10 Best-Ever Cookie Recipes

These cookie recipes are easy to make, perfect for swapping, and pretty enough to be decorations. Cookies are always crowd-pleasers—and great handmade gifts for friends and family during the holidays or for other special occasions. With so many cookie recipes to choose from, you can fill your cookie jar year-round. Keep ice cream in the freezer, and you’ll always have an easy answer when somebody asks, “What’s for dessert?” From a classic like chocolate chip — to gingerbread cookies, these 10 cookie recipes are out of this world delicious!

1. Deep-Dish Skillet Cookies

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You will want to make sure you save room for this decadent skillet dessert. Start with our classic chocolate chip cookie recipe, and then get creative with fun, flavorful mix-ins. There’s something for everyone here; from a gooey, chewy classic chocolate chip to a surprising hummingbird cake-inspired treat. We recommend serving with vanilla ice cream.

2. Ginger Shortbread Cookies with Lemon-Cream Cheese Frosting
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These simple and delicious cookies only have six ingredients, so they are easy to bake. The cream cheese frosting adds a dollop of rich deliciousness to every mouthful. Making the frosting is easy too—just mix together cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice. It will have just the right amount of sweet and bite. Be sure to let the cookies cool before you cover them with frosting. To dress these cookies up a little more, and to add extra flavor to these lemony shortbread treats, top them with some crystallized ginger and lemon zest.

3. Chewy Ginger Cookies
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Peeled and finely grated fresh ginger—and black pepper—give this classic cookie a kick. Prep tip: Swirl a liquid measuring cup with a thin coat of vegetable oil before measuring molasses for the most accurate (and least sticky) result. These cookies are also as beautiful as they are tasty: cover them with some gold sanding sugar and you’ll feel like you are devouring delicious edible jewels. One reviewer loved this so much it may replace their favorite gingersnap cookie. They said, “I wanted to try something different. I am glad I did. These are delicious.” We know you’ll find them delicious too.

4. 5-Ingredient Sugar Cookies
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This recipe really is what it says. It really does have five ingredients, and it makes a classic sugar cookie. You can put this cookie together quickly—it rests for 15 minutes after you roll it out, gets baked for 8 to 10 minutes, and cools for 30 minutes more. In under an hour you’re ready to eat these fantastic sweet treats. The hardest part will be waiting while the glaze and decorations dry. But since you want these cookies to be beautiful, take the extra time to make them look as wonderful as they taste. They make gorgeous, homemade holiday gifts. When glazing, use a shallow bowl that will accommodate the entire cookie.

5. Belgian Spice Cookies

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These cookies begin with five simple ingredients. Put them together, chill the dough, then slice the cookies and get ready to bake. They will come out of the oven crisp and fragrant wonders. If you would like to create a lacy design on these cookies (also known as Speculoos), place a stencil or doily over the cooled cookies before dusting each one with powdered sugar. These make a beautiful addition to any holiday table, and look great when you are entertaining guests. Keep an eye out for stencils or doilies with designs or patterns you would like to use.

6. Chocolate-Peppermint Crackle Cookies
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It only takes a tiny bit of peppermint extract to bring the perfect minty taste to these crunchy crackle cookies. You’ll love how rich and chocolaty they are thanks to the chopped, unsweetened baking bars, as well as some unsweetened cocoa. For the best “crackle” effect, you may want to re-roll the balls of cookie dough in the powdered sugar just before baking to cover any exposed spots. Cool these Chocolate-Peppermint Crackle Cookies completely on a wire rack before digging in—if you can manage to wait that long! These will smell so good straight out of the oven that may be a little difficult.

7. Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies
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Part of what makes these cookies so great is their signature chunks of dark chocolate. They are what give these cookies their name. They’re also packed full of toasted oats, so you’ll love their distinctive flavor. And, for an even chewier texture, you can substitute ½ cup of hazelnut or almond flour for ½ cup of all-purpose flour.

But what really pushes these delights over the edge is one of the final steps in the recipe: “press remaining chocolate into cookies.” This happens right after the warm delights come out of the oven. You’re supposed to wait 15 minutes for the cookies to cool completely after that. Good luck.

8. Gingerbread Men Cookies
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Variety is the spice of life, and we love making these spiced Gingerbread Men Cookies in a fun variety of sizes. These delicious treats are a favorite holiday tradition. It is very easy to involve the little ones in your family in getting these together in the kitchen by letting them decorate the cookies. They’ll love what they can create with the Royal Icing, or with the Buttermilk Frosting. Assorted candies and decorator sugar cookies will also keep them enthralled as they create their gingerbread men holiday fun. Everyone will leave the kitchen with a sweet treat—and a smile.

9. Candy Bar-Peanut Butter Cookies
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If you like peanut butter and chocolate, you’ll love these gooey cookies. It mixes creamy peanut butter with candy bars to amp up the deliciousness level in these candy-bar cookies. What’s even better is that a lot of the chocolate and peanut combination comes from using a candy bar. That means this recipe has all the makings of an easy kitchen classic. Our decadent recipe features three-dozen chocolate-covered caramel-peanut nougat bars. Yes, that is correct, 36 little candy bars are covered in dough, then baked to perfection. This is a simple delight. So don’t decide if you prefer chocolate or peanut butter—enjoy them both in every single bite.

10. Chocolate Crinkle Candy Surprise Cookies
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The surprise here is that these cookies are baked around a caramel-candy center. Every single ball contains a chewy caramel delight inside, creating the perfect warm, gooey middle. Topping them with sugar adds that extra little touch that makes these Chocolate Crinkle Candy Surprise Cookies special. It is very important to you’re your eyes on these so they cook just right. As Megan Porta of pipandebby.com explains, “Be careful not to overbake these cookies. Ten minutes is the sweet spot for most ovens.” Cool them eight minutes, sprinkle them with some powdered sugar, and they’re ready to eat.