101 Cookie Recipes
December 2, 2015
From our kitchen to yours, here are our picks for cookie recipes perfect for edible food gifts and cookie platters
101 Cookie Recipes
What makes cookies so irresistible? Everyone has an opinion on what the finished product should be — crispy, crumbly, or chewy — which is why we couldn’t settle on just one recipe to test. After digging through our collection of more than 300 cookie recipes, reaching out to our Culinary Content Network for their favorite recipes, and tapping into the minds of our favorite expert bakers (pastry chef Zac Young, baker Amy Scherber, cookbook author Paula Shoyer, chef Nathan Lyon, and more) for their picks, we rounded up our most comprehensive list yet.
This holiday season, as you search for edible gift and cookie platter ideas, peruse The Daily Meal’s round up of 101 cookie recipes, including everything from the classic to the quirky, that is sure to satisfy your cookie needs.
5-Ingredient Pie Crust Cookies
If you like the flaky, buttery crust of a pie, you're going to love this easy cookie recipe. These cookies offer everything you love about your favorite pie crust, but in the form of portable cookies. The all-butter pie crust recipe can be used to make cut-out cookies or braided into a beautiful design. Although this recipe for pie crust is basically foolproof, you can also use store-bought pie crust instead. Sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, these cookies are just sweet enough to enjoy any time of day! — Kristie Collado
Almond Thumbprint Cookies
These sweet almond cookies can be filled with your choice of jam, ganache, or other filling for a delicious customizable cookie that looks as beautiful as it tastes.
Apple Peanut Butter Cookies
Tired of chocolate chip, macadamia nut, and plain old sugar cookies? Then try these apple peanut butter cookies, rich with a touch of fruitiness. — Taste of Home
Biscoff Oatmeal Cookies
Just a touch chewy, these Biscoff oatmeal cookies are rich, nutty, and sweet. The Biscoff spread, which is slightly sweeter than traditional speculoos, adds a subtle hint of spices, like cinnamon and nutmeg.
These snickerdoodle cookies have a delicious twist — the oozing cookie butter center. The Biscoff spread adds flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg to the already spiced cookie.
Bittersweet Chocolate Chip Cookies
These cookies will be as good as the chocolate you use to make them, so I recommend purchasing a couverture 64-percent cocoa paste chocolate. Vahlrona, Cocoa Barry, Felchlin, and Dagoba are all great brands. — Sarah Levy
Black and White Cookies
Butter Pecan Toffee Cookies
Check out this outside-the-box way to use boxed cake mix with these soft and buttery pecan cookies.
Chewy Macadamia Nut Cookies
Macadamias add some crunch to these chewy cookies, while brown sugar and vanilla extract bring out notes of caramel.
Chewy Orange Almond Cookies
These cookies may look simple, but they deliver a complex profile of flavors including refreshing citrus, aromatic anise, and cherry-like almonds.
Chocolate Amaretti Cookies
The double dose of almonds in this cookie, as provided by the almond paste baked into the cookie and the slivered almonds sprinkled on top, provides rich flavor and texture.
Chocolate Cayenne Lime Cookie Cake
This chocolate cookie cake has a hidden spicy surprise — cayenne pepper. The vanilla frosting and lime will help to cool the heat.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Oats and walnuts give this unique chocolate chip cookie its crumbly texture.
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
Toss these soft and delicious chocolate crinkle cookies in powdered sugar to finish their dramatic look. You will love the subtle hint of the cardamom, which adds just the right amount of spice.
This traditional recipe for coconut macaroons produces a soft and chewy cookie made even more delicious by its rich, chocolate coating.
Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies
These bite-sized classic sugar cookie sandwiches are held together with an indulgent, chocolate-hazelnut spread.
Chocolate Mint Cookies
Capitalizing on a winning pairing of chocolate and mint, these cookies are thin, crisp, buttery, and utterly irresistible.
Chocolate-Peanut-Butter Acorn Cookies
These little acorn cookies are a fun, festive way to celebrate fall. The sweet chocolate matched with salty pretzels is an unbeatable combination.
Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti
Biscotti are baked twice to give them that cracker-like crunch. Enjoy these chocolate-dipped chocolate and pistachio biscotti with coffee or make an extra-large batch to give away as an edible gift.
Chunky Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Roasted peanuts, bittersweet chocolate, and just a touch of salt — what's not to love? These cookies are downright irresistible. — Whole Foods Market
Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Chock-full of oats, pecans, and raisins, these cookies are perfect for a lunchbox treat or an afternoon snack. — McCormick
Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies
Looking for a classic chocolate chip cookie with a kick? Try this chewy, chocolate chip cookie with a dash of cinnamon.
Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
Coconut Cherry Oatmeal Cookies
These cookies contain everything but the kitchen sink. Oats, white chocolate, dried cherries, and coconut all come together in these treats.
Cookie Cake with Chocolate Coffee Frosting
Nothing improves the flavor of chocolate quite like strong coffee, which is why this chocolate chip cookie cake is topped with a coffee-chocolate frosting.
Cookie’s Cookie at David Burke at Bloomingdales
Cornmeal and Coconut Cookies
These easy-to-make cookies are sweet and crispy, making them the perfect afternoon treat. Corn has a lot of natural sweetness which pairs well with the coconut. If you don't have yellow cornmeal on hand, you can easily use polenta instead. — Kristie Collado
Cranberry Sugar Pecan Balls
These petite cookies have just the right amount of tartness from the cranberries to cut through all the powdered sugar that gives these cookies their beautiful snowball appearance.
Crisp Vanilla Butter Cookies
The secret of crisp, buttery cookie is vanilla powder, offset with a drizzle of dark chocolate to finish.
Dark Chocolate and Pistachio Chocolate Chip Cookies
The dark chocolate chip cookies get a boost of flavor and texture from the sweet-tasting, crunchy pistachios.
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Cups
Each one of these Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Cups is stuffed with a mini dark chocolate peanut butter cup and topped with creamy dark chocolate frosting.
Decadent Chocolate Coins
These thin, crisp chocolate cookies get a hint of citrus flavor from the little bit of orange zest added to the dough.
Double Chocolate Cookies
Decadent cocoa powder and chocolate chips give these cookies an irresistible earthy richness.
Double Cinnamon Sugar Cookies
These sugar cookies are rolled in cinnamon sugar, giving them a crunchy texture and plenty of flavor.
Easy Peanut Butter Cookies
These flourless peanut butter cookies are surprisingly light and airy. Enjoy them with a glass of milk fresh from the oven.
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies
A delicious alternative to traditional chocolate chip cookies, these are made with extra-virgin olive oil instead of butter. Recipe provided by Libby Crow, Olive Oil Program Ambassador at the Oregon Olive Mill (adapted from Cook’s Illustrated Thick & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe). — Vindulge
Flourless Chocolate Cookie
You may need a glass of milk to wash down these soft, rich, and flourless chocolate cookies.
Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
This peanut butter chocolate chip cookie is flourless, simple to make, and sure to be a hit with the whole family.
Ginger Molasses Cookies
This recipe pays homage to the healing and warming spice ginger, since it’s utilized three different ways. Ginger in all forms is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory agent. The molasses makes for a really earthy cookie. — Andrew Weil, M.D.
Ginger Oatmeal Pecan Cookies
Break away from the usual oatmeal cookie with this chewy version that includes the mild spice of ginger.
Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Chunk Cookie
Lose the gluten, not the taste with these decadent and chunky chocolate-peanut butter cookies that are perfect for edible gifts or a delicious after-dinner treat.
Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cookies
If you’re looking for more gluten-free cookie options, this is your new go-to oatmeal cookie recipe. Combining cinnamon, raisins, and applesauce, they have all the flavor of the classic version. — Kristie Collado
Gluten-Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies
These soft and chewy cookies will please both gluten-free and non-gluten free eaters alike. — Watch Learn Eat
Gluten-Free White Chocolate Peppermint and Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies
Get all jiggy with a 'pop' of red color in these soft Gluten-Free White Chocolate Peppermint and Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies baked in a lovely cream cheese cookie dough! Santa wants! — The Baking Chocolatess
Gooey Red Velvet Butter Cookies
Cream cheese, cocoa powder, and plenty of red food coloring combine to create the gooey cookie version of the classic red velvet cake. The festive red is perfect for holiday gift baskets and dessert tables.
Green Tea Hamantaschen
Enjoy an herbal twist on this classic cookie that is mostly associated withthe Jewish holiday Purim (March 23 next year), but delicious anytime. The cookie has a characteristic triangle shape, which makes its distinguishable from other jam filled cookies, like thumbprint cookies.
Lemon Shortbread Cookies
Lemon zest is baked into these tender shortbread cookies for a bright delicious flavor that pairs perfectly with a hot cup of tea.
Lime Cornmeal Cookies
The inspiration for these luscious cookies happened one day when the roommate of our former daytime pastry chef, Molly, brought home a cookie for her to taste: a crisp little cornmeal wafer that had a light coating of lime-flavored glaze on the top. Molly loved how the combination of buttery sweet corn and zesty lime tickled her taste buds. When she worked on the idea in the bakery pastry kitchen, this recipe was the result. Instead of a small crisp wafer, she made a big, soft, voluptuous cookie with crunchy bits of coarse cornmeal and flecks of lime zest scattered throughout. Topping it off is a light glaze made with confectioners sugar and freshly squeezed lime juice. The whole combination is irresistible. — Amy Scherber
Matcha Fortune Cookies
Add your own personalized message to these lightly sweetened matcha fortune cookies that have a delicate, earthy flavor.
Milk Chocolate Cookies with Ginger and Toffee
We use crystallized ginger in these revved up chocolate chip cookies specifically because it’s as sparkly as any New Year’s Eve dress worth its price in glitter. — Big Girls Small Kitchen
Mini Chip Snowball Cookies
These Mini Chip Snowball Cookies will add an attractive contrast to any holiday or special occasion cookie selection with their round shape and powdered sugar coating. — Lauren Gordon
No-Bake Sicilian Cookie Magic Chunks
These chunky Sicilian cookies include granola, dark chocolate, pistachios, and sweet dried fruit.
Oatmeal Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies
This Oatmeal Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe is a twist on an old classic. The hint of orange extract perfectly complements the dried cherries and dark chocolate chips, giving the cookies a surprisingly bright flavor. — Butter & Type
Orphan One Hundred Cookies
Don't be confused by this cookie’s quirky name. It will be right at home in your kitchen. The secret to this chewy yet crisp cookie is the Rice Krispies folded into the batter.
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
Three cookies in one isn't the worst idea as exemplified by this cookie that combines classic chocolate chip, rich peanut butter, and wholesome oatmeal.
Peanut Butter Toffee Crunch Cookies
These peanut butter cookies include a decadent candy bar crunch provided by toffee pieces that are folded into the cookie dough before baking.
Pecan Cookie Cups with Maple Cream
A maple sandy cookie is baked into a cupcake and then topped with sweet, maple-syrup-spiked frosting.
Peppermint Mocha French Macarons
These festive French macarons have an intense, chocolate peppermint jolt that will add color and flavor to your holiday cookie platter.
Pumpkin and Cashew Biscotti
With puréed pumpkin, rich cashews, and warm winter spices layered into the dough, these crunchy biscotti make a terrific holiday gift or addition to the brunch table. — Whole Foods Market
Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Hazelnut Shortbread Cookie Sandwich
Enjoy delicious hazelnut chocolate and seasonal pumpkin flavors combined in a shortbread cookie sandwich this fall.
Raspberry Jam Dot Cookies
These cookies are naturally sweetened with maple syrup and a fruit-sweetened jam. — Emily Jacobs
Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Cookies
Caramel candies and coarse sea salt balance out these salty-sweet treats. Chilling the dough helps with handling the sticky dough. — Sally McKenney
Salted Cashew and Milk Chocolate Whippersnapper Cookie
These salty cashew and chocolate cookies use an unlikely ingredient as their base: Betty Crocker’s chocolate cake mix.
Soft Batch Mini M&M’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
Enjoy this twist on a classic soft-baked chocolate chip cookie, replacing chocolate chips with M&M’s candies.
Spiced Butter Pecan Cookies
Pecan pie takes cookie form in this super simple recipe; your house will smell like the holiday season in no time thanks to seasonal spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. — Diamond of California
Spicy Chocolate-Filled Peanut Butter Cookies
There are two reasons to love these oversized treats: a slightly spicy, chocolatey cookie on the inside, and a sugar-crusted peanut butter cookie on the outside. If you don’t have the savory peanut butter called for in this recipe, try adding a few pinches of dried ground spices to the filling; cumin, turmeric, cayenne, and garlic powder work well. — Kristie Collado
Sugar Cookie Ornaments
There's no better way to turn your baked goods into a holiday specialty than by making them into an ornament. I'll poke a hole through the top of the cookies before baking so that I can string a ribbon through. Once they're done, I'll decorate them with colored icing or edible glitter to give them a nice holiday glow. — David Burke
Swedish Coconut Cookies
These coconut cookies have a light, airy, lacy texture that is perfect for the holiday cookie platter or a deliciously sweet "just because" treat.
Teff Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
This peanut butter and chocolate chip cookie uses teff flour, a gluten-free flour, instead of regular all-purpose flour for a tender, delicious sweet and crunchy cookie treat.
Thick N’ Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
The butter is cut down from a typical chocolate chip cookie recipe to achieve these bite-sized, chewy chocolate chip cookie mounds.
Toasted Marshmallow and Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies
All the taste of s'mores baked into a single cookie. The marshmallows develop that signature caramelized color and taste as the cookies bake and brown in the oven.
These sweet and nutty meringue cookies have an added crunch provided by sweet toffee candy that is folded into the meringue base.
Triple Chocolate Cookies
The inclusion of instant coffee in this recipe brings out the rich chocolate flavor of this cookie that combines unsweetened, bittersweet, and semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Triple Chocolate Pistachio Mint Cookies
Chocolate, peppermint, and pistachios come together in this cookie dough to produce a decadent and nutty chewy cookie.
Truffle Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies
Break open these chocolate chip cookies to see the secret to this cookies decadence — a gooey truffle center that melts in the oven.
Vanilla Bean Confetti Cookies
These bright colorful cookies are loaded with sprinkles. Consider using red and green for Christmas, blue and white for Hanukkah, and black and white for New Year's Eve and you'll have a festive cookie to display at your next party.
Vanilla Chocolate Chip Cookies
The classics are hard to top, and this chocolate chip cookie is one of the best. Use a high-quality vanilla extract for the best flavor.
Walnut-Raspberry Linzer Thumbprint Cookies
The addition of walnuts produces a supremely crunchy twist on a classic raspberry linzer cookie. You can swap the walnuts for pine nuts, almonds, or pecans if you prefer.
Whiskey-Bacon Cookies with Pecans and Maple Sugar
This is the crispy but chewy cookie that is irresistible — chunks of pecans and chewy pieces of bacon make a salty-sweet cookie that we’re sure you’ll fall in love with. — But I'm Hungry
White Chocolate Biscoff Cookies
You will love these giant Biscoff cookies stuffed with white chocolate! Sweet white chocolate pairs so well with the spiced Biscoff Spread. Enjoy them warm straight from the oven with a cold glass of milk. — Katrina Bahl, The Biscoff Cookie & Spread Cookbook
White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies
You’ll never be able to eat just one. Classic sugar cookies are vamped up with white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts for an addicting dessert. — Maui Brand
Zimtstern (Cinnamon Stars)
These traditional German holiday cookies are cut into star shapes and then topped with a meringue icing and slivered almonds.