Mind flex: Smart cookie trivia

When the holiday season rolls around, you can pretty much guarantee there will be some festive cookies coming your way. So while you're nibbling on one (or four), why not see if you pass the smart cookie test with these trivia questions?

Q: What was the first commercial cookie introduced in the United States?

A: The Animal Cracker, introduced in 1902. Animal crackers began as edible ornaments. Nabisco introduced Animal Crackers to the American public in 1902 as a seasonal item, and its brightly colored boxes were promoted as Christmas tree ornaments (that's what the string was for!).

Q: What was the best-selling cookie of the 20th century?

A: The Oreo, introduced by Nabisco in 1912.

Q: What is the most popular Girl Scout cookie?

A: Thin Mints.

Q: What are the top 10 best-selling commercial cookies in the United States?

A: Nabisco Oreo, Nabisco Chips Ahoy!, Nabisco Oreo Double Stuf, Pepperidge Farm Milano, Private Label Chocolate Chip, Little Debbie Nutty Bar, Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream, Nabisco Chips Ahoy! Chewy, Nabisco Nilla (Vanilla) Wafers, Private Label Sandwich Cookies

Q: In 1989, New Mexico named this cookie its official state cookie-what is it?

A: Bizcochito, derived from the Spanish word 'bizcocho' (biscuit), is a delicious shortbread cookie flavored with anise and topped with cinnamon sugar.

Q: Which type of cookie was first associated with the holiday season?

A: German gingerbread (lebkuchen).

Q: The chocolate chip cookie is the official cookie of which states?

A: Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

Q: Who invented the chocolate chip cookie?

A: The chocolate chip cookie was invented by Ruth Graves Wakefield in 1930 at the Toll House Inn Restaurant in Massachusetts.

Q: What percentage of homemade cookies made each year are chocolate chip?

A: 50 percent.

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