Baking History 101: Cookie Jar

Speaking of cookie jars, let’s look into the history of the delicious dessert container. Cookie jars have been around since the late 1700s in England. Back then, they were typically glass with metal lids. Cookie jars didn’t become popular in the U.S. until the late 1920s during the Great Depression. American housewives began baking more cookies at home, rather than buying them at the bakery because it was much cheaper. And, if they did buy them, it was cheaper to buy them in bulk, so households would have a bunch of cookies but no place to store them. I’m sure families needed somewhere to hide them from the kids, too! Thus, cookie jars were born.

The iconic ceramic cookie jar we know and love today wasn’t made until the 1930s. The Brush Pottery Company in Zanesville, Ohio, created a green jar with the word “cookies” embossed on the front, and the rest is history.

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