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Hello Readers,

We hope you and your families are happy and healthy! Just to jog your memory, last month we celebrated MOVEmber. Our team went on lots of dog walks, peloton rides, and chased after the kiddos. We believe in balance at Directive Health and with that said, December 4th was National Cookie Day. Even though we are celebrating two days late, we hope you enjoy this brief history of cookies and some healthy (and not so healthy) recipes for easy and yummy treats. 

Cookies have been a treat for thousands of years, literally thousands, like 7th Century A.D. thousands. Originating from Persia (present day Iran), cookies are any flour based hand held item. Some are sweet and some are savory. As trade and global travel happened, cookies took over the world. Everywhere from Paris to the Western United States had cookies. Cookies could be found as savory wafers or hardtack used to survive. Bakers would apprentice and study for years to be considered cookie experts and due to the internet, cookbooks, and your grandmother, you can bake cookies in your very own kitchen now. Isn’t life sweet?

If you don’t feel like baking, but want to still join in the cookie movement you can watch the following media or play a cookie game with your friends and family to get in the spirit. 

Enjoy some of our favorite recipes! 

Healthy Cookie Recipes

Vegan, Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookie 

Credit: Brit+CO

Coconut Cookies

Credit: Kirbie Cravings

Pecan-Orange Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Credit: Blaine Moats

Not So Healthy Cookie Recipes

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Credit: Bon Appetit

Classic Sugar Cookies

Credit: Photo by Joseph De Leo, Food Styling by Kaitlin Wayne

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Credit: Sally’s Baking Blog

Here’s to a healthy and happy and sweet life! 

P.S. Our author’s recent homemade sweet treat.



Erin McDermott

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