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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chewy Gingerbread Cookies

This gingerbread is maxed out on spice, packed with two types of fiery ginger and lots of prickly black pepper. Cozy from all the warm spices as well as from molasses, they're perfect for munching on while...

Author: Sohla El-Waylly

Buttery Almond Cookies

Made with high-fat, cultured butter, these melt-in-your-mouth almond cookies are like the most tender shortbread you've ever eaten. A simple confectioners' sugar icing and a sliced almond topping make...

Author: Melissa Clark

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

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

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

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

Chocolate Chile Biscotti

The word "biscotti" comes from the Latin biscoctus, or twice cooked: The dough is rolled into logs and given a spell in the oven, then cooled, sliced and slotted back in to bake a little more. The second...

Author: Ligaya Mishan

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

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

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

Double Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

Deeply chocolaty like devil's food cake, speckled with sugar on the outsides and filled with soft chocolate or jam in the centers, these cookies are a double pleasure: delightful to eat and fun to make....

Author: Dorie Greenspan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spiced Orange Crumble Cookies

Citrus in three forms - fresh zest, juice and preserves - gives buttery baked goods a nice bright flavor. This crisp brown sugar cookie is baked with orange marmalade, then topped with a grating of orange...

Author: Yewande Komolafe

Chocolate Cherry Ginger Cookies

These are the kind of cookies that make you want to cozy up under a warm blanket with a cup of tea and a good book. Packed full of warming spices, they have soft, chewy centers and crisp edges, and are...

Author: Yossy Arefi

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

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 Chocolate Clusters

These little cookies are a bunch of good things all at once: crunchy and chewy, sweet and salty, craggy and never neat, or ever the same, which is just as they should be. The must-have ingredients are...

Author: Dorie Greenspan

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

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

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

Date and Walnut Bars

This recipe for golden, chewy, date-and-walnut-packed bars comes from the Los Angeles pastry chef Margarita Manzke, who grew up in the Philippines and now runs the sweet side of the kitchen at République....

Author: Tejal Rao

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

Peppermint Brownie Cookies

Brownies can be contentious. You may be an edge person or someone who loves middle pieces, a fudgy fanatic or a cakey purist. These cookies will please all brownie lovers, with chewy edges, tender centers...

Author: Vaughn Vreeland

Malt Chocolate and Marshmallow Sandwiches

These cookies contain three distinct textures in each bite: a chocolate malt shortbread cookie, a soft marshmallow center, and a smooth dark chocolate ganache topping. They are sophisticated cookies, but...

Author: Yewande Komolafe

Italian Almond Cookies

These delectable almond cookies are made with just a few ingredients. Though they're typically Sicilian, similar versions are found all over Italy. A bit like macaroons, they are crisp on the outside,...

Author: David Tanis

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

Pecan Tassies

Pecan tassies are bite-size pecan pies disguised as cookies. With a simple crust that's both tangy and rich, thanks to cream cheese and butter, and a not-too-sweet maple-infused pecan filling, they go...

Author: Samantha Seneviratne

Chocolate Molasses Cookies

All you need to shape this dead simple dough are your hands (and maybe a helper or two). Decidedly more "grown up" in flavor - both the molasses and cocoa give bitter notes that play off the spiciness...

Author: Alison Roman

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

Peanut Butter Cookies

No mixer is required to make these craggy rounds that deliver all the comfort of eating a spoonful of peanut butter straight out of the jar - but with the creamy-candy richness of peanut butter chips in...

Author: Genevieve Ko

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

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

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

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