The best classic cookie recipes all in one list

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There are a lot of ways to brighten someone’s day, but a freshly baked batch of homemade cookies offers something other surprises can’t. A big one is the appreciation for someone making something with their own hands instead of relying on a store-bought item. A bonus for the person who makes cookies is having the whole home smell of warm sugar and butter being transformed into culinary bliss.
Cookies don’t have to be complicated to make a big impression. From chocolate chip to understated sugar cookies, it's the thought is what counts. It doesn't hurt to have a frosty mug of milk or steaming cup of coffee nearby to round out the moment.
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Take a look at the following tutorials. You’ll find blasts from the past and even a few new options to bring a little sweetness to your day.
How to make the best chocolate chip cookies
Making chocolate chip cookies seems simple enough if you follow the directions on the chocolate chip packaging. Unfortunately, a few pitfalls can make the cookies flat or too crisp. The following video walks through all the steps, but make sure the butter and eggs are at room temperature before you begin. Room temperature butter and sugar create a fluffy, creamy base for the dry ingredients, so allow a few extra minutes for the butter to come to room temperature. Get the recipe here.
How to make classic sugar cookies
Sugar cookies make an appearance on nearly every holiday cookie platter, but they're equally good all year. Start with room temperature eggs and butter, and let the finished dough chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour before rolling it out. Avoid the temptation to roll out dough a second time. The more times you roll dough, the tougher the cookies will be. Get the recipe here.
How to make spiced snickerdoodles
If you like cookies with a hint of spice, then you'll love making snickerdoodles. These puffy, sugary, spicy goodies fit the bill on their own or dunked in a cup of coffee. You probably have most of the necessary spices in the cupboard because many of them make an appearance on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Don't wait for a holiday to make these tasty treats. Get the recipe here.
How to make classic oatmeal raisin cookies
When was the last time you had a cookie that was good for you? That may sound like an oxymoron, but oatmeal raisin cookies provide lots of fiber and contain a juicy fruity bonus that offsets the sugar found in most recipes. As an added bonus, these can go from mixing bowl to table in less than 30 minutes. Get the recipe here.
How to make gingersnap cookies
Growing up with Southern grandparents can be a blessing, especially when it came to cookie recipes. Gingersnaps were a favorite around our house because they had a warm, spicy taste with a crisp exterior. Whether you dunk these in coffee or eat them with a glass of milk, you'll be astounded by the different a homemade version can make. Get the recipe here.
How to make peanut butter cookies
Peanut butter cookies are surprisingly easy to make, but they're nearly impossible to keep around. These addictive, protein-filled wonders have both a sweet and salty edge, and they're especially suited for making ice cream sandwiches. Feel free to follow the recipe to the letter or try substituting almond butter for a difference taste. Get the recipe here.
How to make double chocolate chunk cookies
Is there really such a thing as too much chocolate? If you're a fan of excess, then this cookie recipe will satisfy all your chocolate cravings. The base is similar to brownie dough and is enhanced by a combination of semi-sweet chips and dark chocolate chunks. These cookies will disappear quickly, so grab the first few for yourself. Get the recipe here.
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