6 Classic Cookie Recipes

Tasty Cookie Recipes That Are Easy To Make

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Diana Rattray

These classic cookie recipes have something for everyone. They also represent three different cookie-making methods.

There's the drop method, used for making the chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, and snickerdoodle cookies; the molded method, used for the making peanut butter cookies; and the rolled method, used for making the sugar cookies.

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    Peanut Butter Cookies

    Peanut Butter Cookies

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    With their delicious blend of salty and sweet flavors, peanut butter cookies are always popular. This basic recipe uses the so-called molded method because you use a fork to flatten and shape the cookies.

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    Sugar Cookie Recipe

    Two Sugar Cookies with Fall Colors
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    Here's a recipe for sugar cookies that demonstrates the rolled cookie method where the dough is rolled out flat and then the cookies are cut out with cookie cutters.

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    Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Cookies and milk
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    These basic chocolate chip cookies are made using the drop method ​because balls of dough are simply dropped onto the baking sheet. This recipe uses semi-sweet chocolate chips and brown sugar for that old-fashioned goodness.

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    Homemade Nilla Wafers

    Vanilla wafers

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    Kids and adults love snacking on light and crispy Nilla Wafers. Making them at home is easy and they keep great. They're a perfect sweet snack for your afternoon tea break.

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    Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

    Fresh homemade raisin & oatmeal cookies in basket.
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    Another example of the drop cookie method, oatmeal-raisin cookies are everything a cookie should be. This classic oatmeal-raisin cookie recipe shows why it's one of the most popular cookies ever.

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    Snickerdoodle cookies and milk
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    The perfect snickerdoodle is slightly soft and chewy with a generous dusting of cinnamon sugar on top. Snickerdoodles are also made by the drop method.