Taste Test: The Best Cookie Dough

We taste-tested dozens of cookie doughs from the grocery store and picked our favorites.
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Best Chocolate Chip
Immaculate Baking Company Supremes Chocolate Chunk
After biting into one of these chunky cookies, a tester raved, "No skimping on chocolate here!" She wasn't lying: Semisweet and milk chocolate morsels make up a whopping 25 percent of these bad boys. The remainder is rich, buttery, vanilla-scented dough. "This is what all other chocolate chip cookies aspire to be," one admirer swooned. ($3.99 for 14 ounces, at grocery stores)


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Chocolate Pudding Parfaits

Best Oddball
Nestlé Toll House Ultimates Chocolate Chip Cookies with Caramel Filling
What's better than a chocolate chip cookie? A chocolate chip cookie with a gooey caramel filling! Bite into these "thick and tender" rounds when they're fresh out of the oven, and -- surprise! -- they'll ooze creamy caramel. "These cookies are well worth the mess!" one panelist raved. ($3.49 for 16 ounces, at grocery stores)

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Spiced Pumpkin Mousse Trifle

Best Sugar
Target Market Pantry Snickerdoodle
Sugar cookies don't have to be boring. Exhibit A: these "melt-in-your-mouth soft" cookies. Cinnamon is the star here -- the dough is laced with a comforting dose, and cinnamon sugar is also sprinkled on top. The result: a pretty treat that one taster imagined would "elevate afternoon tea from humdrum to dreamy." ($2 for 16 ounces, at SuperTarget stores)

Try it with: Hazelnut-Cream-Stuffed Snickerdoodle Sandwich Cookies

Hazelnut-Cream-Stuffed Snickerdoodle Sandwich Cookies

Best Peanut Butter
Pillsbury Simply Peanut Butter
These smooth, golden-brown treats won over our crowd with their "moist, doughy interior and lightly crisp exterior," as one panelist put it. The peanut butter flavor is strong, but not overpowering: "I can also taste the brown sugar and vanilla," one taster noted. ($3.49 for 14 ounces, at grocery stores)


Try it with: PB Cookie Sandwiches

PB Cookie Sandwiches

Best Oatmeal
Wholly Wholesome Oatmeal Raisin
With just 11 (mostly organic) ingredients -- including rolled oats and plump raisins -- these chewy, hearty cookies look and taste homemade. They're a "sweet and salty snack any mom would be happy to serve, and any kid would be thrilled to eat," praised a panelist. ($5.69 for 11.25 ounces, at select grocery stores)


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Oatmeal-Cranberry Cookie Sandwiches

Prices and other details were accurate when we published this article in November 2010.