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.jpgThis 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.jpgOf 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.jpgNext 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.jpgAnd go ahead and mix in your favorite cookie add-in…whether it be M&Ms, peanut butter cups, Butterfinger, Snickers…
 photo IMG_8045_zpsfcaaa45b.jpgThen 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.jpgAnd here are some with peanut butter cups…
 photo IMG_8063_zps7d5e08dd.jpgAnnnnd here are some with M&Ms…
Get it?
 photo IMG_8049_zps65ab9347.jpgSo 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!



The Perfect Cookie Base

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 9 minutes
  • Total Time: 19 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert


The perfect cookie base recipe that you can use time and time again!


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups your favorite candy or chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet(s) with parchment paper, set aside
  2. In medium bowl whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. Turn mixer to low and add in flour mixture until dough comes together.
  5. Stir in candy until evenly distributed.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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126 Responses
  1. 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” 😀

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. ColleenB.

    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

  6. nancy K

    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.

  7. Carrie Mohr

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

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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