Basic Cookie Dough Recipe

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In Payson, Utah, Gloria McBride turns everyday ingredients into a versatile dough that's the basis for five sensational sweets. "You can bake some cookies right away, then pop the extra dough in the freezer for later," she notes.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:96 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 96 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

4 teaspoons dough equals 98 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 91 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add the eggs, milk and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture, beating just until combined. Divide dough into four 2-cup portions. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. Basic Cookie Dough may be used to prepare the following recipes: Crumb-Topped Date Bars, Cherry Surprise Cookies, Chocolate Mallow Cookies or Jelly Sandwich Cookies. Yield: 8 cups.
Originally published as Basic Cookie Dough in Quick Cooking November/December 2002, p52

Nutritional Facts

4 teaspoons dough equals 98 calories, 5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 91 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

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Reviewed Sep. 10, 2014

"i did the recipe and it tasted amazing but i did not add that much salt i put a pinch of salt"

Reviewed Jun. 12, 2014

"Hello . I tried to make cookies for my friends and this did not turn out like cookies. Instead they are more like muffins / cookies/ scones/ biscuits/ cupcakes or BONIES. for short version. Please if you are looking to make cookies chose a different recipe .With Love they did taste alrightCrystal"

Reviewed Apr. 21, 2014

"Not a very good recipe. 8 cups of flour is ridiculous and so is 4 tsps of baking soda . I used 5 cups of flour and it was still way too much. This is not a "basic" recipe, basic would be 1 cup butter, 2 cups sugar, 2 eggs, 3 cups of four, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt and a small amount of water. Worst cookies I've ever made."

Reviewed Jan. 23, 2014

"This is the bad recipe for cookies. It's nothing against the person that wrote this but REALLY! 8 CUPS OF FLOUR AND ONLY TWO EGGS. That is crazy ! I even tried to make these cookies and lets just say they didn't taste right. Plus milk goes with cookies, not in them! This is a good recipe for biscuits but not cookies."

Reviewed Apr. 27, 2013

"I was craving the taste of cookie dough and this was the perfect recipe. I halved it and then added half a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips, taste just like the cookie dough you can get from Papa Murphey's. The chocolate chips made it a little rich, though, so it will take me days to get through this recipe."

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