​What is the difference between biscuits and cookies?

- Jun 27, 2018 -

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The word cracker originally came from the Latin "biscoctus" or "twice baked." The Roman army's rations were biscuits. Dried bread, compressed biscuits, cakes, toast and other foods are derived from "biscoctus". The development of modern science and technology has spawned more and more biscuit products. Some small pastries and waffles are also classified as such foods. Most English-speaking countries still retain the definition of traditional "biscuits." In the United States, "biscuit" has been redefined as "a small, soft, fast-growing bread product that is still hot when it comes to the table. It can usually replace bread and eat with other dishes."


According to the Oxford Dictionary, the word "biscuit" was used as early as the 14th century. The specific interpretations are as follows: Biscuits, crisp and dry breads, soft and hard, are usually made from flat thin cake molds. Its main raw materials are flour, water, and milk is sometimes added. No yeast is needed. Confectionery cookies or fancy cookies often have different flavors and styles. In this paraphrase, the "hard" nature of biscuits has not been highlighted. In the Webster Dictionary of the United States, the definition of biscuits is: A small baked snack, usually made from flour and milk.


"Oxford Dictionary" also has an interpretation of cookies: In Scotland, cookies are the common names of bakers for ordinary bread. In the United States, cookies usually refer to small, flat desserts (ie, British cookies). In many places, such as South Africa and Canada, cookies refer to a variety of shapes, salty, sweet snacks.


The Oxford American Food and Beverage Encyclopedia said: “In the 17th century, the early British and Dutch immigrants took the cookies to the United States. At that time, the British called crackers and macarons as small snacks and seeds. Biscuits and refreshments, and Dutch people call these “koekjes,” which are biscuits, later became "American" when they slowly became "cookies" and "cookey." After the American Revolution, people from all over the United States came to New York. Gradually we used to be accustomed to the word "cookies," so this name was gradually popularized."


The difference between biscuits and cookies is very difficult to explain at once. If you are an American, it is even more difficult to interpret the semantic differences with your British friends. It is true that the names of cookies and cookies will be different in different regions. However, there are still differences between cookies and cookies. Here are some tips for differentiating. It is mainly distinguished by observing the size, texture and taste of biscuits or cookies.


By region

Where do you live to determine your name for this food? Cookies in the impression of Americans are often called biscuits by the British and Irish. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, biscuits are also known as "digestive biscuits," especially desserts that are eaten after dinner or served as tea.


The sweetness of American cookies and cookies

In the United States, how to distinguish between cookies and cookies involves the sweetness of these two foods. Cookies are usually sweeter than biscuits, and they usually have more sugar. They are usually categorized into desserts on the menu. Cookies are classified in the breakfast section.


Cookies and cookies size and texture

To distinguish between cookies and cookies, look at their size and texture. Cookies are usually evener than cookies. There are usually two kinds of biscuits, one is a breakfast biscuit that looks like a scone. The other is a dessert cookie that looks more like a cookie. Breakfast biscuits usually contain a variety of fermentation auxiliaries. These fermentation auxiliaries are also commonly used in cookie making. For example, eggs, baking soda, baking powder, etc. But sometimes yeast is added to breakfast biscuits. In this case, breakfast biscuits are lighter and fluffier than cookies. The reason why dessert cookies are similar to cookies is that they are flat. In fact, dessert cookies are denser than cookies. If you think that the cookies in your hand are better for you to eat, then it means that it is a cookie, not a cookie.


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If you still can't tell which one is a cookie and which one is a cookie, then you can also look at what they are accompanied with and perhaps give you some tips. Cookies are usually eaten with ice-cream, in addition to a glass of milk and a chocolate snack. If you are eating biscuits, there will usually be sauce, butter or cheese to serve.

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