50 Best Cookie Recipes

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50 Of the BEST Cookie Recipes

Cookies–who doesn’t love ’em? We have collected the best of the best cookie recipes and they’re all in one spot: here! Cookie recipes are one of the most-searched-for categories on our website, and our feedback tells us that you love what you’ve found here. We appreciate the many great reviews and hope this collection inspires you to try a few new cookie recipes!

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes

Collage of chocolate cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies–probably the most-favorite cookie variety in the world–or at least in the United States! We all have our favorite type–crispy, chewy, with or without nuts, with pudding, small batch, and even with fun add-ins to make them extra special. Check out our great hits list below; I bet you’ll find one that you haven’t tried yet! Once you try these, let me know what you think, and which ones are at the top of your list!

1. Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Everyone claims they have the best Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, but we KNOW ours is the best! Don’t believe us? Read the countless 5-star reviews and make them yourself. Be prepared to be blown away!

One reader said: “Made these with my boys and wasn’t sure we’d get any baked because the dough was so good. Glad we did, because they were (somehow) even better baked!!”

2. Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown butter and cookies are a match made in heaven. The flavors in this cookie are off the charts and they are just the best! 

One reader said: “Outstanding cookie. Chilling overnight really made a difference in the flavor.”

3. Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies

With over 120 rave reviews our Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies are a recipe you need in your back pocket when you’re craving something sweet but don’t want to overindulge. 

One reader said: “Chelsea! These are absolutely the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever made! I’m off to make my second batch in three days! Really- very good! Thanks.”

4. Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies

These Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies are ultra soft with an intense sweetness from the pudding mix. The pudding mix is the perfect shortcut to have this cookie dough whipped together in minutes.

One reader said: “These cookies are SO yummy and easy! We make them almost every Sunday night!”

5. DoubleTree® Cookies

There is a reason the Hilton hotel chain is famous for their DoubleTree® Cookies — they’re delicious. We took on the mission of making the perfect copycat and somehow made them even a little yummier! You’re going to love these! 

One reader said: “These are fantastic! I just love eating these when I check in on vacation and now I don’t have to wait for my next trip!!!”

Oatmeal Cookie Recipes

Nothing says homemade and comfy like oatmeal. These cookies are sweet, chewy, and full of flavor. Try just one–we dare you!

6. Coconut Oil Oatmeal Cookies

These Coconut Oil Oatmeal Cookies have good-for-you ingredient swaps you won’t find in standard oatmeal cookies – the dark chocolate-covered cranberries in this dough take the whole cookie to a new level!

One reader said: “I just made these and they were DELISH!! Even my 14-year-old and her friend loved them (she is always leery that I’m sneaking something healthy in).”

7. Oatmeal Cookies

There are few things better than soft, chewy, and flavorful oatmeal cookies — enjoy these cookies as is or read on to add in raisins, nuts, and/or chocolate chips!

One reader said: “These cookies are hands down, the BEST!”

8. Caramel Oatmeal Cookies

Caramel-Oatmeal Cookies are a fun twist on traditional oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. This version adds in flaked sweetened coconut and uses dark brown sugar for an ultra-rich flavor.

One reader said: “These are now my favorite cookies. I will emerge from my home a cookie monster, and these are the cookies that I will take with me into the world. They’re everything I love in a cookie.”

9. Oatmeal Scotchies

These sweet Oatmeal Scotchies have a thick, chewy center with crisp edges. You’ll love the deep caramel notes with a hint of cinnamon spice and all that butterscotch and crushed toffee!

One reader said: “These are absolutely amazing! The best Oatmeal Scotchies I have ever had. The toffee bits and molasses are total game changers for so much flavor. Your instructions and notes are super easy to follow and helpful. Thank you!!!”

10. Oatmeal Pecan Cookies

Delicious and flavorful Oatmeal Pecan Cookies. These cookies are crisp on the edges with the chewiest center! 

One reader said: “Chelsea – can I just tell you how happy I am right now? I just took a bite of these spectacular cookies. I have to say I am absolutely blown away. The texture is fantastic and the rich buttery flavor mixed with the carmel-y taste of brown sugar is absolutely to die for!”

Chocolate Cookie Recipes

Collage of chocolate cookie recipes

If a chocolate chip cookie isn’t enough chocolate for you, try these cookies with chocolate batter and extra goodies added in. They’re all a chocolate lover’s dream come true. Which one is your fave?

11. Chocolate Cookies

These Chocolate Cookies are rich and fudgy with soft, chewy interiors. We don’t take chocolate cookies lightly and pack two kinds of chocolate in these bad boys! 

One reader said: “We are obsessed with these cookies! They are so delicious and chewy!”

12. Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Soft, thick, and fudgy Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are filled with milk chocolate chips and coated in powdered sugar.

One reader said: “Oh, these were fantastic! I just loved the dusting of powdered sugar!”

13. Almond Joy Cookies

Almond Joy Cookies start with a brownie cookie base that gets loaded up with creamy coconut frosting, a roasted almond, and a drizzle of chocolate — what’s not to love?!

One reader said: “I made these tonight for a family gathering. They were amazing! I can’t wait to make them again. They’re perfect. I wouldn’t change a thing! Sooo many compliments. Thanks for sharing.”

14. Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Easy and delicious Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies are bursting with flavor and couldn’t be easier to make!

One reader said: “I made these and loved them! My family loved them!”

15. Chocolate Caramel Cookies

Bakery-style, soft and chewy, sweet Chocolate Caramel Cookies are baked with a chocolate-covered caramel candy in the center and Maldon sea salt flakes on top!

One reader said: “These are amazing! I made them for a cookie exchange 3 years ago, I’ve been making them ever since, everyone wanted the recipe. This is, by far, the most delicious cookies I have ever made!”

Healthy Cookie Recipes

Collage of Healthy cookie recipes

When you’re trying to upgrade your family’s nutrition habits, desserts and snacks are sometimes the first things to go. These healthy cookie recipes will cheer everyone up. They’re super tasty, and also pack in some healthy ingredients!

16. Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

With over 440 rave reviews, these Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies are wildly popular! And for good reason: they have very little sugar, come together quickly in ONE bowl, and don’t require any “specialty” ingredients or trips to a local health foods store!

One reader said: “Oh dear Lord! This is by far the best healthy cookie I’ve ever made/tasted! Whole household approves, yeayyy! Even the big brother who has an aversion to coconut oil enjoyed half of the baked cookies!!”

17. Healthy Chocolate Cookies

These Healthy Chocolate Cookies are made with no butter, white sugar, oil, or flour. They’re thick, chewy, and filled with good-for-you ingredients! 

One reader said: “Wow! I have experimented with lots of healthy cookie recipes and this one is even husband approved. And I mean the kind of husband who uses Toll House pre-made dough to make his cookies!”

18. Healthy Pumpkin Cookies

Our Healthy Pumpkin Cookies are flourless, free of refined sugars, and don’t use any oils or butter. They also come together in less than 30 minutes! 

One reader said: “I made these a few days ago and they were amazing–I mean unbelievable for a healthy cookie! Definitely gonna make these again. Thanks for the recipe.”

19. Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

With over 280 5-star reviews, these Healthy Pumpkin Cookies are filled with better-for-you swaps that will leave you satisfied and happy!

One reader said: “I have made these a few times now and I LOVE them with all my heart. I am not a baker and these are just perfect for me to make on an evening and be so satisfied with my efforts. I am currently making these for a baby shower tomorrow”

20. No-Bake Healthy Breakfast Cookies

No-Bake Healthy Breakfast Cookies are the perfect on-the-go breakfast or snack! They’re quick to make, require simple everyday ingredients, and the kids are sure to love them!

One reader said: “I saw this today and HAD to make them. Boy am I glad I did! They came out perfect!”

Bakery Style Cookie Recipes

Collage of Bakery-Style Cookies

What makes bakery-style cookies so special? Well, first off, they’re enormous–like, seriously large. And then, they look amazing. There are often special garnishes, decorations, frosting or other toppings. But most importantly, they are ridiculously delicious! These decadent treats are perfect for those times when you want your cookies to be impressive–because they are!

21. Bakery-Style Chocolate Chip Cookies

Easy and delicious Bakery-Style Chocolate Chip Cookies loaded with chocolate chips! These cookies are wildly popular and for good reason!

One reader said: “I never leave comments about recipes I tried, even when it’s good. That being said, you deserve credit for this recipe and a thank you. ..they were perfect. No exaggerating and I am very picky about chocolate chip cookies which I adore. ”

22. Bakery-Style M&M Cookies

We love a good, super-thick bakery-style cookie, but sometimes you need a thin, crispy one. And that’s where this Bakery M&M Cookies recipe comes in. These cookies are huge, exceptionally soft and chewy, yet thin with incredible crisp edges. 

One reader said: “These Bakery Style M&M Cookies are so dang delicious! They are a staple in my house!”

23. Bakery Style Chocolate Cookies

Bakery-Style Chocolate Cookies are big, soft, chewy, and ridiculously rich! You’ll fall in love with the thick, gooey, centers and slightly crisp edges! 

One reader said: “Me and my wife made these cookies and they were life changing. Already whipping up another batch!”

24. Coffee Cake Cookies

If you love coffee cake you’re going to love these Coffee Cake Cookies! They are big, bakery-style cinnamon-spiced cookies with a brown sugar streusel and simple vanilla glaze. 

One reader said: “These cookies came perfect!! I was scared to make them because I thought they would be a mess!…I will be making more of your recipes!”

25. Chocolate Oreo Cookies

These bakery-style Chocolate Oreo Cookies start with thick and gooey, chocolate-studded, and Oreo®-loaded chocolate cookies that get piled high with the best cookies and cream frosting.

One reader said: “Such a good cookie. I’m considering even using the cookie base and adding in different toppings. 10/10”

Pumpkin Cookie Recipes

Collage of Pumpkin cookie recipes

26. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

The best-ever Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies! These cookies are so amazing compared to your typical cake-like pumpkin cookies! 

One reader said: “I’ve made many cookies but I’ve never found a recipe as good as this one! I’ve already passed on the recipe a couple of times it’s that good! I really love how this is a non-cakey pumpkin cookie. Thank you!”

27. Pumpkin Cookies With Cream Cheese Frosting

With over 130 rave reviews, these Pumpkin Cookies with cream cheese frosting are unbelievably delicious!

One reader said: “Just made these cookies and mannnnn they came out perfect! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I never thought I could bake something and get it right the first time lol”

28. Pumpkin Cookies with a Cake Mix

These Pumpkin Cookies With a Cake Mix can be whipped together in a matter of minutes. They only require four ingredients: A cake mix, canned pumpkin, an egg, and chocolate chips!

One reader said: “Doesn’t get much better or easier than this! Pure bliss!”

29. Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Thick and chewy, spiced Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cookies! These cookies start with a sweet pumpkin cookie that is topped with a creamy pumpkin-spice frosting.

One reader said: “Ahhh man I’m going to have to up my fitness game since making these. The amount of spices used in these cookies makes it worth it. Reminds me of the perfect mix of pumpkin bread, molasses cookies, and snickerdoodles.”

30. Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Smooth and velvety cream cheese frosting sandwiched between two soft, chewy, thick, and rich pumpkin cookies — Pumpkin Whoopie Pies are the ultimate fall treat!

One reader said: “Very good recipe!! Cookies turned out great!! Loved them:)”

Cookie Recipes With Frosting

Collage of frosted cookie recipes

Come on, now–admit it:  Frosted cookies are the ones you pick first, aren’t they?! That’s because cookies with frosting pack a one-two punch: cookies AND frosting! We have several spectacular frosted cookie recipes here for you to decide on. Take our word for it–they’re out of this world!

31. Animal Circus Cookies

Animal Circus Cookies — an over-the-top delicious treat with a cake-batter flavored cookie base, cream cheese frosting, sprinkles, and an Animal Circus Cookie to top it all off.

One reader said: “I made these for my daughter’s birthday, and they were a hit! 5 STARS for the icing—this is by far the best cream cheese icing I’ve ever made!! So perfectly balanced, not too tangy, not too sweet. And I appreciated the note about just keep on mixing. It came together and I didn’t need to add a thing.”

32. Heath Bar Cookies

Heath Bar Cookies are a chocolate lover’s dream! They are gooey, caramel-loaded chocolate cookies piled high with whipped cream frosting and garnished with crushed toffee bits.

One reader said: “the BEST cookies ever! and super easy to make! would recommend to everyone!”

33. Salted Caramel Cookies

These Salted Caramel Cookies make the ultimate show-stopping, soft-yet-sweet, bakery-style cookie! These cookies start with a graham cracker cookie base, are loaded up with cream cheese frosting, and drizzled with salted caramel sauce!

One reader said: “These are worth every single second, they are beyond delicious! Seriously the best cookies I’ve ever had!”

34. Crumbl® Oreo Cookies

Crumbl Oreo Cookies are a copycat recipe of Crumbl Bakery’s fan-favorite Oreo cookie recipe! These Oreo-crumb-encrusted rich chocolate cookies are loaded with cream cheese frosting and garnished with crushed Oreos.

One reader said: “So so SOOO good! This recipe is a must!”

35. Soft Sugar Cookies

These chewy Soft Sugar Cookies have an amazing cream cheese frosting and lots of sprinkles! They are perfect for any occasion!

One reader said: “This recipe is a keeper. Best sugar cookies ever. Thank you for sharing.”

Christmas Cookie Recipes

Collage of Christmas Cookies

Everyone has their favorite Christmas cookies that they simply must have every year. But if you’re looking for a few new recipes to add to your holiday baking, check out these creative, delicious, extra-special Christmas Cookies!

36. Melted Snowman Cookies

Melted Snowman Cookies not only make such a fun winter treat–they’re also crazy delicious! 

One reader said: “This recipe is a keeper. Best sugar cookies ever. Thank you for sharing.”

37. Gingersnap Cookies

These tender, sweet Gingersnap Cookies have thick, chewy centers with crackling, crisp edges and the perfect blend of holiday spices. You’re going to go crazy for these!

One reader said: “Wonderful recipe! I made these yesterday, and were easy and tasty.”

38. Peppermint Bark Cookies

Peppermint Bark Cookies make the perfect seasonal treat. They’re fudgy, rich, and loaded with chopped peppermint bark, milk chocolate, and white chocolate. 

One reader said: “These are sooooo AMAZING! I made them for Christmas and New Year’s, and everyone loved them! AND they are easy to whip up. They are delicious warm and second day, I can’t imagine they’ll last any longer than day 2. ”

39. Santa Cookies

Santa Cookies are flavorful and sweet with soft interiors and slightly crisp edges. Bonus: these cookies are easy to make — you’ll only need one bowl and a spoon — no mixer required!

One reader said: “These have become a tradition in our house! We love them and so does Santa!”

40. Peppermint Snowball Cookies

Easy-to-make Peppermint Snowball Cookies with crushed peppermint and pecans are sure to be a hit this holiday season!

One reader said: “We live in California and my kids totally miss the snow! Would have been so much fun for the little ones. These snowball cookies look as perfect as the first snow:)”

Summer Cookie Recipes

Collage of Summer cookie recipes

These cookies are perfect for summertime fun, picnics, and lazy days. Of course, they’re so tasty that you’ll be fixing them 365/12, and that’s okay too!

41. Lemon Curd Cookies

These buttery shortbread cookies are filled with lemon curd, baked, and then drizzled with a vanilla-almond glaze. Lemon Curd Cookies have perfectly crisp edges with a soft and tangy center — a lemon lover’s dream treat! Lemon curd may sound mysterious, but it’s a lot like creamy lemon jam–delicious!

One reader said: “Thank you! Great recipe, I added orange zest to the dough and used an orange curd – absolutely melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness.”

42. Funfetti® Cookies

Our favorite soft and chewy Funfetti Cookies are loaded-up with rainbow sprinkles! These cookies are the perfect mash-up of classically soft sugar cookies and Funfetti cake flavors.

One reader said: “O-M-G. These look to die for! I love cake-batter- type cookies, but these are just one step above that.”

43. S’mores Cookies

Bakery-style, soft,and chewy, S’mores Cookies are loaded with all the S’mores must-haves: graham crackers, marshmallows, and loads of chocolate! We replace some of the flour with crushed graham crackers to give these cookies an irresistible sweetness and a unique flavor!

One reader said: “You definitely have a knack for baking! You’ve been posting some amazing-looking treats, great job again!”

44. Trail Mix Cookies

Trail Mix Cookies are a fun and unique twist on regular oatmeal cookies — add a generous scoop of your favorite trail mix to the batter and be prepared to have a new favorite cookie recipe!

One reader said: “So delicious! We love these so much, who would have thought trail mix would make the most delicious cookies!”

45. Lemon Cheesecake Cookies

Lemon Cheesecake Cookies are thick, soft, and chewy with a cheesecake-like texture and a simple lemon glaze.

One reader said: “Yummm…these look totally drool-worthy! I’m such a fan of lemon desserts, but haven’t traditionally liked lemon cookies too much (I think I’ve had a few too many non-descript, dry lemon cookies) – these, however, look super moist and delicious.”

Cookie Bar Recipes

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Cookie Bars make prep time a snap. No need to roll, scoop, or drop–just spread them into a pan and bake like brownies! When you’re baking for a crowd, this is the way to save time without sacrificing any flavor.

46. Cookie Bars

Cookie Bars are so much faster than cookies to make, yet are just as delicious! These bars are rich, soft, chewy, and loaded with plenty of chocolate.

One reader said: “I don’t know what the magic is but these are amazing. I’m about to make them for the second time in 2 weeks”

47. Sugar Cookie Bars

Soft, tender, and chewy Sugar Cookie Bars are piled high with a sweet buttercream frosting and loads of sprinkles! If you prefer, we’ve also included a  delicious cream cheese frosting as well!

One reader said: “Well, you have to know I’m all over this!! I’m in LOVE!”

48. Magic Cookie Bars

Magic Cookie Bars start with a thick graham cracker crust and are loaded with milk and white chocolate chips, M&M’s, caramel bits, and oats. Sweetened condensed milk makes the “magic” happen by holding everything together and making these bars ultra gooey, sweet, and tasty!

One reader said: “Wow these are SO delicious! We seriously can’t get enough of these! They really are magic haha!”

49. Cookie Butter Bars

These Cookie Butter Bars start with a simple oatmeal cookie dough that is baked, then topped with chocolate chips and lots of gooey cookie butter, and finished off with another layer of oatmeal cookie dough.

One reader said: “These were sooo good. Definitely going in my baking rotation.”

50. S’mores Cookie Bars

Gooey, marshmallow-filled, chocolate-layered, graham-cracker-oatmeal-crumb-coated S’mores Cookie Bars.

One reader said: “Been making these for nearly 3 years, always a 10 from everyone. I call it Death by Bob, hope that’s ok, Chelsea the real mvp. Really is the best.”


Check individual recipes for specifics, but many (most, even!) of these recipes can be frozen to use later. But don’t freeze the baked cookies–freeze the raw dough! Dough can handle freezer conditions better than baked cookies, and fresh-out-of-the-oven ALWAYS beats leftovers!

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