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The Best Cookie Recipes To Bake Again (And Again)

A warm, freshly-baked batch of cookies is one of life’s simplest but greatest pleasures, their soft and oozy centres whispering sweet nothings about the puddles of melted chocolate sheathed within. Unsurprisingly, baking cookies is a hobby in itself with the very activity as comforting as the delicious end-result. Gathered here are the best cookie recipes to prove it, from classic chocolate-chip to a brown butter rendition; triple melted chocolate brookies to Pinterest-friendly red velvet crinkle cookies; and everything in between. Bookmark this post for whenever you’re in need of creative inspiration or direction!


But first.

Collated with the inputs of fellow cookie monsters, here are a few tips to make you into a better cookie baker.

  • Ensure the butter and eggs are at room temperature in order for them to emulsify better, lending to a smoother, more uniform texture.
  • Adding cornstarch sometimes helps the cookies stay thick and soft.
  • Do not over-mix cookie dough: you don’t want too much air in the dough, which could cause it to collapse while baking.
  • Freezing the cookie dough ensures that you get a nice thick cookie which doesn’t spread too much while baking. It also helps enhance the flavour. If the recipe asks you to chill the dough, then chill the dough!
  • Make sure you don’t over-bake: cookies bake once they are out of the oven as well, so don’t worry if they appear soft when you touch them in the oven.
  • If baking two batches, never place dough on a hot cookie tray- wait for it to cool before you scoop it on.

Best Bakery-Style Cookies

Levain Bakery-Inspired Chocolate-Chunk Cookies
Shared by Le Cordon Bleu-trained pastry chef Bianca Manik (of Mumbai-based Blanchette patisserie), this recipe takes shape in thick and chunky chocolate-chip cookies with a gloriously gooey centre!
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Levain Bakery Cookies Recipe

Mudslide Cookies
Unapologetically chocolatey bakery-style "Mudslide Cookies" baked with melted dark chocolate, cacao powder and bittersweet chocolate chips packed into the cookie dough!
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mudslide cookies

Double Chocolate-Chunk Cookies Recipe
Giant double chocolate cookies with crisp edges, soft centres and gooey puddles of melted chocolate chunks.
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Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies Recipe

Best Eggless Cookies

Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookies
The Foodhall Cookery Studio share their signature recipe for chocolate chip cookies. A simple yet classic treat you can always rely on rely on!
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Eggless Chocolate-Chip Cookie Dough Pot
The best eggless chocolate-chip cookie, baked in a small ramekin for for a gooey single serving treat paired with a scoop of ice cream!
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best eggless chocolate chip cookie dough pot

Seriously-Chocolatey Cookies

Walnut Brownie-Cookies (Brookies)
A cross between chewy cookies and gooey brownies, these "brookies" are as delicious as you'd expect them to be! Think shiny, crinkled tops and fudgy middles balanced by the gentle crunch of toasted walnuts.
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Nutella Burst Cookies
The only thing better than freshly-baked cookies? Freshly-baked cookies stuffed with Nutella of course!
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The Classics

Brown Butter Chocolate-Chip Cookies
As far as cookies go, these brown butter chocolate-chip cookies tick all the right boxes with crisp (but not too crisp) edges encircling soft, and chewy centres. The brown butter intensifies the depth of flavour of these cookies, with subtle traces of smooth caramel and warm hazelnuts!
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Chocolate-Chip Peanut Butter Cookies
Equal parts sweet and salty, these soft and gooey cookies balance the craveable creaminess of peanut butter with the gentle crunch of toasted peanuts and melted pools of chocolate.
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gooey chocolate-chip peanut butter cookies

The Easiest Snickerdoodles Recipe
This easy recipe will have you baking snickerdoodles beyond Christmas for an edible rush of comfort enveloped by cinnamon and sugar!
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Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies
A Pinterest-friendly recipe for soft and fudgy red velvet cookies coated in confectioners' sugar.
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best cookie recipes

Healthy Cookies

Paleo Brookies (Flourless Brownie-cookies)
A paleo-friendly recipe for brownie-esque dark chocolate cookies. Yes, these are gluten-free, dairy-free and free of refined sugar too!
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paleo brookies recipe

Banana, Peanut Butter & Chocolate-Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Bananary, peanut buttery and chocolatey, with the glorious crunch of roasted hazelnuts… these deliciously-healthy cookies pack in all the fibre and vitamin-rich goodness of old-fashioned oatmeal.
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Brookie Loaf Cake
A gooey brownie-like chocolate cake layered atop a buttery chocolate-chip cookie base.
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brookie loaf cake

Chocolate-Chip Cookie Cake
Think of this recipe as a cross between a colossal cookie pizza and cookie-flavoured cake! Its soft and chewy, yet oh-so wonderfully gooey too with an eggless hack included in the recipe notes.
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chocolate chip cookie cake

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