These five classic cookie recipes have something for everyone. They also represent three different cookie-making methods:
There's the drop method, used for making the chocolate-chip, oatmeal raisin and snickerdoodle cookies; the molded method, used for the making peanut butter cookies; and the rolled method, used for making the sugar cookies.
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With their delicious blend of salty and sweet flavors, peanut butter cookies are always popular. This basic recipe uses the so-called "molded method" because we use a fork to flatten and shape the cookies.
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Here's a recipe for sugar cookies that demonstrates the rolled cookie method where the dough is rolled out flat and then the cookies are cut out with cookie cutters.
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These basic chocolate chip cookies are made using the "drop" method, because balls of dough are simply dropped onto the baking sheet. This recipe uses semi-sweet chocolate chips and brown sugar for that old-fashioned goodness.
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Another example of the "drop" cookie method, oatmeal-raisin cookies are everything a cookie should be. This classic oatmeal-raisin cookie recipe shows why it's one of the most popular cookies ever.
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The perfect snickerdoodle is slightly soft and chewy with a generous dusting of cinnamon sugar on top. Snickerdoodles are also made by the drop method.