Originally posted by Suzianne
Biscuit as in cookie?
I've heard Brits on here call cookies 'biscuits' before.
And for once(!), I agree with the USAnians against the British.
A biscuit is a very specific type of baked good - one that has been bis cuit
- baked twice. A cookie - and I admit that, being a native speaker of the language from which that word was nicked, I may be prejudiced here - is any kind of small, sweet, bakeware.
Crumbly biscuits like digestives, Maries or rich teas are biscuits. Biscuits are hard. Amaretti are very literally twice baked, and therefore definitely are biscuits. Jaffa cakes are not. Neither are shortbreads (mock tartan variety or others) or gingerbreads. They are