The Perfect Cookie

best cookie recipe

Looking for a cookie that people can’t stop talking about?  This is it.  They’re traditional enough to be a crowd-pleaser, but also have a few unique twists that keep people interested.  I’ve been making these cookies for over 10 years, and they’re a hit every time.  Try them for a holiday cookie exchange, party, or to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve (you’ll surely get an extra present or two!).

best cookie recipe

The Perfect Cookie

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 30


  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ cups Sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups Dark Brown Sugar, packed
  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 ½ cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ cup Golden Raisins
  • ½ cup Walnuts, chopped (optional)
  • 3 cups Rolled Oats
  • 2 cups Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup Butterscotch chips


  1. Preheat oven to 325. Using a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Add vanilla and eggs and beat until combined, scraping down sides so everything gets mixed in.
  2. In a separate medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add this dry mixture to the butter mixture a little at a time with the mixer on low, until just combined.
  3. With the mixer on low, add the oats a cup at a time until just incorporated (careful not to overmix). Remove mixing bowl from stand mixer and gently stir in chocolate & butterscotch chips, raisins, and nuts by hand with a spatula or wooden spoon.
  4. Cover 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop balls of the cookie dough onto the baking sheets a couple inches apart. Gently press down on the dough balls with your fingers to flatten slightly. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cookies are golden brown on the edges but still soft in the middle. Cool for at least 5 minutes before digging in!
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14 Responses to The Perfect Cookie

    • I’m so sorry! Use 2 large eggs (or medium). If you use extra large/jumbo eggs at your house, then just add 1 egg + 1 egg yolk. I’ll fix this asap!

  1. Amelia – Lindsey and I just made a batch of these for a holiday party coming up – not sure what was better the dough or the cookies…they are amazing! Thanks for the recipe! I’m not sure if they will last until the 23rd…here’s to hoping!!

  2. Amelia – I was a (passive) participant in the cooking baking extravaganza with Lindsey and Gwynna. Your cookies are phenomenal!

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