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Basic Cookie Dough Recipe featured by top US cookie blog, Practically Homemade

Basic Cookie Dough Recipe

One cookie dough and dozens of possibilities!

Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 cup butter or margarine {softened}
  • 1/2 cup shortening {I use butter flavored}
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar {packed}
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cups all purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Beat butter or margarine, shortening and both sugars together until light and creamy. Next, add the eggs and vanilla, mix until combined.

  3. In a separate bowl combine baking powder, salt and all purpose flour. Add at once to the butter and sugar mixture, mix until just combined using your electric mixer.

  4. Add any add-ins and stir to combine. Drop cookies onto a parchment or Silpat lined baking sheet using a cookie scoop and bake for 9-11 minutes. Cool your basic cookie dough recipe on cookie sheet for 10 minutes and then transfer to cooling rack. Enjoy.

Recipe Notes

Cranberry Bliss Cookies-

Add-ins: 1 teaspoon of orange zest, 1 cup white chocolate chips and 1/3 cup chopped dried cranberries.


Bake as directed. Remove from oven and using the back of the cookie scoop make an indention into the middle of each cookie, fill with 1 teaspoon of your favorite jam. Cool completely and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Double Chocolate:

*Make chocolate cookie dough and bake as directed. Add-ins: Melt 6 bars of White Almond Bark and dip each cookie halfway into almond bark.  Add sprinkles if desired.  Place onto wax paper to dry.

Chocolate Peanut Butter:

*Make chocolate cookie dough.  Add-in:  Place 5-6 peanut butter chips into the top of each unbaked cookie and bake and directed.

Chocolate Sprinkle Kiss:

*Make chocolate cookie dough. Add-in: 24 Hershey's kisses. Bake as directed. Remove from oven and push a candy kiss into the middle of each cookie. Move to cooling rack and let cool completely (the kiss will be soft for an hour or so).