Wednesday 16th March 2016
There’s a surprising amount of debate surrounding the definition of what is a biscuit and what is a cookie. Depending upon which side of the Atlantic you live on, a cookie in the US could mean both a biscuit and a cookie, while an American
biscuit is a British… scone. Confused? Here is a very brief UK-focused distinction before we get on with the decorating:
In the UK a cookie is often a little chunkier, softer and moister than a biscuit. More recent times have seen a cookies increase their appeal over the humble biscuit, with entire shops and stalls dedicated to their production and enjoyment. Because of their supple texture, cookies are great for incorporating whole or chopped ingredients like nuts, chocolate chips, Smarties, caramel chunks, raisins and much more. It is less common to see cookies decorated on the outside.
From the Latin meaning ‘twice baked’, a biscuit is much firmer than a cookie. A biscuit is usually smaller; it might contain currents; two biscuits might be pressed together with a filling, or it could be topped with icing or chocolate. It is reasonable to assume that most biscuits can be dipped in tea. In terms of decoration, a simple biscuit recipe lends itself to all manner of decorative elements.
For the purposes of this article we will explore an example of decorating both a biscuit and a cookie, connected only by their love heart theme.
These delightful milk chocolate chunk cookies make a perfect gift for your favourite person. The yielding texture, offset by the soft vanilla piping and the crunch of sugar roses, make each bite a sensory experience. The decorative elements are not so fussy that they distract from the texture and flavour of the cookie which marks the difference between decorating a cookie compared to a biscuit.
The ingredients of this biscuit recipe are simple: just butter, caster sugar and plain flour. These heart biscuits can be a little less rich than their heart cookie counterpart, so their sweetness comes instead from the glossy layer of royal icing. It’s the peachy delicacy of the colouring that makes this biscuit so appealing. Though equally lovely to look at, royal icing dries very firmly, so these tasty morsels have a much tougher bite than the cookie’s frosting decoration.
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Because of their relative plainness, biscuits lend themselves more readily to elaborate decoration, whereas all the intriguing elements of the cookie tend to exist within the bake itself. How you would like to decorate your tasty tea or coffee accompaniment is entirely up to you. Here are just a few ideas:
Why not browse our recipes to explore a huge variety of exciting
biscuit decorating ideas?