21 Classic, Delicious Cookie Recipes
We’ve rounded up simple cookie recipes for almost every type of cookie, so you can find the one that speaks to you and start baking without too much time clicking around. Whether you’re preparing for a cookie exchange or just itching to make some of the most popular cookies out there for yourself, consider this your starting point.
Once you’ve picked your delicious cookie recipe, it’s time to gather your baking supplies. Hopefully you already have most of them in your pantry, but depending on what you’re making, a trip to the store may be necessary. (You could always try out some baking substitutions, too.) From there, it’s just a matter of baking as much or as little as you want. With these delicious cookies as the result of your efforts, you’ll be thanking yourself with every scrumptious bite.
One bite of these chewy cinnamon cookies will take you right back to childhood.
Get the recipe: Snickerdoodles
Who says gingerbread is just for the holidays? Bake these cookies year-round and decorate with a simple icing.
Get the recipe: Gingerbread Cookies
Roll the dough in a generous dose of confectioners’ sugar before baking to achieve this pretty snowy effect.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Crinkles
Decorate these crumbly little bites with a light vanilla glaze and colorful sprinkles.
Get the recipe: Angeletti
Chocolate Chocolate-Chunk Cookies
There’s melted chocolate in the batter along with chocolate chunks in the final product—a chocoholic’s delight.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Chocolate-Chunk Cookies
Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies
Chewy and crumbly, this favorite has an added bonus—the recipe is flourless, making it a great gluten-free sweet treat.
Get the recipe: Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies
Chopped pecans add an irresistible nutty crunch.
Get the recipe: Pecan Sandies
Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
Fill sugar cookies with apricot or raspberry jam for a burst of sweet fruit in every bite.
Get the recipe: Jam Thumbprints
Chewy Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies
Use old-fashioned rolled oats to lend robust flavor and texture to these hearty cookies.
Get the recipe: Chewy Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies
Raspberry-Almond Linzer Cookies
Add ground toasted almonds to the batter to give these beautiful sandwich cookies a fragrant nuttiness.
Get the recipe: Raspberry-Almond Linzer Cookies
Chewy Sugar Cookies
These easy, melt-in-your-mouth cookies don’t require any rolling or cutting out.
Get the recipe: Chewy Sugar Cookies
Biscotti are baked twice to make them extra crisp and dry—perfect for dunking in a cup of coffee.
Get the recipe: Almond Biscotti
Glazed Lemon Cookies
Chewy Spice Cookies
Molasses helps keep these cookies—spiced with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves—moist and chewy.
Get the recipe: Chewy Spice Cookies
Buttery, crumbly shortbread is an ideal afternoon treat with a cup of tea.
Get the recipe: Shortbread Wedges
Pine Nut Drops
Crunchy pine nuts provide a satisfying contrast in these chewy cookies.
Get the recipe: Pine Nut Drops
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Delicate, lacy cookies boast a layer of chocolate on one side for an extra-decadent treat.
Get the recipe: Florentines
Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons
To make chewy macaroons even more delicious, dip them in melted chocolate and let set before serving.
Get the recipe: Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons
Use a cookie press to form pretty shapes; sprinkle with sanding sugar before baking to add extra shine.
Get the recipe: Spritz Cookies
Chocolate Chip Meringue Kisses
Related: A Simple Trick for Cooling Baking Sheets
When making multiple batches of treats, it's tempting to re-use the pans while they're still warm from the oven. But placing raw cookie dough on warm pans can cause the cookies to bake unevenly. Instead, use this simple trick on high-quality baking sheets, which will ensure a perfect batch of cookies every single time.