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37 Cookie Recipes We Can’t Live Without

If you’re on the hunt for some fantastic cookie recipes, you’ve come to the right place.

Luckily for you, I’ve found plenty to keep you busy.

Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies
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35+ Easy Cookie Recipes

Whether you’re baking just for fun or planning to give cookie boxes as gifts around the holidays, remember that variety is essential. 

With that in mind, you’ll want to make all different types of cookies.

Chocolate chip and gingerbread will always be safe choices. But how about festive red velvet, spiced snickerdoodles, and classic Linzer cookies?

No matter which of these 37 cookie recipes you choose, you won’t be disappointed.

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

1. Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

No matter the occasion, chocolate chip cookies will always be a welcome sight. And for me, they have to be soft and chewy. 

The trick is to use an extra egg yolk and slightly more brown sugar than white. Also, take them out of the oven when they still look a little bit undercooked. 

Don’t worry; they’ll finish setting up on the tray and will be perfectly gooey. 

Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

2. 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Here’s another easy prep cookie recipe that won’t break the bank. They’re tender, chewy, and packed with nutty goodness. 

Regular smooth peanut butter works best here, as the organic kind is often quite oily, though crunchy would work, too. 

These are terrific as is, but if you want to jazz them up for the holidays, feel free to dip them in chocolate and sprinkle some chopped nuts over the top.

Several ginger cookies on a cooling rack with a grain of sugar

3. Ginger Cookies

You don’t need to wait until Christmas to enjoy these ginger cookies. They’re so good, you’ll want to make them a year-round treat! 

Real molasses and warming spices create that classic old-fashioned flavor.

Perfectly sweet and delightfully spiced, ginger cookies are great anytime you need a cozy bite.

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Homemade Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Served with Milk

4. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Sometimes, you just want a good old-fashioned oatmeal raisin cookie. Soft, chewy, and sweet, they taste just like granny’s. 

This classic will never go out of style. The wholesome oats, plump raisins, and warming spices are timeless.

Prefer your oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips? You can swap out the raisins, too.

Snickerdoodle Cookies with Cinnamon Sugar

5. Soft and Chewy Snickerdoodle Cookies

Snickerdoodles are the ideal cookie to make around the holidays. They’re light and sweet and full of yummy cinnamon spice. 

The simple sugar cookie recipe is the perfect base for the coating. Rolling them in the cinnamon sugar mixture adds a lovely light crunch to the edges. 

Santa will surely appreciate these on Christmas Eve!

Stack of Cookies with White Chocolate Macadamia Nuts

6. White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

These bakery-style cookies are super buttery and loaded with fantastic texture. 

If you want these to really stand out, try toasting the nuts before adding them to the dough. It helps to release the natural oilers and boost their flavor. 

Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

7. Soft Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

There’s a reason peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are so popular. They’re downright delicious! 

Each bite is bursting with creamy peanut butter and rich chocolate chips. Plus, they have the most delightful chewy center with slightly crisp edges. 

Do yourself a favor and make a batch today.

Ooey Gooey Fudge Crinkle Cookies

8. Fudge Crinkle Cookies with Cake Mix

Cake mix cookies are such a time saver, and that’s something you’ll love when Christmas rolls around.

Instead of spending hours weighing ingredients, then rolling and cutting the dough, these babies need just a handful of ingredients and work best when scooped into balls.

Roll each portion in powdered sugar before baking to get that classic crackle look.

Homemade Linzer Christmas Cookies

9. Linzer Cookies

These have to be on your baking list this year. They’re the quintessential Christmas cookie!

They have a subtle sweet almond flavor. It pairs impeccably with that bright raspberry filling. 

Of course, you could fill these with anything from chocolate to lemon curd.

Italian Wedding Cookies in a Green Plate

10. Italian Wedding Cookies

Also known as snowball cookies and Mexican wedding cookies, these delicate little shortbread bites are way easier to make than they look. 

Similar to shortbread, you only need a few ingredients to make these. 

The biggest difference is that you’ll use ground almonds in place of flour for cookies that are lightly sweet and perfectly nutty.

Stack of red velvet crinkle cookies

11. Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Calling all red velvet lovers! These cookies will be your newest obsession. 

They’re tender and gooey with a dusting of powdered sugar. With their snowy exterior and divine cake-like flavor, these cookies are a holiday must-have.

So go ahead, add them to your Christmas cookie platter.

Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

12. Peanut Butter Blossoms Cookie Recipe

When it comes to cookie recipes for kids, you can’t beat peanut butter blossoms.

Not only is the cookie dough nice and easy, but they’ll love adding the Kisses to the top. 

Just make sure they’re careful, as the cookies need to be hot when you nestle the chocolate in the top. Otherwise, it won’t stick. 

Heath Bar Cookies

13. Heath Bar Cookies

The only thing better than a thick and chewy chocolate chip cookie is a thick and chewy chocolate chip cookie loaded with sweet toffee bits. 

Add a touch of sea salt to the top, and these will fast become your new favorites!

Bunch of chocolatey brownie cookies on a parchment paper on top of wooden board.

14. Fudgy Brownie Cookies

Is there anything better than a brownie in cookie form? I think not! These irresistible chocolate cookies melt in your mouth.

These are insanely fudgy and come together in one bowl, just like a batch of brownies. I suggest you double this recipe!

Trust me, you’ll need it.

Samoa Coconut and Caramel Cookies

15. Samoa Cookies (Copycat Recipe)

Samoa cookies are famously hard to resist. So why spend all year waiting for the Girl Scouts to start making their rounds?

With this recipe, you can have your favorite cookies whenever you like. And that combination of caramel, coconut, and chocolate is sure to be a hit. 

To save on time, I recommend making Samoa cookie bars, which are much easier to put together. 

Soft and Chewy Cowboy Cookies

16. Cowboy Cookies

Cowboy cookies aren’t your average oatmeal cookie.

Instead, they’re crazy thick and flavorful and can contain everything from pecans and coconut to caramel and chocolate. 

True to their Texas origins, these should be made big! Don’t be shy with the add-ins, and sprinkle some sea salt over before baking for the best cookie ever!

Sugar Cookies

17. Amish Sugar Cookies

These Amish cookies are slightly different from what you’re used to making, and it’s all in the sugar.

You’ll use granulated and powdered for something sweet yet perfectly crisp. 

Remember to use real butter for a richer flavor, and feel free to add chocolate chips or glaze to the top. 

Homemade White Chocolate Chip Cookies

18. White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Like your chocolate chip cookies a little extra sweet? Reach for this white chocolate treat!

They have a soft and gooey center with a slightly crisp exterior. Not to mention they’re bursting with white chocolate chips in every bite.  

Happiness is just a cookie away!

Lemon Drop Cookies

19. Lemon Drop Cookies

When life gives you lemons, bake lemon drop cookies! 

These citrusy treats taste like sunshine. Made with real lemon juice and zest, they’re bursting with a big lemony flavor. 

Perfect for when you crave something sweet, but aren’t in the mood for chocolate.

Chocolate-dipped Shortbread Cookies

20. Chocolate-Dipped Shortbread Cookies

Elevate your cookie game with these easy cookies.

Crisp, buttery shortbread gets an extra dose of decadence from a generous dunk in chocolate.

Made with five simple ingredients, these cookies are a cinch to make. And, they look like they came from a bakery.

Homemade Lemon Cake Mix Cookies with Milk

21. Lemon Cake Mix Cookies

Here’s another terrific and easy cookie recipe, and all you need is a box of lemon cake mix, a couple of eggs, and some oil. 

They come out with a pleasant yellow color and if you want some extra flavor, add lemon oil. 

These would be extra good with some dried blueberries, too.  

Chocolate Icebox Cookies

22. Chocolate Icebox Cookies

If you need a cookie recipe you can make ahead; these chocolate cookies are ideal.

Make the dough up to three months in advance, then just slice and bake when you need them. 

These will save you so much time around the holidays. Try rolling the edges in crushed candy canes before baking to make them extra festive.

Kitchen Sink Cookies with Crushed Pretzels and Nuts

23. Kitchen Sink Cookies

These kitchen sink cookies are the ones you should make last. 

After you’ve made chocolate chip, nutty cookies, and recipes with fun extras, this cookie dough can use up all the extra yummy ingredients. 

Throw in everything from pretzels and chips to dried fruit, coconut, and M&Ms.

Stacked M&Ms cookies in a wooden board.

24. Soft and Chewy M&M Cookies

These cookies will bring out the kid in you! 

Soft, chewy, and absolutely loaded with colorful M&M’s in every bite. Better yet, this candy comes in all kinds of colors. So you can tailor these for the occasion. 

No matter the color scheme, your little cookie monsters will devour these.

Orange cranberry cookies in cooling rack.

25. Orange Cranberry Cookies

Brighten up your holiday cookie tray with these irresistible orange cranberry cookies. 

They’re a super fun and tasty one to add to the mix. Bursting with fresh orange zest and tart cranberries, they taste like the season.

So spread a little cheer with these festive treats. Your friends and family will love you for it!

Fresh baked marry me cookies with chocolate chips on a cooling rack.

26. Marry Me Cookies

There’s a reason these are called Marry Me cookies. One bite and you’ll fall in love!

They’re loaded with white and semisweet chocolate chips in a brown butter oatmeal cookie. Each bite is pure bliss.

Whip up a batch and get ready to swoon. These are the ultimate chocolate chip cookies!

Homemade Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

27. Easy Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

If you’ve ever bitten into a peanut butter cup and wished it had a cookie layer, you’re in luck.

This recipe sits a whole mini-peanut butter cup right in a cookie shell.

Make half with regular and half with white chocolate peanut butter cups for more variety.

Cookies with melted chocolate bars and marshmallows on top served on a wooden board with parchment paper lining.

28. Easy S’mores Cookies

You don’t need a campfire to enjoy these cookies. All you need is a handful of ingredients and an oven.

Packed with chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows, they taste like your favorite childhood camping treat.

Bake a batch anytime you crave this classic goodie.

Thin strawberry cookies with cream filling.

29. Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies

Cheesecake may be tasking, but not these cookies! They’re a super easy treat that takes about 35 minutes. 

Soft, buttery cookies are bursting with fresh strawberries. But wait, there’s also a surprise cream cheese filling.

Who can say no to that?!

Cinnamon Cookies

30. Easy Cinnamon Cookies

Looking for an easy cookie recipe to make for the family? You just found it!

Cinnamon cookies are the anytime, anywhere goodie. Chewy and coated in cinnamon sugar, each bite is heaven.

They’re incredibly easy to whip up and yield a large serving. So there’s plenty of joy to go around.

Sweet Homemade Hot Chocolate Cookies with Marshmallows and Chocolate Chips

31. Hot Chocolate Cookies

Craving a cozy winter treat? These hot chocolate cookies are like a mug of cocoa in cookie form! 

It’s a twist on the beloved drink that’s legendary. They’re fudgy like a brownie with gooey marshmallow bits.

As a bonus, they’re flavored with hot chocolate and studded with chocolate chips.

Dark Chocolate Cookies with Nuts

32. Devil’s Food Fudge Cookies

Did you know that devil’s food cake is the chocolate version of angel food cake?

They’re both insanely light and airy, though this version is super rich and chocolatey. 

What more could you ask of a cookie?

Add to that big old chocolate chunks and butter walnuts, and these will fly off the plate in seconds.

Palmier Cookies with Sugar and Cinnamon

33. Palmier Cookies

Also known as elephant ears, Palmier cookies are a classic. They’re buttery, airy, crunchy, cinnamony, and flaky. 

Achieving the right texture can be tricky, but not with this recipe. Thanks to puff pastry, these French cookies are easy.

They’ve got all the texture and flavor with just six ingredients.

Chewy and Nutty Haystack Cookies

34. Haystack Cookies

Haystacks are a family tradition that’s a holiday must. Nutty, crunchy, chewy, and sweet, they’re such a lovely treat.

Crunchy chow mein noodles come coated in butterscotch and peanut butter with salted peanuts. 

They call for just four ingredients and 20 minutes to make. Plus, they’re no-bake.

Salty and Nutty Rice Krispie Cookies

35. Rice Krispie Cookies

These no-bake cookies are a breeze. You make them with just five ingredients and a microwave.

Better yet, you get all the Rice Krispie treat goodness you crave. Plus, extra goodies, including white chocolate, peanut butter, and salted peanuts.

You and your kids will love these!

Baked Fruitcake Cookies with Cherry, Pineapple, Walnuts and Pecans

36. Fruitcake Cookies

Fruitcake cookies pack the best parts of the holiday into bite-sized treats! 

They are the embodiment of Christmas in a cookie. Loaded with candied fruit, crunchy nuts, and brown sugar in every morsel. 

Perfect for gifting or keeping all to yourself. 

Bunch of crumbly cool whip cookies with powdered sugar coating on a wooden board.

37. Cool Whip Cookies (4 Ingredient Recipe)

Cool Whip cookies are the ideal treat for potlucks, book clubs, birthdays, and more. Light, soft, and chewy, they have the perfect powdered sugar crackle.

They’re the easiest thing in the world to make, too. All you need is four ingredients – boxed cake mix, Cool Whip, an egg, and powdered sugar.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s bake some cookies!

37 Cookies We Can’t Live Without

Course: Dessert, SnacksCuisine: American


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If you’re looking for the best cookie recipes, you’ve come to the right place! You’ll especially love this soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe. They melt in your mouth!


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (melted)

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup white sugar

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 1 egg

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
  • Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  • In a medium-size bowl, mix together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips by hand using a wooden spoon. Drop cookie dough 1/4 cup at a time onto the prepared cookie sheets. Keep the cookies about 3 inches apart.
  • Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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