Yes, May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, and there's only one thing to be done: make a dozen or two cookies to celebrate. We've included a few classic, much-loved recipes, but if you're feeling in the mood for a riff, like chocolate chip cookie cake or even a guilt-free vegan cookie dough, then keep on clicking, because we've got you covered.
From left to right: Pepperidge Farm's Dark Chocolate Cheesecake, Boston Cream Pie Milano Melts, and Carrot Cake cookies
When our food team ripped open a package from Pepperidge Farm housing their latest — and hopefully greatest — cookie flavors, a collective "ooooooh" broke out among all members. Its new offerings include cookies inspired by dark chocolate cheesecake, carrot cake, and my personal holy grail dessert: Boston cream pie. As longtime fans of Pepperidge Farm Dark Chocolate Milanos and Chessman cookies, our expectations were high.
Dark Chocolate Cheesecake
These soft, doughy cookies looked scant on their promised dark chocolate element. Thankfully, our fears were eliminated on first bite. While some tasters docked points, citing their failure to resemble the promised sweet treat, most enjoyed the cookie's balance between chewy cookie, dark chocolate, and cream-cheese-flavored chunks. That said, we wished they had a more prominent cream cheese tang, and we'd have appreciated a more generous hand with the chocolate chunks. Still, as a whole, they satisfied our afternoon snack craving quite well.
We've yet to meet a kid who isn't a fan of the classic chocolate chip, but why not add some more creative recipes to your cookie repertoire? We tracked down 15 delicious cookies incorporating beyond-the-basics ingredients ranging from the healthy (mango, cashew, and granola) to the totally decadent, including marshmallow filling, cake batter, Nutella, and even banana-cream pudding! Keep clicking to find your kids' next favorite cookie!
Now that I've accepted that I have a severe gluten intolerance, I've started enjoying food a lot more. Thanks to people like Lena Kwak — the food developer for chef Thomas Keller — we all have better gluten-free options. She has developed a flour called Cup4Cup that can be used interchangeably with all-purpose flour. So grab a bag and start baking these awesome cookies. Like the name suggests, I put just about everything in them — it just depends on what I have on hand.
Trying to cut back on refined flour? This cookie recipe will satisfy a dessert craving using a secret sweet ingredient — baked sweet potato. You wouldn't even know that the original recipe calls for twice as much sugar because the sweet potato adds so much natural sweetness. Throw in some dried cranberries and dark chocolate chips for extra flavor and texture and this recipe is soon to become a household favorite.
Keep reading to learn how to make these low-sugar, 135-calorie cookies.
The humble cookie might have been displaced by the cake pop as every party's favorite individually sized treat, but we found 16 reasons why you should take a second look at the classic dessert when planning a modern, stylish baby shower. From cute cookies shaped like baby animals and shower gift staple Sophie the Giraffe to classic cookies displayed and decorated in wholly new ways, these cookies are sure to provide some baby shower inspiration!
Raw cookie dough is a real treat, but all that butter and raw eggs don't make it the most sensible snack. Enter the mighty chickpea! Vegan and gluten-free, this alternative to traditional cookie dough is an excellent source of fiber and protein in one sweet, healthy snack. Watch and learn how easy it is to make this five-ingredient recipe — you'll swear you're eating peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough!
For some last-minute Easter inspiration, look no further than the beautiful sweets display created by Jenny Cookies. As a well-known designer of cakes and eye-catching dessert tables, Jenny put together a charming Easter spread filled with pastel cookies, egg-topped cupcakes, and a stunning cake covered in ribbons of frosting. As you prepare for your own holiday feast, take a look at these creative Easter sweets!
Not everyone enjoys a coconut macaroon, even though it's a favorite traditional Passover cookie. Plus, the coconut can really increase the saturated fat content of traditional macaroons. Here's a crunchy alternative — a macaroon made strictly with almonds. These cookies are loaded with protein and heart-healthy fats, plus an unforgettable lemon and almond flavor.
Learn how easy it is to make this recipe, after the break!
When you're in the mood for something sweet and homemade, nothing beats a batch of warm cookies straight out of the oven. It's a cookie crime if you don't devour a couple while they're cooling on the rack, and if the rest make it to the cookie jar, you'll have a hard time walking by it without grabbing a few more. At 100 to 300 calories per cookie, those calories can really add up, which isn't great news if you're trying to watch your weight. But it is possible to bake your cookies and eat them too. Here are some ways you can save calories on that next batch.
- Use healthier alternatives to high-calorie ingredients: Butter, eggs, oil, sour cream, and heavy cream are full of calories, so make a few lower-cal switcheroos such as avocado for butter, applesauce for oil, a banana for an egg, or Greek yogurt for sour cream, and your tastebuds won't even notice.
- Eat a few, freeze the rest: The cookies will call to you from the kitchen, so avoid the temptation by enjoying a few and then popping the rest in the freezer. Or if you know freezing the leftovers won't keep you away, give them away. You can't consume calories from cookies you don't have.
- Make the portions smaller: If the recipe yields two dozen regular-sized cookies, make cookies half the size to yield 48 cookies. You'll feel satisfied gobbling down a few of these smaller cookies but for fewer calories than if you ate the same amount of the larger-sized ones.
- Use less sugar: Cookies are meant to be sweet and decadent, but you can get away with decreasing the amount of sugar without making them taste like they were made for a health food convention. Experiment with your favorite recipes to see how low you can go.
- Go grain-free: Ditching the flour is one way to save on calories. Here's a delicious recipe for almond and coconut macaroons.
- Omit the extras: Nuts, chocolate chips, shredded coconut, candy bits, and dried fruit add calories to every bite, so either use less than the recipe calls for, or omit them altogether.