10 Classic Cookie Recipes

We all have our special, favorite cookie. Some like chocolate chips, while others prefer snickerdoodles. Some like their cookies chewy, while others prefer crisp edges. 

Either way, cookies are versatile. You can munch on them as they are or pair them with beverages like milk, tea, or coffee. Eat them as a dessert or serve them on special occasions, like Christmas or Easter. 

All those are just a few reasons why cookies are amazing. If this intro has got you craving delicious cookies, you’re lucky because I’ve compiled the most delicious cookie recipes just for you. 

1. Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Chocolate chip cookies are the epitome of cookies. When someone says the word cookie, it’s the first we think of or imagine. 

Among the many recipes on the internet, one of the most classic is the Nestle Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipe. That may be because it is the closest recipe to the original chocolate chip cookie invented by Ruth Wakefield, who managed the Toll House Inn. 

You’ll need flour, baking soda, salt, butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, eggs, semi-sweet chocolate morsels (or chocolate chips), and chopped nuts to make the chocolate chip cookie dough. 

2. Peanut Butter Cookies 

Aside from chocolate cookies, another childhood cookie flavor is peanut butter. These traditional peanut butter cookies from Cooking Classy bring together creamy, sweet, and salty flavors.

These cookies are soft, chewy, and irresistible, especially with a tall glass of milk. It’s also effortless to make, especially with this easy recipe. You only need flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, butter, sugar, brown sugar, creamy peanut butter, egg, and vanilla. 

Make your dough, scoop cookie balls into a cookie sheet, and voila! You have delicious peanut butter cookies. For the indention patterns, you only need a fork to make those.

3. Christmas Cookies 

Your holiday party wouldn’t be complete without a tin full of Christmas cookies. Not only do they give color to the celebration, but they’re also great snacks while you wait for Santa on Christmas Eve. 

It uses a classic cookie base, so they’re easy to make. Just measure flour in a measuring cup, preheat the oven to the correct oven temperature, and make, shape, and bake the dough. 

The real work is in the icing (the author included a linked recipe, but you can use your favorite royal icing). The cute designs make these cookies look festive and colorful. 

4. Red Velvet Cookies 

You can translate your love for red velvet cakes into cookies. Yes, red velvet cookies now exist, and they contain all the flavors you love about the original cake – tangy, vanilla, and cocoa. 

Because of their bright red hues, these cookies are perfect for Valentine’s or Christmas. If you’re going for the former, you can even use heart-shaped cookie cutters to relay all that love and devotion. 

These red velvet cookies are usually paired with white chocolate chips for beautiful flavor contrast. But you can forego that for a classic cream cheese frosting reminiscent of the cake. 

5. Thumbprint Cookies 

Thumbprint cookies are my favorite among all cookie types. These adorable cookies have a sugar cookie base and jam center. The base cookie’s simple and subtle flavors highlight the jam’s sweet, fruity flavors. 

This classic thumbprint cookie recipe calls for butter, sugar, light brown sugar, egg yolk, vanilla, flour, cornstarch, salt, and jam or preserves. You can use any jam flavor you want – raspberry, blueberry, mango, anything. 

Also, I enjoy making the center indentations where the jam goes. Since each of us has a unique thumbprint, it makes the cookies uniquely ours. You can also use a spoon instead. 

6. Sugar Cookies

So far, two of our recipes have soft sugar cookies as their base. Thus, it would help to perfect the sugar cookie to make more creative cookie types. 

Making cookies is simple, but making these sugar cookies is even simpler. For one, they require fewer ingredients. You only need the classics: flour, egg, vanilla, sugar, sea salt, and baking powder. 

You can have these cookies as they are or serve them with a rich bourbon glaze. This recipe makes 45 cookies, and you can freeze the extras in an airtight container for up to three months. 

7. Snickerdoodle Cookies 

Snickerdoodles and sugar cookies are very similar, except you roll snickerdoodles in a cinnamon sugar mixture. This gives the cookies their distinct flavor and aroma. 

Aside from the cinnamon sugar mix, another ingredient that makes snickerdoodle cookies unique is cream of tartar. This component gives the cookies a slight, tangy taste. 

You can use baking powder, lemon juice, and white vinegar as substitutes, but I don’t know if the resulting flavors match the original profile. So, if you’re planning to make snickerdoodles, I highly recommend you start looking for the cream of tartar. 

8. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies 

Oatmeal raisin cookies aren’t just full of flavors; they’re also packed with textures. A lot is going on in your mouth with every chew of an oatmeal cookie. There’s the chewy center, crisp edge, dotted raisins, and the oatmeal itself. 

The flavors are also complex. Besides the oatmeal and the raisins, there’s also cinnamon, butter, molasses, brown sugar, and vanilla, which all contribute to this cookie’s fantastic taste profile. 

If you want to elevate the textures and flavors, throw in some chopped walnuts. Even better, make those TOASTED chopped walnuts. Toasted nuts provide a different level of taste. 

9. Browned Butter Pecan Cookies 

These browned butter pecan cookies have browned butter, caramel, and pecan nuts. As the author describes, it’s pecan praline in cookie form. 

To make these delights, you’ll need butter, chopped pecans, flour, cornstarch, baking soda, salt, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Some optional ingredients are pecan halves, sugar, and sea salt, which you can use for decoration or garnish. 

As with other recipes, make your cookie dough, bake, and rest on a cooling rack. If you like the pecan halves decor like the one on the blog, you’d need to place them on the unbaked dough. 

10. Gingersnap Cookies 

Besides the usual Christmas cookies, another holiday favorite is this classic Grandma treat – gingersnap cookies. They deviate from the usual plain, sweet cookies by adding hints of spices. 

But what gives gingersnap cookies their distinct spiciness? This recipe uses a trio of ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. If you want a fall flavor profile, you can use cardamom, nutmeg, and mace instead. 

If you want to emphasize the spicy flavors, use candied or fresh ginger, either grated or minced. To serve, roll in cinnamon sugar, but if you want a more holiday feel, drizzle glaze or royal icing instead. 

10 Classic Cookie Recipes

10 Classic Cookie Recipes

Recipe by Brenda

Bake your favorite cookies with these classic recipes!


  • Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Peanut Butter Cookies

  • Christmas Cookies

  • Red Velvet Cookies

  • Thumbprint Cookies

  • Sugar Cookies

  • Snickerdoodle Cookies

  • Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

  • Browned Butter Pecan Cookies

  • Gingersnap Cookies


  • Select your favorite recipe.
  • Organize all the required ingredients.
  • Prep a cookie in 30 minutes or less!


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