Grab some milk, a sleeve of Oreos, and start observing kids, because today is National Cookie Day. (Eee!) Its name, according to Wikipedia, comes the Dutch word koekje or koekie meaning "little cake." From snickerdoodles and peanut butter cookies to Chips Ahoys and fortune cookies, they're all pretty much a delightful treat, perfecting for a light dessert of manic binge eating.

The world's best cookie? Glad you asked: It's the Samoa. Don't believe us? Just look at it. No, LOOK AT IT. Girl Scout heroin in cookie form, those Samoas. Too bad they come but once a year.

A respectful second place would have to be the chocolate chip cookie. And here is one of the best recipes for the classic chocolate studded cookie, care of America's Test Kitchen/Cook's Illustrated. Trust us, these are huge winners. The extra egg yolk does wonders. Try them and see for yourself:


- 2 1/8 cups all-purpose flour (2 cups plus 2 tablespoons)
- 1/2 teaspoon table salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly (1 1/2 sticks)
- 1 cup brown sugar (light or dark)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg yolk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1-2 cup chocolate chips (semi or bittersweet; peanut butter chips are good too)