You can have homemade cookies any time just by raiding your pantry and larder. Use this easy cookie base recipe and customize it with whatever you have on hand: dried fruit, nuts, chopped candy bars, and even crushed chips and pretzels! Or all of the above! Now, where's the milk?


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Makes about 32 Cookies


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  • Preheat the oven to 350°. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and both sugars until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients. Beat until just blended. Stir in the mix-ins. In batches, scoop the dough in 2-tbsp.-size mounds, spaced 3 inches apart, onto parchment paper–lined baking sheets. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, depending on how chewy you like your cookies. 

  • Easy Freezy! Scoop the dough onto parchment paper–lined baking sheets, then freeze until firm. Transfer your dough blobs to a resealable plastic bag and stash it in the freezer. The dough can go straight from the freezer to the oven. It’ll just need a few extra minutes to bake.