Basic Cookie Dough Recipes To Master

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about baking cookies, it’s the importance of having good basic cookie dough recipes you can count on. Recipes you can whip up on a whim, with ingredients you know you have, that will turn out exactly how you want. Every, single, time.

These recipes are just that. Tried. Tested. Trusted. These are my best basic cookie dough recipes. All of these cookies taste great on their own, but you can also use them as a base for something way more exciting.

One thing’s for sure, you’ll love these recipes so much, they’ll become the cookie dough recipes you come back to over and over, or have memorized (like me!).

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Cookie Dough For Mix-ins

This basic cookie dough for mix-ins is everyone’s favorite. It’s simple to make, tastes incredible, and is sturdy enough for even your most dense mix-ins. The most popular way to use this dough is to make chocolate chip or chocolate chunk cookies, but you could add almost anything you can dream up to it.

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A bowl of peanut butter cookie dough with a cookie scoop in it and a small bowl of peanut butter sitting next to it.

Peanut Butter Dough

There’s nothing better than a soft, chewy peanut butter cookie and this basic peanut butter cookie dough is the best there is. It makes flavorful, cracked top, thick, chewy peanut butter cookies. You’ll love this simple and reliable everyday recipe that uses common ingredients and requires no chilling.

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A bowl of cookie dough with sprinkles.

Sugar Cookie Dough

This basic sugar cookie dough is a tasty, simple recipe, made with only a few common ingredients. It requires no chilling, no rolling, and zero cutting, which is my favorite part. The cookies are delicious on their own, but they’re even better with sprinkles or covered in homemade buttercream frosting AND sprinkles.

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A glass bowl of chocolate cookie dough with a spoon in it.

Chocolate Cookie Dough

Indulge your chocolate cravings with this basic chocolate cookie dough recipe. This timeless favorite is perfect for both novice bakers and experienced cookie enthusiasts. The rich cocoa flavor combined with the perfect balance of sweetness and chewiness makes these cookies irresistible.

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  1. Such easy recipes. They work every time! I’m bookmarking these recipes, thanks.

    1. Thank you Beth! That was my intention, easy, reliable basic recipes. I’m glad you found them useful. Happy baking!

  2. You can’t beat homemade cookies and these doughs are so simple. We really loved the chocolate chip cookies made from your recipe.

    1. I’m so glad, Dannii! I appreciate you stopping by to leave a comment. Happy baking!

  3. I haven’t made all of these yet, but the sugar cookie dough is so good I’ve made it twice! Looking forward to making the rest of them soon.

    1. Oh I love this, Nancy! That one is for sure a goodie. I hope you like the rest of the doughs as well. Happy baking!

  4. These are all fabulous cookie doughs. My favorite is the peanut butter though. Thanks for great recipes!5 stars

    1. Thank you so much, Kathleen! I agree with you about the peanut butter dough. It’s probably my favorite too.

  5. Ahh I love homemade cookies and these recipes are so simple. Definitely saving!

    1. Me too, Luci! Thanks so much – glad you loved them (as much as I do) haha!