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 Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 9 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 19 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category Category: Cookies
  • Method Method: Baking
  • Cuisine 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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Made these and swapped the cornstarch with xanthan gum. Baking time seemed to be a couple min longer, but came out amazing!


We love this recipe so much. We’re (mostly) vegan, so we use vegan butter, and sub 1/4 cup applesauce for the egg. They turn out perfect every time. Thank you!


What if I dont have brown sugar or any extract?


My husband just loves both versions I tried for the first time this morning. Snickers and Oreos. So yummy!!


Hands down the best cookie base. I don’t use any other when making chocolate chip cookies ?


I have not tried this…yet. I was looking for a cookie base, dry, that I could have on hand for when the urge hits. I am disabled, so I was thinking a pan cookie may be right up my alley, and to be honest, making individual cookies has never been my favorite thing to do. I love, and loved, to bake and cook, still do, but limitations are part of my every day now.


Can I add peanut butter to this if so how much??????

Ashley ?
Ashley ?

I just made these with all kinds of weird substitutes (because I was using only what I had on hand), and they still turned out delicious! They aren’t too pretty (it turned out more like a cookie ‘cake’, but I’m confident that was due to my adjustments and laziness. ?


I’m no baker, but I just tried this and it’s perfect! I usually don’t do well with cookies.


Hi do you think these could have gluten free flour substituted for the other flour?


Just made this recipe tonight and I have a few thoughts. 1- I doubled the recipe and made 3 different mixture add-ins. The dough worked beautifully for each element. But the salt was really overpowering. I will make this again tomorrow with 1/3 of the salt. I’m also curious about the vanilla. If this resolves my issue, I will leave it as is, but the next step will be to tweak the vanilla amount. Overall- fantastic.


Thank you for sharing. This recipe was easy to make and my cookies came out perfectly. I followed the directions as written. This will be my new go to basic cookie dough recipe.

Mary C.
Mary C.

This Recipe was great, however, I was worried about the salt being too much for the recipe, and indeed it turned out tasting too salty for my liking. Next time I’m using 1/2 tsp salt instead instead of 3/4 tsp. ~I used white whole wheat flour, and used coconut sugar instead of the white and brown sugar. For the extra 1 1/2 cup “candies” I added were 1/2 sliced almonds, 1/2 unsweetened coconut, and 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips. This is my favorite recipe, and I’ll use it again… however with a little less salt. Thank you!

Aaron Taylor
Aaron Taylor

Mine are in the oven right now, I used heath toffee and resse chips. Super stoked on the turn out!

Denita Davis
Denita Davis

Hi, tried your cookie receipes about two weeks ago,turned out great, I did not scroll down all the way down to the receipe just looked at the pictures and assumed,by the pictures 1 cup brown sugar,1 cup flour, 3/4the cup cornstarch, 1 egg,one stick of butter,salt,baking soda,came great,finally scrolled saw the receipe,used it ,did not come like the first batch.They didn’t spread out, your cookies look so great,help!

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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