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Tea biscuits, served with a hot cup of tea. Photo by Lena Ivanovic | SXC.
In the U.K., a tea biscuit is a small, hard cookie, either unsweetened or lightly sweetened. Biscuit is the British word for cookie.

Tea cookies refer to any variety of small cookies served with afternoon tea.

A thumbprint cookie is a buttery, shortbread-style cookie that has a well in the center, originally made with one’s thumb. The well is filled with jam. The cookies can also be rolled in nuts.


Thumbprint cookies. Photo courtesy Pom Wonderful.
Another name for a thumbprint cookie.


America’s favorite cookie, the Toll House cookie is the original chocolate chip cookie. It is a drop cookie made with white and brown sugar and filled with chocolate morsels. Many recipes also use chopped nuts. The Toll House cookie was accidentally invented by Cape Cod innkeeper Ruth Wakefield in 1937. See the history of the Toll House cookie. See special recipes for Washington’s Birthday and July 4th variations.


  Toll House Cookies
The iconic Toll House cookies. Photo courtesy Nestlé.
From the French word for tile, a tuile is a very thin, light, crisp cookie. It can be made in any shape and size; some tuiles are made as food garnishes, rising from ice cream or other dishes like a plume. They can be flavored with just about anything; sliced almond tuiles are a popular inclusion. Tuiles are often molded into cups or other shapes right after they emerge from the oven. They can be sweet or savory. See recipes for Charlie Trotter’s goat cheese ice cream with sweet tuiles, a blue cheese ice cream with poached pears in a sweet tuile cup and Ferran Adrià’s Parmesan ice cream sandwiches in savory Parmesan tuiles.


Almond tuiles. Photo courtesy Zabar’s.
Most American children know what a wafer cookie is: a waffle-patterned finger-shaped sandwich cookie. They are made in vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and other flavors. Some are plain, some are filled to make cookie sandwiches. But wafer cookies can also be round, unfilled and savory as well as sweet. See also rolled wafer cookie.

See stroopwafel.


Strawberry wafer cookies. Photo by Irum Shahid | SXC.
A sandwich cookie made from cakelike layers and filled with cream. The cream is traditionally made from shortening, but the recent popularity of gourmet whoopie pies has vastly improved the genre with fine buttercream. Here’s a whoopie pie recipe.

See rusk.

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  Whoopie Pie
A gourmet whoopie pie filled with raspberry buttercream. Photo courtesy of Wanna Hava Cookie. Also see our review of Wicked Whoopie Pies.
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