There are a lot of important dates to remember in December. When planning a packed schedule of menorah lighting ceremonies, Christmas parades and Santa sightings, Kwanzaa observances and New Year's Eve bashes, don't overlook National Cookie Day on Dec. 4.
You might need the sugar to stay moving.
We won't bury the lede: You could win free cookies for a year from this late-night cookie delivery company with locations in Denton and Fort Worth. Fans can enter by filling out an online form and five winners will be chosen at random. There's no purchase necessary, and the sweepstakes runs through Dec. 10.
Even if you're not among the lucky few to receive freebies for all of 2019, you can still get a free traditional cookie in-store on Dec. 4.
And, as the brand is known for taking warm and gooey love straight to the community, you can receive one free traditional cookie with the purchase of a delivery order on Dec. 5-6. (There's another sweet deal for those who don't live within local delivery ranges: The company will also offer 20 percent off shipping orders.) More details.
Nestle Toll House Cafes
Good things come in threes: If you can already see the glisten of melting chocolate in your mind's eye, head to this mall favorite on Dec. 4. When you purchase three classic cookies, you'll receive three free. There are 10 locations throughout North Texas.
Since free cookies await:
If you're heading over to the Nestle location at Galleria Dallas, consider making it an ice skating outing as well. You'll find a 95-foot Christmas tree (billed as the largest indoor Christmas tree in the country), and a daily, musical Illumination Celebration light show. Other cool spots for holiday skating around D-FW.
Firewheel Town Center
If you have time during the afternoon on Dec. 4, you can receive free cookies (while supplies last) between noon and 3 p.m. in the Santa Photo Experience section at Firewheel Town Center in Garland. Other great places to see Santa in D-FW.
You don't have to reserve a room to receive the free warm cookies that are usually just for guests who are checking in at this hotel chain. On Dec. 4, they're free for anyone upon request at the front desk. There are 8 locations across D-FW.
Also fun: DoubleTree put together a list of holiday cocktails that pair with its signature treat.
Get 20 percent off of your total online order of Coolhaus' ice cream sandwiches through the end of day on Dec. 5 by entering the code CHCOOKIE at checkout. Surprised that you can order ice cream online? Coolhaus even provides next day air shipping to locations across the country.
If you're already in the Christmas spirit, Mrs. Fields has a new seasonal recipe, Gingerbread White Chocolate, in time for this National Cookie Day deal -- but, even if you feel it's too soon to holly jolly, this freebie is still for you. Any option on the cookie menu is free with an in-store purchase on Dec. 4.
Aside from the purchase stipulation, there's no minimum amount you must spend, a rep confirms -- a coffee or lemonade will do. But, you might consider browsing for something more, if you're looking to mark off a holiday gift or two from your shopping list.
Tins, towers, tubs, totes and other festive gift baskets are currently on sale at up to 40 percent off. Plus, there's a code for an additional 10 percent off for online shoppers. But, you'll need to head out of the house for your free cookie. There are two locations in North Texas, at NorthPark Center and on Ballard in Wylie.
Great American Cookies
Get a free, classic chocolate chip cookie on Dec. 4 at this mall mainstay. There's no purchase necessary, but they are limited to one cookie per person. There are 21 locations across North Texas, including one at NorthPark Center in Dallas.
NorthPark Center, you say?
Cookie fiends can technically make it a twofer, since Mrs. Fields and Great American Cookies both boast locations at this iconic Dallas mall.
Go for the sweets, but stay seasonal programming such as Scrooge Puppet Theatre, a 40-plus year theatrical tradition; The Trains at NorthPark, a 20th annual display featuring an intricate, 1,600-foot configuration of tracks and seasonal scenes; and, GingerTown Dallas, a 9th annual charitable display built by local design, engineering and construction firms.
Correction: This story originally stated that customers could receive a free cookie at Coolhaus' shop at Dallas Farmers Market. That location is not participating in that deal, a rep confirms, but we've updating that section with additional National Cookie Day information.