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20+ Unique Cookie Recipes

on August 21, 2022
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The ultimate list of unique cookie recipes fit for a wide variety of flavors, seasons, and dietary preferences.
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I’ve compiled all of my favorite cookie recipes into one list! No matter what your flavor preference, time of the year, or dietary restrictions, there’s something for everyone on this list of Unique Cookie Recipes!

From seasonal cookies to super indulgent to cookies with vegan ingredients, this list has a wide range of cookie recipes to guarantee there is something you fancy!

Green Tip: Look for non-toxic, Teflon-free bakeware when preparing to bake your cookies! Chemicals used to create harmful non-stick bakeware are detrimental pollutants to our environment.

As an environmental scientist, I believe making small changes like choosing eco-friendly bakeware, can make a bigger impact over time.


3 cookie dough cups for ice cream in a large shallow bowl with scoops of vanilla ice cream in them
Why use a cone when you can use a cookie? These cookie dough ice cream cups are chocolatey, buttery, handheld heaven!
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a stack of no-bake cookie dough bites in a chocolate dipped ice cream cone
These pop-in-your-mouth, safe-to-eat No-Bake Cookie Dough Bites are outrageously delicious and easy to make!
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3 Gideons Bakehouse copycat chocolate chip cookies on a white plate
This Gideon's Bakehouse Cookie Recipe takes soft, delicious cookies and completely coats them with chocolate chips and sea salt, without any day-before prep!
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4. 20-Minute Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Coffee Cookies with bite taken out of one
These Chewy Chocolate Chip Coffee Cookies take your favorite classic cookie to the next level with espresso powder for a jolt of flavor and caffeine! Just one bowl and less than 30 minutes required!
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A slice of Cakey Cookie Cake being pulled out the cake
A cross between a cookie, a cake, and a blondie—it doesn’t get better than this Cakey Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake. Buttery, chocolatey, and cake-like texture with each delicious bite.
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6. Margarita Cookies with Tequila Lime Glaze

Overhead Shot of Margarita shortbread cookies with glaze on top of cooling rack
These fun Margarita Cookies with Tequila Lime Glaze have all the best flavors of your favorite cocktail rolled into a melt-in-your-mouth cookie!
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7. Crispy Vegan Peanut Butter Biscuits

close up of vegan peanut butter biscuits
These Vegan Peanut Butter Biscuits are crunchy, flaky, and buttery all at the same time. They are a perfect accompaniment to tea, and every bite provides the perfect balance of nutty and sweet.
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8. Fun Salted Chocolate Halloween Cookies

Double Chocolate Halloween M&M Cookies on orange background
These Double Chocolate Halloween M&M Cookies are deliciously festive using cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and M&M's to achieve the chocolatiest of chocolate treats with fun festive color!
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Christmas cookie cake surrounded by gold reindeer and red ornaments
This Christmas Cookie Cake is the cutest way to celebrate the Holiday season with dessert, with a super approachable recipe that anyone can make!
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10. Candy Cane Shortbread Cookies

green and red plaid plate with 7 candy cane shortbread cookies and surrounded by candy canes and eucalyptus
These Candy Cane Shortbread Cookies are comprised of a buttery, melt-in-your-mouth cookie base with real crushed candy cane inside and on top for just the right amount of peppermint flavor and crunch.
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11. Cute & Easy Chocolate Peppermint Christmas Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Christmas Tree Cookies
These Chocolate Peppermint Christmas Tree Cookies are the easiest way to bring the look, taste, and smell of the Holidays into your home. They're crunchy on the edges, chewy in the center, full of chocolate and peppermint flavor, and fun to decorate!
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12. Fluffy Banana Bread Cookies (Vegan Friendly!)

Banana Bread Cookies on cooling rack and in box
These Banana Bread Cookies are the perfect cross between fluffy, moist banana bread, and an aromatic, flavorful and chewy cookie for a whole new tasting experience!
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13. Chewy Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies without Eggs
These Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookies are perfectly chewy and decadent, require no chilling time, and come together in about 20 minutes!
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14. Toasted Marshmallow Cookies

Toasted Marshmallow Cookies on a pink background
These Toasted Marshmallow Cookies have a chewy brown sugar base and are stuffed and topped with ooey-gooey toasted marshmallows.
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Blue Cookie Monster Cookies
These Cookie Monster cookies will satisfy the cookie monster in you with both dark and white chocolate chips plus chunks of Oreos and chocolate chip cookies baked inside!
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16. Chewy Chocolate Chip Coffee Cookies

Chocolate Chip Coffee Cookies with bite taken out of one
These Chewy Chocolate Chip Coffee Cookies take your favorite classic cookie to the next level with espresso powder for a jolt of flavor and caffeine! Just one bowl and less than 30 minutes required!
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17. Chewy Chocolate Cookies with White Chocolate Chips

Chocolate Cookies with White Chocolate Chips
These Chocolate Cookies with White Chocolate Chips boast a chewy cookie base, offering a delightful blend of rich cocoa flavor and creamy sweetness in every bite.
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18. Lucky Charms Cookies

Close up of Lucky Charms cookie with a bite taken out of it.
These chewy Lucky Charms cookies use both the marshmallows and the cereal to bring nostalgia to every single bite. Only 30 minutes required!
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19. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies


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20. Leftover Halloween Candy Cookies

White plate with cookies with leftover Halloween candy.
Leftover Halloween Candy Cookies are deliciously indulgent treats that repurpose your post-Halloween candy stash into chewy, chocolate candy-studded delights.
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21. Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

Overhead image of Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies piled on top of each other with negative space on the lower right corner.
Chewy Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies are a delightful combination of soft, tender cookie dough studded with rich chocolate chips and crunchy, toasted walnuts, delivering a perfect blend of textures and flavors in every bite.
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22. Caramel Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy Caramel Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies
These turtle-candy-inspired cookies bring a trifecta of flavor with crunchy pecans, decadent chocolate, and pools of sweet and buttery caramel.
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23. Fruity Pebbles Cookies

Fruity Pebbles cookies, with a bite taken out of the cookie front and center.
These Fruity Pebbles Cookies with white chocolate chips use the colorful cereal both inside the dough and as a crispy outer later to infuse fun flavor into each nostalgic bite.
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I hope this list of Unique Cookie Recipes inspires you to try something new! If you’re still not sure where to start, I’ve included my recipe for Vegan Peanut Butter Biscuits that are truly my favorite accompaniment to a cup of tea.

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20+ Unique Cookie Recipes, including Vegan Peanut Butter Biscuits

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Marley Goldin
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The ultimate list of unique cookie recipes, including these Vegan Peanut Butter Biscuits that are the perfect balance of nutty and sweet.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 15 cookies

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • ¼ cup oil (coconut, vegetable, Canola, Grapeseed, peanut)
  • ¼ cup vegan butter (I use Kite Hill brand)
  • 1 cup creamy salted peanut butter
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (almond, soy, oat, coconut, cashew, flax, or hemp)
  • 1 handful of salted peanuts for garnish (optional)
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Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer on low to combine your oil, butter, and peanut butter.
  • Add both sugars and cream together with your mixer until well combined (about 45 seconds).
  • Add the flour, baking soda, and salt and mix until completely combined. It's okay if it's more sandy than smooth.
  • Beat in vanilla and nondairy milk until smooth.
  • Use clean hands to form 2 tablespoons of dough into a ball and place on a lined baking sheet. Repeat until all the dough is used up, allowing space for cookies to expand while cooking. You should have enough dough to yield about 15 cookies.
  • Use a fork to press a crisscross shape into the top of the cookies and flatten the dough just a little bit. This step is what yields that classic crinkle top.
  • Bake for 15-17 minutes and allow to cool at least 10 minutes before enjoying! Garnish with chopped salted peanuts (optional) for extra salinity and crunch.

Pro Tips

  • If you’re not vegan, you can use regular butter and cow’s milk and get an awesome cookie, as well.
  • I used coconut milk for the cookies pictured, but I’ve also made this recipe with almond and oat milk. Just make sure your non-dairy milk is not sweetened. You want to be able to control the sweetness of the cookie, and using sweetened milk adds extra sugar.
  • If you only have chunky peanut butter on hand, that’s fine too. You will just have a little extra crunch in your cookies because of the peanuts.

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Course Dessert, Snacks
Cuisine American
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword Cookies, Vegan Cookies
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