The Perfect Cookie Base


So today I am going to solve a world of problems for you.

I mean, I guess that’s only if you consider cookie making to be a problem…


Let’s recalculate my last phrase…

Today I’m making your cookie baking life simpler.


I mean, who doesn’t want some simplicity?  AmIrightoramIright?

So today we’re going to talk about the perfect cookie base.

A cookie recipe that you can adapt until your heart’s content…quite possibly the only cookie recipe you’ll ever need.  Ok, that’s probably too dramatic a phrase…but you get me, right?


It will turn out perfect every time, I promise.

Let me show you…

Perfect Cookie Base ~ The only cookie recipe you'll ever need! Above you, you’ll see cookies.

They are all made from the same recipe, but they are all different.

How?  Candy, of course.
 photo IMG_8030_zpsafe926d8.jpg This cookie recipe will hold up to even your most caramelly candy.  Honest.
You see, I added cornstarch. It seems to be the new trend in cookie baking.
Some people claim that baking with cornstarch in your cookie will make them puffy and soft. I didn’t notice that so much, but what I did notice was it gave them the perfect texture for add-ins, with a perfectly soft and not under-baked center.

I played around with the recipe a touch and came up with the perfect cookie base for any candy addition.


Start with some butter and sugar. Duh.
 photo IMG_8018_zps19a86f85.jpg Of course add in an egg and some vanilla.

*If you’re adapting this to say an Almond Joy Cookie, You can sub in a coconut extract for the vanilla.  Just an idea!  Feel free to place around with other flavors, like almond or mint!
Here’s the vanilla I’ve been using lately.. I really like it…
 photo IMG_8022_zpsd1f1f813.jpg Next up whisk your flour, baking soda, cornstarch and salt together.
Honestly, I’m not usually a whisker of dry ingredients…I’m lazy.
But this time, I wanted to make sure the cornstarch was evenly distributed into the flour…
 photo IMG_8028_zps197140fd.jpg And go ahead and mix in your favorite cookie add-in…whether it be M&Ms, peanut butter cups, Butterfinger, Snickers…
 photo IMG_8045_zpsfcaaa45b.jpg Then bake them just like any normal cookie…although if you are baking with a super caramelly candy, like Snickers, Milky Way or Rolo…you might want to freeze your candy before you add it in. And always use parchment paper…it’ll save you a load of trouble.

Here are mine with Snickers…
 photo IMG_8059_zpsaf4aae4b.jpg And here are some with peanut butter cups…
 photo IMG_8063_zps7d5e08dd.jpg Annnnd here are some with M&Ms…
Get it?
 photo IMG_8049_zps65ab9347.jpg So yeah. This is the best base cookie that I have come across…I mean, it doesn’t take the place of my Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe, but it is great everyday cookie, and it doesn’t require chill-time, which means your cookie to mouth time is substantially lower.

Try them, you’ll be happy you did!


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The Perfect Cookie Base
makes approx 24 cookies
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¾ tsp kosher salt
  • ¾ cup butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1½ cups your favorite candy or chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Line baking sheet(s) with parchment paper, set aside
  3. In medium bowl whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  4. In mixer cream butter and both sugars together on medium speed, beating until light and fluffy 2-3 minutes. Turn mixer to low and add in egg and vanilla. Turn mixer back up to medium and mix until incorporated, scraping sides when necessary.
  5. Turn mixer to low and add in flour mixture until dough comes together.
  6. Stir in candy until evenly distributed.
  7. Drop by heaping tablespoon onto lined baking sheet and bake for 8-9 minutes until edges are just golden. Make sure not to over bake.
  8. Remove from oven, let cool on baking sheet for 3 minutes, and then transfer to wire rack to finish cooling.
When adapting this recipe...feel free to swap out vanilla extract for another flavor for an extra twist!

adapted from Food Network


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It is SO handy to have a go-to recipe like this! I have one for brownies and love adding different mix-ins each time. Yours truly looks like the perfect cookie base to me!

March 14, 2013 9:05 am

I’ll need to follow you so I can find that brownie recipe

March 14, 2013 8:45 pm

what is your brownie recipe

March 14, 2013 8:45 am

Every cookie in your photos looks perfect and so yummy! I can’t wait to try making these! Kate

March 14, 2013 8:50 am

Love cornstarch cookies!

March 14, 2013 9:22 am

Looks so yummy! I am curious if you could also use this base and change up the flavour? Would you be able to add almond extract, or mint, or cocoa? Do you often make flavoured cookies?

March 14, 2013 9:23 am

What a great resource! All those mix-ins look great!

March 14, 2013 9:31 am

In love with this. Cornstarch is super in a cookie base, but to find a great base that will hold up to Snickers bars is serious business. Thank you!!!!

Carrie Mohr
March 14, 2013 9:40 am

Thank you so-ooooo much for this FANTASTIC recipe! This really does solve ALL my cookie worries/problems! YOUR A DOLL!!! ?

March 14, 2013 9:40 am

I am now on a delightful sugar high after reading this gorgeous post! YUM-O!

March 14, 2013 9:59 am

That base looks so fabulous!! Yum!

March 14, 2013 10:24 am

Thank you for sharing! A good cookie base is essential and I know you know your cookies!!!

March 14, 2013 10:56 am

This is great! I have tried chocolate chip cookies with cornstarch and loved how soft they were! I will have to try this one! Looks delish!

March 14, 2013 11:14 am

Mmm, pretzels. I can’t wait to experiment.

March 14, 2013 11:38 am

I love a low cookie to mouth time.

Can’t wait to play with this recipe!

March 14, 2013 12:05 pm

Great Recipes! Thanks a lot!

nancy K
March 14, 2013 12:08 pm

I know you mentioned these do not need chill time but I am wondering, if I did chill, would it cause a problem? I like to chill to let the flavors meld together.

March 14, 2013 1:35 pm

I love you.

March 14, 2013 1:53 pm

This is such a great post :) The cookies looks so yummy :)

March 14, 2013 2:38 pm

I love your little “pin it” button on all the pictures. And the cookies look great!

March 14, 2013 3:04 pm

Looks perfect to me! :) I wish we could be neighbors too…I could eat your cookies and you can have my risotto!

March 14, 2013 4:12 pm

You’re Awesome coming up with the perfect cookie base and sharing it with all of us.
Your cookies look absolutely fantastic.
I just got finished making some Chocolate Chip cookies but will be using your base recipe from now on.
Thank you

March 14, 2013 4:15 pm

Those candy shots remind me of these old pizza hut commercials where the little kid is looking longingly at all the sundae toppings. Yum!

March 14, 2013 4:29 pm

Love the first picture! That’s gonna go viral on Pinterest for sure!

March 14, 2013 4:45 pm

I’ve been loving this dough base, too! I started using it about 6 mos ago (thank you Pinterest!) Cornstarch is such a workhorse and although I do chill the dough before I make cookies with it, it’s good to know you don’t and don’t have any spreading issues. I just used this base for some M&M cookies this week and they’re the best M&M cookies Ive ever made because the dough base is the perfect sweetness/chewy/buttery-ness!

March 14, 2013 5:09 pm

I started adding bread flour to my cookies to give them a super chewy texture…and now here you are telling me the REAL secret is cornstarch! I need to try.

March 14, 2013 6:11 pm

Looks delish!

March 14, 2013 6:23 pm

Oooh, I cant waitto try out this cookie base! Love the variation choices!!!

March 14, 2013 6:40 pm

A good go-to cookie recipe is essential, and a huge time saver!

March 14, 2013 7:38 pm

Love all the mix-ins to change up the traditional cookie!

March 14, 2013 9:00 pm

So, this is just pure and utter genius. Aaaand, my stomach is literally growling looking at your pictures. Why I clicked on your blog after “trying to be good” with a low-calorie dinner, I’ll never know. #gluttonforpunishment

March 14, 2013 9:19 pm

I love you for posting this! Thank you!!

March 14, 2013 10:19 pm

love this post. it is very smart to use one basic recipe and then add variations to it … so much better than remembering so many different proportions and various ingredients of recipes!

LOL @ “cookie to mouth time” 😀

March 14, 2013 10:51 pm

Cornstarch cookies are the best! You cookies are so drool worthy!

Marie in Va
March 14, 2013 10:51 pm

Can’t wait to try this! Thanks for sharing :)

March 15, 2013 12:35 am

Made these today with choco chips, white choco chips, walnuts and coconut… came out awesome but mine took about 11 mins to bake and made about 32. They came out perfectly fluffy and moist!! Thanks!!

March 15, 2013 12:38 am

Love your recipe & LOVE the peak at your James Avery too!! :)

March 15, 2013 2:36 am

Cant wait to try it , thank you!

March 15, 2013 8:47 am

That looks like one awesome recipe! I don’t think I’e eer added cornstarch to cookies–trying it….

March 15, 2013 10:52 am

I love a good cookie base and mixing up with whatever my mood desires! Thank you for sharing!

March 15, 2013 3:22 pm

these are screaming for me to make them! and I agree parchment saves a lot of clean up.

March 15, 2013 4:12 pm

Could you use this for a cookie cake?

March 15, 2013 7:56 pm

thanks. I will let you know how it came out :)

March 16, 2013 8:30 am

Super informative post. I wanted to let you know that I featured this today in my “What I Bookmarked This Week post.” Stop by and see!

March 16, 2013 10:08 pm

Ohhh! how awesome of you to do this! 😀

March 17, 2013 10:31 am

Dear LORD these were the best cookies I think I ever made. I cut up Reeses peanut butter cups, mini snickers, mini Three Musketeers and mini Milky Ways and tossed in and they are SO DELICIOUS. Crisp to the touch but chewy when you eat them. PERFECT thank you so much!!!

March 18, 2013 6:36 am

Yummmmmmm! It certainly looks like an amazing cookie recipe, the perfect base for add-ins.

March 18, 2013 1:31 pm

I love recipes like this where you can do anything to it!

March 19, 2013 12:10 am

have to try. sounds great


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Sara E
March 19, 2013 7:43 pm

As always, this recipe is just divine! Everything I have ever made of yours has been fantastic! You always make me look good for my coworkers and friends at pot lucks. :)

March 20, 2013 10:51 am

Just made these and I can confirm that they’re excellent!