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Tuesday may not be so crummy after all.
Dec. 4 is a made-up holiday for one of the most popular desserts. It’s National Cookie Day, which is the perfect excuse to search for sweet savings. (It also happens to be National Dice Day and National Sock Day.)
Several businesses are celebrating with a batch of fresh freebies and delicious deals.
According to Ranker.com, a crowdsourced rankings website, the top five “most delicious desserts” are: ice cream, brownies, chocolate chip cookies, cake and chocolate.
The word “cookies” is the ninth most searched item on BettyCrocker.com, according to the company, noting chocolate chip cookies the 14th most searched term.
December has a few more sweet days coming up: Dec. 8 is National Brownie Day and Dec. 22 is National Cookie Exchange Day.
Freebies and deals
These specials are available at participating locations. To be on the safe side, check with your closest location before heading out.
Barnes & Noble: Get buy-one-get-one free cookies with any purchase Tuesday. Plus, the bookstore chain kicks off its “My Cookie Story” contest Tuesday. Through Dec. 17, share your favorite holiday cookie recipe and the story behind it for a chance to win $5,000. Learn more at www.bn.com/mycookiestory.
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse: Get a Pizookie dessert for $3 Tuesday as part of the chain’s Daily Brewhouse Specials. New members of the chain’s rewards program also get a coupon for a free Pizookie for signing up www.bjsrestaurants.com.
Cheryl’s Cookies: Through Wednesday, save 30 percent off Holiday Towers online and through Friday at retail locations get 50 percent off Holiday Boxes filled with 48 cookies.
Coolhaus: Get 20 percent off your total order of Ice Cream Sammies using code CHCOOKIE. The company’s scoop shops also are giving away free cookies Tuesday with any purchase.
Dairy Queen: Look for buy one get one for 99 cents deals Tuesday on Blizzard treats, including cookie-flavored varieties and more and on the Dairy Queen app. Also for a limited time, download the app and register for an account and get a free small Blizzard treat at participating locations. Limit one offer per person per visit. Not valid in Texas.
DoubleTree: The Hilton hotel brand known for its warm cookies announced it’s celebrating the made-up holiday by giving guests and non-guests a free cookie Tuesday at U.S. DoubleTree locations.
Goodcents Subs: The Kansas-based chain is kicking off its “Do Something Sweet” campaign Tuesday and selling Free Cookies for a Year cards on its website for $25 each. With the card, available through Dec. 11 or while supplies last, get one free cookie per day, no other purchase necessary. The proceeds will go to Children’s Mercy not-for-profit pediatric hospitals. Learn more and buy cards at www.goodcentssubs.com/freecookies.
Great American Cookies: Get one free original chocolate chip cookie at participating stores Tuesday. No purchase necessary and limit one per customer.
Insomnia Cookies: Get a free traditional cookie Tuesday at the chain’s 145 locations, no purchase necessary. Then Wednesday and Thursday, get one free traditional cookie with any delivery order and through Dec. 10 get 20 percent off shipping orders. Plus, Insomnia has a contest where five people will win free cookies for a year.
Mountain Mike’s Pizza: Coupon Club members can get a free pizza cookie with purchase of a large specialty pizza. Sign up for the club at www.mountainmikespizza.com/coupons.php and you can also access club member coupons at the same link.
Mrs. Fields: Get a free cookie with any purchase Tuesday.
Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip: Buy three classic cookies, get three free Tuesday.
Penn Station East Coast Subs: With any sandwich purchase Tuesday, get a free chocolate chunk cookie bite.
Pizza Hut: The Ultimate Hershey’s Chocolate Chip Cookie is part of the pizza chain’s $5 lineup. For a limited time, order two items for $5 each including a medium one-topping pizza, four-pack of 20-ounce beverages, Cinnabon miniature cinnamon rolls and the ultimate cookie.
Plated: First-time subscribers to the meal kit service Tuesday get free dessert for a year. Visit www.plated.com/redeem and enter promo code cookieday. Then throughout the year, add a dessert from the available Plated menu options at no additional cost to each order before shipping and taxes.
Schlotzsky’s: Get a free small cookie when you buy an entree Tuesday. Entree meals include sandwiches, salads, pizza and flatbreads.
Subway: For a limited time, the chain has new Mint Chocolate Chip cookies at participating locations. Not a special deal, but Subway is selling Cookie eGift cards through Dec. 31 in increments of $1 for one cookie, $2 for three cookies or $8 for a dozen. Order at www.subway.com/sendcookies.
Monday December 4th is National Cookie Day.
Sweet sign-up offers
The following sign-up offers are not just cookie-related deals but joining a rewards program or signing up for an email list has sweet perks. Be aware that sometimes the sign-up offer can take a couple hours to days to arrive in your inbox.
Dairy Queen: Find deals in the chain’s mobile app and for a limited time, download the Dairy Queen app and register for an account and get a free small Blizzard treat at participating locations. Limit one offer per person per visit.
The cookie recipe was a favorite of the Bush family matriarch, who reportedly got it from a dear friend.
Sonic Drive-In: Find deals at www.sonicdrivein.com/deals and download the Sonic app for a free slush or drink at www.sonicdrivein.com/app. Also with the app, get drinks and slushes for half price when you order ahead.
More rewards: Many smaller chains and local restaurants also have loyalty programs.
Kelly Tyko is a consumer columnist and retail reporter for Treasure Coast Newspapers and TCPalm.com, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK. Read her Bargainista tips at TCPalm.com/Bargainista, follow her on Twitter @KellyTyko and email her at email@example.com.