One Dough Recipe= 10 Different Cookies!

Today, I’m re-posting one of my most popular Christmas recipes.  Instead of trying to track down a million different cookie recipes this Christmas, I created one base recipe that you can mix and match ten different ways to easily create ten different types of cookies!
One recipe.
Ten different cookies.
No fretting in the kitchen this holiday season.
I mean…so fun, right?
And let’s be real…you can actually mix and match it way more than ten times…this recipe is so versatile that you can make a gazillion types using this one basic drop cookie dough recipe.  The dough can be made plain like a sugar cookie or you can add some cocoa and make it a chocolate dough.
One dough, ten different cookies…one happy baker!
Here are my 10 variations…
Each cookie begins with the same base recipe.  Easy!
Happy cookie baking!
This recipe makes about six dozen cookies.
 
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1½ cups butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3½ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder if you’re making chocolate dough
Add-ins
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly spray baking sheets with Pam and then set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, beat your butter until creamy.  Beat in sugar and brown sugar.  Next, beat in eggs one at a time.  Finally, beat in vanilla.
In a second mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder (if you’re making chocolate cookies).
Slowly beat the flour mixture into the butter mixture until incorporated.
At this time, you add in your add-ins (see below for specifics).
Drop cookies onto prepared baking sheet and bake 8 to 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and serve warm or keep in an airtight container to be enjoyed later.
Add-ins:
Thumbprint Cookies:
Prepare as sugar cookies.  When cookies come out of the oven, allow them to cool about five minutes.  After that, use a spoon and lightly open up a spot in the center of each cookie.  Add about half a tablespoon of strawberry jam in the center.  Allow cookies to cool.
Salted Caramel:
Prepare as chocolate cookies.  After you combine the flour into the butter mixture, beat in a cup of caramel ice cream topping into the batter.  Stir in 1½ tablespoons of sea salt.  Bake as directed and then sprinkle a little more sea salt on top of each cookie when they’re hot out of the oven.
Cranberry Orange:
Prepare as sugar cookies.  After you’ve beat your flour into your butter mixture, beat in 2 tablespoons of fresh orange juice and two tablespoons of orange zest.  Stir in 1 cup of dried cranberries.  Bake as directed.
Toffee Pecan:
Prepare as chocolate cookies.  After you’ve beat your flour into your butter mixture, stir in one cup of toffee pieces and one cup of toasted pecan piece.  Bake as directed.
Snickerdoodles:
Prepare as sugar cookies.  After you’ve beat your flour into your butter mixture, beat in 2 tablespoons of cinnamon.   Bake as directed.
Candy Cane Oatmeal:
Prepare as sugar cookies.  After you’ve beat your flour into your butter mixture, stir in one cup of dry oatmeal and one cup of peppermint crunch (found on the baking aisle during the holidays).  Bake as directed.
Peppermint Chocolate:
Prepare as chocolate cookies.  After you’ve beat your flour into your butter mixture, beat in one teaspoon of peppermint extract.  Next, stir in one cup of peppermint crunch (found on the baking aisle during the holidays).  Bake as directed.
Peanut Butter Butterscotch:
Prepare as sugar cookies.  After you’ve beat your flour into your butter mixture, beat in one cup of creamy peanut butter and then stir in one cup of butterscotch chips.  Bake as directed.Espresso Chip:
Prepare as chocolate cookies.  After you’ve beat your flour into your butter mixture, beat in three tablespoons of room temperature brewed coffee or espresso.  Next, stir in one cup of chocolate chips.  Bake as directed.Chocolate Ginger:
Prepare as chocolate cookies.  After you’ve beat your flour into your butter mixture, beat in one tablespoon of ground ginger and ½ a tablespoon of cinnamon.  Bake as directed.One recipe…countless possibilities!

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  • Rachael December 9, 2016 at 5:29 am

    Love this! I LOVE cookies so anything that makes making them easier is a win for me 🙂

    Rachael xx.
    theteacozykitchen.blogspot.co.uk

  • Narci December 9, 2016 at 6:12 am

    This is so useful!! I think we will make some cookies this weekend!! Xo

  • Megan Butler December 9, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    This is soooooo awesome. And easy!!

  • Charmaine Ng December 10, 2016 at 3:40 am

    So many variations to try! My first attempt would probably be the espresso chip. I love coffee flavoured snacks.
    – Charmaine
    http://charmainenyw.com

  • Jenn December 12, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    This is wonderful! I want to make a bunch for teachers at the school. So one question…can I separate the dough and mix different types out of this one batch since it make so many? Thanks Shay!

    • Mix and Match Mama December 13, 2016 at 4:22 am

      totally! Just reduce the amount of add-ins!

      • Jenn December 16, 2016 at 11:13 pm

        Thank you! Merry Christmas!

  • Kari December 12, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    What a great way to make a lot of cookies at once!
    Kari
    http://sweetteasweetie.com/honey-bunches-oats-almond-treats/

  • Kaitlyn Brown December 13, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Will the regular dough be good to roll and cut shaped cookies out of before baking?

    Also, I have made a few of your cheesecakes and made the peanut butter chocolate chip one the other night for our Girl’s Christmas I have with my friends and everyone LOVED it! 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama December 13, 2016 at 12:04 pm

      No, these are best for drop cookies, not rolled.

  • Hannah December 17, 2016 at 10:18 am

    OMG. I didnt even know that I had been dreaming of a 1 dough recipe.. BUT I HAVE BEEN! Just made chocolate chocolate chip… because why not?! You’re the bomb!