These Cookie Recipes Are Better Than Store-Bought

Satisfy that sweet tooth.

Cookies are one of life’s simplest joys. Whether you’re enjoying it yourself or planning to give it to someone, it’s sure to get a welcome smile. It’s a sweet treat that you can have as a quick snack or a great, crispy, and buttery way to end a meal.

Cookies are always good, but we think there’s really nothing better than those made from your own oven. From the delicious scent of baking cookies—butter, sugar, vanilla, and maybe chocolate—wafting about your home to having a soft, warm, and freshly baked cookie, this is the experience you just don’t get from store-bought cookies. There’s nothing like it!

If you’re planning to give away cookies, making your own will also allow you the freedom to decorate in a very personal way.

Photo by Miguel Nacianceno

1 Peanut Butter Cookie S’mores Recipe

Peanut butter and chocolate are a match made in heaven. The nutty flavors of peanut butter gives chocolate that extra richness. With marshmallow, you get another texture in the mix that makes it even more delicious.

Photo by Riell Santos

2 Lengua de Gato Recipe

This Filipino butter cookie is thin, crisp, and milky. It’s actually quite hard to find the perfect lengua de gato—do you like it paper thin or thicker? If you bake them though, you’ll have full control to make the perfect recipe that’s just for you.

Photo by Bianca Laxamana

3 Heart-Shaped Shortbread Cookies Recipe

Perfectly baked shortbread cookies are crispy on the outside but have a tender crumb inside. Add some jam and you’ve taken the flavor profile up a notch. Cut them into these adorable hearts, and you’ve got the perfect gift for your loved ones.


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4 White-Rabbit Cookies Recipe

White Rabbit is more than just your favorite milky childhood candy. It can also be the topping to your new fave cookie! We guarantee that you’ll fall in love with these cookies as soon as you take a bite.

Photo by Patrick Martires

5 Basic Sugar Cookies Recipe

Have you ever bought a sugar cookie and found it too tough or the food coloring too strong for your taste? That won’t happen with you taking control on how to make your cookies with some sugar cookie tips in mind. This is also a great opportunity to have some fun with kids if you have any at home. Sugar cookies can hold their shape after baking, so it lets you make these adorable, cartoon-like treats.

These cookies are made colorful with sprinkles.
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6 Funfetti Cookies

If you’ve got a sweet tooth that’s hard to satiate, then sprinkles have your back. This extra touch of sweetness and crunch also make your cookies extremely adorable! These cookies are so simple to make but make quite the impression.

Photo by Riell Santos

7 Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles are crunchy but tender cookies that are packed with delicious cinnamon flavor. Fair warning though, you won’t be satisfied with just one as these cookies are ridiculously good, especially warm! They also go great with a glass of cold milk for dipping.

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8 Chewy Lemon Cookies Recipe

You know why chewy food is so delicious? Every bite unleashes flavor! Every chew of this cookie will release its bright, citrusy-sweet flavor.

Photo by Aldwin Aspillera

9 Raspberry Cookies Recipe

You won’t believe the secret ingredient to this raspberry cookie which plays up the berry’s tanginess and gives it a creamy, tender crumb. Plus, can you believe that you can make these with just five ingredients?

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10 Jam-Filled Cookies Recipe

Rich, buttery cookies are given a lift of flavor with zesty, sweet jam. Since you’re filling it with fresh jam, it readily melts in your mouth and incorporates into the rest of the cookie.

11 Alfajores Recipe

One of our favorite treats from Baguio has to be alfajores. Creamy, sweet dulce de leche is sandwiched between two tender shortbread cookies. It’s the perfect bite! Good news is that there’s no need to travel all the way to Baguio just to get some of these. You also get to bake just as much as you want without having to spend a fortune. To make this recipe easier, you can simply buy store-bought dulce de leche for your filling.

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Photo by Miguel Nacianceno

12 Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Chocolate chip cookies are arguably the best-loved cookies out there. Buttery, tender cookies flecked with delicious, addicting chocolate chips—it’s really no mystery why people love this traditional cookie. A simple change, using brown butter, will take your chocolate chip cookie recipe up another level of deliciousness. Brown butter is slowly cooked, toasted butter that develops a nutty, rich taste that most store-bought cookies just can’t match.

Photo by Aldwin Aspillera

13 Chocolate Marshmallows Cookie Recipe

The tender, soft texture of vanilla marshmallows is a beautiful contrast against a crunchy chocolate cookie. It’s such an easy addition that makes such a big difference.

There’s a cookie recipe for every craving, every person, and every party. Once you start baking your own cookies, you’ll discover the many possibilities it opens, and what a delicious experience it is from start to finish.


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