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In the Southern United States, biscuit means a form of bread similar to a roll made with baking powder or baking soda as a rising agent rather than yeast (rolls made with yeast are often called "yeast rolls" to distinguish them, and biscuits and corn bread are sometimes referred to collectively as "quick bread")

A basic biscuit recipe includes flour, shortening (often lard), baking powder or soda, and milk (buttermilk or sweet milk). Common variations involve cheese or sugar.

In Europe, a biscuit is a harder baked product which in North America would be called a "cookie". The origins of the word mean twice cooked.