It’s a well-known fact that I’m a total Pinterest junkie. I use it in the same way most people use Google; to find things! Makeup techniques, movie recommendations, grammar questions, book ratings, dog training advice, landscaping ideas, etc. The list goes on and on.
My favorite use for Pinterest, though, is to find recipes. To say that I’m not a gifted chef would be an understatement! I didn’t know how to boil water properly until I was 30. True story. My mother had no interest in teaching me how to cook, presumably because my attitude sucked, and I really had no interest in learning.
When reality sets in…
So, when 30 rolled around and we took guardianship for kiddo, whelp, guy and I needed to learn to subsist off something besides college-level eats and dining out- and fast. I used Pinterest to find bloggers who wrote about basic cooking techniques and those who designed super simple recipes with REALLY good instructions… and lots of photos… and preferably video.
5 years later, I’m proud to say that I am a decent cook. Although I still make a ton of mistakes in the kitchen, I can get through moderately difficult recipes in a way that produces edible results. This is thanks to the wonderful food bloggers of the world and Pinterest for giving the rest of us an easy way to find the perfect recipe. If you’re interested in what I’m cooking lately, follow my Favorite Recipes board on Pinterest:
Let’s get to it
Without further delay, here are the best Pinterest cookie recipes that we’ve actually made time and time again. I hope you’ll give them a try the next time you have a special event or just want a little something sweet.
Do me one favor, though?
Go show the food bloggers below some love on their sites. They love to hear when readers enjoy their recipes! Thank them for producing one of the best cookie recipes on Pinterest. Thank you!
Homemade Nutter Butters
Who doesn’t love a Nutter Butters? I made these last week on a whim because they require so few ingredients and I had everything on hand. They are. so. easy.
A few tips: Make them smaller than regular cookies and flatten them out considerably before baking since they don’t spread, otherwise you’ll end up with 5-inch high cookie sandwiches. If you like a little less sweet of a cookie, pull the sugar down a touch in both the dough and the filling. The filling could also be used as a cupcake icing it’s so good.
Get the recipe from No Biggie.
Strawberry Cream Cheese Pastries
Full disclosure here: I HATE making these with a passion but they are my favorite thing to eat. I’m awful at rolling out dough and figuring out how to get it thin without it sticking. Just haven’t mastered that yet. BUT- these are spectacular and totally worth it. My mother makes a very similar Hungarian family recipe for kiffles and I was pleasantly surprised at how close these were.
Go get the recipe at Diethood.
Copycat Archway Dutch Cocoa Cookies
This is the most perfect copycat recipe known to man. It’s spot on in every way and so easy. They turn out beautifully every single time and don’t last very long in our house at all. The slightly chewy texture is an appreciated departure from most cookies.
When I made these last, I decided to get a little adventurous and they turned out ah-mazing. Replace 1/2 the butter with coconut oil and use 1/2c dark cocoa and 1/4c regular cocoa instead of 3/4c dark. Doing these two simple things gave the flavor of these dutch cocoa cookies such a nice complexity.
Head over to Gather for Bread (formerly Carmel Moments) for the recipe.
Thumbprint Cookies – Easiest Recipe Ever
Seriously, the easiest recipe ever. The trick with these thumbprint cookies is to resist the urge to let them brown, which is a little counter to what you usually want to happen. My family loves that it’s easy to make one (huge) batch and come out with a bunch of different flavors. I like apricot, kiddo likes raspberry and guy prefers plum/prune lekvar.
You’ll need to plan ahead a bit since the dough has to be well refrigerated beforehand. They’re supposed to be on the smaller side so I use a melon baller to scoop the dough.
Visit Amanda’s Cookin to give these a try.
Lime Meltaway Cookies
If you’re a fan of citrus flavors, this is a great recipe. I pull down the sugar a bit and add an extra tablespoon of lime juice for a more pronounced flavor. They’re a little messy with the powdered sugar so use a light hand to minimize.
Grab this recipe from Kitchen Frolic.
Salted Caramel Shortbread Cookies
Need a cookie that makes you look like a master baker and is the star of any potluck or bake sale? These, my friends, are it. They are stupid simple but out of this world. Follow the recipe as written and your results won’t hang around long.
Stop over at Sass & Shamrocks to grab the recipe.