Celebrate National Sugar Cookie Day with these bite-size treats. The best thing about sugar cookies? There’s no need for a new recipe, just pick out different cookie cutters, frosting colors and toppings for the different holidays. Our recommendation? Spend a night cutting, frosting, and sprinkling cookies with the kids and while you’re baking, share these fun facts with them!
-On September 5, 2001, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania adopted the sugar cookie as its official cookie.
-The sugar cookie as we know it today was created by Protestant settlers in the Nazareth colony of Pennsylvania in the 1700s. They baked their cookies in the shape of a keystone, the state’s symbol.
Try our Spice Girl Cookies! Tip: We added a dash of cinnamon for boost of flavor.
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Whether you like your doughnuts glazed, sprinkled, cream-filled or in holes, today’s the day to go out and get yourself a dozen because we’re celebrating the 75th annual National Doughnut Day!
This foodie holiday has a long history, originally created in 1938 to honor the women who served the flaky, sweet pastries to WWII military men, it is celebrated on the first Friday of every June. Not like we need an excuse to indulge! Before heading out to buy your assorted dozen, take a bite out of these doughnut-loving facts:
- One of Rach’s fave cities, Austin, TX, is home to one of the oldest, most beloved doughnut shops in the country! Round Rock Donuts (originally named Lone Star Bakery) first opened its doors in 1926.
- By the numbers: 10 Billion doughnuts are made in the US each year; the average person eats 34 doughnuts a year; collectively, we spend $2 billion on doughnuts annually!
- The most popular doughnut goes to the ultimate classic: Glazed! They sell three times more often than any other flavor.
- Stack ‘em up: The tallest stack of doughnuts was made with 1,764 rings, measuring 43.5″ high.
- The largest doughnut ever made was a jelly-filled version that weighed 1.7 tons!
For more fun doughnut facts check out this mouth-watering infographic, provided by offers.com.
Got a doughnut craving? Check out our favorite doughnut-inspired desserts:
- Banana Doughnuts with Banana Frosting
- Breakfast Doughnut-Sausage Corn Dogs
- Cider Doughnut Holes
- Fake-out Doughnut Hole Croquembouche
- Michael Symon’s Doughnut Holes with Caramel Almond Sauce
- Grilled Doughnut Shortcake
Happy National Pecan Day! Before we get to our celebration recipe though, let’s take a moment to learn more about the pecan, a buttery flavored tree nut with a soft crunch.
Did you know…
- The word “pecan” is actually a Native American word? (source)
- The majority of pecan production happens in the United States, Mexico, Australia and Israel?
- And last, but not least, that the pecan actually looks like this when it’s still on the tree?
Now, onto our celebration recipe: The Pecan Pie!
Often viewed as a Thanksgiving recipe, the pecan pie can–and should–be enjoyed all year-long. Fabulously easy to make, incredibly indulgent and effortlessly stunning, we’re sure you’ll want to keep digging your fork into this pie. Bake it for your neighborhood block party or your husband’s birthday. No matter what type of occasion, this pie will be a crowd-pleaser. Oh, and be prepared to share your recipe!
Get the recipe: Pecan Pie with Bourbon Ice Cream
Here’s an almost-instant dessert: Orange & Ice Cream Trifles. All you need are oranges, orange marmalade, lemon juice, pound cake and vanilla ice cream. What’s better than a 5-ingredient recipe on a weeknight? Get the recipe here. Then, keep reading to learn how to make it one pretty treat.
Upgrade your dessert by cutting your oranges into pretty segments (“supremes in chef lingo). Just follow our how-to steps below!
Cut a small slice off the top and bottom, exposing some of the flesh. Stand the fruit up on one flat side.
Cut from top to bottom along the curve of the fruit, removing the peel and bitter white pith.
Over a bowl, make a slice on each side of each segment along the membrane and use the knife blade to lift out the freed fruit wedge.
Illustrations by Emma Kelly
Doughnuts, those once-humble coffee companions, are being fancified and accessorized like never before—as you’ll see in our national sampler platter below. For a planetwide assortment, check out the new book World of Doughnuts: More than 50 Doughnut Recipes from Around the Globe by Stephanie Rosenbaum. Holey deliciousness, that’s a hole lotta love!
1. Doughnut Plant Rose Petal Yeast ($3, NYC, doughnutplant.com) 2. Glazed and Infused Maple Bacon Long John ($3, Chicago, goglazed.com) 3. Federal Donuts Spicy PB&J, with cayenne ($2, Philadelphia, federaldonuts.com) 4. Bouchon Bakery brioche-baked Boston Cream, with crispy chocolate and vanilla pearls ($3.50, 6 locations nationwide, bouchonbakery.com) 5. Duke City Donuts Samoa, with toasted coconut, caramel and chocolate ($.95, Albuquerque, NM, dukecitydonuts.com) 6. Glazed Gourmet Blackberry Earl Grey ($1.95, Charleston, SC, glazedgourmet.com) 7. Psycho Donuts Strawberry Margarita, with tequila-spiked pastry cream ($3.25, San Jose, CA, psycho-donuts.com) 8. Dynamo Donut and Coffee Meyer Lemon Huckleberry ($3, San Francisco, dynamodonut.com) 9. Gourdough’s Public House Glory Daze, smothered in cream cheese icing, spiced apples and cheddar ($5, Austin, TX, gourdoughspub.com)
–Morgan Gibson, Editorial Assistant