Discover delicious cookie recipes to fill your gift bags and cookie jars
Prepare to abandon all restraint when you try one of these cookies, made with melted chocolate and chocolate chips in the
batter and layered with a chocolate ganache filling.
Recipe: Triple-Threat Chocolate Cookies
Whether you like your chocolate chip cookies thin and crisp, thick and chewy, or double chocolatey, we've got the perfect
recipe for you.
Recipe: Thick, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe: Thin, Crisp Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe: Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
More: Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes
With a simple cookie cutter, you can create glamour from dough.
Recipe: Lemon Meringue-Filled Gingersnap Snowflake Cookies
Submitted by readers Dustin and Erin Beutin, Tustin, CA
Unlike traditional meringues, which are crisp all the way through, these are still chewy on the inside, like mini pavlovas—but with white chocolate chips and plenty of peppermint. For an elegant touch, dip the edges in melted dark chocolate.
Recipe: White Christmas Dream Drops
Submitted by reader Lynn Lloyd, Mt. Shasta, CA
Cornstarch gives these cookies a delicate, sandy texture. You could also fill them with thick caramel or frosting.
Recipe: Chocolate Hazelnut Cutout Cookies (Nocciolini)
Submitted by reader Anissa Shea, Walnut Creek, CA
Although the flavors here are rich and complex, the recipe is very easy to make.
Recipe: Chai-spiced Shortbread Cookies
Submitted by reader Marilyn Perata Berg, Saratoga, CA
Instead of making traditional, individually shaped cuccidati, Marilyn came up with a simplified bar cookie technique to fill and shape her recipe.
Recipe: Sicilian Dried Fruit and Nut Bars (Cuccidati)
These cinnamon-sugar cookies disappear quickly, so keep plenty on hand!
Submitted by reader Heather Allen, Aptos, CA
A low oven temperature is the secret to developing the melt-in-the-mouth texture.
Recipe: Pecan Balls
Like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, only better.
Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies
The holidays are not complete without crisp, molasses-flavored gingerbread men and women.
Recipe: Gingerbread People
This delicious fall treat offers the perfect way to make use of your Thanksgiving leftovers. Instead of using jam, fill these
bite-sized cookies with your extra cranberry sauce.
Recipe: Cranberry Thumbprints
Dulce de leche, a thick, rich caramel made with sweetened milk, is sold in Mexican markets and some well-stocked supermarkets.
If it's unavailable, use a thick caramel sauce or caramel ice cream topping.
Recipe: Alfajores de Dulce de Leche (Caramel Sandwich Cookies)
These rich, delicate almond cookies are perfect with a cup of tea.
Recipe: Almond Butter Cookies
Bourbon adds spark to these wafer-thin spice cookies.
Recipe: Bourbon Snaps
The sandy texture of these shortbreadlike cookies comes from semolina, made from durum wheat and usually used for pasta. Orange
zest and currants impart lots of flavor.
Recipe: Buttery Semolina Currant Cookies
Tita Owre of Pecos, New Mexico, says that her mother's apricot buttons were more than just a Christmas cookie ― they were
an essential part of every family celebration.
Recipe: Apricot Buttons (front)
Recipe: Brown Butter Sandies (middle)
Recipe: Soft Ginger Cookies (back)
Fun and portable, this easy dessert stuffs sweet cream cheese icing between two flat cylinders of spiced carrot cake.
Recipe: Inside-Out Carrot Cakes
These moist, chewy chocolate cookies have a pleasant ginger kick and are a real crowd pleaser.
Recipe: Ginger Chocolate Cookies
Use a sharp knife, a 1/2-inch cookie cutter, or the narrow end of a 1/2-inch plain pastry tip to cut holes out of half the
cookies before baking.
Recipe: Raspberry Shortbread Sandwiches
Dulce de leche is a thick, rich sauce made by reducing milk for hours. It's a staple sweet in many Latin American countries.
Recipe: Dulce de Leche Gingersnap Sandwich Cookies
Flake salt retains its shape during baking, so you get a little crunch.
Recipe: Walnut Shortbread Cookies with Flake Salt and Citrus
These spice-filled cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
Recipe: Candied Ginger-Citrus Cookies
The dough for these peppermint-flavored cookies can be made and then frozen for up to two weeks.
Recipe: Candy Cane Cookies
These easy (only 5 ingredients!) caramel cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
Recipe: Carmelized-Sugar Cookies
Rich, buttery shortbread sandwiches raspberry jam for an easy but elegant cookie.
Recipe: Raspberry Window Shortbread
These almondy cookies are a snap to make, and you can store them airtight for up to 3 days.
Recipe: Chinese Almond Cookies
These flourless cookie bites are a delicious cross between a brownie and a soft cookie—the orange zest adds a bit of contrast.
Recipe: Chocolate Orange Cookie Cups
These rich drop cookies taste like chocolate-covered macadamia nut candies.
Recipe: Chocolate-Macadamia Nut Clusters
These cookies are best the day they are filled, but you can make both the cookies and the filling up to 3 days ahead.
Recipe: Chocolate Thumbprints
For fun, top these airy coffee cookies with a single espresso bean.
Recipe: Coffee Meringues
A trip to New York inspired Jeannie Lee of Marin County, California, to develop this rich, cranberry-filled cookie.
Recipe: Cranberry Rugelach
Cut these cookies in any shape; decorate them with powdered sugar icing and large-crystal sugar, if you like.
Recipe: Favorite Cutout Cookies
If you like, you can decorate these lacy, candylike cookies with more chocolate, piped in fine lines.
These palmiers look impressively hard to make, but actually, the opposite is true. As with any super-buttery dough, chilling
it makes it much easier to slice.
Recipe: Cardamom Brown-Sugar Palmiers
We love these frosted ginger cookies' soft texture and bright spice flavor. Frosted ginger cookies are perfect for gifts
and Christmas cookie swaps.
Recipe: Frosted Ginger Cookies
These cookies are a holiday twist on traditional pinwheels, in which plain and chocolate doughs are swirled together.
Recipe: Gingerbread Pinwheels
These cookies, less sweet and slightly richer than classic tea cakes, are baked in S shapes.
Recipe: Greek Almond Tea Cakes
You can store these fruit- and nut-filled cookies airtight for up to 2 days.
Recipe: Lemon Fruit Swirls
What's better than nutella? Having it in sandwich-cookie form!
Recipe: Hazelnut Nutella Sandwich Cookies
Store these crisp mint-chocolate chip cookies airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days.
Recipe: Mint Chippers
These soft, yielding cookies have a double dose of chocolate. They're the perfect foil for rich, gooey peanut butter ice cream.
Recipe: Peanut-Butter Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches
Madeleine pans have shell-shaped indentations and are usually used to make the sponge cake-like cookie traditional in France,
but it's a charming shape for any cookie.
Recipe: Orange Butter Shells
These rich, fudgy cookies are better when slightly underbaked, as our recipe directs.
Recipe: Double Chocolate Cookies
Look for large-crystal decorating sugar to coat theses super-simple cookies (2 ingredients!) at cake-decorating supply stores
or well-stocked supermarkets.
The best accompaniment to these indulgent cookies is a cold glass of milk. The recipe was developed by Marlene Sorosky Gray,
the award-winning author of The Dessert Lover's Cookbook.
Recipe: Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip-Oatmeal Cookies
You can't taste the zucchini in these cookies, but it adds vitamins, fiber, and a nice moist texture.
Recipe: Zucchini Cookies
For best results, bake these French-style macaroons on cooking parchment.
Recipe: Peanut-Chocolate Macaroons
These pretty cutouts have translucent candy windows.
Recipe: Stained-Glass Cookies
These may look humble, but they have big, beautiful flavors.
Recipe: Sugar- and Spice-Dusted Ginger Chew Cookies
Warmed with a hint of cinnamon, these delicately sweet cookies have a slightly sandy texture and taste great with a glass
of Moroccan mint tea.
Recipe: Almond Butter Crescents
You won’t be able to stop at just one of these of these rich, nut-studded chocolate cookies.
Recipe: Chocolate Hazelnut Domes
"I grew up inhaling whoopie pies, bless my mother’s soul," says cookbook author Eric Gower. "Although I would like to offer
her recipe, I’m afraid that just reading the quantity of trans fats (Crisco) called for might incite cardiac arrest! This
healthier version tastes even better."
Recipe: Matcha Whoopie Pies
The trick to a good ice cream sandwich: Make it and freeze it only briefly before eating, or thaw until at least slightly
Recipe: Ice Cream Gingersnap Sandwiches
Romina Rasmussen, owner of Salt Lake City's Les Madeleines bakery, makes these stunning holiday cookies. “Some gingerbread
cookie recipes have chocolate in the dough, but using chocolate glaze offers an opportunity to decorate,” says Rasmussen—which,
although a bit painstaking, produces cookies so lovely it’s worth the effort. The glaze retains an appealing softness even
after it’s set, so serve the cookies on a platter—in a single layer—to preserve their prettiness.
Recipe: Chocolate Gingerbread Snowflakes
“I loved to eat these when I lived in Asia,” says Romina Rasmussen, owner of Salt Lake City's Les Madeleines bakery. “Pocky
sticks are Japanese but they’re all over Taiwan and Hong Kong too.” The flexible dough lends itself to myriad shapes, but
long pocky sticks look great on a dessert bar in a glass because they bring height to the table.
Recipe: Chocolate-Peppermint Pocky Sticks