Happy National Cookie Day!
Soft and chewy, crispy and crunchy, thick and cakey -- no matter your preference, cookies make for a phenomenal treat that is satisfying on every level. And setting aside a whole day on Dec. 4 to celebrate their goodness is a beautiful idea.
The coolest part of this food holiday? There are a ton of deals you can score throughout the entire day. Here are some of the best ones, according to USA Today and TIME:
Cinnabon: Everyone's favorite mall stand is giving out a free 8-ounce bottle of Fairfield milk when you purchase a Cookie BonBite, the chain's new limited-edition chocolate chip cookie with a mini cinnamon roll in the middle.
Coolhaus: Purchase any sammie, scoop or shake and get a free cookie!
Great American Cookies: Each customer gets a free original chocolate chip cookie.
Hot Box Cookies: The Missouri-based chain is giving out one free cookie with each order.
Insomnia Cookies: All in-store purchases get you a free cookie.
Nestle Toll House Cafe: Score a free cookie at participating locations -- just show up!
Whole Foods: Head to the cookie bar at any store across the nation and get 50 percent off.
If you're a little late taking advantage of this deal, head to Hilton's DoubleTree, where they will be passing out free cookies to anyone (not just guests) between Dec. 13 and Dec. 24 as part of their 12 Days of Cookies initiative.
Rather stay in? No problem! Consider baking your own cookies to commemorate the momentous occasion. Whether you're looking for the perfect -- and I mean perfect -- chocolate chip cookie recipe that's exactly as crispy, cakey or classic as you like, or you're considering making something a little more avant garde like Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Bars or chocolate chip cookie fudge, you can find what you're looking for here.
Are you a cookie dough fiend? You'll absolutely love these 11 outrageously delicious recipes featuring cookie dough, from egg rolls to waffles to four different ways to make straight-up edible cookie dough. Delicious!