7 Unique Cookie Ideas for Your Next Event

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The largest chocolate chip cookie on record was baked in 2003 and weighed in at a whopping 40,000 pounds. Talk about a cookie lover’s dream. For a cookie that big, you’re going to need a lot of milk to go with it.

Making cookies is a great way to add some flair to your next event, especially with the holidays right around the corner. An impressive 87% of Gen-Xers and Millennials bake during the holidays.

If you also love cookies and are looking for ways to change up your cookie baking routine, you need some fun and unique cookie ideas. In this guide, we’ll give you 7 cookie ideas you can use to impress at your next event.

If you want to learn all about unique cookie ideas, keep reading below for more information.

1. Pastel Butter Cookies

These unique cookies take a traditional almond shortbread and give it a colorful hue and fruity flavor. Incorporating fruit and powdered sugar together is one of the best cookie ideas for holiday parties.

To make these cookies, you will need:

  • ½ teaspoon coarse salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup sugar per each sugar tint
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1 cup whole blanched almonds, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature

You’ll also need assorted freeze-dried fruit flavors and colors (like blueberries, mangoes, and raspberries).


Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Place the toasted almonds into a food processor. After adding flour, salt, and cinnamon, process the almonds until they are finely ground, for about 1 minute.

Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and confectioners’ sugar for about 4 minutes until they are fluffy and pale. Then add in the vanilla and mix until just combined with the mixer on low. Add in the almond mixture gradually.

Place the dough about 1 inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. The cookies should be baked for 14 to 16 minutes, rotating the sheets halfway through. Transfer the cookies onto wire racks to let them cool completely.

Mix ½ cup of fruit with ½ cup of confectioners’ sugar in a food processor until smooth and evenly tinted. Dip the cookies into the tinted sugars, dome-side down, to coat them. Let them sit on a plate for about 30 minutes.

2. Raspberry Chocolate Cheesecake Cookies

For another great variation on cookie ideas, raspberry chocolate cheesecake cookies combine all of the decadence and sweetness of chocolate with the tang and tartness of raspberries. You’ll also get that rich and smooth taste of cream cheese blended together for a moist cake-like cookie.

Using a milk or dark chocolate base for your raspberry cheesecake topping is preferable. You’ll bring out more of your cheesecake cookie’s robust flavoring. Milk chocolate adds more sweetness while dark chocolate will add more of a tart flavoring to these types of cookies.

You can also make these unique cookies with white chocolate for a more mellow and creamy texture. Top with chocolate chips or chunks of chocolate for even more deliciousness.

3. Peanut Butter Cookies with Jelly Filling

Just when you thought the humble peanut butter cookie couldn’t get any better, it can, thanks to innovative cookie ideas like this one. A peanut butter and jelly cookie is sure to please. By filling peanut butter cookies with a small jelly center, you’ll have a warm and tasty cookie that’s just begging to be dunked in milk.

Think of it like a portable PB & J you can have for dessert. Coat the top of the cookie in peanut butter with a drizzle of your favorite jelly. For a bonus, top these cookies with crushed peanuts for added texture and flavor.

4. Caramel Apple Pie Cookies

With the fall weather just about to take effect, you need cookie ideas that are filling and tasty, with all of the flavors of the season. Caramel apple pie cookies are a mix between a caramel apple and a warm apple pie together in a cookie.

You can use real bits of pie filling for these cookies too, inside of a buttery cookie. Drizzle the top with some caramel sauce and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.

These unique cookies will be the perfect companion with a hot cup of tea or coffee on a cold day.

5. Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cookies

While chocolate chip has always been the standard, a survey of cookie bakers found that 59% of people were interested in trying out new types of cookies. What better way to do this than with salted caramel pumpkin cookies?

For even more fall fun cookie ideas, these cookies combine the distinct flavor profile of salted caramel with pumpkin for unique cookies with undeniable charm. Caramel provides a sweetness to the ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg flavors of the dense pumpkin cookie.

The salt on top enhances the sweet flavor of the caramel and the pumpkin. It provides just the right amount of light salty contrast for flavor layering.

6. Neopolitan Cookies

Neopolitan ice cream is known for having three distinct flavors together in one container: vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. Neopolitan cookies are creative cookie ideas that tap into this concept.

They are simple enough to make, too. You can either top a plain vanilla sugar cookie with a layer of chocolate frosting and another layer of strawberry frosting. Or you can make a vanilla cookie and a chocolate cookie and add a layer of strawberry frosting to the middle and the top for sandwich-style types of cookies.

To play up the ice cream theme, add a sugar cone or waffle cone to the top and garnish with colorful sprinkles for truly adorable unique cookies.

7. Butterscotch Toffee Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies

These chewy, crispy, and buttery-tasting cookies are loaded with flavor. As far as cookie ideas go, the blend of texture and flavor makes these unique cookies the star of your next event.

To make these cookies you will need:

  • ½ cup butterscotch chips
  • ½ cup chocolate-covered toffee chips
  • ½ cup crushed almonds
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 ¼ cups flour

Use parchment paper or a silicone baking liner on your cookie sheet for easy cleanup.


Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

In a stand mixer bowl, cream the butter and sugars together for about 4-5 minutes until they are light and creamy. Add in the egg and vanilla extract and beat for an additional 2 minutes.

Add the flour, baking soda, and salt, mixing until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, almonds, and toffee chips.

Drop the dough onto the baking sheet 1 inch apart. Bake for 12 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden brown.

Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

Find Even More Great Cookie Ideas at Batch Cookie Shop

Making cookies doesn’t have to be boring and traditional. There are so many types of cookies and recipes you can try. With some imagination, you can make your cookie ideas come to life.

Or you can come to Batch Cookie Shop in-store or online. We’ve been making cookies in the Gilbert, AZ area at our family-owned bake shop with family kitchen recipes. With new cookies featured each week, you’re sure to find the unique cookies you’ll love for your next event.

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