Our 21 Best Cookie Recipes of All Time
Here at Allrecipes, we have a lot of cookie recipes. Over 5,000 to be exact. In fact, Allrecipes started in the early days of the internet as a site solely for exchanging cookie recipes. Since the single cookie recipe that started it all, there have been quite a number of new cookie recipes thrown in the mix — but we've whittled it down to the best of the best. All of these cookie recipes have an average rating of 4.7 or higher, by hundreds, sometimes thousands of home cooks. Discover our 21 best cookie recipes of all time.
Mrs. Sigg's Snickerdoodles
This is the cookie that tops them all. Over 6,500 home cooks have rated this cookie recipe with top marks. "These wonderful cinnamon-sugar cookies became very popular with my friends at church. My pastor loves them! You will too," says recipe creator Beth Sigworth. "Crispy edges, and chewy centers; these cookies are a crowd pleaser for sure!"
Big Soft Ginger Cookies
"These cookies were autumn/winter perfection! Moist and chewy all the way through," says reviewer StephanieM. "My boyfriend considers himself a cookie connoisseur (and a picky one to boot) and he says these are the best cookies he's ever eaten — bar none." If you like the taste of ginger, but prefer a softer texture than the usual gingersnap, this recipe can’t be beat. Just ask the over 8,000 home cooks who've made them.
Beth's Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Holiday spice meets a classic cookie in this top-rated recipe. "Wow, look no further for THE BEST oatmeal raisin cookie recipe. I've tried three from this website and this one is the best — by a landslide," says reviewer MommyFromSeattle.
Iced Pumpkin Cookies
Soft and cake-like, these cookies are a beautiful addition to any dessert table. Reviewer AYLSWORTH says, "I make these every year around the holidays — people love them. Do not store them in an airtight container though — they have a lot of moisture from the pumpkin and get moist and mushy. They stay great out on the counter for days. Delicious with coffee!"
Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
"If you like peanut butter, if you like chocolate, if you just like sweets period this cookie is for you! The dough is just so chewy and perfect and the peanut butter cup just tops it off," says reviewer DesiLuGirl.
Chocolate Chocolate Chips Cookies I
Chocolate lovers, you didn't know you needed this double dose of chocolate. Reviewer Diane McAfee says, "The end result? OMG, cookies of divine chocolatey-ness, to die for. Better than the local bakery's chocolate chocolate chip cookies."
Outrageous Chocolate Chips Cookies
Can't decide which cookie recipe to make? This recipe is a combination of chocolate chip, oatmeal, and peanut butter cookies. "I am now known for these cookies and I have given the recipe out dozens of times. I have a friend who says they are the only cookie worth eating," says reviewer MISSILE198.
Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti
Cranberry and pistachio give this biscotti a festive color palette. Biscotti also has a longer shelf life than most cookies, making it great for gift giving or keeping in the cookie jar all season long. Reviewer Esmee Williams says, "I never dreamed I could make biscotti at home. This recipe was so easy and very delicious. I am planning on making more to give away as gifts for the holidays."
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies III
It's rare when you can find a cookie recipe that lives up to the Girl Scouts'. Recipe creator Joanne Reaney says, "These are so close to the Girl Scout oatmeal peanut butter cookies that you won't know the difference!"
Molasses Sugar Cookies
Recipe creator Karin Christian says, "These are a wonderful chewy spice cookie. They are drop cookies that keep very well. I make them at the beginning of the holiday season and they keep all the way to New Year's!" We love a cookie that sticks around for a while.
Grandma's Gingersnap Cookies
This gingersnap cookie recipe from Marie Ayers has been in the family since 1899. Talk about standing the test of time. Reviewer April says, "My kids couldn't keep their hands off these cookies once they were done, and when I tasted them I could see why!"
Chocolate Mint Cookies I
These soft, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate cookies have a chocolate mint frosting that's perfect for the holidays (or year round). "This is one of those stand alone cookies where the cookie itself is out of this world," says reviewer Chef Joy. "The mint just gives it just the right elegant touch that you can serve it to the girls when they come over for coffee."
Chocolate Mint Candies Cookies
"They have the consistency of a chocolate crinkle (just make sure not to overbake!--take out while still a tad gooey looking) but the mint is the real winner here. Be careful, though, these taste deceptively 'light and refreshing,' to the point where you can down four or five without batting an eye," says reviewer javyjones.
Oatmeal Craisin Cookies
This oatmeal cookie recipe has dried cranberries for unique twist on a classic. "EUREKA! I've found it! The PERFECT cookie. It doesn't get better than this. I tweaked it a bit by using traditional old-fashioned oats instead of quick oats (all I had on hand)... This is truly the BEST cookie I have ever had. Perfect texture, sweetness, and flavor. My kids are loving them and they usually don't like oatmeal cookies," says reviewer PODGER1.
Peanut Blossoms II
Peanut blossoms are always a fan-favorite, and this top-rated recipe has proven to be a serious crowd pleaser. "I have tried several Peanut Blossom Cookie recipes and my family and I agree that these are the best of the bunch," says reviewer LILRAINE. "They are not as crumbly and dry as many of the other recipes I have tried and the peanut butter flavor really comes through."
Peanut butter cookie cups are filled with a fudgy filling, and yes, it's as good as it sounds. Take it from reviewer Crystal S who says, "These were so easy to make and so, so yummy!"
Oatmeal Chocolate Coconut Chewy
Loaded with chocolate chips, shredded coconut, and chopped nuts — this is not your typical oatmeal cookie. Reviewer Goddess Diane of the Kitchen says, "These are the best textured oatmeal cookies I've ever had. Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside."
Bobbie’s Oatmeal Cookies
While there can be endless variations of additions to add to these cookies, reviewer VRGARCIA says it's the dough that makes them stand out: "But it was the basic recipe for the dough that makes these cookies. Mine turned out outstanding and I'm making another batch right away to ship to my daughter away at college."
Also known as Mexican Wedding Cakes or Russian Teacakes, these cookies are balls of dough with pecans rolled in confectioners’ sugar. Reviewer Holly B. says, "Note that these don't spread or rise, so you can bake a bunch on the cookie sheet, which makes the preparation time for these balls much less than the average cookie."
White Chocolate Macadamia Cranberry Dreams
White chocolate...macadamia nut...dried cranberries..we can't stop daydreaming about these buttery dreams. "I took this cookie to several Christmas cookie exchanges and each time received many, many compliments. Nice Christmas cookie since the cranberries add a nice holiday color. Very buttery and delicious!"
And rounding out the list — these almond flavored layer cookies bring a festive touch to any holiday gathering. Reviewer TOOKEC says, "They are beautiful cookies and look a lot harder to make than they really are. I will definitely make them again!"