French cookie recipes are quite varied and some of them are fairly easy to make. The French don't have a lot of bar or drop cookies, but they do have some of their own tasty innovations.
French Words for Cookies
Petit Gateau - This means little cake and might be used by the French to refer to just about any sort of cookie.
Biscuit - Any cookie that is dry and crispy gets called a biscuit. To confuse things, biscuits are sometimes called petits gateaux secs or little dry cakes. And for even more confusion, there are some cakes that get called biscuits, such as a biscuit genoise.
Cookies - The French use this American word when referring to a very specific thing: chocolate chip cookies.