A cookie or a biscuit?

I don’t generally use the word ‘cookie’, I don’t see what’s wrong with calling a biscuit a biscuit. But these biscuits are called cookies by Mary Berry: Mega Chocolate Chip Cookies. Whatever, they do taste good. As with all cake and biscuit cooking, the bowl is scraped clean. bowl scraped clean 15-2-14Chewy more than crisp, I’ve successfully frozen these and refreshed them briefly in a warm oven. Biscuits are one of those things where I long for biscuits from home, Spanish biscuits just don’t cut it; so I like to make a couple of batches and stash them in the freezer. pile of biscuits 15-2-14Makes 12-24 depending on how big you want them to be

6oz soft margarine
8oz sugar
2 eggs [I used three as mine were very small]
12oz self-raising flour
4oz chocolate chips or chopped chocolate beaten egg in bowl 15-2-14chocolate chips in bowl 15-2-14Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Lightly oil three baking trays [I find the cooked biscuits easier to remove from the hot baking tray if I lightly oil it with sunflower oil, than grease it with margarine]. all ingredients in mixing bowl 15-2-14Put all the measured ingredients into a large bowl and mix until the biscuit dough is smooth. mixed dough in bowl 15-2-14Place large spoonfuls [I used a dessert spoon] of the mixture onto a baking tray [I put six on each tray] then flatten each slightly with the back of the spoon. uncooked biscuit - close-up 15-2-14ready to go into oven 15-2-14aBake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, mine were done after 15, or until golden brown and just firm to the touch. Cool on a wire rack, and store in an airtight container. biscuits cooling on rack 15-2-145 to remember
equivocado/a – wrong
una galleta – a biscuit
se llama – it is called
enorme – mega
el tazón – the bowl

23 thoughts on “A cookie or a biscuit?

    1. sandradan1 Post author

      I remember the first ‘cookies’ that went on sale in the UK, chocolate chip cookies. They seemed exotic but were dry and disappointing. Home-made is so much nicer! SD

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  1. ladyofthecakes

    To my mind, cookies and biscuits are slightly different animals… those round ones with the slightly doughy centre are cookies, while those hard things you have with your tea are biscuits. When I hear “cookie” a very different image forms in my head than when I hear “biscuit”. Does anyone in the UK REALLY refer to a chocolate chip cookie as a biscuit?? I’ve never heard anyone do that. Of course, once you press people on it, they get all flustered and want to call it a biscuit, because “cookie” is “American”, but in real life, people recognise that there is a distinction.

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  2. susanissima

    These sound yummy, but I will have to use gluten free flour and some baking soda/powder. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we seem to have so many words for baked treats; cookies, biscuits, muffins, crackers…then list goes on. My husband is from N. Zealand and calls what you make in this recipe “biscuits.”

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