When it comes to sweet treats, cookies top the list. Rather than be relegated to the dessert tray, they can be enjoyed all day long. From hearty breakfast cookies to delicate tea cakes to indulgent, chocolate-dipped cookies best served with an after-dinner coffee, there is a cookie for every meal of the day! To celebrate the amazing skill and imagination that goes into creating a delicious cookie, we've rounded up 50 of the best cookie recipes from an outstanding selection of bloggers.
1. Dark Chocolate Pistachio Sea Salt Cookies
Liberally infused with pistachios, crammed with chunks of dark chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt, Joy describes these slow bake cookies as "campfire meets fine dining." We describe them as the perfect mix of sweet and salty. Thanks to Joy The Baker for sharing the photos and recipe for Dark Chocolate Pistachio Sea Salt Cookies.
2. Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies
They may have started as sugar cookies, but a sprinkle of cinnamon and brown sugar turns this treat into heavenly little cinnamon rolls. Topped with cream cheese frosting, these cookies are better than the real deal. Thanks to Picky Palate for sharing the photos and recipe for Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies.
3. Brown Butter Oatmeal Cookies Filled With Caramel and Peanut Butter
The best time to eat these cookies is straight out of the oven. It's the only way to really appreciate the gooey goodness of caramel and peanut butter oozing from these buttery gems. Thanks to Bakeaholic Mama for sharing the photos and recipe for Brown Butter Oatmeal Cookies Filled With Caramel and Peanut Butter.
4. Kitsilano Cookies
Loaded with "healthy" ingredients like oats, sunflower seeds and dried fruit, we can almost convince ourselves that these cookies are good for us (if not for the heaping cups of sugar and chocolate chips). Thanks to Foodess for sharing the photos and recipe for Kitsilano Cookies.
5. Brown Butter Bourbon Spice Cookies
The balance of bourbon and spice makes this a great cookie for Fall. But, really, it's so good we'd happily enjoy it any time of year. Thanks to Bake Your Day for sharing the photos and recipe for Brown Butter Bourbon Spice Cookies.
6. Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies
This sandwich cookie recipe stands out from the crowd by using a peanut butter cookie as the base - rather than just adding a schmear of PB&J. Take it over the top with spiced blueberry jam and it becomes a kid's classic all grown up. Thanks to Circus Berry for sharing the photos and recipe for Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies.
7. Caramel Pecan Snickerdoodle Cookies
Snickerdoodles are fun cookies. Fun to say, fun to eat and even more fun when topped with caramel and pecans. Plus, this start-from-a-mix recipe is super easy, so the good times start that much faster. Thanks to Craft-O-Maniac for sharing the photos and recipe for Caramel Pecan Snickerdoodle Cookies.
8. Apricot Pistachio Oatmeal Cookies
Try a fresh take on Oatmeal cookies with dried apricots and pistachios. The lightness of the fruit is a yummy complement to what can be a dense cookie. Thanks to Daisy's World for sharing the photos and recipe for Apricot Pistachio Oatmeal Cookies.
9. Pie Crust Cookies
For a sweet, lightly crispy cookie it's hard to beat these Pie Crust Cookies. Enjoy them with Carrie's Pumpkin Pie Dip for an extra special Fall treat. Thanks to A Sweet Spot Home for sharing the photos and recipe for Pie Crust Cookies.
10. Nutella Lava Cookie Cups
These cookie cups hold a melt-in-your-mouth surprise of Nutella ready to burst out in each bite. If you love a hint of hazelnut, you'll love these cookies. Thanks to Table for Two Blog for sharing the photos and recipe for Nutella Lava Cookie Cups.
11. Pub Cookies
Salty and sweet, these beer-infused cookies also have our favorite pub snacks - pretzels and honey-roasted peanuts. Like any good pub food, bet you can't eat just one! Thanks to The Beeroness for sharing the photos and recipe for Pub Cookies.
12. Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies
We can't talk about dessert without mentioning … bacon? Yup. Salty bacon is the perfect pairing for sweet treats like chocolate and cookie dough. Try this recipe for these not-so-traditional chocolate chip favorites. Thanks to Knead to Cook for sharing the photos and recipe for Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies.
13. Almond and Raspberry Jam Cookies
Crispy almond sugar cookies topped with sweet raspberry jam and drizzled with white chocolate. These pretty cookies would be lovely on a wintry day curled up with a cup of tea. Thanks to Le Crème de la Crumb for sharing the photos and recipe for Almond and Raspberry Jam Cookies.
14. Hot Cocoa Cookies
For anyone who's ever enjoyed the deliciousness of dunking cookies in hot cocoa, these treats are sure to be a crowd pleaser. It's not just the cocoa that makes these cookies taste great, it's the authenticity of tiny little marshmallows mixed into the dough. Yum! Thanks to Love From the Oven for sharing the photos and recipe for Hot Cocoa Cookies.
15. Brown Butter Ginger Cookies With Mascarpone Cream
These spiced ginger cookies get even better when smothered in sweet honeyed marscapone. If you like warm spices and soft, cake-like cookies fire up the oven and get cooking! Thanks to Not Without Salt for sharing the photos and recipe for Brown Butter Ginger Cookies with Mascarpone Cream.
16. Apple Pie Cookies
With the perfect ratio of flaky crust to gooey fruit filling, these cookies are layered to replicate everything that's great about apple pie. Thanks to Oh Bite It for sharing the photos and recipe for Apple Pie Cookies.
17. Million Dollar Cookies
Each of these Million Dollar Cookies has a sweet, melty surprise of dulce de leche and Nutella, cut with a slight sprinkle of sea salt. It makes our mouth water just thinking of them. Thanks to Oh Sweet Basil for sharing the photos and recipe for Million Dollar Cookies.
18. Brownie Cookies
Everything we love about rich, decadent chocolate brownies now in a cookie. With three kinds of chocolate, this cookie has all the chocolatey goodness you'd expect plus that classic brownie chew. Thanks to Pastry Affair for sharing the photos and recipe for Brownie Cookies.
19. Soft Batch Dark Brown Sugar Coconut Oil Cookies
If you like molasses cookies, then you'll love these soft brown sugar alternatives. The beauty of this recipe is its simplicity. Each bite is scrumptious sweet cookie dough - no nuts, chips or distractions. Thanks to Averie Cooks for sharing the photos and recipe for Soft Batch Dark Brown Sugar Coconut Oil Cookies.
20. Vanilla Bean Cookie Bars
Rachel proves that vanilla does not equal "plain" with these delightfully girly Vanilla Bean Cookie bars. Customize the look with food coloring, they'll still taste great! Thanks to Rachel Cooks for sharing the photos and recipe for Vanilla Bean Cookie Bars.
21. Monster Cookie Dough Dip
Ashton's recipe offers a different take on cookies by turning a favorite treat into a dippable dessert. To top it off, her cookie dough dip is chock-full of goodies like M&Ms and chocolate chips. Thanks to Something Swanky for sharing the photos and recipe for Monster Cookie Dough Dip.
22. Blueberry Yogurt Cookies
If you've never tried baking with yogurt, you don't know what you're missing. These Blueberry Yogurt Cookies are soft and moist with just the barest hint of sweetness. Thanks to Spoon Fork Bacon for sharing the photos and recipe for Blueberry Yogurt Cookies.
23. Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies
There are two things that smell great in a kitchen: fresh-baked cookies and warm apple cider. This recipe combines both, with the added bonus of soft caramel in the middle. Thanks to Inspired By Charm for sharing the photos and recipe for Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies.
24. Banana Split Cake Mix Cookies
Cake mix cookies are perennially popular, no doubt because of their simplicity and soft deliciousness. These Banana Split cookies kick the flavors into high gear with the addition of banana pudding and maraschino cherries. Thanks to Taste And Tell for sharing the photos and recipe for Banana Split Cake Mix Cookies.
25. Blueberry Shortbread Cookies with Lemon Frosting
One bite of these shortbread cookies and you'll be hooked by the subtle flavors of blueberry and buttery cookie topped with a zesty, tart lemon frosting. You might be surprised to find that the secret ingredient is lavender! Thanks to A Spicy Perspective for sharing the photos and recipe for Blueberry Shortbread Cookies with Lemon Frosting.
26. Insanely Delicious Turtle Cookies
If you're the type who goes crazy for dessert, then don't miss these "insanely great" cookies. Rolled in pecans with a caramel center, these chocolate cookies are finished with another drizzle of chocolate on top. Sweet, crazy yummy overload. Thanks to The Kitchen is My Playground for sharing the photos and recipe for Insanely Delicious Turtle Cookies.
27. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies With a Marshmallow Center
Generous chunks of dark chocolate and marshmallow are folded into peanut butter cookie dough to create these hearty drop cookies. Consider your sweet tooth satisfied. Thanks to The Novice Chef for sharing the photos and recipe for Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies with a Marshmallow Center.
28. DIY Geneva Cookies
Inspired by the Pepperidge Farm favorite, these crispy cookies have a buttery flavor that makes the perfect foundation for any number of toppings. Izzy offers this recipe with pecans, candy canes and coconut, but she also has a few suggestions for those willing to experiment. Thanks to Top With Cinnamon for sharing the photos and recipe for DIY Geneva Cookies.
29. Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies
Starting from a mix speeds up the process of whipping up a batch of these red velvet cookies. The eye-catching red is great for holidays, but it's the filling inside that will have you craving more. Thanks to Two Peas and Their Pod for sharing the photos and recipe for Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies.
30. Lemon Crinkle Cookies
Imagine the soft citrusy sweetness of a lemon bar, in a cookie. These inspired treats even have a powdered sugar coating: a scrumptious cookie to satisfy our cravings for tart and sweet. Thanks to Whipperberry for sharing the photos and recipe for Lemon Crinkle Cookies.
31. Salted Caramel, Almond and Pistachio Cookies
Any dessert that starts with salted caramel has to be good, right? These cookies take the salty/sweet combination to new levels by also adding almonds and pistachios. Thanks to Add a Pinch for sharing the photos and recipe for Salted Caramel, Almond and Pistachio Cookies.
32. Peach Drop Cookies
Unlike recipes which call for dried fruit, these soft cookies feature fresh peaches - and, boy, are they the star of the show. We suggest enjoying these with a glass of cold milk to get that classic peaches and cream flavor. Thanks to Bake or Break for sharing the photos and recipe for Peach Drop Cookies.
33. Double Decker, Dark Chocolate, Mini Doughnut Sugar Cookies
Swap in a half-cup of Hershey's special dark cocoa to make these scrumptious sugar cookies. Then have fun decorating your tiny little "doughnuts." Thanks to Bakerella for sharing the photos and recipe for Double Decker, Dark Chocolate, Mini Doughnut Sugar Cookies.
34. Lemon-Lime Basil Cookies
Get lost in layers of sweet and tart in these Lemon Lime Basil Cookies. These little bites of citrusy sweetness will remind you of summer. Thanks to Chasing Delicious for sharing the photos and recipe for Lemon-Lime Basil Cookies.
35. S'more Pudding Cookies
Enjoy all the classic s'more flavors without the campfire. Crumbled graham crackers, mini marshmallows and chocolate are made extra moist when baked into a pudding cookie. Thanks to Chef in Training for sharing the photos and recipe for S'more Pudding Cookies.
36. The Perfect Cookie Base
Ready to start experimenting to find your perfect cookie recipe? Start with this cookie dough. It's infinitely versatile, so let your imagination run wild. Thanks to Cookies and Cups for sharing the photos and recipe for The Perfect Cookie Base.
37. Trail Cookies
Indulge your outdoor self with these Trail Cookies, reminiscent of homemade granola. Each satisfying bite delivers the wholesome goodness of chocolate, cherries, coconut and almonds. Thanks to Good Things Grow for sharing the photos and recipe for Trail Cookies.
38. Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Bites
Are they cookies? Well, maybe not in the strictest sense of the word. Still, they're crunchy and gooey and too delicious to resist. Think of them as no-bake bites of deliciousness! Thanks to I Wash You Dry for sharing the photos and recipe for Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Bites.
39. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles
Lindsay from Love and Olive Oil raises the humble chocolate chip cookie to an art form with her recipe for cookie dough truffles. It's the pure childhood joy of eating raw cookie dough wrapped in a grown-up coating of dark chocolate. Devine! Thanks to Love and Olive Oil for sharing the photos and recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles.
40. Giant Cookie
Who doesn't love a larger-than-life dessert? This Giant Cookie is incredibly versatile and can handle many different variations so it's good for any special occasion. Thanks to Mel's Kitchen Café for sharing the photos and recipe for Giant Cookie.
41. Lemon Cookies
These fun lemon-colored cookies look good even without icing. Plus, they're full of lemony flavor from the zest of a whole lemon. Thanks to Munchkin Munchies for sharing the photos and recipe for Lemon Cookies.
42. Banana Oat Cookies
These super simple cookies only require two ingredients - both of which are probably already in your kitchen. When it comes to quick and easy, it's hard to beat these delicious cookies from the Real Housemoms. Thanks to Real Housemoms for sharing the photos and recipe for Banana Oat Cookies.
43. Caramel Chocolate Fudge Brownie Cookies
Another gooey delight filled with chocolate and caramel, these cookies have one more delicious surprise - Rolos. It's chocolate and caramel inside chocolate and caramel. How's that for yum overload? Thanks to Roxana's Home Baking for sharing the photos and recipe for Caramel Chocolate Fudge Brownie Cookies.
44. White Chocolate Coconut Pecan Cookies
Studded with white chocolate chips, pecans and coconut these dreamy cookies also have hints of butterscotch. Thanks to Savory Sweet Life for sharing the photos and recipe for White Chocolate Coconut Pecan Cookies.
45. Double Dark Chocolate Merlot Cookies
Speaking of grown-up cookies... dark chocolate and red wine are a luscious combination that only gets better when baked in cookie form. The deep dark color only hints at the sweet mysteries contained within. You'll have to taste to believe. Thanks to Simply Scratch for sharing the photos and recipe for Double Dark Chocolate Merlot Cookies.
46. Green Tea Shortbread Sandwich Cookies
White chocolate sometimes gets a bum rap. But these green tea cookies with white chocolate filling will change any preconceived notion you may have. Thanks to Smitten Kitchen for sharing the photos and recipe for Green Tea Shortbread Sandwich Cookies.
47. One Pan Skillet Cookie
There's no need to worry about dishes when you can mix and bake in the same cast iron skillet. Best served hot, straight out of the oven with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. Thanks to Sophistimom for sharing the photos and recipe for One Pan Skillet Cookie.
48. Twix® Cookies
All the flavor of a Twix® bar in a bite-sized thumbprint cookie. Dulce de Leche and (generously) drizzled chocolate are the key to making these candy bar copycats. Thanks to Dimples and Delights for sharing the photos and recipe for Twix ® Cookies.
49. Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches
Don't let the whole wheat fool you, these creamy peanut butter cookie sandwiches don't taste healthy! One bite of these cake-like cookies filled with homemade PB ice cream and drizzled with chocolate and you'll know why this Texan baker was recently invited to write for the Peanut Butter Blog. Thanks to TexanErin Baking for sharing the photos and recipe for Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches.
50. Chocolate Peppermint Crackle Cookies
When bakers decide to start a cookie swap, good things happen. And that was the inspiration for these chocolate, candy-covered cookies. Thanks to A Kitchen Addiction for sharing the photos and recipe for Chocolate Peppermint Crackle Cookies.
Homemade Cookie Favorites
Fire up the oven and get ready to find a new favorite cookie. Whether it's a holiday cookie exchange or a sweet after-school snack, any of the unique cookie recipes on this list are sure to be a hit.
Do you have a "go-to" recipe for making cookies? We'd love to hear about it. Leave a note in the comments and share your thoughts on the best homemade cookie recipes.