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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 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

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 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.
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 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

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