The Ultimate Guide to the Different Types of Cookies

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When you think about your favorite types of cookies, there is one key ingredient they all share: sugar. During the 7th century A.D. Persia, now known as Iran, was one of the first countries to grow and harvest sugar cane.

While the first cookies were meant to be used to test the oven’s temperature, it didn’t take long for the cookie to become common throughout Europe.

By the 14th century, cookies had found their way into recipe books. When the Europeans arrived in America, they brought their recipes with them.

Today there are thousands of cookies out there, and there are 8 basic types of cookies. If you are looking for some great new cookies to try, keep reading for the yummiest of each type.

Icebox Cookies

Icebox cookies, or refrigerator cookies as they are now known, are popular in every household. The dough is made and then kept in the refrigerator overnight, or frozen in the freezer until you are ready to use.

Butter Cookies

One of the most popular icebox cookies and probably the simplest are the icebox butter cookies from Betty Crocker. You most likely have all the ingredients you need, and they require little effort.

You need 3 1/2 cups of flour, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1 cup of softened butter, 1 1/2  cups of granulated sugar, 1/2 cup of light brown sugar, 3 teaspoons of vanilla, and 2 eggs.

In a medium bowl mix flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla. Add eggs and beat well.  Gradually beat in flour mixture until blended.

Shape dough into 4 (6-inch) logs and wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 8 hours or up to 3 days.

When ready to bake, unwrap the dough and cut it into 1/4-inch slices. Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 8-12 minutes.

Mix It Up

There are many varieties of icebox cookies, and by adding one or two fun ingredients to the mix, you will have a plethora of cookie options.

Try adding some sprinkles to the batch for the kids, or crushed Oreo cookies for a cookies-and-cream taste. The cookie knows no boundaries, so don’t limit yourself, and get creative!

Bar Cookies

If you hate the idea of placing spooned or cut-out cookie dough onto a pan, then bar cookies may be what you are looking for. Bar cookies come in a wide variety of flavors and textures, the most popular being, wait for it, the brownie. That’s right, a brownie is technically still a cookie!

Throw some batter into a single pan, bake, let cool, and cut into bars. Easy peasy lemon squeezy! Speaking of which, lemon bars are an excellent summertime treat and are full of zest with the right amount of sweetness.

If you are looking for a cookie that is soft and chewy but also gluten-free, then look no further than the oatmeal chocolate chip cookie bar. This is one cookie that will have everyone begging for more and is filled with semi-sweet chocolate chips and oats.

Molded Cookies

Molded cookies are a stiffer kind of cookie that is shaped or molded before baking. You can find molds in almost any grocery or craft store in a wide variety of shapes.

We can’t talk about molded cookies though without mentioning the gingerbread cookie! If you want your home to smell like Christmas morning all year, then this cookie is for you. And who doesn’t love breaking off the arms and legs of a cookie man?

Drop Cookies

Drop cookies get their name from just that, being dropped onto the cookie sheet by a spoon. Chocolate chip is a timeless classic drop cookie but if you are looking to amp up your taste buds, then try a snickerdoodle cookie.

These babies are rolled in cinnamon and sugar and baked to a golden perfection that will be sure to satisfy your cravings.

Rolled Cookies

The first cookie that comes to mind with the rolled cookie is the sugar cookie. Sugar cookies are great as is, but taste even better with a layer of buttercream frosting.

The problem with rolled cookies is that they are time-consuming, so grab the kids, hand them a rolling pin, and put them to work.

Sandwich Cookies

What could be better than frosting sandwiched between two cookies? The answer is very little. The Oreo, while being the most well-known sandwich cookie, is not the only of its kind.

If you can dream it, you can make it. The next time you make chocolate chip cookies, try them with a layer of peanut butter in between. Or how about sugar cookies with a raspberry filling? The possibilities are endless, so get baking.

No-Bake Cookies

With all the different types of cookies, it can be hard choosing a favorite, but this is hands down one of the best.

No-bake cookies are especially great if you don’t feel like baking, hence the name, and take as little as 15 minutes to make.

The peanut butter and chocolate are a wonderful combination with the oats and are great for any occasion.

Fried Cookies

No trip to the carnival would be complete without eating some kind of fried food on a stick. If you are looking for some great cookie ideas or new cookies, then you will want to try fried cookies.

These cookies, though high in cholesterol, are to die for. You can make them at home too with some biscuit mix, confectioners sugar, milk, and of course grease. But it might be best to save it for that one time a year you venture to the carnival.

The Best Types of Cookies

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