06/07/2015 06:49 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

9 Classic Cookies: Tested and Perfected

Look no further for the best cookie recipes. From chocolate chip to simple sugar, these classic cookies have all been tested, perfected and family-approved.

1. Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies


With two secret ingredients, these chocolate chip cookies are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, chock full of all kinds of stuff and just right. GET THE RECIPE

2. Crispy Ginger Cookies


This is the perfect ginger cookie: it's got just the right balance of spices -- think ginger, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and black pepper -- and a wonderfully buttery crisp texture. GET THE RECIPE

3. Crave-Worthy Sugar Cookies


Buttery and rich in flavor with a crisp and sparkly outside and tender interior, these cookies are truly crave-worthy. I discovered the recipe years ago on the King Arthur Flour website, and it's been my go-to for sugar cookies ever since. GET THE RECIPE

4. Snickerdoodles


These snickerdoodles have crackly tops, perfectly crisp edges and soft centers. They are easy and fun to bake -- kids love to form the squishy dough into balls and roll them cinnamon-sugar. GET THE RECIPE

5. Coconut Macaroons


As a coconut lover, I've tried dozens of coconut macaroon recipes over the years -- these are my favorite. Chewy and moist on the inside, crispy and golden on the outside, they are delicious plain but even more irresistible dipped in chocolate. GET THE RECIPE

6. Oatmeal Brown Sugar Cookies with Raisins & Pecans


Surprisingly, these oatmeal cookies call for way less oats than you'd expect. Another unexpected difference: they are sweetened entirely with brown sugar, which gives them fabulous flavor. GET THE RECIPE

7. Nutty Jam Thumbprints


These Nutty Jam Thumbprints could win a cookie contest on looks alone. The cookie is actually a Mexican Wedding Cake (AKA Russian Tea Cake, Viennese Crescent or Snowball), which makes the perfect shortbread-like base for a dollop of luscious fruit preserves. GET THE RECIPE

8. Almond Biscotti


Hands-down, my favorite biscotti recipe. Adapted from Zuni Cafe in San Francisco, they are everything good biscotti should be: buttery, lightly sweet and crunchy but not tooth-shattering. GET THE RECIPE

9. Toffee Almond Sandies


These cookies might look plain but when you bite into them, you discover a buttery and sweet shortbread studded with melted toffee bits and crunchy almonds. Delicious! GET THE RECIPE