Chunky Drop Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch


6-1/2 dozen

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
The night before I make these drop cookies, I measure out the pretzels, peanuts, raisins and chocolate. Assembly goes quickly the next day. —Kelly Ward-Hartman, Cape Coral, Florida
Chunky Drop Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups halved pretzel sticks
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks
  • 1 cup raisins


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in pretzels, peanuts, chocolate chunks and raisins.
  2. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake until edges are golden brown, 10-14 minutes. Cool 2 minutes before removing to wire racks.

Drop Cookie Tips

What is a drop cookie?

Drop cookies are one of the easiest types of cookies to make. As the name implies, you make them by dropping spoonfuls of cookie batter onto a baking sheet. Some of the most popular cookie recipes, like sugar and oatmeal raisin, are drop cookies. (Check out our other drop cookie recipes—we've got everything from sugar to cherry chocolate chunk.)

What's the difference between drop cookies and cutout cookies?

The main difference between drop and cutout cookies comes down to texture and shape. Drop cookies are typically pretty chewy and thick compared to crumbly cutout cookies. Cutout cookies also give you more control over the shape of your cookie, since you use a cookie cutter to make them.

Can you roll drop cookies?

No, you don't need to roll out drop cookies—that's what makes them so easy! Just "drop" the dough on a pan and bake.

Research contributed by Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 86 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 44mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.