Our Most Popular Cookie Recipes Ever
From soft and chewy chocolate chip to oatmeal raisin cookies, these are the recipes our readers can't get enough of.
Chocolate chip, sugar cookies, French-style macarons, gingerbread, and peanut butter cookies—when it comes to cookies, our readers love them all. We've been publishing cookie recipes since 1993, and while our editors will tell you each one is delicious in its own right, some have emerged as all-time favorites among our readers. Here, we're sharing the 31 cookies you love most, starting with the Spiced Hot-Chocolate Cookies that you see here.
So, which other cookie recipes do our readers turn to most frequently? Not surprisingly, you'll find plenty of holiday favorites, like gingerbread cookies and spritz cookies, in the mix. After all, what's a celebratory occasion without a sweet treat? We have several types of gingerbread cookies, including a timeless recipe and one made with a touch of chocolate. Fortunately, the holiday season is long enough that you can try your hand at both. We also have recipes for simple cut-out sugar cookies, and while you can definitely enjoy them plain, we say they're not truly finished until they're decorated with royal icing. The beauty of all of our sugar cookie recipes is that you can make the dough in advance and store it in the refrigerator or freezer (for up to three months) until you're ready to bake them.
Then there are the classic cookie recipes, like oatmeal raisin. We have several variations including a better-for-you whole-wheat version, a gluten-free recipe, and one that swaps raisins for other dried fruit, such as cranberries or currants. But our most popular cookie collection wouldn't be complete without a few chocolate chip recipes, and the ones our readers love most are not to be missed. Whether you're team soft and chewy, thin and crispy, or somewhere in between, you'll find your favorite new recipe here.
Ready to bake? We guarantee that you will want to whip up a batch (or two!) of each and every one of our most popular cookie recipes.
Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Basic Sugar Cookies
Healthy Oatmeal Cookies
Glazed Lemon Cookies
Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie
Kitchen Sink Cookies
Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cookies
Outrageous Chocolate Cookies
Peanut Butter Cookies
You only need six ingredients to make these classic peanut butter cookies: creamy peanut butter, flour, butter, light brown sugar, baking powder, and an egg. Use a fork to create the cross-hatch pattern on top of each cookie.
Chewy Chocolate-Gingerbread Cookies
In a delicious departure from the traditional gingerbread cookies, this recipe calls for a combination of Dutch-processed cocoa powder and semisweet chocolate in addition to the usual ingredients, including ground and fresh ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
Ideal Sugar Cookies
Crisp and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
If you prefer chocolate chip cookies that are crunchy rather than super-soft, this recipe is for you. Our pan-banging method creates a mesmerizing ripple effect and results in thin and crispy cookies every single time.
Thin and Crisp Chocolate Chip Cookies
The difference between thin and crispy cookies and soft and chewy cookies is the proportion of ingredients—this recipe calls for a bit more butter and granulated sugar than you'll find in other recipes, which creates an extra-crunchy cookie.
Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
A classic cookie recipe like oatmeal raisin will never go out of style. Bake a batch just like Grandma did using this popular 30-minute recipe.
Jam Thumbprint Cookies
Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies
Why are these the ultimate chocolate chip cookies? The texture is just right—not too chewy and not too cakey—and they're jam-packed with two kinds of chocolate chips, resulting in one perfect treat.
Chewy Molasses Spice Cookies
Sugar, spice, and everything nice! These cookies hit the perfect balance in terms of flavor and texture.
Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Cakey Chocolate Chip Cookies
If you're team soft, this chocolate chip cookie recipe is for you. It calls for less butter and brown sugar than you may be used to, which gives it its "cakey" texture.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
This crowd-pleasing recipe turns everyone's favorite cookie into sliceable bars. A combination of semisweet and milk chocolate chips brings ooey-gooey, melt-in-your-mouth flavor.
Old-Fashioned Lemon Sugar Cookies
Basic Vanilla Cookie Dough
Here's a super versatile yet simple cookie dough that can be used for cutout, spritz, thumbprint, or shaped icebox cookies.
Chocolate Crackle Cookies
To create the appearance of a snow-kissed fudgy cookie, this chocolate cookie dough is rolled in confectioners' sugar just before baking.
Alexis's Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies
Martha's daughter developed this recipe for super thin and crispy chocolate chip cookies, which are made with three cups of brown sugar for a deep, caramelized flavor.
Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies
Instead of the usual raisins, we swapped in one cup of dried cranberries in this oatmeal cookie recipe. The result is a slightly more tart—but just as delicious—treat.