This is by far the easiest cookie recipe I’ve ever found! This one cookie dough base recipe will make over five different types of cookies.
Anyone else have a recipe binder with at least 20 different recipes for cookies? Anyone else have to make multiple cookie recipes just to get a few different types?
I am about to solve all you problems friends! Whether you answered yes to those questions or not, I always did and I always found it annoying.
Why couldn’t there be one recipe for every type of cookie? Well, that’s exactly what I did. I tested out one of my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes with other toppings and guess what… they all tasted delicious! FIVE different cookies, all made from one cookie dough base!
The possibilities are endless with this recipe. I am giving you my 5 favorite cookies with this one cookie dough base, but you can add whatever toppings are your favorite!
This post is all about an easy cookie dough base!
Making the cookie dough base
I am about to blow your mind… on top of this ONE recipe making FIVE different types of cookies, it is also a one bowl cookie recipe!!. All you need is a large bowl with an electric mixer and you are good to go!
The base is so so easy to make. First, you want to mix together the two sugars and butter. It is super important that your butter is softened or else these first three ingredients are not going to combine very nicely.
But, if you are anything like me and never remember to take out ingredients in advance, you can just microwave your butter for a few seconds.
As a rule of thumb, I usually do 10 second increments until the butter is soft to a touch. Remember, you only want it soft, not melted!
Once those three ingredients are light and fluffy, add the eggs and vanilla and keep on mixing! Then, just add your flour and baking soda, mix until combined, and you are all done with the base!
Adding toppings to your cookie dough
Now that the base is all ready to go, it’s time to decide what type of cookies you want to make! You can either make one type with all of the cookie dough base or make a few different kinds.
The recipe makes about 40 bigger cookies or 50 smaller cookies. I made 5 different types of cookies and got 8 of each flavor because my cookies were on the bigger side.
This cookie dough base started as a chocolate chip cookie recipe so this is definitely a delicious option! All you need for the chocolate chip cookies are chocolate chips.
You can either add your chocolate chips to the dough when its still in the mixer or mix them in my hand. If you are only making one kind, I would suggest letting the mixer do all the hard work, but when I make a few kinds I do it by hand.
Double chocolate chip
These cookies are exactly like the chocolate chip, but the base has some chocolate in it too. For these cookies, add chocolate chips AND cocoa powder to the cookie dough base.
I usually do this one in the mixer to make sure the cocoa powder is fully combined into the dough.
This one is definitely one of my favorites! All you need to add for this type of cookie are rainbow sprinkles!
You can either mix the sprinkles into the dough (with your hands or the mixer) OR you can roll the dough into balls and then roll the balls in the sprinkles. Either way is delicious, it just comes down to what you like best!
M&M is just like chocolate chip and funfetti. Just add the m&ms and you are good to go! I usually use mini m&ms, but you can use whatever you prefer.
These ones are probably my second favorite! To make these, it is a little different than the others.
Instead of mixing toppings into the cookie dough base, you first want to make small balls of the dough. Then, you are going to roll the balls in your cinnamon sugar mixture.
Like I said, the possibilities are endless with this cookie dough base! If you want even more variations than the five above, here’s what I got for you:
- Cookies & cream: crushed up Oreo cookies
- Salted caramel: crushed up pretzels and caramel drizzle
- Sugar: roll in white sugar
- Everything but the kitchen sink: add whatever you got!
Baking your cookie dough
Once you mix in whatever toppings you choose, roll the dough into tablespoon size balls. You can make the balls bigger or smaller depending on how big you want your cookies. Then just put them on a lined baking tray and into the oven they go!
Make sure to line them up with at least 2 inches in between so they don’t spread into each other in the oven.
Once your cookies are on the tray and ready, put them in the oven for about 10 to 15 minutes. Baking time is going to vary based on your oven and how big you make your cookies.
I made slightly bigger ones and they took about 17 minutes.
The cookies are of course best when they are warm, but stay super fresh and soft for a while! They will last in an airtight container for about a week (but if you are anything like me they will be eaten well before then!)
P.S. If you like the white serving dishes all of the cookies are displayed on, you are going to LOVE this article: Tackling Serving Dishes & Platter Organization!
5 in 1 Cookie Dough Recipe
Cookie Dough Base
- 1 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cup butter softened
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 3 eggs
- 4 1/4 cup flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2-2 cup chocolate chips
Double Chocolate Chip
- 1 1/2-2 cup chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 cup sprinkles
- 1 1/2-2 cup mini m&ms
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 tbsp cinnamon
Cookie Dough Base
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Beat white sugar, brown sugar, and butter in an electric mixer until light and fluffy
- Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined
- Beat in flour and baking soda until combined
- Add in toppings (see below) and roll into tablespoon sized balls
- On a lined baking tray, place the balls of dough about 2 inch apart to make sure they don't spread into each other
- Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cookies start to turn golden brown. Baking time may vary based on oven and size of cookies
- Cool for 5 minutes before eating. Store in an air-tight container (cookies will last about 1 week)
- Chocolate Chip: mix chocolate chips into dough base using a mixer or your hands
- Double Chocolate Chip: mix cocoa powder into dough based using a mixer. Mix chocolate chips into dough base using a mixer or your hands
- Funfetti: mix sprinkles into dough base using a mixer or your hands
- M&M: mix m&ms into dough base using a mixer or your hands
- Snickerdoodle: roll dough base into tablespoon sized balls; mix white sugar and cinnamon together and roll dough balls in mixture
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This post was all about a 5-in-1 cookie dough base!