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The Most Popular Types of Cookies

We'll show you how to make several different types of cookies, including chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, gingersnap and many more.

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Monster Cookies

This recipe combines several favorite flavors—peanut butter, butterscotch and chocolate—in one big cookie. Before baking, I like to press a few extra M&M’s on top for added color. —Patricia Schroedl, Jefferson, Wisconsin

(For tips about making all kinds of cookies, check out our cookie baking guide.)

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Everyone has a favorite type of chocolate chip cookie—a little crispy, a little chewy—but they all have to begin with a basic chocolate chip drop cookie recipe. This is the best place to start! —Megumi Garcia, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Learn how to customize chocolate chip cookies to suit your tastes—whether you like chewy, crispy or soft.

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Shortbread Cookies

Scottish settlers first came to this area over 150 years ago. My mother herself was Scottish, and—as with most of my favorite recipes—she passed this shortbread recipe on to me. I make a triple batch of it each year at Christmas, to enjoy and as gifts. —Rose Mabee, Selkirk, Manitoba

Get our favorite shortbread recipes.

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Cutout Cookies

Christmas cutouts signal the holiday season. For variety, sprinkle half of the cookies with colored sugar before baking and frost the remaining ones after they're cooled.—Dawn Fagerstrom, Warren, Minnesota

These are our favorite cutout cookies to make all year.

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Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

Here’s proof that peanut butter and chocolate just belong together. These peanut butter drop cookies are an easy family favorite and never fail to make my children smile. —Tammie Merrill, Wake Forest, North Carolina

Get Our Recipe for Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

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Crinkle Cookies

When I baked this moist, fudgy chocolate crinkle cookie recipe for the first time, my three preschool children went wild over them! But I like them because they’re lower in fat and easy to mix and bake. —Maria Groff, Ephrata, Pennsylvania
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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I packed chocolate chips, raisins, nuts and cinnamon into this drop cookie recipe. These soft oatmeal cookies are easy to make. Best of all, our kids love them! —Janis Plageman, Lynden, Washington
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Cookie Bars

My chocolate chip cookie bars are often requested at church dinners. They’re tasty and easy to serve. —Barbara Witte, Irving, Texas
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Gingersnap Cookies

I discovered this recipe many years ago, and it's been a favorite among our family and friends ever since. Gingersnaps are timeless—a classic holiday cookie that's welcome year-round. —Francis Stoops, Stoneboro, Pennsylvania
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Peanut Butter Cookies

It is amazing how much flavor these simple peanut butter cookies without brown sugar have. I make them very often because I always have the ingredients on hand. —Maggie Schimmel, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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Whoopie Pies

I’ve saved this jam-filled sandwich cookie recipe for years after cutting it out of a newspaper. It’s one of my grandson’s personal favorites. —Nancy Foust, Stoneboro, Pennsylvania
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Sugar Cookies

This sugar cookie dates back to a Swedish woman born in 1877! Her daughter, Esther Davis, shared the recipe with me and she came up with all the exact measurements, since the original cookies were mixed by feel and taste. These are my favorite cookies and I hope they’ll become yours as well. —Helen Wallis, Vancouver, Washington

Check out more of our favorite sugar cookie recipes.

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Kiss Cookies

Everyone who tries these beloved gems is amazed that they use only five ingredients. Baking cookies doesn't get much easier than this. —Dee Davis, Sun City, Arizona
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Snickerdoodle Cookies

The history of this whimsically named treat is widely disputed, but the popularity of this classic cinnamon-sugar-coated cookie is undeniable! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Love snickerdoodles? Learn how to make these heavenly caramel snickerdoodle bars.

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Chocolate Cookies

Who doesn’t like chocolate chip cookies? Cocoa in the batter gives these treats a double dose of chocolate. They disappear fast from the cookie jar! —Diane Hixon, Niceville, Florida

Crispy, chewy and insanely delicious chocolate cookie recipes.

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Slice-and-Bake Cookies

Tinting flaky white coconut reminds me of snowflakes falling under holiday lights. The reds and greens of this icebox cookie add Christmas wonder. — Lee Roberts, Racine, Wisconsin

See more of our favorite slice-and-bake cookies.

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Sandwich Cookies

These sandwich cookies freeze well, so it’s easy to keep some on hand for last-minute munching. In summer, I often make them larger to use for ice cream sandwiches. —Mary Rempel, Altona, Manitoba
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Spritz Cookies

This tender spritz cookie recipe is very eye-catching on my Christmas cookie tray. The dough is easy to work with, so it’s fun to make these pressed cookies into a variety of festive shapes. This is hands down the best spritz cookie recipe ever. —Beverly Launius, Sandwich, Illinois

These are our favorite spritz cookie recipes.

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Biscotti

I've learned to bake a double batch of this crisp almond biscotti recipe, because one batch goes too fast! —H. Michaelson, St. Charles, Illinois

Try more scrumptious biscotti recipes.

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Butter Cookies

This great pressed cookie recipe is a favorite of my nephews, who love the creamy frosting. —Ruth Griggs, South Hill, Virginia

Find even more melt-in-your-mouth butter cookie recipes!

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Sugar-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Craving a childhood classic? These sugar-free cookies will bring you all the comfort and joy you remember. Savor the crisp, lightly browned edges or dunk in a tall glass of cold milk. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Snowball Cookies

A juicy maraschino cherry is the secret center tucked inside these filled cookies. My mom was inspired to create this by a recipe she clipped out of a newspaper more than 30 years ago. —Evy Adams, West Seneca, New York
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Molasses Cookies

My family always requests these soft molasses cookies. These chewy molasses cookies are also great for shipping as holiday gifts or to troops overseas. —Kristine Chayes, Smithtown, New York
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Drop Cookies

The night before I make these drop cookies, I measure out the pretzels, peanuts, raisins and chocolate. Assembly goes quickly the next day. —Kelly Ward-Hartman, Cape Coral, Florida

Get Our Recipe for Chunky Drop Cookies

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Pinwheel Cookies

This icebox cookie recipe evolved from several different recipes that I combined into one. I’ve never received so many compliments on my baking!—Denise Hufford, Midland, Michigan
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Meringue Cookies

Eat these pretty treats as is or crush them into a bowl of strawberries and whipped cream. Readers of my blog, utry.it, went nuts when I posted that idea.—Amy Tong, Anaheim, California
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Linzer Cookies

This specialty cookie takes a little extra effort, but the results are sweet! They really help to make the holidays feel special. —Jane Pearcy, Verona, Wisconsin
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Gluten-Free Cookies

I need to avoid gluten and have tried transforming my favorite recipes to fit my diet. I came up with these cakelike cookies, and no one ever guesses that they’re gluten-free.

GF eaters, rejoice! We have plenty more gluten-free cookie recipes to whip up.

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Wafer Cookies

These buttery cookies bake up chewy and crispy at the same time. Sprinkle these vanilla wafers with colored sugar or leave them as-is. Their simplicity is beauty enough! —Edith MacBeath, Gaines, Pennsylvania
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Macaroons

These coconut macaroons are my husband's favorite and earned me a first-place ribbon at the county fair. I especially like the fact that this recipe makes a small enough batch for the two of us to nibble on without lots left over. —Penny Ann Habeck, Shawano, Wisconsin
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Macarons

These macarons are a winter/fall staple for me—inspired by the classic cinnamon roll, they are a delicious treat for a cold or snowy day. These pair well with a mug of tea, and can be eaten as a dessert or just a snack. Try custard, mousse, ganache, or any other buttercream as fillings, too. —Elizabeth Ding, El Cerrito, California

Learn how to make macarons these step by step.

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Thumbprint Cookies

These buttery filled cookies add beautiful color to a platter of treats. Fill the thumbprint in the center with any fruit preserves you like. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

As a competitive figure skater, I need high-energy snacks to keep me going. These vegan cookies are loaded with nuts, chips and fabulous flavor. Coaches at my skating rink are always sneaking two or three when I bring them in! —Cassandra Brzycki, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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Icebox Cookies

This cookie recipe from my 91-year-old grandmother was my grandfather's favorite. She still makes them and sends us home with the dough so that we can make more whenever we want, I love to make a fresh batch when company drops in. —Chris Paulsen, Glendale, Arizona

We’ve got even more icebox cookie recipes you’ve got to try!

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Waffle Cookies

The recipe for these cookies is the easiest to find in my book because the page is a beautiful mess covered with fingerprints, flour smudges and memories of more than 30 Christmases! I made these with my daughters, and now I make them with my granddaughters. —Judy Taylor, Quarryville, Pennsylvania
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Tea Cakes

I like to present my favorite holiday cookies in a special way. I pile these fresh-baked tea cakes on pretty plates that I buy throughout the year, then wrap them with colored cellophane to give friends. —Valerie Hudson, Mason City, Iowa
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Cookie Cups

Our family wanted to share our love of ganache-filled cupcakes, so we made them into cookies. Even better: we bake the cookies in muffin cups, fill with ganache, and get the best of both worlds! —Adela Srinivasan, Parker, Colorado
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No-Bake Cookies

These chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies bring back fond memories of my mom. They were her favorite, and she always made a batch when she knew company was coming. —Jacquie McTaggart, Independence, Iowa

Get Our Recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

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Gingerbread Cookies

No holiday treat platter would be complete without gingerbread cutout cookies! This is a tried-and-true recipe I’m happy to share with you. —Mitzi Sentiff, Annapolis, Maryland
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Tassies

I make so many of these fancy tassies, I use up a 7-pound container of almond paste every year! They’re one of my family’s holiday favorites. —Donna Westhouse, Dorr, Michigan
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Frosted Cookies

Before we five kids headed off to school each day, Mom took our requests for that day's dinner. I usually asked her to make these cookies for dessert, and she would rarely disappoint. I still enjoy them today. —Patricia Ramczyk, Appleton, Wisconsin
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Lebkuchen Cookies

Having lived in Germany, I try to keep my German cooking as authentic as possible. This lovely lebkuchen recipe is a culinary Christmas custom. —Cathy Lemmon, Quinlan, Texas
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Pizzelle

I've experimented with different varieties of pizzelle recipes, but this is definitely a favorite. My dad likes to help make them so that we don't run out!—Aimee McCullen, Youngwood, Pennsylvania
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Kolaczky

These sweet pastries have Polish and Czech roots and can also be spelled "kolaches." They are usually filled with poppy seeds, nuts, jam or a mashed fruit mixture. The ice cream is a unique twist on traditional kolachkes, and it's simplest to use a square cookie cutter to cut the dough. —Diane Turner, Brunswick, Ohio
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Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies

Keto eaters, rejoice! This ultra soft, keto drop cookie recipe is the perfect guilt-free treat. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Fortune Cookies

Our home is often filled with family and friends, so I'm always cooking up something. I created this recipe when I was looking for a treat to surprise my husband. —Susan Bettinger, Battle Creek, Michigan

Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.
Christina Herbst
Christina is an Assistant Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in content creation and SEO optimization. She enjoys trying out local foodie restaurants and coffeehouses and adding copious amounts of garlic and cheese to any recipe she can get her hands on.

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