One Basic Cookie Dough-Many Cookie Flavours
How to Make Cookies with Dough
How to make cookies with dough or what cookie flavour do they want has been asked by every Mom when faced with a week of school lunch preparation. This basic cookie dough with endless cookie flavours is the ONE recipe I used repeatedly for school lunches. You mix up one basic cookie dough recipe, divide it up and then add the cookie flavours. So many easy to add cookie flavours to try like chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, raisin cookies, butterscotch pretzel, sea salt caramel and many more.
Its the perfect basic cookie dough recipe for lunches, everyone can have their favorite with very little extra work for the baker.
Most drop cookies have the same basic cookie dough recipe with a little flavour variation added into the cookie dough at the end. I bet you can list the basic ingredients of cookie dough, but I will share them with the measurements and method. This plain cookie dough recipe is large, it makes 4 dozen large cookies into four cookie flavours. You can easily half it and make only 2 cookie flavours.
Basic Cookie Dough Recipe
Mix up this large basic cookie dough recipe first.
1 pound butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Place the butter into a bowl and beat on high until its light and fluffy. (1 min)
Add white sugar and brown sugar beating very well after each addition.
Once the white sugar and brown sugar have been mixed into the butter, add the eggs and vanilla.
Beat the basic cookie dough until light and fluffy, it takes 3-5 minutes.
In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
Combine the dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Mixing until just combined
Your basic cookie dough is now finished.
On to the yummy fun part.
One Cookie Recipe Many Cookie Flavours
For this post I put together 11 different cookies flavours you can add to make multiple cookie flavours. The basic idea is to grab whatever cookie flavours you like, add them to one basic cookie dough and you end up with many different cookies.
Here are some different ingredient ideas; chocolate chips, peanut butter, coconut, pecans, peanuts, oatmeal, cranberries, almonds, skor bits, butterscotch chips, peanut butter chips, pretzel bits, rice krispies, cornflakes and any other family favorites you may think of.
Take about two cups of the basic cookie dough, place in a bowl (I reused the flour mixing bowl to save on dishes), add up to 1 cup of goodies of your choice. You can add any variety of different cookie flavours that appeal to you.a
Different Cookie Flavours to Try
For a simple sugar cookie, leave the dough plain, roll into balls and then roll in sugar.
1/3 cup chocolate chips, 1/3 cup pretzels, 1/3 up Skor pieces
1/3 cup peanut butter, 1/3 cup coconut, 1/3 cup peanuts
1/3 cup chocolate chips, 1/3 cup raisins, 1/3 cup Rice Krispies
1/2 cup Skor bits, 1/2 cup cornflakes cereal
1/3 cup chocolate chips, 1/3 cup raisins, 1/3walnuts or pecans
1/2 cup crushed pretzels, 1/2 cup Skor pieces
1/2 cup caramel chips, 1/2 cup crushed pretzels
1/2 cup peanut butter chips, 1/2 chocolate chips
1/2 cup dried cranberries, 1/2 coconut, roll into balls and then into sugar
Each cookie variation makes a dozen big cookies.
These are Caramel Pretzel cookies made with caramel chips and pretzels.
Take the basic cookie recipe base add caramel chips and crushed pretzels. Mix well, scoop out onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for about 7-10 minutes at 350 degrees.
Or you can roll them into ball like I did these peanut butter and coconut flavoured variation. The following cookies are peanut butter, with peanuts and coconut. (Reader input on the peanut butter addition. When adding peanut butter if the dough appears too soft to you, add a bit more flour.)
There are endless variations, your kids may enjoy picking out some flavours to add.
Baking the Multiple Cookie Flavours
Once you have the basic dough made, preheat your oven to 350F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper, and start mixing your individual varieties.
Bake each variety of cookie for 7 -10 minutes until golden brown and chewy.
The varieties are endless, use what you have. This recipe was very helpful when I had a bunch of boys coming in after football practice, or when I had to figure out weekly lunches on a budget. Mix together the basic cookie dough and toss in whatever you have in the cupboard.
The serving tray holds four variations; Caramel Pretzel Cookies, Chocolate Chip Raisin and Walnut Cookies, Peanut Butter and Coconut Cookies and Peanut Butter Coconut cookies with Whole Peanuts.
My days of making school lunches are over. These cookies are being packed up and taken to treat the hard working grooms who look after Hubs horses.
One Basic Cookie Dough Many Cookie Flavours
Basic Cookie Dough
- 1 pound butter
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 4 cups flour
- 1 ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup each chocolate chips, pretzels, Skor pieces
- ½ cup each peanut butter, coconut, peanuts (add extra dry ingredients, flour, nuts etc.)
- ½ cup each chocolate chips,raisins, Rice Krispies
- ½ cup each Skor bits, Cornflake Cereal
- ½ cup each chocolate chips, raisins, walnuts or pecans
Basic Cookie Dough
- Add white sugar and brown sugar beating very well after each addition.
- Add eggs one at a time and beat well after each egg.
- Add the vanilla, and beat well.
- In a separate bowl mix together the flour, soda, and salt.
- Combine the dry ingredients into the butter mixture.
Cookie Flavour Variations
- Take about two cups of the cookie dough and place in a bowl (the used flour bowl works fine and no extra dishes), add up to 1 of goodies of your choice. This is a general guide, I guessed the amount of the dough. I took approximately 1/4 of the cookie dough base placed it in a separate bowl. Then add the measured variations.)
- Each variation makes a dozen big cookies.
- Mix well, scoop out onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and bake for about 7-10 minutes at 350 degrees
- If adding peanut butter, if your dough appears to soft to you, add a little bit more flour and whatever dry ingredient your using. For example, Peanut butter and coconut, or peanut butter and peanuts.
- Another suggestion- For a simple sugar cookie, leave the dough plain, roll into balls and then into sugar.
Baking the Cookies
- Once the basic cookie dough is made, preheat your oven to 350F. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment and set aside.
- Mix together whatever variation you choose and place onto the cookie sheet.
- Bake the batch of cookies for about 7 -10 minutes until golden brown.
Other Cookie Recipes to Try
Want to make a no bake cookie, or a smaller cookie recipe. Here are some other old favorite cookie recipes I highly recommend.
No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies
A really quick and easy no-bake peanut butter cookie recipe with lots of peanut butter and coconut flavour.
Shortbread Macaroon Cookies
An extra special Shortbread Macaroon Cookie Recipe with three layers. A buttery shortbread base, with a sweet macaroon center, thats topped with melted dark chocolate. An extra special cookie for special occasions.
This pumpkin cookie recipe is soft but not really cakey and can be made with a swirl of maple cream cheese icing on top. A great cookie for Fall.
They look delish. I will try for sure <3
Its a great lunch recipe for families. Simple to make and everyone gets their fav.