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Difference Between Biscuits and Cookies

Biscuits vs Cookies

Biscuits and Cookies are two eatables that are often confused due to some of the similar qualities in them. In fact, they are different to a great extent. It is simple. The cookie that is eaten in the United States seems to be the biscuit in the U.K.

One of the important things to know about the making of cookies in the United Kingdom is that, they are made larger than the usual cookie of the US. A biscuit on the other hand, is a baked and edible item which prepared out of flour. A biscuit is a small soft leavened bread in the United States. On the other hand, in England it is a small and hard sweet and more importantly a baked one. This is one of the main differences between biscuits and cookies.

The etymology of the word ‘biscuit’ is interesting. In Latin, ‘bis’ means ‘twice’ and ‘coctus’ means ‘to cook’ and hence the meaning of the word ‘biscuit’ would be ‘twice-cooked’. In medieval Italian, it is called by the word ‘Biscotti’, and in modern French, it is called by the word ‘Biscuit’ as in English.

On the other hand, a cookie in the United States is a small flat or slightly raised cake. It can be baked on the spot and can be eaten. Shopping malls in the US and other developing countries have cookie centers, where cookies are prepared and served hot to the customers. Biscuits are sometimes equated to a cracker too. It is a crisp and dry baked product.

As a matter of fact, in the United States, the term ‘biscuit’ still refers to a softer bread product baked only once. At the same time in Italy the term ‘biscuit’ refers to any type of hard but twice-baked edible.


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