I have, I think, hundreds of recipes for biscuits and cookies, but only tried a few. For instance:

Peanut crisps

Those biccies, from an American recipe, are totally addictive. I’ve often been asked to make them again. They’ll make you forget about chocolate chip.

Another American recipe from my longtime friend Jean Johnson: these snickerdoodles are delicately flavoured with cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg.


Chocolate and pistachio cookiesThese are chocolate chip for grown-ups. The dark demerara sugar gives them an almost liquorice taste, and the spices (cinnamon and clove) are also a surprise. This is another recipe by Chetna Makan.

OK, sometimes I get a bit overboard.

Packaged biscuits

This recipe I had to hunt for on the internets. The result is very tasty for such a simple recipe – just walnuts and sugar, and enough egg white to bind them together.

Croquants aux noix (walnut biscuits)

Langues de chat (Cat’s tongues) are simple but delicious little French biscuits, redolent with butter and vanilla. They’re great with a cup of coffee, with ice cream, or just like that.

Langues de chat

Another traditional continental bake, these lovely lemon biscuits with a tender centre are delicious any time of the day. That’s the kind of recipes you find by chatting with like-minded people on Twitter…

Tender lemon biscuits

On the savoury side

A dear friend celebrated her birthday with a cheese and wine party. I brought some bread and a large batch of freshly baked fennel and poppyseed crackers:

Fennel and poppyseed crackers

I used the recipe from the BBC Good Food website. They were nice with cheese, but absolutely fantastic with the two fishy offerings (smoked trout pâté and smoked mackerel pâté).

These cheesy delights get their own blog post, they’re that good:

Parmesan shortbread biscuits

These are a personal creation I’m proud of – I think I’ve found the right blue cheese to make work. They’re crumbly, with a hint of bitterness, a touch of sweetness, and a good kick of white pepper.

Blue cheese, walnut and fig jam biscuits
Blue cheese, walnut and fig jam biscuits