We all love cookies! While cupcakes have made the headlines the last years as trendy, the simple homemade butter cookie deserves equal recognition. Not only are cookies really easy to make but they can be dressed up in countless ways for any occasion and for all ages. Children love baking, so it's always fun if you stuck at home 'bored' with nothing to do, with only a few key ingredients needed.
“England and America are two countries divided by a common language.” So said George Bernard Shaw (allegedly). Much has been written about American vs Oxford English, and these days the lines have got even more blurred as our world gets even smaller. So what about the subtle differences between the biscuit and the humble cookie.
In England (UK), a biscuit might be topped with chocolate or have currants in it (see our recipe below), and you might dip it in your cup of organic tea as a snack (like we do!). If you were in North America (USA), however, you might put bacon and eggs on it for breakfast. Or you might have it with chicken for dinner.
In the UK, a cookie is a kind of soft 'moist' biscuit. English cookies tend to be much bigger than a British biscuit. In America, a cookie refers to both what the English would call a biscuit, as well as a cookie. The word cookie comes from old Dutch word koekje, meaning ‘little cake,’ and could have been popularised due to early Dutch colonisation of the Americas.
So before we get perplexed, in summary: English biscuits are American cookies, and American cookies are British cookies, and an American biscuit is an English scone, and an American scone is something else entirely. Simple really!
Having taken one look at the amount of sugar and butter you may ask, how can you really make cookies or biscuits healthy? And why on earth would you even want to! Well it is true that no cookie can ever be really very healthy, you can still make your little treat with your cup of tea or hot chocolate before bedtime a little healthier by trying these:
As always enjoy, like life cookies are made with passion, enjoyed by all and before you know it they all gone. So make them while you can, share them as much as possible and always make sure you have some left in the jar for that rainy afternoon with a cup of tea or coffee...
P.S. Have you tried our quick & easy scones recipe for afternoon tea (much healthier than cupcakes)? Or are you looking for some inspiration for a children's afternoon tea party?
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Moist, crumbly and just the perfect touch of sweetness, this delicious polenta cake is an ideal tea-time treat when entertaining guests, or when you simply want a slice of something special. Almond flour and polenta gives this cake a soft and satisfying texture, while the rich taste of honey adds a fragrant depth. Serve with honey-sweetened hot tea for a wonderful afternoon indulgence!
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