This Is The Easiest Cookie Recipe For The Beginner Baker

Making cookies is a great way to start baking.

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A basic cookie dough recipe is one that every baker needs to know, whether you're a beginner baker or a more experienced one. 

From a basic chocolate chip cookie recipe to a dulce de leche alfajores sandwich cookie made entirely from scratch, there is a basic cookie recipe behind each cookie recipe. Here are easy cookie recipes with tips and tricks that make it a basic cookie recipe a beginner baker can learn:   

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1 Basic Sugar Cookies Recipe

When it comes to cookies, the sugar cookie is the most basic one. This was the basis of many cookie recipes. You can make many kinds of cookies with this recipe! These are the perfect cookies to bake into shapes since these barely spread so it keeps its shape as it bakes.

These are the cookies to decorate for the holidays, celebrations, and other special occasions. However, if you're not that artistic, you can still make these delicious because you can top or mix in other flavorful ingredients! Here are a few ideas we think would be super delicious to a sugar cookie dough to make it different every time you make it:

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  1. 1. Top with chopped dark or white chocolate. 
  2. 2. Mix in lemon zest, dried cranberries, and chopped nuts.  
  3. 3. Drizzle baked cookies with melted chocolate.   

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2 Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe 

Chocolate chip cookies may be the ultimate cookie recipe. There are so many versions about how to make the perfect chocolate chip cookie. There are ways to make it even more delicious. You can use browned butter for a nut-free nuttiness and crisp edges, underbake it to ensure it's soft and chewy on the inside, add oatmeal to add heft as well as chewiness to the cookie, and you can even roll it in even more chocolate chips so there's no denying that this a chocolate chip cookie.   

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3 Oatmeal Cookies Recipe 

Oatmeal cookies are the kind of cookie that you either love or hate. If you're worried, not all oatmeal cookies need to have raisins. You can use other dried fruit, cut up into small pieces, or just leave it out if you're after the cinnamon-oatmeal combination that many people.   

Oatmeal naturally makes cookies chewy. In fact, it's a feat to make it crispy but it can be done. (See Belgian Lace Cookies.) Cookies that have oatmeal can be the chewy cookie you have been looking for!  

Want to add heft to your classic chocolate chip cookie recipe? Add oatmeal! You can add as much as 2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal or rolled oats to any basic cookie dough. You can process the oatmeal into flour. To do that, just blitz the oatmeal in a blender or a food processor until you get a powdered mixture that's as fine as you like.       


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4 Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe 

When you don't have enough butter on hand to make cookies, you can substitute some of it with peanut butter. Do so and you may create one delicious peanut butter cookie recipe. This classic cookie recipe is just as classic as a chocolate chip cookie but with one big difference: the peanut flavor that infuses each cookie.


You can still add all the chocolate chips you want and do all that you normally would do to a chocolate chip cookie. However, if you want to really drive home the fact that this is a peanut cookie, make the classic crosshatch pattern on top of the cookie with a fork. 

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5 Shortbread Cookie Recipe 

Alfajores or those buttery, slightly sweet cookies that you usually find have dulce de leche or a caramelized caramel sandwiched on the inside. Those cookies are your basic shortbread cookie. Just like the sugar cookie, this is a basic cookie recipe that is highly versatile. You can make these and decorate these cookies, too, just like sugar cookies or you can stir in some delicious mix-ins. These can be eaten as is or you can make alfajores by spreading on dulce de leche, chocolate ganache, or even jam on the inside. 

What is your favorite cookie recipe? What are your favorite ingredients to add to your cookie recipes? 



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