National Brownie Day 2022: History, Significance and Celebrations

National Brownie Day is annually celebrated on December 8th in the United States, this say celebrates and promotes this delicious confection!

National Brownie Day is annually celebrated on December 8th in the United States. This day celebrates and promotes this rich and delicious confection called brownies! 

Brownies! That rich, decadent, purely hedonistic blend of cake and cookie that feels amazing in the mouth and leaves the taste buds craving more is being celebrated on this day which is already very popular and riling the hearts of many people. 

National Brownie Day is the perfect opportunity to get in and indulge in all that decadent goodness that might be avoided for the rest of the year. It's an ideal opportunity to go into some serious brownie overload–and not even feel bad about it. Because it's National Brownie Day!  

Event National Brownie Day
Date December 8, 2022
Day Thursday
Significance The day celebrates and promotes this rich and delicious confection called brownies!
Observed by United States

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National Brownie Day History: 

There are many theories behind the actual origins of the famous brownie. One legend about the creation of brownies is that of Bertha Palmer, a prominent Chicago socialite whose husband owned the Palmer House Hotel. In 1893, Palmer asked a pastry chef for a dessert suitable for ladies attending the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition. She requested a cake-like confection smaller than a piece of cake that could be included in boxed lunches. The result was the Palmer House Brownie, made of chocolate with walnuts and an apricot glaze. The modern Palmer House Hotel serves a dessert to patrons made from the same recipe. 

The first-known printed use of the word "brownie" to describe a dessert appeared in the 1896 version of the Boston Cooking-School Cook Book by Fannie Farmer, in reference to molasses cakes baked individually in tin molds. However, Farmer's brownies did not contain chocolate. The earliest-known published recipes for a modern style chocolate brownie appeared in the Home Cookery (1904, Laconia, NH), Service Club Cook Book (1904, Chicago, IL), The Boston Globe (April 2, 1905 p. 34), and the 1906 edition of Fannie Farmer's cookbook. These recipes produced a relatively mild and cake-like brownie.


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By 1907, the brownie was well established in a recognizable form, appearing in Lowney's Cook Book by Maria Willet Howard (published by Walter M. Lowney Company, Boston) as an adaptation of the Boston Cooking School recipe for a "Bangor Brownie". It added an extra egg and an additional square of chocolate, creating a richer, fudgier dessert. The name "Bangor Brownie" appears to have been derived from the town of Bangor, Maine, which an apocryphal story states was the hometown of a housewife who created the original brownie recipe. 

Maine food educator and columnist Mildred Brown Schrumpf was the main proponent of the theory that brownies were invented in Bangor. While The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink (2007) refuted Schrumpf's premise that "Bangor housewives" had created the brownie, citing the publication of a brownie recipe in a 1905 Fannie Farmer cookbook, in its second edition, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America (2013) said it had discovered evidence to support Schrumpf's claim, in the form of several 1904 cookbooks that included a recipe for "Bangor Brownies".  


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National Brownie Day Significance: 

Brownies come in a variety of forms and may be either fudgy or cakey, depending on their density. Brownies often, but not always, have a glossy "skin" on their upper crust. They may also include nuts, frosting, cream cheese, chocolate chips, or other ingredients. A variation made with brown sugar and vanilla rather than chocolate in the batter is called a blond brownie or blondie. They are typically eaten by hand, often accompanied by milk, served warm with ice cream (a la mode), topped with whipped cream, or sprinkled with powdered sugar and fudge. In North America, they are common homemade treats and they are also popular in restaurants and coffeehouses. 

Brownies are not classified as cakes – this is a very interesting point about the brownie. The reason for this is because although the texture is similar to cakes, it is classed as finger food (whereas usually cake is eaten with a fork), therefore they are categories as a cookie bar (in America). As you pick them up with your fingers much like a cookie, they don't sit in the cake category. An interesting fact about brownies is that they continue cooking even when they come out of the oven! You'll still need to work out the perfect time to take them out of the oven to make sure they aren't under or over baked, especially if you want a really fudgy brownie experience.  

Many people actually doesn't know that brownies can actually be pretty healthy as well because of the beneficial ingredients in it, such as vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, Potassium, Carbohydrates, and many other useful materials in our daily lives. One of the tops and the fabulous benefits of the brownies is improving digestion because of the fruits used for its formation. Another significant and unique benefit of the brownies to health is the anti-agent effects of brownies. Other crucial advantages which are needed to be mention are the decrease in the stress and anxiety level once after using it. Outside of these also there are many health benefits to brownie. 

Chocolate Brownies – the traditional version of one of our favourite treats. Plain chocolate brownies are the original version, so it's a classic flavour. Of course, they are fairly self-explanatory in their nature. They are fully of chocolatey goodness, and sometimes even studded with chocolate chips or pieces for extra texture. You could say that these lean more towards a cake texture. But as we mentioned earlier that there are various varieties of brownies available today which are also very popular like chocolate fudged brownies, salted caramel brownies, peanut butter brownies, chocolate orange brownies, raspberry brownies and white chocolate brownies. 


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National Brownie Day Celebrations: 

Obviously, one of the best ways to celebrate National Brownie Day is to get down over a big blast of brownie and indulge yourself in this favorite treat. Whether it's easier to buy a boxed mix or swing into the local bakery, don't let National Brownie Day go by without getting a mouthful of rich cakey chocolate. So definitely try to have a nice treat of brownies yourself! 

You can also use this opportunity to try yourself at baking some good and tasty brownies! As maybe one of the reasons brownies are so popular is because they are quick and easy to make. Along the same lines of cake, but without the need for a fork or plate, brownies are even easier to make than cookies because they don't have to be individually placed on the pan. 

Even better, host a party at home or at work that is brownie-themed in nature. With all the varieties in taste out there, you're certain to have a great collection of treats to indulge in, just be sure to stock up on the milk, as nothing goes with a rich chocolatey dessert like a glass of wholesome milk. National Brownie Day, another great excuse to overload on chocolate! 

Most Searched FAQs on National Brownie Day: 

1. When is National Brownie Day celebrated? 

National Brownie Day is annually celebrated on December 8th in US. 

2. How to make brownies? 

Brownies are an easy to treat made by mixing flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, eggs, butter or oil, and vanilla extract. Mix ingredients together, place in a large pan and bake. 

3. Are brownies gluten free? 

While standard recipes for brownies typically include wheat flour, which contains gluten, some special brownies can be made with alternative flours. 

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