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cookie or biscuit ??

What is the difference between a cookie and a biscuit? I sommer always call it cookies (mainly because of from my Afrikaans heritage where we call it a KOEKIE), but what is it that I am actually giving you...well, it seems it very much depends on where you are from. The term cookie is mostly used in American English, in the UK, this product is known as biscuits.

They are both edible treats and although they have similar qualities, they are different in the consistency.

  • UK biscuit/American cookie: Appears as a small flat crisp baked cake, which is made from sweetened dough.

  • UK cookie: Appears as a small round plain piece of bread that rises with soda or baking powder and is then baked in an oven. It is a soft, squishy, moist and can also contain oatmeal, chocolate chips, nuts or raisins.

  • American biscuit: A small, soft round cake like a scone. They are either sweet or savoury.


And...did you get it, right? A British biscuit is an American/Afrikaans cookie/koekie and a British cookie is a soft biscuit and an American cookie is a British biscuit and an American biscuit is a British scone and an American scone is something else entirely. Simple :)

Now, how many bisookies (biscuit+cookies) would you like?

a little something butter cookies/biscuits/bisookies

This is the a little something butter cookie/biscuit/bisookie

a sweet flat crisp baked good
a soft moist sweet dough baked good


North American: A sweet, flat, baked goods, generally made of flour, eggs, sugar, and oil

British: A plain bun. Origin

Early 18th century: from Dutch koekje ‘little cake’, diminutive of koek.


North American: A small, soft round cake like a scone.

British: A small baked unleavened cake, typically crisp, flat, and sweet.


Middle English: from Old French bescuit, based on Latin bis ‘twice’ + coctus, past participle of coquere ‘to cook’ (so named because originally biscuits were cooked in a twofold process: first baked and then dried out in a slow oven so that they would keep).


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