Best Chocolate Chips: Guittard Real Semisweet Chocolate Chips
These boast an authentic, rich chocolate flavor, and the way they melt in a cookie is luscious.
To buy: $4 for 12 oz.; target.com.
Best Vanilla Extract: Rodelle Pure Vanilla Extract
With its sweet aroma, dark color, and lack of added sugars, this pure vanilla extract is as real as they come.
To buy: $25 for 8 oz.; amazon.com.
Best All-Purpose Flour: King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
A number one pick in our book thanks to its stellar and consistent results, this unbleached flour is preservative- and GMO-free.
To buy: $4 for 5 lb.; at grocery stores or kingathurflour.com.
Best Fruit Spread: D’arbo Rose Apricot Fruit Spread
Tastes like you picked the apricots yourself and placed them right in the jar. The texture and subtle sweetness are on point. Thumbprint cookies are calling!
To buy: $5 for 16 oz.; yummybazaar.com.
Best Cinnamon: Simply Organic Ground Cinnamon
Warm and fragrant without being overpowering. Bonus: Its wide- mouthed top leaves plenty of room to dip in a measuring spoon.
To buy: $6 for 2.45 oz.; jet.com.
Best Baking Butter: Plugrá European Style Butter Unsalted
Baked goods made with this rich European butter have an exquisite, tender texture, with deep buttery notes throughout.
To buy: $5 for 8 oz.; walmart.com.