Baking Fun (and Yum) on National Cookie Day!

Cookies – the sometimes food we all love!

Celebrate on December 4th, National Cookie Day, by taking a bite out of something delicious – and maybe even homemade! Getting the family together in the kitchen is a great way to include children in family traditions, model how to help out and work together, explore math and science skills, and learn to take on new responsibilities.

Indulge your sweet tooth, and your brainy side, with the family-friendly cookie recipes, games and science experiments below!

And remember, when it comes to baking, don’t be afraid to take whisks!

Family Friendly Recipes

Odd Squad Math Equation Cookies

Create a cookie to remember with these math equation cookies. Serve them at an Odd Squad themed party or enjoy them with family at home!

Mozie-mazing Cookies

Nana Platypus shares her recipe for a special family treat. Enjoy making it with your own family!

Bake Gingerbread Letters

It’s time to take the A-B-Cs to the kitchen! Make gingerbread cookies in the shape of the alphabet with this simply delicious activity.

Book Cookies

Bake these book cookies for a literary twist on a delicious DIY treat you wont want to put down! Decorate with some of your favorite titles, or make up new stories of your own.

The Science of Baking

Cooking Cookies with Solar Power

Grades K-8
The ZOOM cast tests two homemade solar cookers to determine which one can cook a “s’more” faster. Both designs exploit the fact that heat flows in three ways: by conduction, convection, and radiation. Though one cooker performs better than the other, they both outperform the experiment’s control setup.

How to Cookie with Science | Reactions

Grades 6-12
Chocolate chip cookies are nearly universally adored. People like them in all sorts of textures, sizes and tastes. So how can you make your perfect cookie? Using science, of course. Check out this video from PBS LearningMedia for a cookie vs. cookie bake-off!

Games, Books & Activities

Detective Elmo: The Cookie Case

Grades PreK-1
A cookie painting has been stolen from the museum! Your child can help Detective Elmo look for clues to solve the mystery of the missing painting.

The Cookie Games

Grades PreK-1
Cookie Monster is playing in the cookie games! Help him calm his feelings and win medals in three sporting events.

Show Me the Cookies

Grades PreK-1
It’s time to play your favorite game, “Show Me the Cookies” with your host, Cookie Monster! Celebrate National Cookie Day by earning (virtual) cookie rewards — but young learners must look and listen carefully to win!

Ruff’s Cookie Creator

Grades K-2
Ruff Ruffman is creating new kinds of cookies by experimenting with how much of each of 4 ingredients to add to the recipe. Use science inquiry to explore and test different ingredients to help Ruff make, decorate, and serve cookies to his family in this kitchen science game.

Books to Nurture Little Foodies

Grades PreK-4
Whether you have a chef in the making or a picky eater you’re eager to convert, these books will entertain and educate young readers all about food, glorious food!

Our Family Recipe Cards

All Ages
Write your favorite tigertastic recipe here to share it with a family member or friend. It can be a family favorite, one passed down from generation to generation, or something entirely new! What cookies will you create?