Cookies & Brownies

Cookies and brownies are perfect every day or for party desserts. For example, how about Perfect Classic Cakey Brownies, my longtime favorite family dessert; or, enjoy your favorite sports game with Homemade Pretzel and Beer Oreo Cookies. There’s something for every taste, even gluten free: 5 Minute Gluten-Free No-Bake Crispy Chocolate Pumpkin Bites.

Want to single out brownie recipes? Just browse here for brownie recipes.

Or, find 26 special cookie project recipes here for Christmas time or anytime.

Pile of vanilla cookies with tea setup behind

Vanilla Cookies

My vanilla cookies are not your average sugar cookies. They are speckled with vanilla beans throughout and the flavor truly shines. They are pillowy and tender with a texture similar to snickerdoodles. In fact, …

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Lavender shortbread in a grey bowl with cookies and milk around it

Lavender Shortbread

This tender, melt-in-your mouth lavender shortbread is super easy to make and has a lovely mild floral flavor. It uses just a few simple ingredients and makes for a wonderful snack with tea or …

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Zimtsterne on a white plate

Zimtsterne (German Cinnamon Star Cookies)

Zimtsterne, cinnamon stars, are a classic German Christmas cookie. They are similar to gingerbread cookies, but made with ground almonds and flavored heavily with cinnamon. They are chewy on the inside and very crispy …

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Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

These simple, classic sugar cookies have a lovely cinnamon flavor - think of them as a cross between a crisp buttery cutout cookie and a snickerdoodle. They are wonderful served plain (or dunked into …

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A few pineapple bars on a blue serving plate

Pineapple Bars

Loaded with pineapple, these custardy bar cookies are creamy and refreshing. They're a unique treat with a tropical flavor, best served chilled. Pineapple is somewhat overlooked in …

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Chocolate Chip Banana Cookies

These soft chocolate chip banana cookies are like an addictive grab-and-go banana bread! They are a great way to use super ripe bananas and they're so easy to make! …

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Peach Cookies

These adorable cookies look just like peaches and they are so simple to make and decorate. While peach cookies are often made with a pastry cream filling, these are filled with peach jam and …

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White plate of speculoos cookies in a pile

Simple Speculoos Cookies (Copycat Biscoff)

Biscoff cookies (the brand name for Dutch speculoos cookies) are a cult favorite - crispy, spiced, and so addictive. They are simple to make, and once you try my recipe, you'll never look back! …

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Simple Honey Cookies

Often, honey cookies are super soft and chewy. Not these - they are crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. They hold their shape really well so you can use them with …

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Ginger Molasses Cookies

Perfectly Soft, Chewy, and Crinkly Ginger Molasses Cookies

These ginger molasses cookies are perfectly soft, chewy, and loaded with spices like ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. They also have that perfect crinkle on top! Ginger molasses …

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Snowmen cookies on a cooling rack

Christmas Snowman Cookies

These Christmas snowman cookies are delicious to bite into, with a sugary sweet buttercream topping and a soft-to-bite-into sugar cookie texture. They're super simple to make and totally adorable - making them the perfect …

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Sugar plums in red mini cupcake liners on a red cupcake stand with a hand selecting one

Sugar Plums

Sugar plums are some of the most iconic Christmas desserts and yet most people have never had them. What is a sugar plum, and how do you make one? Here's what you need to …

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Stack of coffee cookies wrapped in bakers twine with other stacks in the background

Coffee Cookies

If you love coffee, I have the perfect cookie for you! My coffee cookies are crispy, buttery, and have an intense coffee flavor. They are easy to make and totally addictive! …

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Besam laddu

Besan Laddu

Laddu is a must-try Indian sweet! While there are many versions, I love besan laddu (the chickpea flour gluten-free variety) flavored with honey, orange, cardamom, and a touch of nutmeg. The laddus have a …

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Mini Madeleines dusted with powdered sugar

Madeleine Cookies

Madeleine cookies are classic French pastries that are cake-like and a little spongy. They can be made in all kinds of flavors, though traditionally they are flavored with vanilla, a little lemon, and a light …

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