Cookies or Biscuits?
What do you call them small round/triangle/square flat-ish not a cake nor a muffin thing baked with flour, butter, sugar and flavourings?
In Australia, they're call "bikkies" as in biscuits (not ecstacy). Cookies, well.. isn't that an American thing? That's the general consensus amongst my friends anyway. I suppose when you refer to biscuit as "the thing you dip into your soup or gravy" it makes a lot of sense to call a bikkie = a cookie.
Me? I think it depends on what it is. A chocolate cookie sounds heaps better than a chocolate biscuit no? A shortbread is a biscuit, something sandwiched with cream or jam should also be called a biscuit, as with anything coated with coconut. Anything else is free for all, except maybe macarons. Anyway, on this blog, any biscuit (that I make) with a chocolate content will be referred to as a cookie :D
Oh, incidentally the comic above is from this site called the Hindu Business Line. The article refers to a tax case between a business called Cookie Man (licensed from Cookie Man in Australia) in India vs the Indian Tax Commissioner. If I read it correctly, Cookie Man in India claimed that cookies were different from biscuit and as such should be entitled to claim a concession under something called a 'small scale industry' exemption. I think the equivalent term in Australia is "small business". Anyway, I'm no tax accountant or anything, but when you get technical like that to get off on paying tax.. well.. I think the word is "dodgy".
First discovered at Jeanne's blog, I turned them into a chocolate version when I had a craving for chocolate and found that there wasn't any peanut butter in the pantry. I decided against buying a jar of peanut butter since we don't eat much peanut butter these days and substituted with the equivalent amount of melted dark chocolate. Favourite Brand Name Recipes (FBNR) has the original Hershey's brand recipe Double Peanut Butter Cookies as does Jeanne.
Here's my version:
Chocolate & Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
adapted from Hershey's Double Peanut Butter Cookies recipe
1 + 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp bicarbonate soda (bicarb)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup (1/2 stick or 62.5g) butter, softened
1/4 cup (62.5g) vegetable shortening
100g dark chocolate (I used 70% Cocoa)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 2/3 cups (one 10 0z. package) Reese's peanut butter chips
(optional - if you leave them out the cookies just won't be "double" peanut butter. Instead, press a single roasted peanut onto the top of each cookie before baking - Jeanne's tip)
- Pre-heat oven to 190 deg C.
- Break chocolate into pieces and melt in a bowl over simmering hot water. Set aside.
- Combine flour, bicarb soda, baking powder and salt.
- In a large bowl, beat butter, shortening, melted chocolate, sugars and egg.
- Gradually add the flour mixture, beating well. (at this point, the flour and butter mixture may separate into little pieces, but don't worry, just keep beating as they will "come back" together)
- Fold in peanut butter chips.
- Shape dough into 1-inch (2.5cm) balls.
- Place 2 inches apart (as they will expand while cooking) on a lined cookie sheet .
- Using a fork dipped in addititional granulated sugar, flatten balls to about a 1/4 inch thickness by pressing tines of fork in 2 different directions to make a criss-cross pattern.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until set.
- Cool slightly, remove from baking sheet to wire rack to cool completely.
Verdict: Are you a fudgey-soft and chewey-centered biscuit/cookie person? If so, then
You so don't know what you're missing out on!I'm sorry,.. these babies are not for you.
These babies are light, crisp and are the kind that just melts in your mouth cookies (my favourite kinda cookies!) The cookies itself aren't too sweet (because of the dark chocolate) and complements the rich peanut butter chips very well. I think next time I might add some hazelnuts to the recipe, then it'll be Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Hazelnut cookies. Nyum!!
If you live in Melbourne, you might be able to find peanut butter chips at the USA Foods, The All American Groceries in East Bentleigh.
USA Foods Melbourne
11 Nicholson Street
*I guess you can always substitute the peanut butter chips with chocolate chips and substitute the amount of melted chocolate with peanut butter. It's a bit of a reverse Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cookies but it'll still work! :)