Tired of Chocolate Chip Cookies? Try One of These Unique Cookie Recipes Instead

Rayna Skiver - Author

Feb. 5 2024, Published 11:41 a.m. ET

Pistachio and chocolate cookies on a table.
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It’s hard to beat a classic chocolate chip cookie, but sometimes, it’s fun to experiment in the kitchen. With new ingredients and flavor combinations, you never know what’s possible.

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Check out these 10 unique cookie recipes to get started. From vegan lemon basil sugar cookies to everything but the kitchen sink cookies, there’s no shortage of ideas — and these plant-based desserts are delicious and better for the planet.

Kitchen sink cookies

Everything but the kitchen sink cookies — a dessert with random pantry ingredients like potato chips and pretzels — on a cooling rack.
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For something fun and exciting, try these kitchen sink cookies from The Hangry Chickpea. Rather than using only traditional ingredients like chocolate chips and sprinkles, bakers can incorporate things like potato chips, pretzels, nuts, graham crackers, and more. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

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Lemon basil sugar cookies

This lemon basil sugar cookie recipe from Labeless Nutrition gives chefs a chance to try a new fruit and herb combination. It’s quick and easy, not to mention a great way to use up extra basil and eliminate waste.

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Caramel macadamia cookies

Macadamia nuts are packed with nutrients. Now, it’s hard to say if drowning them in cookie dough and caramel negates the health benefits, but we’re willing to take the risk. To try it at home, check out this caramel macadamia cookie recipe from Two Raspberries.

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Pistachio and cardamom jam thumbprint cookies

Nadia’s Healthy Kitchen has a great recipe that’s both easy and unique: pistachio and cardamom jam thumbprint cookies. For a dessert that looks incredibly decadent, it’s actually quite simple. Plus, it’s hard to beat the pistachio and cardamom flavor combination.

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Marbled matcha black sesame cookies

Calling all matcha lovers! Thanks to Okonomi Kitchen, you can transform your favorite drink into these chewy marbled matcha black sesame cookies. This treat expertly balances the sweet and the savory flavors, not to mention it’s also vegan and gluten-free.

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Raspberry crumble cookies

These vegan raspberry crumble cookies from Peanut Butter + Chocolate look extremely tasty. Everything from the homemade raspberry compote on the inside to the crumbles and sweet glaze on top sounds amazing. This dessert is best paired with tea or coffee.

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Strawberry shortcake cookies

Ever thought about turning your favorite type of cake into a cookie? Well, Make It Dairy Free does just that with this strawberry shortcake cookie recipe. Between the white chocolate chips (vegan, of course), vanilla cookies, and strawberry emulsion, there are plenty of interesting ingredients to experiment with.

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Stuffed biscoff butter lava cookies

Wait, did you say lava cookies? Yes, folks, you can try this stuffed Biscoff lava cookie recipe from Thank You Berry Much for yourself. Not only is this dessert plant-based, but it also only requires one bowl — nothing beats a treat with a short cleanup time.

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Mini churro cookies

If you don’t have regular churros, then these mini churro cookies from Sailor Bailey are the next best thing. This dessert is sweet and tasty, all while using minimal ingredients and remaining completely plant-based. You could make these treats in one hour or less and freeze them for up to two months.

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Vegan fluffernutter cookies

Conventional marshmallows aren’t vegan, but thanks to some innovators out there, there are a few amazing vegan marshmallows on the market. So if you're a fan of marshmallows — and peanut butter — these fluffernutter cookies from Nora Cooks are a must.

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