The Perfect Cookie [Best Cookie Recipes]

Whether they’re crisp or chewy, or made with oatmeal, chocolate chips, peanut butter, walnuts or raisins, cookies remain one of the most popular baked goods in North America.

So delicious, in fact, that we often eat the dough before it even makes it into the oven. Tsk, tsk.


Here are a few simple guidelines to help you get those perfectly baked cookies every time:

  • Baking is all about ratios.  Be sure to measure the amount of flour correctly, as too much will make cookies turn out tough and dry. Mix your dough just enough so that the flour disappears and avoid over mixing.
  • It’s also a good idea to chill your cookie dough before you start baking.  This makes the dough easier to work with and will prevent it from getting warm and runny before going into the oven.
  • Use parchment paper for easy clean up and non-stick baking, and use a rimless baking sheet.  A rimless baking sheet allows the heat to flow unobstructed, and circulate more evenly.  If you haven’t got a rimless cookie sheet, you can simply turn your baking sheet upside down.
  • Use a tablespoon to drop the batter onto your baking sheet, taking care to leave 1-2 inches of space in between cookies. This will ensure they don’t melt and stick together, and adjust your baking time according to the kind of texture you’re looking for. Longer baking times will produce crispier cookies, while shorter times will produce chewier cookies.

Here are some of our best cookie recipes: