Amazing Easy Recipes

Amazing, Yet Easy Cookie Recipes

Everybody needs a few easy cookie recipes because everybody bakes cookies. Even many people who don't normally cook bake cookies.

But, have you ever noticed that some people make perfect cookies every time, while other people's cookies never turn out? What's the difference?

The Secrets to Perfect Cookies Every Time

The interesting thing about cookies is that with just a little bit of effort and a few simple steps and you can have the perfect cookies every time! This method works whether your idea of the perfect cookie is soft and chewy, super crispy, or anything in between.

1. Preheat your oven. This ensures that the cookies will cook consistently every time.

2. Find the perfect baking time. Make a pan of cookies using the minimum time recommended by the recipe. See how they turn out. Are they doughy? Add another minute or two on the next batch. Are they too crispy for your taste? Subtract a minute or two from the time. Do this until you find the magic number of minutes that gives you perfect cookies time after time. Keep in mind that the cookies will cook just a little bit more after you take them out, so try one hot and try one after it is cooled before you decide for sure if you have found your magic number.

3. Pay attention to your ingredients. Lower quality ingredients result in lower quality cookies. Avoid vegetable oil spreads and stick with high quality butter and margarine. The butter or margarine that you use greatly affects the texture of the cookie.

4. Don't alter recipes very much. It's better to find a good recipe to start with than to make a lot of modifications. However, there are a few ways to make just about any cookie a little bit healthier without sacrificing too much on taste. For example, you can usually replace a little bit of the butter with applesauce, reduce the amount of sugar, or use whole wheat flour. The key is to experiment and see what works for you.

My Favorite Recipes

As important as these tips are to producing fantastic cookies, the absolute most important factor is the recipe that you use. Try different recipes until you find one that you really like. Follow the directions and measure your ingredients exactly.

Here are a few of my favorite easy cookie recipes. 

Sugar Cookies: Sometimes the simple things in life are the best things in life. Sugar cookies are one such thing. This simple recipe makes great cookies every time!

Snickerdoodles: If you have eaten snickerdoodles, you know they're delicious. If you haven't, they are related to sugar cookies with a sugar and cinnamon twist.

Chocolate Chip Cookies: These are the legendary "Neiman Marcus" cookies. Check out the recipe and the story behind it. These are my favorite chocolate chip cookie.

Chocolate Chip Cookies: This is my wife's favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. It comes from a bag of Nestle chocolate chips.

White Chip Chocolate Cookies: This incredible twist on the chocolate chip cookie incorporates a chocolate cookie with white chocolate chips. Prep time is very short on this recipe.

Peanut Butter Cookies: Try this original style peanut butter cookie recipe, or the gluten free recipe. Either will satisfy your sweet tooth quite nicely.

Chocolate Mint Melt-Away Cookies : This recipe for Chocolate Mint Melt-Away Cookies is super easy. You will instantly fall in love with this easy chocolate cookie recipe!

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