Special Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes

Classic Favorites to Creative Adaptions

Chocolate Chip Cookies
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The Toll House cookie claims the distinction of first chocolate chip cookie, but since the development of that iconic recipe, still printed on bags of Nestle chocolate chips, bakers across the country have taken the idea and made it their own. It's often the first thing a child helps make in the kitchen, and entire cookbooks filled with variations exist. The overwhelming number of recipes might make you feel like running to the cookie aisle at the grocery store. Resist the urge and try one...MORE of these special chocolate chip cookie recipes instead.

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    Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. Photo: Diana Rattray

    Nutty-tasting browned butter and lots of vanilla give these chocolate chip cookies some extra special depth of flavor. You can customize your cookies with milk, dark or even white chocolate chips, and add your favorite nut if you want.

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    Cowboy Cookies
    Cowboy Cookies with Chocolate Chunks. Photo: Diana Rattray

    With a peanut butter base, oatmeal in the mix and the expected chocolate chips, this is the hybrid best-of-all-worlds cookie. Go ahead and really build out the theme by serving them with a cup of cowboy coffee in a speckled camp mug.

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    Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Soft Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. Diana Rattray

    The inspirational pairing for many decadent desserts, peanut butter, and chocolate also make a perfect duo in simple soft and chewy cookies. Make a double batch because this store well for up to a week.

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    Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies. Diana Rattray

    Cream cheese gives these chocolate chip cookies a cake-like texture with plenty of flavors. With this easily adaptable recipe, you could donate several variations to the bake sale with only minor adjustments to the ingredients.

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    chocolate chip cookies with ricotta cheese
    Chocolate chip cookies made with ricotta cheese. Diana Rattray

     These cookies get their signature flavor and pillowy texture from ricotta cheese. Vanilla adds the background notes. Add finely chopped nuts along with the mini chocolate chips if you like a little extra crunch.

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    Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Easy, Basic Chocolate Chip Cookies. Diana Rattray

    Basic definitely doesn't mean boring when there are chocolate chips in the equation. You can build on this foundation recipe with variations ranging from the addition of nuts or candy to swapping various flavors of chips for the chocolate.

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    forgotten cookies with chocolate chips
    Forgotten cookies with meringue and chocolate chips. Diana Rattray

     The name "Forgotten Cookies" comes from the recipe instructions to turn off the oven and "forget" them overnight. The cookies continue to bake in the oven as it cools down, yielding a thin but crisp crust and an airy interior.

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    ranger cookies
    Ranger cookies. Diana Rattray

     Corn flakes, oats, pecans, coconut and chocolate chips give these great little cookies loads of flavor and texture. Pack them as a comparatively nutritious treat for your little rangers when they head off to summer camp -- or for your grown rangers at work.