A biscuit is a flour-based baked and shaped food product. In most countries, biscuits are typically hard, flat, and unleavened. They are usually sweet and may be made with sugar, chocolate, icing, jam, ginger, or cinnamon. They can also be savory, similar to crackers. Biscuit may also refer to hard flour-based baked animal feed, as with dog biscuits.
In most of North America, nearly all hard sweet biscuits are called “cookies”, while the term “biscuit” is used for a soft, leavened quick bread similar to a scone – see biscuit (bread).
Types of biscuits include sandwich biscuits, digestive biscuits, ginger biscuits, shortbread biscuits, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate-coated marshmallow treats, and Anzac biscuits, biscotti, and specula as.
In general, the British, Australians, South Africans, New Zealanders, Indians, Bangladeshis, Pakistanis, Sri Lankans, Singaporeans, Nigerians, Kenyans, and the Irish use the British meaning of “biscuit” for the sweet biscuit, the terms biscuit and cookie are used interchangeably, depending on the region and the speaker, with biscuits usually referring to hard, sweet biscuits (such as digestives, Nice, Bourbon creams, etc.) and cookies for soft baked goods (i.e. chocolate chip cookies)