Cookies, who doesn't love them? They're one of the most universally-loved treats and happen to be one of the easiest things you can bake in the kitchen (check out our easy chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe if you don't believe us). If you dive into different corners of the world, every country has their own variation of what a cookie is and in this list, we'll be exploring some of those! Prepare to whip up a storm as you travel the world one 'cookie' at a time ?
Kick off your baking adventure by transporting yourself to the heart of Italy with biscottis. Light, crunchy and perfect for dunking in your favourite cup coffee, these twice-baked cookies are not only delightful to eat but they’re simple to make too! With no need for any special cooking equipment or fancy baking technique, get ready to bring some Italian flavours to your kitchen with this easy halal biscotti recipe that’ll have you saying delisiozo! ?
2. Chocolate chip cookies from Levain Bakery, New York City
Have you ever had chocolate chip cookies as large as the size of your fists? Well, we're here to tell you that they exist! Located in several locations across New York City, Levain Bakery is famous for their gigantic cookies that are perfectly crispy on the outside with an amazingly gooey chocolate-filled centre ? While we would love to jump on a plane to New York right now to savour them ourselves, we'll have to put that idea on hold for the time being. So, the next best thing is to bake these monstrous cookies! That's right - with this easy recipe, get ready to create some of the best (and largest) chocolate chip cookies at home.
A visit to Amsterdam is never complete without trying one of its most popular street food snacks - the stroopwafel. This caramel-filled waffle cookie draws you in with its delicious smell and has you falling in love at first bite. And because of how well-loved they are, they’re sold in stores and make for popular souvenirs as well! But since a trip to the Netherlands isn’t really an option right now, baking it is the next best thing. Usually, you would need a pizzelle maker (a variant of a waffle iron) to make stroopwafels. But with this easy stroopwaffel recipe, we’re simplifying it so you can make them without using one!
4. Shiroi koibito
Shiroi Koibito is one of Japan's most popular souvenir items. It's made of white chocolate sandwiched between langue de chat biscuits - the crispy butter biscuits you may know as cat tongue or lidah kucing locally! The most popular Shiro Koibito is manufactured by the Ishiya company (you'll probably recognise the white and blue box, the french description 'chocolate blanc et langue de chat', and the individual green packets with the snow crystal design). Although Ishiya's Shiroi Koibito is said to non-halal as it uses animal-derived shortening for the biscuits, you can use this easy halal shiroi koibiot recipe to enjoy them at home.
5. Meringue cookies
Light, airy and perfectly crisp, pairing French meringue cookies with a cup of your favourite coffee makes for the perfect weekend treat. While making meringue cookies are easy enough, the one thing you should look out for is humidity - it can make or break this delicate dessert. It’s a tricky issue to navigate, but it’s not an impossible one to overcome! All it takes is a bit of planning, timeliness and this easy halal French meringue cookies recipe and you’re well on your way to making a batch of these to enjoy at home ?
6. Butter cookies from Jenny Bakery, Hong Kong
For those who have been to Hong Kong, a pit stop at Jenny Bakery is an absolute must. Light, crumbly and perfectly buttery, the bakery's butter cookies are an absolute dream to eat. Both locals and travellers alike have been to known to queue for long hours just to snag a tin or two! While news that this popular dessert is available via Jenny Bakery Malaysia Pinz, there's a chance that you might not be able to get your hands on them since they're in high demand. So, the next best thing is to bake them yourself and you can get started with this easy recipe from Miss Tam Chiak.
7. Thumbprint cookies
Thumbprint cookies get their name from the indentation made in the middle of shortbread-style cookies that gets filled with jam, but you could also use lemon curd or marmalade for an added English touch ? Follow Chef John from Food Wishes' easy recipe and you'll have a batch of pretty thumbprint cookies in no time.
P.S. Complete your high tea experience at home with these easy halal recipes.
BONUS: Floral butter cookies
While we aren't able to pinpoint the origin of floral butter cookies, why not give them a go since you're already in the midst of your baking journey ? Not only are they visually stunning, but they're completely edible too! It's perfect for taking things to the next level and you're sure to impress family and friends at the next gathering when you have these beautiful cookies laid out on the table. Check out this edible flower cookie recipe when you're up for making some of the prettiest bakes around.
Now that you've got plenty of cookies to make, it's time to fire up the oven and get to baking! ??
For more dessert recipes, go ahead and check these out:
- 5 Easy Halal Italian Dessert Recipes For An Indulgent Treat At Home
- 7 Easy Halal French Dessert Recipes To Make At Home For A Sweet Treat
- 8 Easy Halal Japanese Dessert Recipes To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Cravings