With cookies you can eat them all at home, take them to work as a treat to share, take them to a potluck, or package them up and give them to a friend. With all of the options, we have hundreds of recipes of all kinds for you and others to enjoy.

How to Make Chocolate Cookies

Looking for a delectable treat to satisfy your sweet tooth? While chocolate chip and sugar cookies are common go-to recipes for quenching those sugary cravings, if you long for something unexpected, why not learn how to make chocolate cookies? These lesser-known delights are perfect for chocoholics--though don't say we didn't warn you about how addictive they are.

How to Make Sugar Cookies from Scratch

When you know how to make sugar cookies from scratch, you're baking up a piece of food history. Though some of the first cookie-like cakes originated in Persia as early as the 7th century A.D., true sugar cookies (or biscuits, depending on where you live) are thought to be an American original. Specifically, from Nazareth, Pennsylvania, where a large majority of the settlers were German Protestants. That's why, in the early days, the sweet treats were sometimes called "Nazareth Sugar Cookies."

How to Make Sugar Cookies

Since they're made with such simple ingredients--sugar, flour, vanilla, baking powder, a little salt--it's easy to think of sugar cookies as the Plain Janes of cookies. That is, until you break out the cookie cutters and colored sugar, the sprinkles and colored icing, the candy pieces and other adornments. But sugar cookies are more than just show pieces. When you know how to make sugar cookies just right, their understated sweetness and delicate texture are anything but ordinary--even when you eat them plain.

How to Make Oatmeal Cookies

Even if you already know how to make oatmeal cookies, don't let that stop you from trying this recipe--it yields a richer and more delicious cookie than many of the versions you'll find out there. Rolled oats are made from the whole oat "groat," which is minimally processed, keeping fiber and nutrition levels high. The oats are then steamed and rolled, which makes them cook quickly and gives them their flat appearance.

How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookies

While necessity may be the mother of invention, some of life's best treats were stumbled upon quite by accident. Such is the case with chocolate chip cookies--indescribably delectable treats that have been a mainstay in baking for generations. When Ruth Wakefield cooked up the first batch in 1930, she was actually trying to make chocolate cookies and was substituting bits of semi-sweet chocolate for the baking chocolate, thinking the chips would melt down in the batter. Fortunately for cookie lovers, they didn't, and expert and novice chefs alike have been trying to perfect the art of how to make chocolate chip cookies ever since.

Peanut Munchies

Better Homes and Gardens

It's that peanut butter and chocolate duo that is a delightful combination. Always a Christmas cookie favorite, this treat can be frozen for make-ahead convenience.

Date Pinwheel Cookies

Midwest Living

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Family Circle

These chewy cookies are spiced with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. Keep them at home as a family favorite, or share them. They make the perfect food gift when packaged in decorative boxes or wrapped in colorful cellophane.

Buttermilk Banana Bars

Midwest Living

Cashew-Butter Leaves

Better Homes and Gardens

A creamy butter made with cashews and brown sugar turns ordinary sugar cookie cutouts into ultra-buttery treats.

Flower Cookie Pops

Better Homes and Gardens

These garden-inspired cookies make great gifts for friends who have a green thumb. Or serve on a party dessert platter.

Teatime Sugar Cookies

Better Homes and Gardens

Make these frosted cookies unique with your specialty shape cookie cutters. They're tender and tasty whatever the shape.

Lime-Pecan Shortbread Bars

Better Homes and Gardens

Double Thumbprint Cookies

Midwest Living

Pile these pretty heart shaped cookies on a plate and let guests fill them with assorted jams and preserves.

Latte Checkerboards

Midwest Living
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