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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  1. These are the most amazing cookies! Watch out, they are pretty addicting. Thanks for sharing the famous recipe Meels!

    • I agree with you on the addicting part — best to make them when you have a place to take them — otherwise: trouble!

  2. I’ll definitely be trying these… but for now, I really wish I could just grab one (or two) right off my computer screen! :)

  3. Love, love, love!

  4. I’m making these right now and it says to add vanilla and eggs, but I don’t see eggs in the ingredient list? Help!

    • 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!

  5. 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!!

  6. Mike Beers says:

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

  7. Soooo good! Patty just made these for Christmas, loved all the goodies that are packed in them.