The Absolute Best Cookie Recipes For Any Occasion

If you're in the mood to whip up a batch of fresh cookies, Mashed has tons of delicious, easy recipes to get you started. After all, is there anything quite like homemade cookies? Whether you like to break out the oven mitts or prefer no-bake treats, there are so many killer cookie recipes out there. 

These cookies are ideal for those moments when you want to treat yourself to a little something sweet. The beauty of these best-ever recipes is they're easy to make even for beginners, and they will give you consistently delicious cookies each and every time. And there's something for everyone, so chocolate lovers, people who can't get enough oatmeal, and anyone who wants to impress folks with their baking skills take note: Don't be surprised if folks start hitting you up for your recipes. From richly spiced cookies that conjure up cozy evenings by the fireside to all-time favorites and three-ingredient wonder recipes, these are the best cookie recipes to bake now.

Bakery-style chocolate chip cookies

We kick off our list with these ultra-classic bakery-style chocolate chip cookies. These classically delicious cookies are soft but chewy, lightly crisped around the edges, and feature plenty of indulgent chocolate chips. If there's one cookie recipe absolutely everyone should master, it's this one. Use dark or milk chocolate (or a combination of both!), and for a mind-blowing variation on this recipe, try browning the butter first – just make sure you let it cool before you start mixing your ingredients.

No-bake oatmeal cookies

Cookies you can have as a breakfast or dessert? Sign us up! These incredible no-bake oatmeal cookies are packed with amazing flavor, thanks to the addition of nut butter, raisins, and a hint of spice. The best part is you don't need to fuss around with the oven. Instant oats lend a chewier texture to oatmeal cookies, but you can use rolled oats and end up with equally delicious results. Just steer clear of steel-cut oats. No-bake oatmeal cookies are a wonderfully sweet way to start your day, or enjoyed as a healthy(ish) dessert.

Gingerbread cookies

While many of us may associate gingerbread with the holiday season, gingerbread cookies are fantastic any time of year. All that heavenly spice and the rich sweetness from the molasses take this recipe to the next level. They're amazingly chewy thanks to the addition of both baking soda and baking powder and miles away from the harder gingerbread used for making gingerbread houses. And it's easy to tinker with the spice blend to suit your palate. While this recipe calls for ginger and cinnamon, you could add a dash of clove or freshly-grated nutmeg for a spicier cookie instead.

Christmas (or anytime) cookies

Speaking of the holidays, or any special occasion for that matter, if you've been looking for the ultimate Christmas cookie recipe that you can enjoy all year, we've got you covered. With a delicious vanilla-almond flavor that'll be a sure-fire hit, these cookies are so much fun to decorate, making them a fantastic baking project all year round. For the other 11 months of the year, use your favorite cookie cutters and decorate the cookies however your please, or break out this recipe for other holidays (think Halloween, Easter, Thanksgiving and frostings of all colors).

3-ingredient Nutella cookies

This 3-ingredient Nutella cookie recipe might be one of the easiest out there. Pop the ingredients in a bowl, mix, form the cookies, and bake. You'll have phenomenal tasting cookies in less than half an hour. If you're feeling fancy, a sprinkle of coarse sea salt over the tops of the cookies will add a little texture and give them that stellar sweet-salty flavor. Of course, if you like your sweets extra sweet, you can also opt for sanding sugar or mix in some chocolate chips.

Sugar cookies

Who doesn't love an old-school sugar cookie? They're perfect in their simplicity, with just the right amount of sweetness and a delightfully chewy, soft texture. They make a great snack with a cup of tea or coffee to help break up your afternoon and also make a brilliant homemade treat in a packed lunch. If you want to go beyond the basic, jazz up your sugar cookies by decorating them with icing, rolling them in brightly colored sanding sugar, or sprinkles.

Shortbread cookies

Looking for a beginner-friendly cookie recipe? Try this recipe for shortbread. It's a super simple 5-ingredient creation you can knock together pretty quickly. If you have extra time, you can refrigerate the dough for an hour or so to firm up the butter and help prevent the cookies from spreading. Once you've perfected the art of baking the classic shortbread biscuit, you can start adding other ingredients to make flavored versions. Think lemon zest, orange essence, almond extract, lavender, cocoa powder — anything your taste buds crave.

Chocolate crinkle cookies

Chocolate crinkle cookies are a must-bake for chocolate lovers. While these decadent powdered sugar-dusted cookies are usually associated with the festive season, we love them no matter the time of year. Now, this recipe yields 48 cookies (one reason why it's so great around the holidays), so you can either half it, freeze leftovers so you can have chocolate crinkle cookies on-demand, or gift extras to your nearest and dearest. We guarantee they'll appreciate it!

Cranberry orange cookies

There's something so wonderful about the marriage of dried cranberry and orange zest in this delicious cranberry orange cookie recipe. The flavors are reminiscent of autumn and are seriously tasty, thanks to the winning combination of sweet and subtle tartness. They're an amazing antidote to chilly weather and will fill your kitchen with the scent of fall. Oatmeal makes these cookies thick and chewy, ideal for those moments when you want a more robust goodie. Don't be surprised if you find yourself grabbing more than one!

3-ingredient peanut butter cookies

Heads up peanut butter fans fans! Here's a recipe that absolutely must be on your radar: three-ingredient peanut butter cookies. These melt-in-your-mouth cookies are naturally gluten-free, and although they only contain three ingredients, they're packed with flavor without being overpoweringly sweet. It's also an easy recipe to build on — you can give the cookies a richer taste by adding an egg or swapping brown sugar for white. Nuts, chocolate chips, and even dried fruit are all delicious additions you can mix in for extra oomph.