The ooey gooey food holiday takes place on December 4.

By Liz Steelman
December 01, 2017
Fact: Using shortening instead of butter produces fluffier cookies. Butter has water in it, and water means a thinner dough, which means a flatter cookie. Shortening contains no water, so it always produces a cookie that stands taller than one made with only butter. “The trade-off is flavor,” says Emily Luchetti, executive pastry chef for Marlowe, Park Tavern, and The Cavalier Restaurants in San Francisco, adding that even if a recipe calls for shortening alone, for more tasty results “you can use half butter, half shortening.” One trick Luchetti recommends to help make all-butter cookies fluffy is to beat the butter-and-sugar mixture longer—say, 5 minutes instead of 2—to whip in more air.
Victor Schrager

National Cookie Day 2017 is on Monday, December 4—but that doesn’t mean you have to spend all this weekend baking in your kitchen to join in on the festivities. In fact, many of our favorite bakeries and cookie retailers are taking part in the celebration, offering customers free and discounted cookies. Here, five of the best deals happening nationwide:

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National Cookie Day 2017 Deals

Whole Foods: The Amazon-owned grocery store is offering everything at the cookie bar for half off from Friday, December 1 until Monday, December 4. Packaged cookies not included.

Mrs. Fields: The first 400 customers in each Mrs. Field store nationwide will receive a free regular-sized chocolate chip cookie to celebrate the brand’s 40th anniversary.

Great American Cookie: All participating locations will be giving out a free regular chocolate chip cookie. 

Insomnia Cookie: Starting at 8 a.m. CST on December 4, receive a free traditional cookie with any purchase.

Nestle Toll House Café by Chip: Get a free regular cookie at participating locations.

And, of course, if you want to whip up a batch of your own cookies (it is quite a good time of year for that!), here are more than 50 of our best holiday cookie recipes.