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One Basic Cookie Dough-Many Cookie Flavours

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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. 
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A large double tray of cookies showing one cookie recipe with many variations

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

2 eggs

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.

A large mixer bowl of whipped basic cookie dough with butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.

In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

The dry ingredients from a one dough many cookie flavours recipe.

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.

11 cups of different cookie flavours like chocolate chips, peanut butter, coconut, pecans, walnuts, raisings, skor bits, pretzel bits, cranberries etc. Each cookie flavour is shown in a pretty lilac coloured paper cup.

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.

A dozen Caramel Pretzel drop cookies starting with a cookie recipe base to which caramel bits and pretzel bits were added. The cookies are in large drops on a parchment lined cookie sheet waiting for the oven.

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.)
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One dough peanut butter cookie variation. Each of the 12 cookies have been rolled and then flattened with a fork. They are unbaked, lined up on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

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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.

Final Thoughts

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.
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A very large two tiered galvanized tray with three dozen cookies line up for serving. The cookies are all drop cookies made from one cookie recipe with many different cookies.

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.

A collage of images showing Add anything cookies, some have peanut butter, or chocolate chips, or raisins, or caramel and pretzel cookies. They are laying in layers in a galvanized double layered tray for serving.
A large double tray of cookies showing one cookie recipe with many variations

One Basic Cookie Dough Many Cookie Flavours

Make one large recipe of cookie dough, then divide it up and put in a variety of different cookie flavours. You end up with a wide assortment of cookie flavours from one dough. Great for gatherings, or weekly lunch preparation.
Print Recipe
Prep Time:20 mins
40 mins
Total Time:1 hr

Ingredients

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

Yummy Variations

  • 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

Instructions

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.
    A large mixer bowl of whipped basic cookie dough with butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
  • Add the vanilla, and beat well.
  • In a separate bowl mix together the flour, soda, and salt.
    The dry ingredients from a one dough many cookie flavours recipe.
  • 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.)
    11 cups of different cookie flavours like chocolate chips, peanut butter, coconut, pecans, walnuts, raisings, skor bits, pretzel bits, cranberries etc. Each cookie flavour is shown in a pretty lilac coloured paper cup.
  • 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
    A dozen Caramel Pretzel drop cookies starting with a cookie recipe base to which caramel bits and pretzel bits were added. The cookies are in large drops on a parchment lined cookie sheet waiting for the oven.
  • 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.
    One dough peanut butter cookie variation. Each of the 12 cookies have been rolled and then flattened with a fork. They are unbaked, lined up on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  • 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.
    A large double tray of cookies showing one cookie recipe with many variations
  • Bake the batch of cookies for about 7 -10 minutes until golden brown.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: cookie flavours
Servings: 48 Large Cookies

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2 Comments

  1. They look delish. I will try for sure <3

    1. Its a great lunch recipe for families. Simple to make and everyone gets their fav.

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