The 50 Best Cookie Recipes in the World

filed under: Cookies on April 13, 2018


Cookie Recipes

The Best Cookie Recipe

What makes one specific recipe “the best cookie”? It is based on a couple key factors.

Popularity & Consistency: Year after year Chocolate Chip Cookies are rated the most popular by people all over the world. There is something magical about a rich and buttery dough packed with perfect chocolate morsels. Not only does it taste amazing, but it often takes us back to the wonderful memories of childhood.

Now, I know that some people like a crispy cookie and some prefer a chewy cookie and some folks just want to enjoy a cookie that reminds them of childhood but that adheres to their current dietary needs. The recipe I am sharing below is all of that! Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and easily adaptable to your diet. (I am also adding popular low carb and vegan recipes below!)

Trust me when I tell you that THIS Chocolate Chip Cookie is the BEST cookie you will ever have!

5 from 5 votes
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
22 mins

One of the best Chocolate Chip Cookies you will ever try!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate chip cookies, Spider Chocolate Chip Cookies
Servings: 24
Calories: 167 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 2/3 cups (208 grams) cake flour
  • 1 2/3 cups (208 grams) bread flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cups (284g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup (10 ounces or 225g) packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick vanilla extract
  • 16 ounces (about 3 cups) chocolate chips or chunks (I use a combination of both and reserve a few to place on top of the cookie before baking)
  1. Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl and set aside.
  2. Using a mixer with a paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes.

  3. Reduce speed and add eggs one at a time, then add vanilla.
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips by hand. Refrigerate dough for24-36 hours.


  7. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F. Remove dough from refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature.

  8. Drop spoonfuls (2-3 tablespoons) of dough onto baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

  9. Cool on wire rack.

Recipe Video

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Cookie Recipes Ingredients

Cookie Basics

Most traditional cookies call for a standard mix of ingredients: sugar, butter, leavening, and gluten. Keeping a few basic ingredients on hand, and using them correctly, will ensure that your cookies are perfect every time!


Lots of cookie recipes contain both brown and white sugars and there is a good reason for this. White sugar makes a crispier and browner cookie while recipes with brown sugar will absorb moisture after baking which helps to ensure that they stay chewy. It’s a dynamic-due of crispy-chewy deliciousness!

Have you ever noticed that the ratios of sugar in most cookie dough recipes are higher than other baked goods? That is because not all of the sugar dissolves during mixing, which is good! The dough will soften and spread while baking as more sugar dissolves ensuring the classic cookie shape and texture. If you happen to use less sugar than the recipe calls for your final cookie could puff up more and the texture could be less chewy.


Fats contribute not only to what a cookie tastes like but to whether the cookie keeps its shape or flattens as the fats are baked. In general, more fat in the recipe produces flat, crispy cookies, while less fat produces puffier, cake-like cookies. The kind of fat you use also makes a difference. Butter (made from churning cream) adds amazing flavor, so substituting shortening for butter (or vice versa) changes the taste. It can also affect the texture of a cookie. Butter has a lower melting point than shortening so a cookie made with butter only can be thinner and crispier than the same cookie made with shortening. Because shortening has a much higher melting point than butter it will help cookies keep their original shape. Try substituting shortening for 1/2 the amount of butter a recipe calls for and see how it changes the flavor, texture, and shape of your cookie.

As for salted vs. unsalted butter, I recommend baking with unsalted butter so that you can control the amount of salt.


In cookie recipes, the two most common leaveners are baking soda and baking powder.

Baking soda is bicarbonate of soda. It neutralizes the acidity of certain ingredients in the dough, allowing the cookies to brown in the oven.

Baking powder is a combination of bicarbonate of soda plus cream of tartar, an acidic ingredient. Baking powder alone can give cookies a light, cakey texture.


The main difference in flours found in the grocery store is the amount of protein they contain. All-purpose flour, or plain flour, is an all-around good flour to use for baking. All-purpose has a protein content of 10-13% and it consistently performs well. Cake flour is best for cakes and bakes very tender layers. It has 8-9% protein, one of the lowest in protein content. If you are looking for a softer, more delicate cookie you could substitute cake flour for all-purpose, but it might affect the structure of the cookie. When substituting flours it is best to use a scale, just be sure to sift flours prior to weighing.

Most cookie recipes call for all-purpose flour. Bleached and unbleached flours are basically interchangeable in cookie recipes and unbleached flour is usually a better choice when you want a slightly chewier cookie.

A common equation for cookie doughs is = 3 parts flour, 2 parts fat, 1 part sugar.


Without a doubt, this is one ingredient I use in all my baking. Salt enhances flavor and without it, the cookie could just taste like a sugar overload. Without this flavor enhancer, the secondary flavors in a cookie fall flat as the sweetness takes over. Salt can also act as a protein strengthener, helping to achieve the perfect chewy cookie.

Once you have all the basics covered, creating the perfect cookie is easy no matter what the recipe.

My list of cookie recipes is always expanding and I love being able to add tried & true recipes. If there is a cookie that you love that you don’t see here, please feel free to comment below! And as always, if you make any of these recipes tag @iambaker on Instagram and use the hashtag #iambaker. Happy Baking!

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  • kylie lebefolie says:

    The Seasonal Cookies was delicious! I just made it. My husband and I both loved it. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Denise says:

    Thank you for sharing these recipes….much appreciared!

  • Amy says:

    I follow.the recipe,.but my cookies are not flat out when.i baked them? Any suggestions

  • Terry says:

    I wish you would had a save element. I love all your recipes especially the Carch Husband Cake. Thank you so much.

  • Mark says:

    Best baking website , I have looked at.

  • Meredith Fitzherbert says:

    So what is the name of the recipe for the sugar cookie pictured w/ the pink frosting (where it says 50 Cookies)??????? These cookies have cracked edges and maybe lemon peel or something in them. Which cookie is that???

  • Jeannine Wendel says:

    I bought a cookie at the grocer’s that was called apple cinnamon. Delicious. Do you have a recipe. It was large, oversized, soft cookie with finely chopped pecans.

  • Skyler says:

    Oatmeal cranberry spice cookies were really good! We didn’t have vanilla or allspice… So we substituted with 1/4 tsp nutmeg and rum extract. Also we loaded it with sweet/tart cranberries.

  • Heather says:

    Super awesome

  • Linda says:

    What kind of salt is used — Kosher salt, table salt?

  • Pat wright says:


  • Pat Arend says:

    I made the chocolate chip zucchini cookies and they taste great. The baking time seem too short 10-12 I ended up with 15 still soft.

  • Sanat Kusi says:

    Best baking site ever !!! You’re the best . Thank you so much!

  • Hedy says:

    Just made the Zooey Gooey Lemon Cookies. Love this recipe. Will be making again and again. Thanks for sharing all your tips. ❤️

  • David Wise says:

    You have the best recipe I made sofar

    5 star

  • Claudine says:

    i use your sugar cookie recipe all the time. absolutely amazing!! sent a batch with my boyfriend, his son and a few friends on a hunting trip. i am told the bowl only went around once, all cookies gone!! 🙂 Thanks Amanda xx

  • Cindy O'Dea says:

    Do you have a suggestion for your first chocolate chip cookie for baking in elevation??

  • c. says:

    Low protein flours, like cake flour, are less absorbent than all-purpose flour. If you try and substitute cake flour for all-purpose in a cookie recipe, you’re going to get some super spreaders because there isn’t enough (I assume) protein to absorb the butter. It’s basically like leaving out about 1/4c flour.

    If you want to make a cookie using cake flour, you have to make other adjustments to the recipe for it.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Yes, cake flour has less protein than all-purpose flour, so it does create more delicate textures. But you can definitely use it! It MIGHT make some cookies a little crumbly since it doesn’t give as much structure, but it can also make cookies melt-in-your-mouth! 🙂

  • COOKIE says:

    I am a cookie expert and I have tried all of these they are great and easy. I think everyone should try these 🙂

  • Davvy says:

    Delicious cookies! I like it, nice content you shared @Amanda. Thank Kou

  • Llynzi says:

    I looking forward to trying this recipe. I’m seeking a recipe for a cookie with macadamia nuts, white chocolate chips, and craisins. Do you one with similar ingredients?

  • Lucie Grandmaitre says:

    Your recipes are wonderful. I can taste them as I read. And I am sad that sugar is now out of my diet so I will continue to read your site and your posts with pleasure.

  • Trebor says:

    Can’t actually rate the classic peanut butter cookie recipe, which is what I was looking for, due to the lack of an actual recipe. Clicking on it only shows you a picture of the cookies. Other than that, there are a lot of recipes I’ll definitely be trying.

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Trebor! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Sorry about that link; this is the peanut butter cookie recipe you are looking for, I think. Have a great day!

  • Angela says:

    These are amazing recipes! You can never go wrong with a fresh chocolate chip cookie.

  • Dianna wright says:

    Looking for pumpkin chocolate chip oat meal cookie that calls for everything but the kitchen sink. I had it year’s ago and lost it. They were soft like cake you dropped them by tablespoons to bake. Thank you