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If you’re looking to master a few cookies that are guaranteed to be crowd pleasers, check out our nine essential cookie recipes. And if this is all old hat for you, we’ve got 10 new cookie recipes for 2018 to inspire you during the holidays and beyond.
Boozy Bourbon Chocolate Chippers. An obvious statement: Bourbon pairs well with brown sugar, butter and chocolate. The sweetness and caramel undertones of the booze really shine through. (Meaning, you might want to save these for the grown-ups.)
Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies. Whether you make them giant or small, these have a little something for everyone: chocolate chips, rolled oats, coconut, pecans and cinnamon.
No-Bake Hemp Brownie Bites. A mere six ingredients are needed for these vegan and gluten-free cookies.
Bettyanne’s Florentines. Buttery, rich and crispy-crunchy. You’ll make them in a muffin tin — either use a nonstick one, or line a regular tin with baking cup liners.
Dorie Greenspan’s No-Bake Double-Decker Cookie Cubes. Each bite offers a mix of Biscoff cookies, chocolate, cornflakes, dried fruit and chopped nuts. Plus, no baking needed!
Cucidati (Sicilian Fig-Filled Cookies). These do take some time to assemble, but with a such a buttery dough enclosing a chocolate, nutty fig filling, you’ll be glad you did. Invite a few friends over to help, mull some wine, and make a party of it.
Salted Oatmeal Cookies. It’s hard to go wrong with this combination of flavors. Underbake these just a teensy bit if you’re a fan of soft and chewy cookies.
Chickpea Cookies (Nan-e nokhodchi). These tender nuggets — flavored with cardamom and rose water — have a sandy texture that practically melts in your mouth.
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