American Cookies

TYPE : American
YIELD : 16 cookies
CALORIES : 200 kcal
PREP TIME : 15 minutes
COOK TIME : 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME : 30 minutes


  • 1/3 cup (1 dl) brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup (1 dl) sugar
  • 1 stick (100 g) soft butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract, or 2 tsp vanilla sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups (3 dl) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp potato or corn starch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 cup (2.5 dl) morsels for flavoring (chocolate chips, nuts, candy, dried fruit)

Chocolate Dough

  • replace 2 – 4 tbsp flour with cocoa powder

White Dough

  • use only white sugar

Snickerdoodle Dough

  • white dough with 1/2 tsp baking soda and 1 tsp cream of tartar instead of baking powder


  • Set the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Beat butter and sugar until creamy, then add egg and vanilla.
  • Stir in dry components.
  • Fold in chocolate, nuts and other flavorings.
  • Roll into 16 balls and place them on lined baking sheets. Flatten them into thick disks.
  • Bake until the edges begin to brown, about 10 minutes.
  • Leave them on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before cooling on a rack.


  • Chocolate Chip: semi-sweet chocolate is standard, pick your favorite kind
    Double Chocolate: add chocolate chips to chocolate flavored dough
    White Chocolate Macadamia Nut: a popular combo, but any combination of chocolate and nuts works
    Sugar Cookies: white dough, sprinkle with sugar or roll out thinly, cut out shapes and ice them for the holidays
    Snickerdoodles: white dough made with cream of tartar and baking soda coated with a cinnamon-sugar mix
    Peppermint: add chopped peppermint candy to white, regular or chocolate flavored dough, white or semi-sweet chocolate chips taste great in there too
    Candy: M&M's, chopped up chocolate bars and caramels can all be used


For even better results, wrap the dough in plastic and refrigerate overnight. Or double the recipe and freeze half for later.
Calories will vary depending on the flavorings, plain cookies are 125 kcal.

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