Cookies are the perfect finger food and are perfect for any occasion. Sad? Have a cookie. Birthday? Have a cookie. Whether they're chewy, crunchy, chocolatey or fruity. A cookie is loved worldwide. So what are cookies like in other countries? We've investigated!
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In New Zealand, we have the Afghan Biscuit which is baked with cornflakes and topped with chocolate icing and walnuts. This delight is soft and rich but with the crunchiness from the cornflakes. It's thought that the Afghan cookie was named after the Afgan cameleers and camel trains.
Biscotti is something you're familiar with when you're at the coffee shop and you get a cute little biscuit on the side. The treat is from Roman times when it was eaten during long journeys and became essential to the Roman army. The cookie is twice baked and has a unique taste from the nuts, seeds and fruit.
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Well, apart from Gookie Dough (of course it's the number one favourite, who are you kidding?!), the UK is partial to a good old Custard Cream. Perfect with a cup of tea, this beauty was made over 100 years ago and has the design of swirly baroque ferns which link to the Victorian era. I bet you didn't know that!
The Koulourakia means twisted, hence its name. This golden butter cookie is flavoured with vanilla and sprinkled in sesame seeds which are twisted into shapes such as a figure eight, a braided circle or a Greek letter. Traditionally, it is eaten on Easter and is rather tasty.
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The stroopwafel is the best part of the Netherlands and was invented in the late 18th century when it was a teat made with crumbs by the poor. Stroopwafel literally means 'syrup waffle' and is made by combining two round waffle halves filled with syrup or caramel and occasionally dipping one side in chocolate. The waffle is eaten with a hot drink and is placed on top of the cup so the heat makes the filling melt when gives off a gorgeous smell of sweetness.
The Puto Seco is the staple cookie for the Philippines and is a white, fluffy rice cake which is eaten with butter or grated coconut at breakfast time. You can't say no to a cookie first thing in the morning, can you?
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The Lebkuchen (meaning gingerbread) or Pfefferkuchen (meaning pepper cookie) is softer than the average gingerbread. It is either rectangular or round and is sweet but also nutty. The unique combination is made with spices such as aniseed, coriander, cloves and allspice. Then many nuts are used to give it a crunch. Similar recipes are seen in ancient Egypt.
A Coyota is a type of sugar cookie which is large and flat. It contains brown sugar and has other fillings. The most popular being jamoncillo which is a fudge. This cookie originated in Sinaloa during the 19th century and is eaten as a dessert or as a snack with a tea or coffee.
So there you have it, just a few cookies from around the world that give you an insight that not every cookie contains a chocolate chip! Which one would you like to try?