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Basic Cookie Dough

Skip the store-bought cookie dough and learn how to make cookies from scratch—it's easy! Thanks to this basic cookie dough recipe, you can turn everyday ingredients into five sensational sweets. Bake some right away, then pop the extra dough in the freezer for later. —Gloria McBride, Payson, Utah
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    8 cups

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 7-1/2 to 8 cups (30 to 32 oz.) all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. 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 more flour if necessary. Divide dough into four 2-cup portions. Refrigerate, covered, until needed.
  • 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.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Make sure not to overmix your cookie dough ingredients to avoid excessive spreading if you prefer to bake the dough afterwards.
  • Throw in a few of your favorite chocolate chips for chocolate chip cookie dough.
  • If you love this recipe, you won't be able to get enough of these cookie dough desserts.
  • Nutrition Facts
    4 teaspoons dough: 98 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 91mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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    • Katy's mom
      Jan 13, 2021

      I've been making cookies for a lot of years, and this doesn't even sound good. The proportions are wrong. The recipe calls for way too much flour for the amount of butter, eggs, and sugar. Sorry, but I wouldn't waste the time and ingredients on this recipe..

    • Joe
      Dec 24, 2020

      no oven temp nor baking times listed, agree with John, this dough comes out way too dry...who makes a baking recipe and does not list the baking time nor oven temp???

    • Deep
      Dec 14, 2020

      I'll put 3 stars as I haven't tried the recipe yet / funny ; reviews range from one star to 5 ... I imagine it has to do more with personal taste or mistakes in the baking process ... I prefer to use HALF pecan meal ( or any ground up nut meal ) ...and half flour ; this makes a more nutritious / crunchy cookie .... - just my persoanl preference ..

    • Sandie
      Dec 8, 2020

      Love this recipe and you bake your cookies at 375 for approximately 10-12 minutes. Times are on each recipe video!

    • John
      Jun 27, 2020

      I cut it in half because the actual amount is way too much and . wow. this sucks! this dough so so dry and tasteless, there’s way way Way too much flour! i’m very disappointed. very gross and didn’t even make very good baked cookies? burnt up immediately

    • fallyn
      Apr 6, 2020

      very nice simple recipe to bake for whenever and you dont need to go out and buy supplies because im pretty sure you have all this stuff at home the down side is i cant seem what time and what degrees to bake it for so i just put it at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for ten minutes i hope it works!\(???*\))

    • stelios
      Jan 27, 2020

      very good simple recipe ;)

    • Linda
      Dec 17, 2019

      No comment left

    • ebramkamp
      Nov 30, 2019

      This is a very good basic cookie dough recipe with lots of options. You can add flavorings to make the dough different. After dividing into 4 equal 2 cup portions I made some changes. To one I added fresh lemon peel from 3 lemons. i made sandwich sandwich cookies using lemon curd. The lemon curd did ooze out a bit so ext time will mix the lemon curd with a buttercream. To another 2 cup portion I mixed 1 tsp cinnamon with 1/4 tsp each nutmeg and rum extract. i rolled them out and frosted when cooled with a standard buttercream I added 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp nutmeg to. I also used eggnog instead of milk. Super good.

    • melstaz1
      Nov 26, 2019

      Can u use a standard mixer to mix the dough it looks yummy can't wait to try it