Look To The Cookie! 9 Amazing Cookie Recipes

Softbatch Funfetti Cookies

In the amazing world of baking there is a classical way of doing things (i.e. chocolate chip cookies) and the extraordinary way of doing things (i.e. chocolate chip snowball cookies). It all comes down to the decision to make something you don’t see everyday!

Whether you’re baking for fun or a special event, these cookie recipes are sure to “ooo!” “wow!” and “yum!” whoever gets the pleasure of enjoying them.


Salted Butter Chocolate Chunk Shortbread

Salted Butter Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies

This recipe takes the classic chocolate chip cookie combo and gives it a gourmet twist. With a delicate shortbread texture, delightful brown sugar and plenty of chocolate chunks, the from-scratch recipe is easier than one would expect. Asking for only one unique ingredient – demerara sugar – dough is rolled into log form and chilled before being cut into ½ inch rounds, sprinkled with sea salt and baked.

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Pumpkin Caramel Snickerdoodles

Pumpkin Caramel Snickerdoodles

Flavor combination perfection! A lengthy ingredient list is worth it for such fully-loaded sweet perfection. As with most baking with pumpkin, these cookies are wonderfully soft. This, plus the amount of dough needed to house a caramel candy requires some quick and gentle work. After the caramel is encased in the dough, cookies are rolled in some signature snickerdoodle cinnamon sugar before being baked for 12 minutes. Because of their caramel center, these cookies are best eaten fresh.

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Cinnamon Roll

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Assuming you are familiar with the complete amazingness that is a cinnamon bun, then its easy to see why these cookies made our list. Starting with regular sugar cookie dough, this recipe requires attention to keeping your dough chilled. After the first chilling, you will be rolling it out to a rectangle, spreading melted but cooler butter and cinnamon-sugar, then rolling the rectangle up into a log for the spiral shape. Chill again, then cut to slices and bake away! Just don’t forget to serve with icing for the full cinnamon bun effect.

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Maple Vanilla Bean Meringue

Vanilla Maple Meringue

The meringue! Perfect little swirly puffy clouds full of flavor! Airy, and somehow magically soft and crisp at the same time, this recipe is an elegant take on cookies. Using a Swiss method, these meringues are made by using a double boiler to combine the egg with the sweetener (maple syrup in this case). The use of a candy thermometer to be certain the heat of the egg white mixture doesn’t go above 140º F is highly recommended, otherwise you may have issues with the cookies weeping in the oven.

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Brown Butter Pecan

Brown Butter Pecan Cookies

If you like soft cookies bursting with the comforting flavors and delightful textures of brown sugar, butter and pecans then you are in luck! This amazing recipe gives extra care to making the pecans extra delicious with a simple but smart step of lightly toasting them in butter. With buttered pecans in and on top of a buttery, brown sugar-y rich dough, this recipe can do no wrong.

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Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake

Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Cookies

Brightening up the world of cookies, these blueberry lemon cheesecake cookies come with an easy recipe and outstanding presentation. You might never expect the bold flavors of blueberry to go so well with tangy lemon, but these cookies are an excellent example they are a great match. We love the creative use of ingredients in this recipe; cream cheese and heavy cream work together seamlessly to provide the soft cheesecake consistency that carries the blend of flavors so well!

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Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Red Velvet Whoopie Pie Cookies

The best part of these gorgeous cookie sandwiches? A box of red velvet cake mix! With just a few alterations to the original box recipe most cake mixes can be used to achieve that thicker cookie consistency. Complete with icing recipe for the center of your whoopie pies, these might just be worth keeping some red velvet mix on hand!

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Softbatch Funfetti

Softbatch Funfetti Cookies

Made from scratch and loaded with sprinkles, these cookies are “super soft and tender, with just hints of chewiness”. This recipe is an excellent way to spice up the classic sugar cookie!

Short and time with no time to bake from scratch? Use some sugar cookie mix and fold in sprinkles before! Just one tip: avoid baking for longer than 9 minutes if you want soft cookies! They will firm up as they cool.

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Chocolate Drop

Chocolate Drop Cookies

With a medium-soft texture, easy recipe and oh-so delicious, this cookie recipe takes it back to basics. Using ingredients most households have on hand, visualize this chocolate batter as a canvas to add whatever your appetite desires. Whether you choose chocolate chips, nuts, candy, sprinkles, pretzels, etcetera- these cookies won’t disappoint!

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Top Cookie Baking Tips!

  • Chill your dough before baking. This prevents them spreading in the oven and helps your cookies come out thicker and more solid.
  • Avoid over mixing your dough. Too much air in the dough will cause cookies to collapse in the oven.
  • Temperature matters. All oven temperatures vary. While it might not be the biggest issue with most foods, cookies are super sensitive to this. Invest in an oven thermometer.
  • Let your butter, eggs and other ingredients come to room temperature.
    Your judgement is the best baking time. Regardless what a recipe suggests, cookies are done when the edges are set and lightly browned.
  • Cookies continue to cook while cooling. Even more reason to follow the tip before this!
  • Avoid crowding your oven with multiple pans. The best possible results come when 1 batch gets all that hot oven lovin’. If you absolutely have to bake more than 1 tray, be sure to swap and turn your cookie sheets to encourage even browning.

December 13, 2020