Basic Cookie Dough

Everyone needs to have a basic cookie dough in their baking auxiliary that they can whip up really quick for any occasion. Birthday party, holiday party, bake sale, just because! Whatever the reason is, this dough can be modified to fit your needs. Mix anything in that you want and the results will always be the same, delicious cookies!

I chose to mix in chocolate chips and butterscotch chips in my cookies because those were just a few goodies I had left in my pantry. This dough makes perfectly soft cookies that just melt in your mouth with every bite. It’s honestly ridiculous how good they are! I only made a half batch and I instantly regretted it, I needed more.


  • 2 1/4 c flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 c unsalted butter
  • 3/4 c light brown sugar
  • 1/2 c granulated sugar
  • 1 lg egg + 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • Add-ins

These cookies require a minimum of 2 hours of chilling.


  1. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt.
  2. Melt butter and allow it to cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until no lumps remain.
  4. Whisk in egg and egg yolk, then vanilla until combined.
  5. Add dry ingredients to the wet and stir until the cookie dough comes together.
  6. Mix in your add-ins then cover and chill for at least 2 hours.
  7. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
    • If necessary, prepare your cookie sheets by lining them with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  8. Roll dough into 2 tbsp sized balls and place, space 2 inches apart, on cookie sheet.
  9. Bake for 12-13 minutes, rotating and switching the wraps half way through.
  10. Remove from oven and allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Test Kitchen: Opinion and Changes

Like some of my other more recent cookie posts, this recipe is also from my new Sally’s Cookie Addiction cookbook. With this recipe, Sally put in suggestions for mix-ins to put in this dough and I will leave those below. I did not do any of the options she said to, I just made the dough and mixed in what I wanted! If you would like to try one of her suggested recipes, follow all the same instructions listed above, just use the mix-ins and their quantities listed below.

Cranberry Orange White Chocolate

  • 1 c white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 c dried cranberries
  • Zest of 1 orange

Sweet and Salty M&M’s

  • 1 c pretzel pieces
  • 3/4 c mini M&M’s
  • Sprinkle of sea salt
    • Add right after they come out of the oven, when warm

Cinnamon Chocolate Pecan

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 c chopped pecans


The holidays are coming, what are your favorite holiday cookies to make or eat? Let us know in the comments below!


Happy Baking!

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