Our 60 Favorite Cookie Recipes

These delicious cookie recipes are sure to become favorites in your kitchen too

Our 60 Favorite Cookie Recipes

These cookies strike the perfect balance between effort and results.

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Although they take a bit of work and advance planning, these deliciously sweet poppy-seed-filled cookies are well worth the effort. Just be sure to refrigerate your dough until it is firm; otherwise, it will be hard to work with.
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Chocolate Cayenne Lime Cookie Cake

This spicy and sweet cookie cake is flavorful and fun, and also happens to be vegan and gluten-free. Start making the vanilla frosting before you make the cake because it takes about four hours for the base to set in the fridge.
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Lemon Jammies

These lemon sandwich cookies can be filled with lemon curd, jam, or buttercream, but they’re also delicious with just a dusting of powdered sugar and no filling at all.
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Molasses Ginger Snaps

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Crispy, crunchy gingersnaps are a cold-weather favorite. Delicious with a mug of cocoa or mulled wine, these spicy cookies are perfect for dunking.
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Chocolate Pistachio Biscotti

Biscotti means “twice baked” in Italian, and that’s exactly how you achieve such a crisp cookie. The biscotti are baked in logs before being sliced and baked a second time. Make these biscotti twice as special by dipping them in melted chocolate and sprinkles.

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Decadent Chocolate Coins

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These easy-to-make cutout cookies are rich and chocolatey. With just eight ingredients and a few simple steps, this is sure to become one of your favorite recipes.
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Triple Chocolate Cookies

Chocoholics agree: these cookies are a dream come true. With melted chocolate in the batter and chocolate chips added to the finished dough, there’s plenty of chocolate flavor in every bite.
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Spicy Chocolate-Filled Peanut Butter Cookies

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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.
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Cookie Cake with Chocolate Coffee Frosting

Bigger is better sometimes, especially when it comes to cookies. This slightly sneaky recipe includes whole-wheat flour and chopped walnuts. Top with an easy homemade frosting or just serve alongside a scoop of ice cream.
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Nutella Macarons

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There's Nutella ice cream, Nutella cookies, and Nutella pizza, so we can’t think of a good reason why there shouldn’t be Nutella macarons, too.
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Oatmeal Cookies

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Part of the reason oatmeal cookies are so popular is that they’re easy to customize. This classic recipe calls for raisins, but you could use any dried fruit. You can even add chocolate chips instead!

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

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There's nothing like good, old-fashioned cookies. This recipe combines two favorites (chocolate chip and oatmeal) into one bite-sized treat.
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Gingerbread Men

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Gingerbread cookies are an iconic holiday treat. After you cut and bake these cookies, decorate them with royal icing, sprinkles, and candies.
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Peanut Butter Toffee Crunch Cookies

Add a little something extra to your peanut butter cookies with these toffee-studded treats. The bits of caramel add rich, buttery flavor and an unexpected crunch to the cookie.
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Milk Chocolate Cookies with Ginger and Toffee

These chocolate chip cookies are incredibly easy to make, and better yet, they’re super flavorful. The recipe calls for ½ cup of coarsely chopped crystallized ginger, but if you’re not sure you’re ready for that much spice, try chopping the ginger into smaller pieces and using less overall.
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Biscoff Oatmeal Cookies

Cookie butter, a spread made of crushed speculoos cookies, is the secret ingredient in this recipe. The speculoos cookies add a buttery, sugar-and-spice flavor.
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Coconut Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

This chunky cookie is full of good things: dried cherries, coconut, oats, and white chocolate chips. Bake up a batch to share with your family or roll the dough into a log, wrap it in plastic wrap, and pop it in the freezer for a rainy day.
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Molasses Cookies

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Soft, oversized molasses cookies are one of our favorite old-fashioned treats. Bake these cookies just until they’re set and they’ll have a slightly crispy edge and a perfectly chewy center.
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Chewy Orange-Almond Cookies

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These meringue-based almond cookies are a great option when you need a make-ahead cookie; they can be stored in the freezer (wrapped in plastic) and thawed out when you’re ready to eat them.
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Triple Chocolate Pistachio Mint Cookies

Chocolate and peppermint make the perfect holiday pairing. Here they’re joined by creamy white chocolate and salty pistachio in an easy-to-make cookie recipe that’s perfect for entertaining and gift-giving.
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Sugar Cookies

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Whether you’re making a snack or edible ornaments for the tree, you can always use a go-to sugar cookie recipe. We like this one because it sticks to the basics: just a few ingredients and a few easy steps.
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Pumpkin and Cashew Biscotti

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With puréed pumpkin, crunchy cashews, and warm winter spices mixed into the dough, these crispy biscotti make a terrific holiday gift.
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Black and White Cookies

These oversized cake-like cookies are a New York City favorite. Make them gluten-free by using a mix of gluten-free baking flour, rice flour, and arrowroot.
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Trail Mix Cookies

Featuring whole grains, healthful oils from the seeds and nuts, vitamins and antioxidants from the fruit, and, of course, loads of fiber, these cookies can be enjoyed on the hiking trail for a burst of energy or dunked in a glass of cold milk as a yummy treat.
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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.
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Crisp Vanilla Butter Cookies

Vanilla powder gives butter cookies a huge hit of flavor. If you don’t have any of the powder on hand, you can substitute an equal amount of high-quality pure vanilla extract.
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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Classic chocolate chip cookies are perfect for any occasion — or no occasion at all! This recipe uses a bit of cream of tartar to keep the cookies good and chewy.
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Bittersweet Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These chocolate chip cookies have a slight twist: rich, buttery pecan pieces. If you don’t have any pecans on hand, you can use a different nut; walnuts, almonds, and hazelnuts would all be delicious as well.
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Ginger Oatmeal Pecan Cookies

Crystalized ginger makes these chewy oatmeal cookies perfect for a holiday cookie plate. Try them dunked in a cup of creamy hot cocoa.
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Apple Peanut Butter Cookies

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Like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich (but better), these cookies get extra sweetness from grated fresh apple.
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Sugar Cookie Ornaments

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There's no better way to give your baked goods a holiday spin than by making them into an ornament. Poke a hole through the top of the cookies before baking so that you can string a ribbon through later. Once the cookies are done baking, decorate them with colored icing or edible glitter to give them an extra holiday glow.
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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.
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Chocolate Amaretti Cookies

Amaretti cookies are the Italian version of macarons; they’re made with almond paste and egg whites and have a wonderful chewy texture. Top them with pieces of slivered almond for a special finishing touch.
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Red Velvet “Oreos”

Drawing from the best of both worlds, these crispy sandwich cookies combine a creamy vanilla Oreo-style filling with the richness of red velvet cake.
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Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cookies

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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.
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Cake-Like Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Everyone has his or her own idea of perfection when it comes to chocolate chip cookies: crispy, chewy, or cakey, milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, or nuts. These tasty cookies are spongy and cake-like and perfect for anyone who loves semi-sweet chocolate.
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Eggnog Cookies

Thanks to cinnamon, nutmeg, and egg yolks, these cookies taste just like the classic holiday drink. Creamy store-bought eggnog mixed into the dough and a pinch of nutmeg on top of each cookie makes them even more flavorful.
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Chewy Macadamia Nut Cookies

Macadamias add some crunch to these chewy cookies, while brown sugar and vanilla extract bring out notes of caramel.
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Gooey Butter Cookies

When that cookie craving hits, chances are good that something soft and gooey will do hit the spot. This red velvet butter cookies uses cream cheese as one of the main ingredients, so the cookies are guaranteed to come out soft and delicious.
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Pecan Cookie Cups with Maple Cream

These cookies are perfect for anyone who needs a shortcut; they use store-bought sugar cookie dough to make the cookie cups, and whipped topping and maple syrup to make the sweet and flavorful filling.
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Walnut-Raspberry Linzer Thumbprints

The Linzer tart is a famous walnut and jam pastry from Austria. Here, the classic combo is simplified into a delicate and delicious walnut thumbprint cookie with a dollop of raspberry jam.
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Double Chocolate Cookies

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A dark-chocolatey chocolate chip cookie that you can make with just nine ingredients and two easy steps? What’s not to love?
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5-Ingredient Pie Crust Cookies

If you love flaky, buttery pie crust, you’re going to love this super-easy cookie recipe. Strips of homemade pie dough are braided into a beautiful design and then sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar for extra sweetness.
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Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Cookies

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It’s amazing how just a touch of cinnamon can completely transform classic chocolate chip cookies.
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Toffee-Almond Meringues

If you love light and fluffy meringues, you’re in for a treat; these are studded with bits of toffee and toasted walnuts. These cookies are easy to make ahead, too; they can be stored airtight at room temperature for up to three days or in the freezer for up to three months.
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Rumprint Cookies

These buttery thumbprint cookies, dotted with a sweet rum cream, are a holiday baking must. The recipe doubles and triples easily and the baked cookies freeze well.
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Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Cookies

Full disclosure: these sweet and salty treats are easy to get addicted to. With a soft caramel center, dark chocolate chips, and coarse sea salt on top, they’ll satisfy both your chocolate and salted caramel cravings.
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Vanilla Bean Confetti Cookies

I like to think that, on good days, each of us is filled to the brim with happiness, color, and confetti. Now, thanks to this cookie from Joy Wilson’s book, Homemade Decadence, we can eat exactly how we feel.
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Black-Out Cookies

It’s tough to beat a soft chocolatey cookie that comes together with just 10 ingredients in a few simple steps. This dough needs three hours in the refrigerator before it’s baked, so be sure to plan ahead.
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Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies

Eating a sandwich cookies is a great excuse to have two cookies and call it one. Fill those cookies with creamy chocolate and hazelnut spread and the chances are good you’ll end up eating a whole lot more than two!
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Lemon Shortbread Cookies

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The secret to shortbread is not to over-mix the dough; stop mixing as soon as the dough starts to clump together and your cookies with be tender and crumbly. These shortbread cookies have a hint of lemon, which is a great contrast to the richness of the butter.
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White Chocolate Biscoff Cookies

These sweet and slightly spiced cookies have a surprise inside: creamy melted white chocolate. Enjoy them warm, straight from the oven, with a tall glass of milk.
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Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

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These might be the easiest peanut butter cookies ever. Combine just six ingredients to form the dough, roll balls of the dough into sugar, and then bake them in the oven. Plus, they’re gluten- and dairy-free.
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Double Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

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Dress up basic sugar cookies with a double dose of warm and fragrant cinnamon.
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Chocolate-Dipped Macaroons

No one will ever guess these rich chocolate and coconut macaroons are both vegan and gluten-free. Once you get the hang of making them, you can have a big batch ready to eat in under an hour.
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Trefoil Cookies

This crispy little cookie proves that some of the best foods are also the simplest; you can make a sweet and crunchy treat with just a handful of ingredients. This recipe calls for vegan butter, gluten-free flour, and xanthan gum, but you could easily make them with butter and all-purpose flour (omitting the xanthan gum) if you don’t have any dietary restrictions.
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Teff Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Teff is a whole grain from Africa that packs a serious nutritional punch. Here, it’s combined with chunky peanut butter, dark chocolate chips, and maple syrup for a super-delicious, wheat-free cookie.
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Thick N’ Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These round, chewy chocolate chip cookies are quite small, making them perfect for kids’ lunchboxes or an after-school snack.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Acorn Cookies

These acorn-shaped cookies are as simple as they are cute. Melted chocolate and crushed pretzels make a great sweet-and-salty complement to store-bought peanut butter cookie dough.
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Biscoff-Stuffed Snickerdoodles

These cookies are perfectly puffy, soft, and chewy, and they’re filled with creamy Biscoff spread. These cookies have been described as “insanely amazing” and “way too good to be true,” so it’s no wonder they landed the number one spot in our favorite cookies countdown!
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