When we think of cookies in the United States, we typically think of sweet round snacks made from a mixture of flour, water, egg and sugar. Mother Rucker’s Sweets’ Chippies are an example of a traditional American cookie, adding in chocolate chips to spice up the basic recipe. Cookies elicit a feeling of happiness and comfort, and not just for Americans. Across the globe, these treats take on different shapes, ingredients, textures, and names, but the concept is still the same.
Learning about the customs, traditions, and foods from countries around the world is a fun way to broaden your horizons. Experience new cultures in a delicious way by sampling one of these global goodies.
Biscotti (Italy). Biscotti is a generic Italian term for “cookie.” These twice-baked cookies originate in the Italian city of Prato, are oblong-shaped and have a subtle almond flavor. They get their dry, crunchy texture from being sliced from the loaf fresh out of the oven.
Biscuit (United Kingdom). When Americans think of biscuits, we often think of a breakfast food best accompanied with gravy. In the U.K., a biscuit is a sweet cookie. A basic biscuit recipe includes flour, shortening, baking powder or soda, milk and sugar. Much like a sugar cookie, ingredients can be added—like fruits, nuts or chocolate—to alter the taste of a biscuit.
Florentines (Italy). These Italian cookies don’t contain flour or eggs! They are made from setting hazelnuts or almonds and candied cherries into a caramel disc which is then partially coated in chocolate.
Fortune cookies (Japan). Flour, sugar, vanilla, sesame seed oil and a good wish are the only ingredients in this take-out treat. Often thought to be of Chinese origin, fortune cookies were actually popularized by various immigrant groups in California who based the concept off of a traditional Japanese cracker.
Garabatos (Mexico). Thesebutter cookies sandwiched between a rich chocolate filling are famous throughout Mexico City. A popular holiday treat, these cookies are also called Scribbles because of the design the chocolate drizzle makes on the outside of the finished product.
Lebkuchen (Germany). A traditional Christmastime treat, lebkucen is comparable to gingerbread and made with honey, spices, nuts and candied fruit. With a spicy or sweet taste, these typically round cookies come in decorative and often-collectible holiday tins.
Macarons (France). These meringue-based confections are made with eggs, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond powder or ground almond and food coloring and typically sandwich a layer of ganache, buttercream or jam. Available in a plethora of flavors, these petite treats are distinguishable by their bright colors and melt-in-your-mouth texture.
Shortbread (Scotland). Not to be confused with shortcake, this popular biscuit is made with one part white sugar, two parts butter and three parts flour. Originating in Scotland, its popularity has made it just as famous in England, Denmark, Ireland and Sweden.
With a world of possibilities out there, you can always find a cookie at Mother Rucker’s Sweets that suits your mood.