Cookies are some of the most delicious desserts out there. Whether they’re crunchy or chewy, cookies are always just the right amount of sweet and delicious. The aroma they make in your kitchen while baking is just an added benefit. Cookies come in a wide range of flavors, shapes, and textures and the world is only made better by them. Here’s more info on different types of cookies, how to classify them, and ten types of cookies you’ve definitely got to try.
Different Types of Cookies: How They’re Made
One main difference between cookies is the way they’re baked. There are quite a few baking methods that can vastly change the taste and texture between cookies. For instance, drop cookies are baked by dropping spoonfuls of cookie dough onto the baking sheet. During baking, the dough flattens and spreads. Most of your favorite cookies are made in this way, including chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, and so much more.
Another type of cookies are rolled cookies. These cookies are made with refrigerated dough that’s rolled out with a rolling pin and cut with a knife, cookie cutter, or pastry wheel. Often, these cookies are baked and then frosted or decorated with sprinkles, sugar, or other treats.
Pressed cookies are made by made by placing soft dough into a cookie press or pastry bag and pushing the dough through through decorative disks to create different shapes before baking. This is the method used to make French macrons and meringue cookies. Another baking method actually requires no time in the oven at all. No bake cookies are made by mixing oats, nuts, or another type of filler with a sticky batter. The cookies are rolled into balls or pressed into a pan and cut into bars, and then cooled to harden.
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Top 10 Different Types of Cookies
There are hundreds of different types of cookies out there, ranging in size, texture, and flavors. Here are ten of the very best cookies you can find:
1. Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate chip cookies are the perennial classic and longtime fan favorite. They can be soft and chewy or crispy and crunchy depending on how you make them and the ingredients you use. Either way, they’re completely delicious.
2. Shortbread Cookies
Shortbread cookies are made with a large amount of butter or shortening, which lends them the name “short.” Due to their low amount of flour and sugar, they have a classic crumbly and tender texture.
3. Macaron Cookies
Macarons are meringue-based cookies made with almond meal, egg whites, and powdered sugar with a creme ganache in the middle. The cookie shell features a delicate outer crust that houses a chewy meringue texture inside.
4. Macaroon Cookies
Quite different from macarons, macaroons are coconut based with a dense, lumpy texture that’s sweet and chewy. Some macaroons are even dipped in chocolate for extra indulgence.
5. Biscotti Cookies
Biscotti actually means “twice baked” and the cookie is indeed baked twice, resulting in its hard and crunchy texture. Biscotti come in a wide array of flavors and toppings, from plain almond to double chocolate and so much more.
6. Sugar Cookies
Made with basic ingredients, such as sugar, flour, butter, and vanilla, sugar cookies are easy to make and insanely popular. They’re typically made by rolling out the dough and cutting into shapes before decorating with icing, sprinkles, or colored sugar.
7. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Oatmeal raisin is a type of drop cookie. as its name suggests, it’s made with oats, and contains raisins and brown sugar. They can be crispy and crunchy or chewy, depending on the ingredients you use and how long you bake them.
8. Gingerbread Cookies
Gingerbread cookies are the ultimate holiday cookie. They’re made with spices galore, including cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and molasses, and are made by rolling out the dough and cutting into shapes.
9. Snickerdoodle Cookies
Snickerdoodles are made with butter, sugar, and flour with cream of tartar and baking soda added into the dough to make it rise slightly. They’re known by their cracked surface that’s coated in cinnamon and sugar.
10. Fortune Cookies
Fortune cookies are mostly known as the type of cookie that comes with Chinese takeout. They’re made with flour, sugar, vanilla, and just a hint of sesame oil and are shaped into their classic crescent shape while the dough is still hot from the oven.
Now that you know more about the different types of cookies, we’d like to know — what’s your very favorite?