Classic Cookies

The simple pleasure of biting into a chocolate chip cookie dipped in cool, creamy milk is one childhood tradition that doesn't fade with age. Whether you're hosting a meal or just craving a sweet snack of your own, these classic cookie recipes are guaranteed to hit the spot.

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
Try layering chocolate into the cookie dough for crisp edges and a moist and tender inside.Todd Coleman

Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies
Despite peanut-butter's reputation as a wholesome health-food, these soft, chewy cookies stand up well to the chocolate chip as a pleasurable dessert.Todd Coleman

Iced Sugar Cookies

Iced Sugar Cookies
Simple, buttery vanilla sugar cookies are a classic; they make great gifts or potluck desserts.James Roper

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies
Our gluten-free alternative to the classic actually gives the cookies a boost: subtracting flour highlights their pure peanut butter flavor and adds a wonderfully chewy texture.Matt Taylor-Gross

Glazed Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

Glazed Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies
Dough studded with dried cranberries and a drizzle of sweet, cinnamon-spiced glaze take oatmeal cookies from ordinary to perfect.Helen Rosner

Border Grill Sugar Cookies

Border Grill Sugar Cookies
Potato chips give this treat from Mary Sue Milliken's Border Grill restaurant unexpected salt and crunch.Helen Rosner

Honey Chocolate-Chip Cookies

Honey Chocolate-Chip Cookies
Honey makes a great substitute for brown sugar. A deep, spicy honey like sourwood works best, though you can experiment with different single varietal honeys for extra flavor.Anna Stockwell

Sprinkle Cookes

Sprinkle Cookes
Colorful and festive, these traditional Italian butter cookies taste just as good as they look. See the recipe for Sprinkle Cookies »Todd Coleman

Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
The key to the chewy, gooey appeal of this recipe is a combination of the bitter chocolate chips and the high-fat butter (look for butters labeled European-style, or indicating 80 percent or more butterfat). See the recipe for Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip cookies »MacKenzie Smith

Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles
The ample amount of butter in these soft, chewy cookies draws out and enhances the warm cinnamon flavor.Andreé Baranowski

Shortbread Cookies (Punitions)

Shortbread Cookies (Punitions)
Traditional French shortbread cookies taste best using a good salted butter with a high butterfat content, such as Kerrygold.Todd Coleman

Neiman Marcus Cookies

Neiman Marcus Cookies
The origin of these legendary cookies is hotly debated, but their sheer tastiness stands the test of time. The secret ingredient? Blended oats, which lends a wonderful nutty flavor to the traditional chocolate chip cookie. See the recipe for Neiman Marcus Cookies »Maxime Iattoni

Flat and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Flat and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
The recipe for these cookies is based on one published in The Essential New York Times Cookbook. The addition of bittersweet chocolate tempers the cookies' sweetness, making for a more sophisticated bite. See the recipe for Flat and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies »Todd Coleman

Gluten-Free Ginger Molasses Cookies

Gluten-Free Ginger Molasses Cookies
These small, cinnamon treats are bursting with flavor and seasonal charm. A wonderful, warm alternative to flour. See the recipe for Gluten-Free Ginger Molasses Cookies.»Noah Fecks

Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies
With an addictive balance of sweet and salty, it's almost impossible to have just one of these dense, creamy cookies. See the recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies »David Sawyer

Cowboy Cookies

Cowboy Cookies
Incorporating an interesting array of ingredients, such as rolled oats, chopped pecans and flaked coconut, this hearty recipe is a favorite of former first lady Laura Bush. Oatmeal chocolate chip cookie fans, this one's for you.André Baranowski

Butter Cookies

Butter Cookies
Simple, sweet butter cookies have a near-universal appeal. This rich, buttery dough makes a perfect base for your toppings or decorations of choice. See the recipe for Butter Cookies »Christopher Hirsheimer

Gingersnaps

Gingersnaps
Wafer thin with a perfect crunch, gingersnaps are delicious alone or alongside fresh apples or pears. See the recipe for Gingersnaps »Quentin Bacon