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Classic Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Full of nubby oats and plenty of sweet raisins, these lightly spiced cookies are pleasingly chewy in the center and crisp around the edges, with a hint of butterscotch from the dark brown sugar. They keep...

Author: Melissa Clark

Salted Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies

These wildly popular cookies were developed by Alison Roman for her cookbook, "Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes." "I've always found chocolate chip cookies to be deeply flawed (to know this about me...

Author: Alison Roman

Shortbread, 10 Ways

Shortbread is not only one of the easiest desserts you can possibly make, it's also one of the most adaptable. As long as you keep the butter-to-flour ratio constant (1 stick butter to 1 cup flour), everything...

Author: Melissa Clark

Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies

In the 1930s, Ruth Wakefield, the inventor of the chocolate chip cookie, ran the Toll House Inn, a popular restaurant in eastern Massachusetts, with her husband. Using an ice pick, Wakefield broke a semisweet...

Author: The New York Times

German Chocolate Cookies

While a big slice of German chocolate cake may appeal to many, baking one from scratch may not. That's where these cookies come in. They satisfy the craving for deep, dark pools of warm chocolate, sweet...

Author: Samantha Seneviratne

Nanaimo Bars

The Nanaimo bar is a tremendously sweet, no-bake layered bar cookie from Canada made almost exclusively of packaged ingredients. The buttercream layer gets its yellow hue from custard powder, a vital ingredient...

Author: Sara Bonisteel

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These taste distinctly homemade: much smaller than giant, thick bakery-style disks and more delicate, with just enough buttery dough to bind the chocolate and oats. Mixing by hand turns out cookies that...

Author: Genevieve Ko

Peanut Butter Blossoms

For as long as anyone can remember, wedding receptions in Pittsburgh have featured cookie tables, laden with dozens of homemade old-fashioned offerings like lady locks, pizzelles and buckeyes. For weeks...

Author: The New York Times

Orange Almond Mandelbrot

Mandelbrot (or mandel bread) is an Eastern European Jewish cookie, a variation on biscotti. The dough is baked twice: first in a log, and then again after it's been sliced into cookies. This recipe includes...

Author: Joan Nathan

Sweet Corn Pudding

This is corn pudding if it were a creamy dessert (versus the wonderful savory Southern casserole dish by the same name). Those who love majarete - a pudding of fresh corn, milk and cinnamon enjoyed in...

Author: Eric Kim

Giant Crinkled Chocolate Chip Cookies

You might think there's nothing new to learn about chocolate chip cookies, but this recipe by the baker and blogger Sarah Kieffer will prove you wonderfully wrong. The easy trick of banging the pan a few...

Author: Julia Moskin

Perfect Black and White Cookies

Tender, moist and scented with vanilla, almond and lemon, these classic confections popular all over the Midwest and the state of New York are more cake than cookie, with a fine crumb and velvet texture...

Author: Melissa Clark

Chewy Earl Grey Sugar Cookies

Floral and citrusy Earl Grey tea livens up these chewy sugar cookies. Instead of adding the leaves to the dough, the tea is steeped in melted butter for maximum flavor. If you are using loose leaf tea...

Author: Yossy Arefi

Cranberry Lemon Bars

Cranberries that are quick-cooked into jam add a striking magenta color and complex tartness to these two-toned lemon bars. A thin layer of the classic lemon filling coats the cranberry mix like icing,...

Author: Genevieve Ko

Cornmeal Lime Shortbread Fans

Buttery and crisp, with an appealing texture from the cornmeal, these shortbread cookies are baked in a round tart or pie tin, then cut into wedges to resemble slim fans. The lime juice in the glaze cuts...

Author: Melissa Clark

Double Chocolate Cookies

With plenty of cocoa powder and big wells of dark chocolate, these double chocolate cookies are so fudgy that a tall glass of cold milk is not only delicious, but essential - especially when they are served...

Author: Samantha Seneviratne

Lemon Meltaways

These tender cookies are an elegant teatime snack, packed with bright lemon flavor. Bake them all at once or save half of the dough, well wrapped, in the freezer for later. If you've frozen the dough,...

Author: Yossy Arefi

Linzer Cookies

Lightly spiced, jam-filled linzer cookies (a smaller version of the classic linzer torte) are a traditional sandwich cookie with a tender texture and subtle nutty flavor that comes from finely ground almonds...

Author: Alison Roman

Chocolate Peppermint Bars

A little-known fact: Creamy chocolate-covered peppermint patties are not hard to make at home. Here, the minty filling and chocolate coating are layered onto a cocoa-imbued shortbread base, which adds...

Author: Melissa Clark

Bittersweet Brownie Shortbread

These chewy bar cookies combine two all-time favorites: crumbly, buttery shortbread and bittersweet brownies. Nut lovers can mix almonds, pecans or walnuts into the brownie batter, which gives the bars...

Author: Melissa Clark

Chocolate Chip Hamantaschen

This tricorner pastry is as closely linked to Purim, a Jewish holiday which celebrates the Jews' deliverance from a plot to kill them by Haman, as matzos are to Passover. Fillings of poppy seeds, nuts...

Author: Joan Nathan

Lemon Blueberry Bars

Fresh blueberries make these lemon bars a bit sweeter than usual, and very jammy, but without compromising their essential acidity. The grated lime zest gives the curd another note of citrus complexity....

Author: Melissa Clark

Coconut Macaroons

If you are a coconut lover, you'll want to make these moist, chewy macaroons all the time. Crisp on the outside and pillowy within, they take only a few minutes to put together and keep extremely well....

Author: Susan Spungen

Sugared Shortbread

In 2012, The Times invited readers to submit their favorite cookie recipes. Amy Casey of Sparta, N.J., submitted this unusual recipe for shortbread that calls for melted butter and a little bit of rice...

Author: Melissa Clark

Royal Icing

This is a recipe for the classic icing used to decorate cut-out sugar cookies and gingerbread houses. It hardens quickly, so be sure to cover any you're not using with plastic wrap, gently pressing the...

Author: Melissa Clark

Toasted Coconut Shortbread

These cookies have the taste and texture of one of those Danish holiday cookies that come in the little blue tins. The coconut in these cookies adds fat for an even more buttery treat with faintly nutty...

Author: Alison Roman

No Bake Cheesecake Bars

No-bake cheesecake is an excellent dessert for cooks with a lot of friends and not a lot of time. Unlike a traditional cheesecake, the no-bake variety is eggless, making it smooth, light, and all about...

Author: Samantha Seneviratne

No Bake Melon Cheesecake Bars

Reminiscent of creamy, honeydew-scented Korean ice cream bars, this no-bake cheesecake leans into a fruit flavor that hasn't had enough time in the sun: melon. Here, fresh cantaloupe purées into a smooth,...

Author: Eric Kim

Peanut Butter No Bake Bars

These bars are perfect for when you're craving a peanut butter cup, but can't quite get to them. Inspired by buckeyes, they have that same fudgy-salty-sweet vibe, but with a layer of caramelized flavor...

Author: Melissa Clark

Pistachio Pinwheels

This recipe, from "Dessert Person" (Clarkson Potter, 2020) is one of those ace-up-your-sleeve, slice-and-bake cookie recipes every baker needs. The pinwheels are super tasty, need no decoration and require...

Author: Claire Saffitz

Fudgy Bourbon Balls

This twist on a classic rum ball recipe substitutes chocolate cookies for the usual vanilla wafers, and features bourbon rather than rum. The flavors will mellow and integrate after sitting for a few days,...

Author: Melissa Clark

Cranberry Pear Crumble Bars

Sweet pears and tart cranberries pair perfectly in these treats, which are part bar cookie, and part fruit crisp. Here, both crust and crumble topping are made from the same almond flour-rolled oat mixture...

Author: Yossy Arefi

Black and White Cookies

There is no reason to settle for a stale shrink-wrapped cookie from the produce market. This classic New York cookie is easy to make.

Author: William Grimes

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Almond flour is the only special ingredient needed to make these cookies, and it can be found in the baking aisle or the health food section of the grocery store. It provides the protein and structure...

Author: Erin Jeanne McDowell

Key Lime Pie Bars With Vanilla Wafer Crust

Some say that a Key lime's juice is slightly more floral than that of its more well-known cousin, the Persian lime, the kind you can find in every supermarket and corner deli. Key limes are hard to find,...

Author: Samantha Seneviratne

Brown Sugar Pecan Shortbread Cookies

Lovers of pecan sandies will adore these crisp, buttery treats that are a cinch to put together. The recipe is an adaptation of one developed by Dorie Greenspan for her book, "Baking: From My Home to Yours."...

Author: The New York Times

Alfajores

Popular all over Latin America, dulce de leche confections called alfajores come in many varieties. In this popular version, delicate, crumbly butter cookies are sandwiched with a thick layer of dulce...

Author: Melissa Clark

Salted Caramel Cookies

These soft and buttery cookies get dressed up with a thin layer of salted caramel and a dusting of flaky sea salt for good measure. Using store-bought caramels makes the process especially easy and ensures...

Author: Erin Jeanne McDowell

Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bars

Like turtle bars with a twist, these squares are gooey, crunchy and salty in all the right places. If you can, use chopped bar chocolate as called for in the recipe. If you use chocolate chips, they will...

Author: Samantha Seneviratne

Pecan Squares

A cousin to the pecan pie, but much less fussy: Pecan squares are a kitchen classic. Here, we've updated a version that came to us in 1998 from William Grimes, scaling it down and moving away from the...

Author: Samantha Seneviratne

Coconut Macaroon Brownies

Chocolate and coconut are a perfect combination, one that can be reimagined in myriad ways, be it a coconut-filled candy bar or macaroons drizzled with bittersweet chocolate. Here, the two star in a pan...

Author: Melissa Clark

Moroccan Semolina and Almond Cookies

Semolina flour gives these rather plain-looking but delicious cookies, adapted from "Dorie's Cookies" by Dorie Greenspan, a delightfully sandy texture. Almond flour makes them moist and rich, adding a...

Author: Melissa Clark

Pecan Pie Brownies

Topping a panful of brownie batter with honey-spiked pecan pie filling adds a gooey sweetness and crunch to the fudgy bars beneath. You can substitute any other nut for the pecans: Walnuts, almonds, pistachios,...

Author: Melissa Clark

Peanut Butter Miso Cookies

These cookies were the result of a happy accident. (The best things always are, aren't they?) When the peanut butter ran out, similarly creamy white miso stepped in. The other ingredients were tweaked...

Author: Krysten Chambrot

Hamantaschen With Poppy Seed Filling

Purim, which celebrates the biblical story of the Jews' deliverance from a plot to kill them by Haman, minister to the Persian king, is a special time when people drink, dance and play jokes. Gifts of...

Author: Joan Nathan

Blueberry Pie Bars

At first glance, these bars may look like every other fruit crumble bar you've had, but they have a secret. Between the jammy fruit and buttery shortbread is a bonus layer of sweetened cream cheese you...

Author: Samantha Seneviratne

Biscotti

These classic Italian cookies get their signature crispness from being twice-baked: First, the dough is cooked in logs, cut into slices, then baked again. Because they travel and keep well, a pile of them...

Author: Molly O'Neill

Toasted Almond Snowballs

Browning almond flour for these cookies adds a deep layer of toasty flavor, intensifying their overall nuttiness. Feel free to substitute other nuts: Pistachios, walnuts and pecans work particularly well....

Author: Melissa Clark

Cherry Rugelach With Cardamom Sugar

These tender, jam-filled confections, adapted from "Rose's Christmas Cookies" (William Morrow, 1990) by Rose Levy Beranbaum, have a flaky, cream cheese-spiked crust that makes them a little like soft,...

Author: Melissa Clark

Crisp Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Inspired by two recipes in Maida Heatter's "Book of Great Cookies," these crisp treats are the best peanut butter cookies I've ever tasted.

Author: Martha Rose Shulman