The ultimate cookie round-up featuring over 40+ of the BEST Cookie Recipes! This delicious collection features some of your classic favorites, like sugar cookies and chocolate chip cookies. Check out fun combinations that include ingredients like lavender, sea salt, butterfingers, caramel, and ricotta cheese!
You’re guaranteed to find a cookie for every occasion, and a recipe that is easy to follow for new and seasoned bakers alike. I’d love to know which one of these is your favorite!
Why You’ll Love These Cookie Recipes
These cookie recipes promise a blend of rich flavors and textures, appealing to all cookie lovers. Designed for ease, each recipe is straightforward, ensuring a hassle-free baking experience for beginner or experienced bakers. They’re versatile and perfect for everyday treats or special occasions. Or, just to enjoy whenever you want to treat yourself!
Expert Tips for Cooking The Best Cookies
Measure ingredients accurately – Using too much or too little flour can drastically affect your cookie dough. Cookies may become too dry and crumble, or overbake quickly. Or you might end up with a puddle of cookie dough after baking. Use a scale for the most accurate measurement.
Use room temperature ingredients – If you’ve ever tried to cream cold butter you know that using room temperature ingredients is the easiest to work with. Not only that, ingredients all at the same temperature mix more cohesively resulting in evenly distributed ingredients.
Check baking time – A lot of cookie recipes will give an estimated time of 10-12 minutes. This is because oven temperature can vary from oven to oven. So it’s important to keep an eye on your cookies. Check for doneness by checking if the edges are set and golden and the center is just underbaked. While your cookies cool the center will remain cooking, giving you the perfect cookie texture without overbaking.
Use parchment paper – Creating a nonstick barrier by using either parchment paper or a silpat will protect your cookies from becoming burnt or sticking to the pan.
Chill the dough – While not always necessary, chilling the cookie dough will enhance the flavor of the ingredients and prevent spreading.
Classic Cookie Recipes
Shortbread Cookie Recipe – Crisp buttery shortbread cookies drizzled with chocolate for sweetness.
Neapolitan Cookies – A classic trio of flavors and colors. Enjoy vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate in one bite.
Mississippi Mud Cookies – Rich chocolate topped with gooey mini marshmallows and a silky chocolate drizzle.
Southern Tea Cakes – Light and airy cookies that have an irresistible chew and buttery flavor.
Sugar Cookies – The perfect sugar cookie to use as a base for all of your homemade cookie needs. Perfect for decorating!
Chocolate Chip Varieties
Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies – Inclusive cookies that are crunchy on the outside and soft inside for everyone to enjoy.
Sweet and Salty Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies – A delicious and balanced bite for those who love a sweet and salty treat!
Lavender Chocolate Chip Cookies – Lavender notes gracefully meet the classic sweetness of chocolate chunks.
Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies – Stuffed with caramel, dotted with chocolate chips and served with flaky salt on top!
Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies – Crunchy walnuts paired with smooth chocolate chips in every bite.
Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies – Thin, golden, and perfectly crunchy. If crunch cookies are your thing, then this one is for you!
Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookies – An iconic, timeless classic that will never go out of style.
Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies – Rich with a nutty brown butter undertone that’s filled with chocolate chips.
Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies – My favorite chewy chocolate chip cookies with soft centers and the best chew!
Lemon Crinkle Cookies – Perfectly crinkled, bursting with zesty freshness, and covered in sweet powdered sugar.
Orange Chocolate Cookies – A zesty blend of orange and the richness of chocolate come together in this flourless cookie.
White Chocolate Chai Butter Cookies – Spiced tea flavors combined with creamy white chocolate. A delicious combination to have with a cup of tea.
Key Lime Pie Cookies – These soft and chewy delights have key lime juice, zest and even graham cracker crumbs!
Raspberry Gooey Butter Cookies – Vibrant in taste and color, these cookies are great for valentines day, christmas, or pretty much all year round!
Lemon Tea Cake Cookies – Made with simple, pantry-staple ingredients and baked to chewy, buttery perfection, these lemon tea cakes are perfect for a mid-afternoon snack break!
Oatmeal Based Cookies
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies – A classic combination of chewy oatmeal and sweet chocolate chips.
Dark Chocolate, Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies – A festive blend of dark chocolate and tangy cranberries, mixed with hearty oats.
Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – Another classic oatmeal cookie recipe with chewy bits of raisins and oatmeal creating an ideal oatmeal cookie texture.
Peanut Butter Chickpea Cookies – A health-conscious twist packed with protein without compromising taste. Great for picky eaters!
Butterfinger Brown Butter Cookies – Great use for leftover Halloween candy. A heavenly mix of nutty brown butter with crunchy bits of Butterfinger candy pieces.
Turtle Cookies Recipe – A delicious trio of chocolate, caramel, and crunchy pecans.
Gingerbread Crinkle Cookies – A spiced holiday classic with a crinkled sugar-coated topping that will truly melt in your mouth.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies – Perfect for autumn and the start of sweater weather. A warm blend of fall spices and sweet chocolate chips.
Hot Chocolate Cookies – Your favorite ‘by the fire’ drink wrapped up in a tasty cookie.
Butter Ricotta Cookies – Soft and fluffy, the perfect holiday cookie nugget.
White Chocolate Ginger Cookies – Soft ginger cookies dipped in white chocolate and topped with Christmas sprinkles.
Eggnog Iced Butter Cookies – Rich, buttery cookies topped with festive sprinkles.
Whipped Shortbread Cookies – Simple, light-as-air whipped shortbread cookie with 5 ingredients.
Desserts Inspired by Cookies
While this list doesn’t include any cookie recipes, it’s worth sharing my favorite cookie inspired recipes as well!
Key Lime Pie Cookie Cups – Mini pie-inspired bites bursting with a sweet and tart lime flavor.
Oatmeal and Cream Cookie Sandwiches – Two oatmeal cookies filled with a turbinado sugar cream filling.
Cheesecake Cookie Dough Truffles – A tasty fusion where cheesecake meets cookie dough in a bite sized truffle.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars – Dense and chewy bars perfect for snacking and sharing.
Sugar Cookie Martini – Your favorite cookie and cocktail to help you celebrate the holidays.
Cookie Butter Ice Cream – A smooth ice cream bursting with spiced cookie swirls and chuncks.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake – A larger than life version of the classic chocolate chip cookie topped with butterscotch chips too!
Frozen S’mores Cookie Bars – A frosty twist on the campfire treat with layers of chocolate, marshmallow and cookie.
Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookie Cups – Bite sized pumpkin cheesecakes nestled in a cookie crust.
Animal Cookie Ice Cream Cake – A playful blend of your favorite childhood cookies in a creamy ice cream cake.
Fried Oreos – A sinful but decadent treat that elevates the classic Oreo cookie.
How To Store Cookies and Cookie Dough
Storing fresh baked cookies:
- Cool Completely: Before storing, allow cookies to cool completely on a cooling rack.
- Airtight Container: Use an airtight container to maintain freshness.
- Layer Separation: If you’re stacking cookies, especially those with icing or decorations, use parchment or wax paper between layers to prevent sticking.
- Room Temperature: Most cookies can be stored at room temperature for up to a week.
Storing cookie dough:
- Refrigeration: If planning to bake your cookies within a few days, store the cookie dough in an airtight container or a tightly wrapped plastic wrap in the refrigerator.
- Label: Always label your dough with the date it was made and the type of cookie to keep track and ensure freshness.
Freezing cookies & cookie dough:
- Baked Cookies: Cool cookies completely, then place them in a single layer on a baking sheet to harden. Once hard, transfer to an airtight container with parchment or wax paper between layers. This prevents cookies from sticking together. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- Cookie Dough: Dough can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months as well. Wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap, then place it in a freezer bag or airtight container. If you’ve portioned individual cookie balls, just place them directly in an airtight container once frozen solid on a baking sheet.
- Thawing: For dough, let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Depending on the recipe, you can also bake from frozen. Additional baking time may be necessary, however. For baked cookies, you can either let them come to room temperature or warm them in the oven for a fresh-baked feel.
Frequently Asked Questions
When approaching high-altitude baking, there’s one thing to keep in mind: the higher the altitude, the lower the air pressure. Baking relies on the specific reactions of several ingredients: flour, leavening, fat, and liquid. Air pressure changes the nature of those reactions. I have a whole post on High Altitude Baking Tips!
While not always necessary, chilling can aid in preventing your cookies from spreading. This allows the creamed butter to become firmer before baking, thus preventing unwanted spreading. Chilling your cookie dough can also result in a richer flavored cookie. The time in the fridge allows the flavors to meld together.
Storing your cooled cookies in an airtight container is the best practice for keeping softer cookies. You can also place a slice of bread into the container, the cookies will absorb the moisture from the bread keeping them softer.
Rolled cookies are made from a stiffer dough that can be rolled out and cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Sugar cookies and shortbread cookies are rolled cookie dough. Drop cookies are similar to what they’re called. Either using a spoon or cookie scoop, cookie dough is scooped out and dropped onto a baking sheet before being baked in the oven. The most popular drop cookie are chocolate chip cookies.