All-Time Favorite Cookie Recipes

cinnamon roll-style cookies with icing
Cookies. We reach for them after school and after dinner. We serve them at parties and holidays. They are always welcome. But these best cookie recipes have proven themselves popular no matter what or when. Choose from peanut butter cookies, chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal-raisin cookies, snickerdoodle cookies, sugar cookies, and more. 

Our Best Basic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Our best chocolate chip cookie ever just got better. How? Skip the milk and sandwich two cookies around a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Peanut Butter Cookies

Classic peanut butter cookies get a crunchy facelift when we stir in honey-roasted peanuts. We even infused the popular cookie recipe with sweet honey for a balance of sweet and salty. If you're a fan of peanut butter cups, put your cookie decorating skills to use and spread these with melted chocolate.

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Get on a roll with this cookie recipe inspired by a decadent brunch baked good. Unlike traditional cinnamon rolls, these slice-and-bake cookies require zero rising time and yeast. But like the best brunch bread, we coat each bite in plenty of cream cheese frosting!

Classic Snickerdoodles

Why mess with perfection? Classic snickerdoodle cookies are warm, gooey, and coated in cinnamon-sugar. Be sure to watch closely as the end of the baking time nears to achieve deliciously golden cookies.

Tip: Look and listen to determine when your dessert is done. These cookies should darken slightly and crackle audibly when nearing the finish.

Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies

Chewy, fruity, and full of oatmeal goodness, this family-favorite cookie recipe always disappears quickly off the dessert spread. To amp up its homey aroma, we laced these oatmeal cookies with cinnamon and brown sugar.

Easy Monster Cookie Bars

Packaged cookie dough, rolled oats, and a smorgasbord of goodies create a cookie so delicious that you'll want to make room for two. Best of all? This time-saving bar cookie recipe takes only 15 minutes to prep.

Melt-in-Your-Mouth Sugar Cookies

A perennial favorite cookie recipe, these tender treats are simple and scrumptious. If you like, vary the flavor by using brown sugar instead of white sugar in the recipe. Feeling spicy? Roll the sugar cookies in apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice and sugar before baking.

Honey-Roasted Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwiches

Peanut-lovers will go nuts over this triple-threat dessert featuring a creamy peanut butter spread sandwiched between crisp cookies and rolled in chopped nuts. The salty-sweet flavor combination will make these popular cookies disappear quickly at your party or potluck.

Triple-Chocolate Cookies

Warning: Chocolate coma may occur from consuming these triple-chocolate cookies. Not only do we bake them with rich dark chocolate but we also dress them up with warm chocolate. No need for fancy cookie decorating skills. Swirl a spoon over the cookies to achieve the pretty drizzled look.

Macadamia Nut and White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Macadamia nuts and white chocolate pieces are meant to be friends. The salty-sweet pair stars in this timeless cookie recipe featuring simple sugar cookie dough and buttery bites of soft vanilla flavor. Prefer regular chocolate? Trade semisweet for the white baking pieces.

French Filled Macarons

Do as the Parisians do: Fill your light-as-air macarons with zippy lemon curd or fresh raspberry jam. The fruity fillings provide a sweet contrast to the almond exterior in this gourmet cookie recipe.

Fruity Oatmeal Cookies

Low-fat yogurt turns ordinary oatmeal cookies into ultrafluffy confections. Give these popular cookies a fruity burst by adding apricots and dried currants to the dough. (Once you've mastered the recipe as written, try it with other dried fruits, such as cherries, figs, or cranberries.)

Chock-Full-of-Chips Drops

Cereal flakes add a slight crunch to these chocolate-studded cookies, and candies give them happy pops of color. (Translation: Kids will adore these easy baked delights!) Dunk these cookies in an icy glass of milk for the ultimate snack.

Bourbon Cranberry Cookies

Cranberries, cherries, or any dried berry would work beautifully in this gourmet cookie recipe. To take these adults-only treats to the next level, top with a bourbon-spiked ganache (and stir a quarter cup of bourbon into the dough for good measure).

Chocolate-Orange Macaroons

Zesty orange peel livens up this crisp chocolate macaroon recipe, while a drizzle of chocolate sauce adds rich decadence. The double-"o" macaroons (different from almond flour sandwich cookie macarons) offer a nice dose of tropical flavor from the coconut.

Whole Grain Chocolate Chip Cookies

Give classic chocolate chip cookies a healthy makeover with the help of whole wheat flour, oat bran, and hearty rolled oats. Don't fear the hearty grains: A scoop of nonfat milk powder makes the dough for this cookie recipe surprisingly tender.

Tangerine Butter Cookies

Fresh tangerine zest and a splash of orange extract provide these soft-as-ever popular cookies with an exciting zip. Roll the citrusy dough in sugar, then use a toothpick to create their pretty crisscross look. Because these taste a bit like mimosas, the refreshing cookie recipe would be ideal for a.m. affairs.

Oatmeal Cookies

Upgrade oatmeal cookies with fruity or chocolaty additions. Kids will ask for these popular cookies by name when you do! Raisins, snipped dried cherries, chopped nuts, or chocolate chips give variety to this chewy classic.

Chocolaty Caramel Thumbprints

These pecan-studded chocolate cookies feature a creamy caramel filling and rich chocolate topping. Look for wrapped vanilla caramels in the candy aisle of your local grocery store to add the ooey-gooey centers to this gourmet cookie recipe.

Classic Whoopie Pies

Made famous in the 1920s, this time-honored treat features sweet, fluffy filling between two luscious, chocolaty cookies. (Psst...that filling tastes like marshmallows.) 

Tip: For even size "buns" for these dessert "burgers," dole out portions using a number 40 scoop (1 1/2 tablespoon size).

Ultimate Chocolate-Dipped Cookies

To create the ultimate chocolate dessert, dip double-chocolate chip cookies in creamy ganache. The secret to super-shiny ganache coating lies in just a few ingredients: Mix chocolate with heavy cream, sugar, and butter for a luscious look and texture.


The combination of molasses and warm fall spices makes this delicious cookie recipe a fragrant addition to your cookie jar. Roll the dough in sugar before baking for an extra touch of sweetness.

Tip: Customize these ginger cookies for the season by rolling in colored sugar that fits the holiday theme.

Peanut Butter Blossoms

On almost everyone's favorite-cookie list, these peanut butter cookies are easy to dress up. Press a chocolate star into each cookie's center as soon as they come out of the oven. The result: part sweet, part salty, and completely scrumptious.

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