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30-Minute All-Purpose Cookie Dough (Perfect for Mix-Ins!)

I don’t think you should have to hunt down a completely different recipe for similar cookies — after all, the only real difference between, say, chocolate chip and raisin cookies is the mix-ins! This foolproof cookie recipe is a all-purpose, basic cookie recipe that you can easily put your own twist on.

All Purpose Cookie Dough - Make it Your Way

This basic cookie dough recipe is very easy and very versatile.

It mixes up just like any other cookie dough, with a nice blend of white and brown sugars, a generous dose of vanilla extract and just the right amount of salt.

If you didn’t mix any additional ingredients in to the dough, you would end up with thin, buttery cookies with a hint of butterscotch to them. If you add some mix-ins, you’ll get cookies that really pack a punch.

All Purpose Cookie Dough - Make it Your Way!!

The fun of this recipe is that you can mix in almost anything to the cookie dough.

Basic Cookie Dough Mix in Ideas

You can easily mix in chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruits, oatmeal and more to fulfill your cravings. The only thing to avoid is fresh fruit — the fruits will leak too much liquid during baking. But everything else is fair game, including dried fruit.

The recipe can take two cups of mix ins. I’m offering a few suggestions below to give you a place to start:

  • Chocolate chip with nuts: Add 1¼ cups chocolate chips (any kind) + ¾ cup chopped, toasted walnuts
  • Coconut oatmeal: Add 1 cup shredded coconut + quick-cooking oatmeal
  • Chocolate, peanut butter and banana: 1½ cups chopped peanut butter cup candies +½ cup chopped banana chips
  • Oatmeal raisin: 1 cup quick-cooking oatmeal + 1 cup raisins
  • Triple berry: 2/3 cup dried cherries + 2/3 cup dried blueberries + 2/3 cup dried cranberries

Flavoring the cookie dough

If you want to add more flavor to the cookie base itself, you can also mix in up to a teaspoon of spice or citrus zest with your extra ingredients. Ground cinnamon is a good choice to add to the oatmeal options above, and lemon zest goes well with many dried fruits. 

This may not be the perfect recipe for every occasion, as there are times when you might want a cakey, crispy or jumbo cookie and need a more specialized recipe. But it is the perfect recipe for any occasion when you just want a great cookie to pair with a big glass of milk. 

All Purpose Cookie Dough - Make it Your Way

Basic cookie dough recipe

Makes about 3½ dozen cookies


  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups mix-ins (chocolate chips, nuts, etc.)

Step 1:

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt

All Purpose Cookie Dough - Make it Your Way!!

Step 2:

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy.

All Purpose Cookie Dough - Make it Your Way!!

Beat in eggs, one at a time, followed by vanilla extract. Blend in the flour mixture until no streaks of dry ingredients remain, then stir in your mix-ins. 

All Purpose Cookie Dough - Make it Your Way!!

Step 3:

Shape cookies into 1″ balls and arrange on baking sheet, leaving about 3″ between the cookies to allow for spread.

All Purpose Cookie Dough - Make it Your Way!!

Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until cookies are golden around the outside edge. Allow cookies to cool on the pan for 4-5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Scrumptious and simple 30 minute cookie dough recipe



This looks like a great base recipe but what weight (in oz or grams) is 1 cup of butter ?


1 cup of butter is 8 ounces. It is also about 227 grams.

I used 2 sticks of unsalted butter which is 8 ounces. I also added lemon flavoring to mine. No chocolate or nuts. Most flavoring will work just fine. Experiment

For instance, I used cocoa powder in one batch and they tasted like chocolate cookies. I never use nuts, raisins or chocolate chips. There is a reason. I wish I could though.


So no chilling needed?

Nicole Weston

Sally – 1 cup of butter is 8 oz.

Brenda – The dough does not need to be chilled, but you can chill it if you want to prepare it the night before baking. It should be allowed to soften a bit, if you chill it, to making shaping it easier. And all the mix-ins should already be in the dough.

Herb Doscher

This looks great to me, my question is, how do you make the cookies more crispy as far as the recipe goes. I know that cooking them longer works, but is there anything that can be done with the mix?


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