Favorite Cookies

I love cookies and over the years I’ve made and sampled hundreds. People ask me which cookies are my favorite, and it’s very hard to choose. But I narrowed down the list to include 15 current favorites.

Favorite Cookies @Averie Sunshine {Averie Cooks}

From left to right, starting at top left-hand corner

1. Chocolate Chip and Chunk Cookies

2. New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies

3. Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

4. Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Skillet Cookie

5. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

6. Quintuple Chocolate Fudgy Brownie Cookies

7. Mounds Bar Chocolate Coconut Cake Mix Cookies

8. Thin Mints

9. Peanut Butter Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip Cookies

10. Cranberry and White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

11. Sugar-Doodle Vanilla Cookies

12. Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

13. Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

14. Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

15. Molasses Triple Chocolate Cookies

Grouped by category with explanations why I love each of them so

Chocolate Chip Varieties

1. Chocolate Chip and Chunk Cookies – My favorite recipe for pure, unadulterated, perfect chocolate chip cookies. They’re soft, chewy, tender, moist, stay soft for days, are a snap to make, and have two kinds of chocolate in every bite. I wrote extensively about why I love them and if you need a solid, fuss-free, and straightforward recipe for chocolate chip cookies that yields fabulous results on every level, try this one. It’s my gold standard

2. New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies (from Jacques Torres) – I learned many valuable lessons when making these cookies, including using bread flour, making larger cookies, and stuffing in more chocolate than I thought was possible. Fresh from the oven, I love these cookies, and although I don’t consider them my ‘perfect’ cookie and wrote extensively about my overall thoughts. However, because it’s such a popular recipe, I’d be remiss to omit them because many people adore these jumbo bakery-style cookies

3. Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies – Inspired be the Cooks Illustrated Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies, I also added peanut butter and oatmeal, creating a soft and moist cookie, with plenty of chewy texture. Because the cookies call for melted butter, no mixer is required, and the higher ratio of brown to granulated sugar keeps them just as soft on day four as on day one. If you’re not a chocolate chip cookie purist and like a variety of textures and flavors in your cookies, these are a must-try

4. Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Skillet Cookie – Three of my favorite cookies in one – chocolate chip, peanut butter, and oatmeal. The edges bake up crispy and chewy, and sweetened condensed milk is baked into the cookie, keeping the interior a literal hot, sweet, and gooey mess. No mixer is required, and this is a perfect impress-a-crowd cookie to pop into the oven before brunch or a dinner party, and as the meal wraps, the cookie is ready. Grab the spoons and wait for the ooh’s and ahh’s

5. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls (no-bake, raw, vegan, gluten-free) – Safe-to-eat raw cookie dough that’s all-natural, vegan, easy, and is the most Pinned recipe on my site. The cookie dough tastes just like the real thing and is ready in five minutes. They also freeze beautifully and I always have a freezer stash

All-Chocolate Varieties

6. Quintuple Chocolate Fudgy Brownie Cookies – Five different types of chocolate is used: Cocoa powder, melted bittersweet baking chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate chips, diced chocolate truffles, and chopped chocolate-filled Oreos. The cookies are rich, smooth, intense, very decadent and for the serious chocaholic. They are hands down the best chocolate cookie I’ve ever had or made and my search for the perfect chocolate cookie ends with this recipe. They’re like eating brownies, truffles, cookies, and Oreos all in one

7. Mounds Bar Chocolate Coconut Cake Mix Cookies – Chocolate and coconut is a winning combination and I baked both chocolate chips and Mounds Bar candy bars into these easy, goofproof chocolate cake mix cookies that turn out soft and moist every time. The chocolate cookies above are amazing, but are a bit more labor-intensive, and based on the work-reward scale, the cookies below get very high marks

8. Thin Mints (vegan, no-bake) – These are as easy as they come and give the Girl Scouts a run for their money. You’ll be amazed at just how fast, easy, and authentic they taste. The recipe has appeared in magazines and is another highly Pinned and popular one. People write to me both surprised and thankful that something so simple could taste like the real thing

White Chocolate

9. Peanut Butter Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip Cookies– These are likely my favorite cookies on my blog, but it really is so hard to choose. They’re soft and moist from the peanut butter, chewy with plenty of texture from the oats, and full of sweet white chocolate chips. People write frequently telling me they loved these cookies and it’s one of those recipes that’s extremely do-able and no one writes with a cookie crisis

10. Cranberry and White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies – Inspired by my love of Cranberry Bliss Bars (Starbucks Copycat Recipe) and the Sugar-Doodle Vanilla Cookies (below), I combined the two. The Sugar-Doodle dough is stuffed with ample amounts of both white chocolate chip and dried cranberries. The cranberries lend a pop of tartness and texture against the buttery soft dough and sweet white chocolate. Super soft, moist, and are perfect not only around Christmas, but anytime

So Simple But So Good

11. Sugar-Doodle Vanilla Cookies – These cookies are much more than the sum of their simple parts and ingredients and I just love them so much. They’re easily one of my new favorites from 2012. Another bonus of these soft, chewy, and easy cookies is that the batch size is only 11 cookies. Perfect for our family because we don’t need dozens and dozens of cookies just laying around

12. Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies (gluten-free) – I love peanut butter and if you need a good-old fashioned peanut butter cookie recipe for cookies that are bursting with robust peanut butter flavor, try this one. The recipe is a snap to make and has just four ingredients, is naturally gluten-free, and produces cookies with chewy edges, and tender centers. A peeve of mine is peanut butter cookies that are lackluster on peanut butter intensity scale, but that’s not the case with these golden nuggets

Holiday & Seasonal

13. Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting – Perfect for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, girlie birthday, baby or bridal shower. They’re ridiculously soft, chewy, moist, and are foolproof. The frosting is optional or it can be used to make sandwich cookies. These cookies are my soon-to-be six year old daughter’s favorite cookie. She has requested them instead of a cake for her next birthday

14. Pumpkin Whoopie Pies – These cookies really grew on me, to the point of re-making them just days after the first batch, which is very rare for me. They’re both dense yet light, incredibly moist and soft, and melt-in-your mouth. I prefer using the more robust version of seasonings that I noted in the recipe and because pumpkin season knows no boundaries for me, I plan to make these year-round

15. Molasses Triple Chocolate Cookies – I used chocolate three ways in these soft, chewy, moist and tender molasses cookies. All that chocolate pairs perfectly with robustly-flavored molasses and the intensity of spices used, making these a new holiday favorite and one of my top cookie picks of 2012

What’s your favorite cookie?

Tell me about your favorites and please share links to your favorite recipes. I am always on the hunt for new recipes. I can feel my list of favorites growing already.


  1. I’m in love with this post! I’m going to make it a 2013 goal to make all of these!

  2. I could easily end up with a long list of favorites, but oatmeal w/ butterscotch chips, peanut butter w/ Hershey’s kisses, and cashew w/ browned butter frosting are a few that come to mind. As for chocolate chip, I share your sentiments about the chocolate chip and chunk cookies. The bread flour, cornstarch and chilling the dough really makes a profound difference! I think those little tweaks would make any ho-hum cookie dough fabulous. Thanks for sharing all of your research and experimentation–it has been a cookie tutorial for me!!

    • All 3 of your cookies that you just mentioned – oh yes, I could go to town on all of those! And have plans to make some things like that in 2013! So glad you tried the chocolate chip and chunk cookies with the suggestions listed and yes, I agree – the simple things can and do make a profound difference!

  3. It is so hard to choose favorite recipes We were just talking about that yesterday. Pumpkin whoopie pies are high on our list. We made them yesterday for Christmas.

  4. I would have a hard time choosing a favorite too! This collection has pretty much everything you could want in a cookie: chewy, soft, crispy, packed with chocolate, frosted, filled… YUM!

  5. girl you know me and cookies. We’re like this.

  6. Those all look so amazing! My vote, if I get to vote ;) goes to the vanilla doodle cookies, they look incredible :)

  7. Great cookie roundup! The dough balls are one of my all time favorites!

  8. I’m kind of in love with all of your cookies. Each and every one looks like a batch I’d love to have in front of me to sample, especially all of those soft and chewy ones – my favorite! You’re definitely a talented cookie recipe developer and this post is just begging me to try out some of your favorites!

  9. I love this list! I am a sucker for anything with peanut butter, so all of your peanut butter cookies are going on my “to bake” list. My husband will be thrilled!

  10. Merry Xmas Averie! I sure would love to try out your whoopie pies!

  11. Cookies are the best, aren’t they? Love the white chocolate cranberry ones!

  12. This is a list to keep in my e-mails! There are so many I want to make!! I am so looking forward to seeing what you create in 2013!!

  13. I see tons of chocolate chip cookies! Those are my favorite. For a solid chocolate chip, which one is your favorite of all the chocolate chip recipes?

  14. AWESOME list Averie! This post is one for the bookmark files for sure!

  15. My homemade chocolate chip cookies are my all time favourite cookie. I still haven’t shared the recipe … it is one that’s been a family secret forever … but I might one of these days.

  16. Quintuple chocolate cookies?? Your mad! in the most excellent way…they look amazing :)

    • The photos don’t do those cookies justice. They are seriously the most amazing choc cookies ever. Brownie, cookie, truffle, all in one – with chunks of Oreo crumbs blended in as flour. They are my end-all-be-all cookie!

  17. I like that you have fifteen favorite cookies. “But I can’t pick just one!”
    My favorite cookie is that everything-in-a-skillet cookie. OMG. Really. omg.
    My husband’s favorite is the thin mint. I like that I can make those for him all year long and leave them in the freezer.
    Also, I had a cranberry bliss bar yesterday for you!

  18. I’m a big fan of homemade cookies, especially around the holidays. I’d like to say I’m a little cookie’d out at this point after making three types to bring to our families, but that would be a lie…so there may be some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies in my near future I have had the skillet cookie at a restaurant before, it is definitely a delicious one – especially when you top it with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream! :)

  19. My idea of heaven! I’ll take a dozen of each, please. :D

  20. I love them all! The New York Times cookies are definitely going to be #1 on my bucket list for 2013!

  21. I need to conquer this list…they all look so good…I’ve made the thin mints for Christmas…and made again…and your Peanut Butter Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip Cookies – LOVE…the combination of oats and sweet….ahhh must make again.

  22. Oh my, I sense a chocolate theme going here for most of these wonderful treats. I might just have to start at #1 and work my way through to the end…

  23. I seriously could live off cookies alone:-) And after scrolling through this post…I am drooling and want cookies for dinner again! My favorite is chocolate chip, butterscotch with oatmeal…simple but so good!!!

  24. It’s interesting that all my new favorites for the year have come from you! Peanut butter, chocolate chip, oatmeal cookies, thin mints, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies plus challah bread with and without craisins, and pumpkin chocolate chip bundt cake! These are my top picks for the year and they are all from you! Thank you!

    • Suzi this is such an awesome comment – thank you! For LMK that you made all of those cookies of mine, that they’re all new favorites, that you’ve made the challah bread a few ways (so good and I wish people knew how good it was!) and that cake – also one of my faves of the year! Please don’t be a stranger and keep me posted on what you try and what you enjoy! Thanks so much! :)

  25. I could only imagine how not so easy it was for you to choose only 15! :) I love #5, I was able to adjust the recipe (you’ve seen it) to my liking, meaning I reduced sugar and changed a thing, or two, or three… :) Anyway, it was still inspired by your #5, and I thank you each time I make it.

  26. I LOVE this post, Averie! So many cookies and I want each and every one of them. By the way, meant to tell ya a week ago, but I made your sugardoodle cookies and OH MY WORD–they were incredible. So puffy and soft, and I love that slightly underdone bite in the middle.. definitely amazing. Hope you had a great Christmas!

  27. Gosh Averie, this post is a total drool-fest!!!! All your cookies are amazing.

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  29. I love your website and recipes! Not only do you give GREAT recipes, you give the explanation of why’s and how to!

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