The Celebration Of The Day – Cookies…Peanut Butter Cookies! #NationalDay

First and foremost, every day we a reason to celebrate something, right? Hooray! Well, today, 12th of June, is National Day of Peanut Butter Cookies! Raise your hand (virtually) if you love Peanut Butter so much! – I’m keeping my hand high right now!

 

 Yummy, right?!

 

The most famous quote we all know about it must be – “You’re the peanut butter to my jelly”. A cute quote with different purposes. You can say that to your best friend; you can say it to your girlfriend or boyfriend, and you can say it to your mother or your father. In all cases, it means we say that we love them and that we can’t be without them. So, isn’t it cute? I think so!

 

As a matter of fact, I think there are many lovers of this flavor out there, including me and you! So, today we’ll find out more interesting stuff about this awesome taste.

 

In fact, I had no idea that they actually have a day to celebrate it, I just randomly found out, when I was doing my usual research. And I got happy when I saw the celebration for today.

 

Getting things straight, today we celebrate the cookies only. Get the recipe online, it’s not hard at all. Made some cookies and enjoy yourself. I will. 🙂

 

Oh, but they do have a national day for Peanut Butter, simple as that. It’s on January 24. New information alert!

At the same time, those who are in love with the taste, have a day for celebration too.  National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day is on March 1. Mark your calendars, people!

 

Charles M. Schulz says that “Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love”. Well, I think it’s not true. Nothing can stop us from loving the peanut butter taste. Not even unanswered love. Only allergies! 🙁

 

There are many differents way to enjoy it – creamy, chunky, on a sandwich, with honey or jelly, in various recipes and dishes, or just plain simple with a spoon.

 

       

 

What recipes, you may ask? All of the above – smoothies, frozen yogurt, ice-cream, cookies, cupcakes, cakes. Mouth water…!

 

Some History and Some Fun Facts

 

1 – First and foremost, the Aztec were believed to have made peanut butter from ground peanuts as early as the 15th century.

 

2 – But the first one to recognize peanut butter was Marcellus Gilmore Edson, English Canadian chemist, in 1884. That’s how it rose to fame.

3 – Later, in 1895, John Harvey Kellogg, an American medical doctor, adjusted the actual process “Preparing Nut Meal” and he served it to his patients during the Battle Of Creek.

 

4 – Two years later, they wrote an article in Popular Science News under the “Recent Inventions” section. People thought that peanut butter could be used in recipes, by replacing fat and grease.

 

 

5 – In the early times of the 20th century, George Washington Carver, an American botanist, and inventor kept promoting and researching the benefits of peanut butter. He’s often mistaken as the inventor of it.

Today, we know Washington Carver as the “grandfather of peanuts”. Though he did not invent it, he discovered many ways to use peanut and innovative farming methods, including crop diversification and soil conservation. And he published an essay on that called “How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing it For Human Consumption” in 1916.

 

6 – “Arachibutyrophobia” is the fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth. Wow, I can’t even pronounce that!

 

7 – Actually, it takes one acre of peanuts to make 30,000 ordinary peanut butter sandwiches. And It takes about 540 peanuts to make a normal jar of peanut butter.

 

8 – A not so fun fact is that not everyone is crazy about peanut butter, especially those who are allergic to peanuts. Too bad!

 

9 – It’s been demonstrated that women and children like creamy peanut butter best, while men like chunky peanut butter best. Well, I like both!

 

 

10 – But, did you know that former President Bill Clinton says that one of his favorite sandwiches is with peanut butter and banana; which apparently was the favorite of Elvis “the King” Presley, also.

11 – Speaking of that, there are two peanut farmers that have been elected as president of the USA – Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter. They have contributed to the production of peanut butter in the US, as well.

 

12 – More than that, there are actually six cities in the U.S. wearing this flavor name: Peanut, California; Lower Peanut, Pennsylvania; Upper Peanut, Pennsylvania; Peanut, Pennsylvania, Peanut, Tennessee; and Peanut West Virginia.

 

13 – Above all, the good news is that it might be cancer-fighting. On a light study, it’s been observed that some girls between the age of 9 and 15 who regularly ate peanut butter were 39 percent less likely to develop benign breast disease.

 

14 – Today’s center of attention, our celebrated – Peanut Butter Cookies

 

  

 

– the first recipe appeared in 1902, in Mrs. Rorer’s New Cook Book as rolled peanut butter balls. But later, the recipe changed: it was suggested to roll the balls and press them down with the tines of the fork  (and they did publish it like this in another recipes book in 1933).

That’s how any true American will cook them today to have evenly cooked cookies. Yummy!

 

 

Jelly versus Honey on our Peanut Butter Sandwich

 

All things considered, I know this is questionable and each individual has his own taste. But let’s see what the specialists have to say.

 

 

Honey – a natural sweetener with sugar, fructose, and glucose. Well, a study published in 2002 established that honey contains low levels of antioxidants. And the darker the color, the more antioxidants it has. Antioxidants help you protect your body from different diseases.

 

Jelly –  a combination of fruit juice and sugar. Well, homemade jellies are healthier that the ones prepared for stores because they have less sugar in it. And also commercial jelly may also include chemicals and other unhealthy ingredients to preserve it. So, go and make some! A homemade jelly should be able to keep in shape when it’s out of the jar but is should shake a little if it’s moved.

 

So, they both contain sugar, the each offer some benefits and the both work with peanut butter. Of course, it’s at your disposal to choose how you want your sandwich. As for today, go for the cookies since it’s their anniversary.

Happy National Peanut Cookies Day! 🙂

 

 

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