alabama’s American agricultural extension educator, George Washington Carver, promoted the peanut extensively. Well-known for his promotions, Carver compiled 105 peanut recipes from various cookbooks, agricultural bulletins, and other sources. In 1916, he created a Research Bulletin called How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing it for Human Consumption. The bulletin included three recipes calling for crushed or chopped peanuts as one of its ingredients. However, peanut butter cookies were not one of them. 

It was in the early 1920s began to be listed as an ingredient in cookies. 

That may be because the peanut butter we know and love today didn’t become commercially available until the 1920s. In 1922, Joseph Rosefieldkept the peanut oil from separating from the solids through this process. He patented the process of homogenization and sold it to a company that began making a peanut butter called Peter Pan.

No one knows why we press crisscrossed fork marks into our peanut butter cookies before baking. However, homemade peanut butter cookies would just not be the same without the bit of decoration.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPeanutButterCookieDay

The best way to celebrate this cookie holiday is with some homemade peanut butter cookies, a glass of milk, and a friend. We even have a recipe for you to try. You can also visit your favorite baker and give them a shout out. Let them know how much you appreciate their mad cookie baking skills!

Chunky Peanut Butter Cookie

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National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this delicious peanut cookie holiday. In the meantime, check out these other peanut related holidays. – © 2020 All Rights Reserved.