A Cookie For the Lunchbox: 20 Favorite Cookie Recipes

We love to have a small treat waiting in our lunchbox at midday, or to send a loved one off to work or school with something sweet. From extra-special marshmallow Mallomars to easy Earl Grey Tea CookiesEarl Grey tea shortbread, and from husband-winning peanut butter cookies to snickerdoodles, these are 20 favorites from our own archives to sweeten up that first week back to school.

20 Favorite Cookies

Classics
Peanut Butter & Fudge Oatmeal Cookies - Oatmeal cookies with a dollop of chewy fudge on top.
Husband-Winning Peanut Butter Cookies - Chewy, dense peanut butter cookies.
Brown Sugar Cookies with a Touch of Whole Wheat - Softer sugar cookies, and great with a dollop of cream cheese icing.
Best Cut-Out Sugar Cookies - Truly the best — it's a great recipe for cut-outs!
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Monster Cookies - A nearly gluten-free recipe of peanut butter and oats. (Use GF oats.)
Super-Soft Snickerdoodle Cookies - Ultra-soft and chewy snickerdoodles.
Chocolate Chip Cookies (No Mixer!) - The ultimate classic, and just in case you don't want to drag out the mixer, this recipe doesn't call for one.
Sensational Peanut Butter Cookies - No flour, no butter!

Extra-Special Cookies
Homemade Mallomars - Gooey, chewy, chocolate-covered marshmallow.
Mini Molasses Cookies with Lemon Filling - Spicy molasses cookies with tart lemon filling.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Marshmallow Filling - Chocolate gluten-free cookies with marshmallow fluff.

Bar Cookies
Halfway Cookies - Cookie bottoms with chewy meringue on top.
Sour Cream-Raisin Bars - A tangy old-fashioned treat.
One Bowl Mascarpone Brownies - Quick and simple, a decadent nibble.

Shortbread
Cardamom-Vanilla Shortbread with White Chocolate and Rose Petals - Delicate and lovely!
Rosemary-Walnut Brown Butter Cookies - These are killer good.
Chocolate Chip and Toffee Shortbread Cookies - Not too sweet, and very moreish.
Dark Chocolate Walnut Cookies - Peppy and bittersweet, these are a great afternoon pick-me-up.
Spiced Mexican Wedding Cakes - A quicker version of that classic cookie.
Earl Grey Tea Cookies - These are such a snap; you make them in your food processor.

What's your favorite cookie for the lunchbox or the mid-afternoon tea break?

Originally published August 24, 2010.

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