Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

Lifestyle | Food | Cookies

Cookies can brighten even the darkest day. Some cookies are best served hot out of the oven so that they're still soft and gooey while others taste better when they're crunchy or filled with nuts or fruits.

Biscotti

Biscotti

Biscotti are crisp Italian cookies that usually have a lighter texture and often flavored with fruits or nuts. See more »

Butter & Sugar

Butter & Sugar

Butter & Sugar Cookies are the most basic cookie and the easiest to make for the beginner chef or with lots of kids in the kitchen for the first time. See more »

Chocolate

Chocolate

Chocolate Cookies are a favorite around the world. Some chocolate cookies are huge and some are more chocolate than cookie, but any type of chocolate cookie is worth a try. Start with these recipes for your own chocolate cookies. See more »

Cookie Dough

Cookie Dough

Cookie Dough Cookies are as the name implies a combination of baked cookies and raw cookie dough. These cookie creations are scrumptious. See more »

Fruit

Fruit

Fruit Cookies combine the best of both worlds - a sweet, fruity zest with a cookie dessert base. Try these recipes like Citrus Slices or Key Lime Tartlets. See more »

Ginger & Spice

Ginger & Spice

Ginger & Spice Cookies can add a punch to ordinary cookie taste. Ginger is but one of many spices that you can add to your cookies, including cinnamon, butterscotch and many more. See more »

Mint

Mint

Mint Cookies are decadent. A thin, crisp light chocolate surrounding a minty cookie center can be a delightful exclamation to even the most extravagant affair. See more »

Nut

Nut

Nut Cookies bring a whole new taste and flavoring to the traditional cookie with favorites like walnut, almond and macadamia. See more »

Oatmeal

Oatmeal

Oatmeal Cookies immediately take you back to your childhood where moms and grandmas always seemed to have a fresh batch of these soft cookies waiting to be stolen from the cookie jar. See more »

Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter Cookies can be plain or they can be combined with other more traditional peanut butter partners like jelly, bananas and smores. See more »