Our Best Lunch Box Cookies
Soft S’more Cookies
This semi-homemade dessert is inspired by summer. Bake the graham cracker-amplified chocolate chip cookies almost all the way, then top with a marshmallow and a square of chocolate, then bake another minute or two until they both reach melty perfection.
Tip: Allow to cool before packing so the cookies don't stick to the baggie you store them in.
Our Best Basic Chocolate Chip Cookies
If you like chocolate-hazelnut spread, you'll love our spin on chocolate chip cookies that calls for a few big handfuls of chopped hazelnuts (or walnuts or pecans). With the spot-on ratio of white sugar to brown sugar, these chocolate chip cookies are perfectly chewy.
Sandwich Star Sugar Cookies
Give a nod to the gold star your kiddo earns on her next project by adding one of these sprinkle-topped sandwich cookies to her lunch box. Mix things up by using lemon curd, lime curd, or even a thick fruit jam for the filling.
Salted Chocolate-Caramel Rounds
Ooey-gooey and oh, so good! These chocolate sea salt cookies have more than a creamy, dreamy drizzle on top—they're also stuffed with a chocolate-covered caramel for a rich surprise.
The key to perfectly fluffy, tender, and chewy cinnamon cookies? Bake only until they puff up and the bottoms just begin to brown, then allow them to cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheet (out of the oven) before transferring to a wire rack.
Maple-Raisin Oatmeal Cookies
Maple-brown sugar oatmeal is a breakfast staple, so why not translate those flavors to a lunch box dessert? This oatmeal-raisin cookie dough is sweetened with a splash of maple syrup, as is the powdered sugar icing.
No-Bake Butterscotch Bars
No need to turn on the oven for a decadent dessert. These bars start with simple homemade peanut butter crispy rice treats. Layer on butterscotch pudding, melted chocolate, and chopped candy bar pieces, and everyone will be be begging for seconds.
Cookies and Cream Cookies
Spiff up store-bought chocolate sandwich cookies! Crush and stir into a buttery sugar cookie batter, then top with a powdered sugar glaze or a layer of vanilla frosting to crank up the “cream” factor in these cookies.
Peanut Butter, Jelly, and Brownie Cookies
Nope, that's not any ordinary chocolate frosting between the peanut butter cookies. It's a smashed warm brownie, plus a spoonful of berry jam, that makes this one of the best two-in-one desserts you'll ever taste.
Citrus Zingers Sugar Cookies
Orange, lemon, and lime in the cookie dough and the pretty-in-pink cream cheese frosting give this recipe its zing. Use a cookie cutter shape for the season on hand or, for a thoughtful touch, one that matches your luncher's favorite hobby. (Hearts are always lovely!)
Reduced-Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies
With about a teaspoon of sweetener per serving, these chocolate chip cookies won't cause an afternoon sugar coma. Opt for dark chocolate pieces, and you'll have a tasty cookie that's better for you than most granola bars.
Banana-Oat Breakfast Cookies
Eat cookies for breakfast. That's right—we said it. With a healthy dose of fiber and a helping of delicious fruits, these oatmeal breakfast cookies give you the energy to take on the day on a delicious note!
Chocolate PB Mini Sandwiches
Crunchy or creamy peanut butter? These chocolate-coated cookies offer the best of both worlds, with crunchy roasted nuts stirred into the dough and creamy PB lightened-up to fluffy filling perfection with powdered sugar.
Easy Monster Cookie Bars
Hit the "easy" button on bar cookies by starting with refrigerated cookie dough. Once you stir in oats, candy-coated chocolates, chocolate chips, and nuts, everyone will be convinced dessert is 100 percent DIY.
Chocolate-Dipped Trail Bites
Trail mix meets shortbread in this delicious slice-and-bake cookie. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt to accent the sweetness of the melted chocolate coating (just be sure to do so soon after you dip so the salt sticks).
Mint-Ganache Sandwich Cookies
Mint chocolate chip ice cream meets s'mores in this refreshing and rich sandwich cookie recipe. Instead of marshmallows, these cookies are stuffed with a schmear of chocolate ganache and minty frosting.
Classic Peanut Butter Cookies
"This is the recipe I grew up on as a kid," says BHG.com home cook Marie. Transport your kids to another time with this traditional, tender cookie recipe.
Tip: If you're aware of peanut allergies at school, follow the same method and use sunflower seed butter.
Almond Cookie Carrots
While these ripe-for-the-picking cookies look like carrots, they're full of nutty goodness from almond extract (in the dough and the frosting), plus toasted almond "leaves." Kids will hop off to school with excitement when they know one of these sweet treats is awaiting them in their lunch box at noon!
Milk Chocolate Mini Cookies
A hint of sour cream in the filling gives these lunch-perfect chocolate cookie sandwiches a surprising tang. Plus, who could resist their adorable size?
Easy Sugar Cookies
Master our basic sugar cookie recipe (which gets its nice lofty texture from a teaspoon each of baking soda and cream of tartar), then mix things up with our seven flavor variation ideas! Citrus fans will go wild for lemon-poppy seed and lime-coconut, while crunch enthusiasts will go nuts for white chocolate-pistachio.
A little spicy and a little sweet, these tortilla-lookalike treats are seasoned with cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne. Trust us: With the cookie-crumble taco filling, these taste like Mexican chocolate!
Mini Raspberry and White Chocolate Whoopie Pies
Sandwich cookies with not one but two fillings? Now that's our jam! Pipe the bottom of a cooled sugar cookie with white chocolate-mascarpone frosting and raspberry preserves for a fruity, poppable treat.
Peanut Butter Munchies
Are peanut butter cups always the first to disappear from the Halloween candy stash at your house? Then these peanut butter-stuffed cocoa cookies are guaranteed to be a hit.
Tip: Since the dough doesn't spread much while baking, lightly flatten each round with a glass dipped in sugar before transferring the cookie sheet to the oven.
Cochinitos de Jengibre
Our playful piggy cookies taste like gingerbread and add instant cuteness to any child's lunch box. Brighten up the spiced flavor of the batter by baking it with stirred-in shreds of orange peel.
Spice is nice! A blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves—plus plenty of molasses—gives these snappy cookies their signature flavor. Roll in sanding sugar to match your child's school colors for a festive finish.
White Chocolate Snickerdoodles
One-up ordinary snickerdoodles with our yummy white chocolate version. Instead of cinnamon, we roll the golden baked cookies in a mixture of sugar and pumpkin pie spice.
Peanut Butter Blossoms
It's time for a classic! Peanut butter cookie dough is the perfect partner for a chocolate kiss. Kids can help create these by stirring the batter and pressing a chocolate into each baked cookie while they're still hot from the oven.
Carrot Breakfast Cookies
These mostly whole wheat cookies taste just like carrot cake! Instead of cream cheese frosting, though, we give them a more nutritious honey-sweetened yogurt drizzle. Come summer, trade the carrot for summer squash for a zucchini bread-inspired snack.