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Basic Cookie Dough Recipe

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. YIELD:96 servings


  • 2-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 7-1/2 to 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, milk and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk 7-1/2 cups flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture, adding additional flour if necessary. Divide dough into four 2-cup portions. Refrigerate, covered, until needed.
  • 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.

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.

Reviews for Basic Cookie Dough

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Reviewed Jan. 30, 2016

"First of all this sites rating system of stars is dumb, not even sure what I selected. Second this will not be the best cookie dough ever (without chocolate chips it is a little lacking in taste) but it's not kill your grandmother bad. It makes a ton of cookies (seriously I had to use a huge bowl to follow the recipe mostly) but is light and fluffy and overall wasn't bad with some chocolate chips"

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2016 Edited Jan. 8, 2016

"It tasted terrible they had no flavor and were disgusting this should definitely not be online it made me throw up thanks a lot you made my grandma die!!!NO ONE TRY THEM it also gave me explosive diarrhea I rate this -10000000000000000000000000000"

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2015

"We recently retested this recipe and had no problems with the flour / liquid ratio. Try weighing your flour instead of measuring.

8 cups flour = 1000g or 35.2 oz or 2.2 lbs
Sue Stetzel
Online Community Manager/ Taste of Home Magazine"

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2015

"Horrible. This is a JOKE.

Too much flour and Baking Powder.

Reviewed Sep. 26, 2015

"I halved the recipe and put white chocolate chips and instead of vanilla used lemon and my cookies turned out nice and fluffy and tasted good. I don't know what everyone whose review I read did but mine turned out fine"

Reviewed Dec. 13, 2014

"I made an account just to leave this review. Comments do not lie and I wish I'd read them before I made these cookies, which are not actually cookies. The resulting product tastes pretty good, but they are definitely more like southern tea cakes than cookies. As a result, I now have tons of hazelnut chocolate chip hybrid tea cake dough and some very deformed-looking Christmas cookies. If deformed hybrid tea cake cookies are what you want, by all means, use this recipe (however I suggest halving the recipe unless you really need NINETY SIX SERVINGS). If deformed hybrid tea cake cookies are NOT what you want but you are in the middle of this recipe already and there is no going back, try flattening the dough when you put it on the cookie sheet for more cookie-like "cookies". I baked at 375 for a little over 10 minutes btw, for some reason there is no cook time or temp for the recipe?? W/e"

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 alright

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."

Reviewed Jan. 7, 2013

"Just made these great recipe we added chocolate chips but I don't know what temp and time to cook at? It made a lot! Way more than expected about 3 quarters of it went in the freezer!"

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2012

"Very simple recipe, and easy to half! Half was more than enough for me. I used this to make shark-fin cookie's for ocean-themed cupcakes I'm making for my husband. They have a nice taste, not overwhelming. The texture is a little dryer than some cookies, but I prefer it that way. I did add an extra egg, as the dough was way more crumbly. But all around, I'll be using this again."

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2012

"This recipe is great. I cut it in half for sugar cookies then used the other half for the cherry surprise cookies. Easy to use and not sticky and easy to roll out. With half of the recipe, it wasn't hard on my Kitchen Aid."

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2012

"This recipe is great. I cut it in half for sugar cookies then used the other half for the cherry surprise cookies. Easy to use and not sticky and easy to roll out. With half of the recipe, it wasn't hard on my Kitchen Aid."

Reviewed Aug. 4, 2012

"This is the Basic Cookie Dough Recipe mentioned in several other cookie directions. [Jelly Sandwich Cookies; Crumb-Topped Date Bars; Cherry Surprise Cookies; Chocolate Mallow Cookies]. Use this recipe to serve as the 'Base' for each of these recipes. This recipe will yield 8 cups (96 each) of the batter. Each recipe will provide you with the Nutritional Facts at the end of each recipe!"

Reviewed Dec. 10, 2011

"I liked this recipe but it took half to make the sugar and the other half to make the cherry surprise so it did not stretch to make as many cookies as I had thought it would. Still a good recipe. Next week I am going to make it again and roll them into balls then Christmas sugars to make even shorter work of Christmas baking! I have a Kitchen Aid and this was fine but it would be hard on a hand mixer motor."

Reviewed Jan. 11, 2011

"The only thing I would recommend is mixing the dough with the flour until it starts to thicken, then add the rest by hand because my stand mixer started smoking it was so thick!!"

Reviewed Dec. 19, 2010

"This is a very tasty cookie recipe and I've made this 2 years in a row at Christmas. The only change I'd make is adding 5 eggs instead of 2 - 2 eggs for 8 cups of flour is not enough!"

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2008 Edited Nov. 30, 2015

"Whenever I make sugar cookies, I have always added 1 or 2 teaspoons of 'orange extract'.

I have 4 children aged 39 to 46 and this is the only way they were eat them. Also, add to butter frosting. Makes a really extra good flavor."

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