Do you ever find yourself contemplating the big questions of the universe? After all, there’s plenty in this world to think about. For instance … Why do pets always need to be let out the back door as soon as we sit down? … Why does chocolate never break evenly into equal parts? … and just what did Bill Murray whisper into Scarlett Johansson’s ear at the end of ‘Lost in Translation’? Such deep and meaningful reflections bring me to yet another of life’s (possibly contentious) mysteries … Are cookies the same thing as biscuits?
Perhaps it’s that strong historical connection between Britain and Australia which saw me grow up with people eating ‘biscuits’ rather than ‘cookies’. I may even be able to point a finger at the literary influences of my childhood, like Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl, who no doubt indirectly educated me on the distinctly British terminology of ‘biscuits’. Whatever the cause, those sweet and crispy treats of my youth such as Iced Vovos, Monte Carlos, and Scotch Fingers, were all most definitely biscuits.
Growing a few years older, and following several years of American cultural education via eighties TV shows like Family Ties, Who’s The Boss? and The Cosby Show, I then came to know more about similar sweet and crispy treats known as ‘cookies’. While I happily welcomed cookies into my life, one thing has always been clear – in my mind a biscuit is quite different to a cookie. However I have come to realise that some people seem to use these terms interchangeably.
Based on my own personal sweet classification system, the top image is of biscuits while the bottom image showcases the delicious choc-chip cookies I made last week. While I definitely know the difference between the two crispy treats, I must admit I struggle to eloquently define just what those unique criteria are … perhaps it is something just innately understood from childhood?
What do you think? Is there a difference between biscuits and cookies for you too? (it’s probably best if we stay well clear of that whole cracker vs crispbread debate … at least for now).