What is the difference between a cookie and a biscuit? Plus our favourite recipes

What is the difference between a cookie and a biscuit? Plus our favourite recipes
The terms "cookie" and "biscuit" are often used interchangeably, but there are some regional differences in how they are used.

In the United States and Canada, the term “cookie” is commonly used to refer to sweet, baked treats. Cookies in these regions are typically sweet, flat, and round, and they come in a wide variety of flavours and textures.

In the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and some other English-speaking countries, the term “biscuit” is more commonly used. In these regions, “biscuit” refers to both sweet and savoury baked goods. What Americans and Canadians call “cookies,” the British and Australians often call “biscuits.”

Sweet vs. Savoury

Cookies in the U.S. and Canada are usually sweet and may contain ingredients like chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruits, and various flavorings. They can be soft, chewy, or crispy, depending on the recipe.

In the UK and Australia, biscuits can encompass a broader range of baked goods. They include sweet biscuits like shortbread and digestive biscuits, but also savory biscuits like water biscuits or cheese biscuits. Savoury biscuits are similar to what Americans might call “crackers.” Biscuits are a staple for tea time. They are also used in desserts like “biscuit bases” for cheesecakes.

The main difference between a cookie and a biscuit lies in the terminology and regional variations in usage. While they share some similarities, the term used and the specific types of baked goods referred to can vary depending on where you are in the world.

Our favourite cookie and biscuit recipes

Double Choc Chip Pan Cookie with Spiced Ginger Icing

Pan Cookie

This is a serious game changer. One large cookies baked in a pan it’s guaranteed to please the masses.

Ginger snaps


Powdered ginger, cinnamon, golden syrup, and black pepper make this popular holiday cookie the perfect blend of sweet and spicy


Snickerdoodles are a type of drop cookie (any cookie that is formed by dropping spoonfuls of dough directly onto a baking sheet). They can be crisp or soft, with a slightly cracked surface.

chocolate chip cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are drop cookies that can be soft and doughy or crisp and crunchy depending on how long you cook them or what ingredients you use.

Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread cookies originated in Scotland and are traditionally made with butter, sugar, and flour. Cut or shape into hearts or stars and bake until golden

Double-Chocolate Peanut-Butter Biscuits

Peanut Butter Cookies

These delicious chocolate cookies are made even more decadent with gooey peanut-butter centers. A sprinkling of sea salt balances out the sweet, salty flavours.

Almond Jam Drops Recipe

Thumbprint Cookies

Shortbread cookies are made by pressing your thumb into the dough to make a hole that can then be filled with jams or chocolate freckles

Oat Cookies

A type of drop cookie. The dough is made using rolled oats, raisins and brown sugar.

Jam filled biscuits

Belgian cookies are spiced cookie filled with raspberry jam, then topped with vanilla icing and sprinkled with raspberry jelly crystals

Blood Orange Shrewsbury Biscuits

Shrewsbury Cookies

These classic buttery cookies are easy to make and tastes delicious especially as they are sandwiched together using your favourite jam

Fruit Cookies

Make the most of those delicious in season fruit, chewy raisins, tart cranberries or crunchy nuts these cookies make a perfect afternoon treat


Classic melt-in-your-mouth soft crumbly cookies sandwiched together with a sweet creamy filling.

Cookie Mix in a Jar

Cookie Mix in a Jar

A thoughtful and convenient gift idea that layers the dry ingredients for cookies in a decorative jar, making it easy for the recipient to bake fresh cookies at home.

Best Christmas Cookies | MiNDFOOD Recipes & Tips

Christmas Cookies

Christmas cookies are a beloved holiday tradition, with a wide variety of festive shapes and flavours that bring joy to the season.

Fortune Cookies

Fortune cookies are crisp, sweet, and often served in Chinese restaurants, containing a small piece of paper with a message or “fortune” inside.



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