Fun Facts about Eating and Baking Cookies

Here are some bits of cookie trivia and facts about baking cookies. There are cookie superlatives and some entertaining trivia when you are shopping for store-bought cookies.

Cookie trivia: eating and baking cookies

Americans consume over 2 million cookies a year, which equals 300 cookies for each person.

The average American eats 35,000 cookies in a lifetime.

95.2% of U.S. homes consume cookies.

Baking Cookies

Half the cookies baked in American homes are chocolate chip.

Baking burn 168 to 348 cal an hour.

Santa Claus eats an estimated 336,150,386 cookies on Christmas Eve.

Cookie trivia: cookie superlatives

Biggest cookie: the biggest recorded cookie was baked on May 17, 2003 in flat rock North Carolina by the Immaculate Baking Company. It was 102 feet wide and weighed 40,000 pounds.

Tallest cookie tower: the tallest cookie tower of cookies measured 1.83 m tall or 6 feet 1/8 inch and was constructed by the Girl Scouts of Nassau County on January 9, 2010 at the Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City New York. 60 Girl Scouts used 22, 800 cookies to build the tower.

Most cookies baked: Hassett's Bakery holds a world record for the most cookies baked in one hour: 4695.

Trivia about commercial cookies or store-bought cookies

Animal Crackers were introduced by Nabisco in 1902 and they were the first commercial cookie to be mass produced in the United States.

54 different animals have been represented in animal crackers.

The Oreo was the best-selling cookie of the 20th century. American spent 550 million on Oreos every year.

Little Debbie cookies were produced by McKee Foods and were branded in the 60s after the owners O.D. and Ruth McKee's granddaughter, Debbie was four years old.

Girl Scouts sell 200 million boxes of cookies a year.

Trivia about cookie cutters

Queen Elizabeth I is credited with overseeing the first biscuits that were cut into the shape of men from Ginger dough, which became today's gingerbread men.

Early American tinsmiths made the first cookie cutters by hand in the 1700s.

The cookie cutters collectors club is a nonprofit organization founded in 1972 for aficionados to collect and use cookie cutters.

The American National Cookie Cutter Historical Museum is in the Joplin Museum Complex in Joplin, Missouri.

National cookie-cutter week is celebrated during the first full week in December every year.

Trivia about cookie jars

American cookie jars are descendants of British biscuit jars and they were born out of need. They first appeared in the 30s as depression housewives solely abandon buying bakery made foods and began baking at home instead to save money.

The largest collection of cookie jars is 2653 and belongs to Edith Eva Fuchs, a resident of Metamorma, Indiana.

Official cookies

New Mexico named the bizcochito it's official state cookie in 1989. It was the first state to adopt an official cookie. The name is derived from the Spanish word bizcocho, which means biscuit and is a shortbread cookie flavored with anise and top with cinnamon sugar.

Massachusetts has adopted the chocolate chip cookie as its official state cookie in 1997. The chocolate chip cookies were invented in 1930 at the Toll House Restaurant in Whitman Massachusetts.

Legislation in Pennsylvania has been held up for several years as state lawmakers struggled to choose between the Nazareth Sugar Cookie and the Chocolate Chip Cookie.

In 2004 a bill was introduced to Michigan state legislature by fourth-graders requesting that the Michigan Treasure Cookie be adopted as the official state cookie.

Unusual cookies

Unagi Pie, a specialty of Hamamatsu, Japan our cookies made with fresh butter, crushed eel bones, eel extract and garlic.

See also Top Nerdy, Weird, Amazing and Unusual Cookie Jars.