Sure, we may be called Dogtown Pizza, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love other types of food too! On top of our famous St. Louis-style frozen pizzas, we also offer entrees like lasagna and mostaccioli and, of course, cookies! What pizza night is complete without some form of dessert? Our homestyle Chocolate Chip Cookies are here to fill that void.
But there are so many different types of cookies… which ones are the best? Today, we are going to be ranking thirteen cookie varieties from the absolute worst to the absolute tastiest. Okay, for the record, there really are no “bad” cookies, but we have to add to the drama somehow.
13. Fortune Cookies
The mileage varies on whether or not people actually like fortune cookies. Are they even cookies? Technically, yes, I suppose. Some people think they taste like styrofoam, whereas others think they are a fun little treat to cap off a night of Chinese takeout.
Although, I am of the opinion that the people who love fortune cookies more so love the fortunes concealed within them. And yet, the mileage on whether or not the fortunes are actually good varies as well. Sometimes it can be something sweet and interesting, and it’s even cooler when they actually come true! Unfortunately, they can also be super dumb, like “An unlit candle frightens no monkeys.”
What on earth does that even mean?
Gingersnaps are thin and crispy cookies that are typically served around the holidays. I feel like they are very “love them or hate them,” and I doubt that many people eat them outside of the context of Christmas and New Year’s and the like.
Both of these assumptions bring them down a peg for me personally. Gingersnaps are small and somewhat cracker-like, so they’re pretty good for a small snack. I would recommend dipping them in coffee, as I feel it makes them more enjoyable.
11. Gingerbread Cookies
Coming up next, we have another type of cookie with the word “ginger” in the name. I wonder why that could be…
Ginger has a fairly polarizing flavor. It’s very strong, which leads to a lot of people hating it and a lot of people loving it. Even though the taste of ginger is softened a bit in the context of this cookie and the last cookie, its distinct flavor is still present.
However, I do give the edge to gingerbread cookies in that they’re a lot more… fun than gingersnaps. Yeah.
Gingerbread cookies are cut into all shapes and sizes, typically taking the form of a gingerbread man or woman, and are decorated with frosting and treats to give them detail. They also have houses! What other type of cookie has a house? However, again, they are really only eaten around Christmas time which kind of brings down their widespread appeal. Still tasty, nonetheless.
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10. Whoopie Pies
Whoopie pies are a unique type of cookie in that they are honestly more of a sandwich than a cookie or a pie. However, you’re not going to find any turkey or mustard here! This sandwich is made by, well, sandwiching a marshmallow filling between two fluffy cookies. Rumor has it that the name comes from the exclamation Amish children would make when they opened up their lunchboxes to find one.
Today, whoopie pies are very popular in the state of Maine, which is where they supposedly came from. Whoopie pies can be a bit overpowering, as they are very, very sweet. Whether or not that is a good thing is up to the eater. However, their variability definitely gives them a leg up over the competition.
They are traditionally made with two chocolate cookies, but people also like to make them with velvet cookies and pumpkin cookies, among others.
9. Shortbread Cookies
Shortbread cookies are baked with a much higher ratio of fat, usually butter or shortening, to flour, hence the name SHORTbread. This gives them a crumbly, tender texture. Shortbread cookies originated in Scotland, way back in medieval times, and were eventually brought over to the states. They are certainly a delicious treat, but they don’t quite have the widespread following as some of the cookie varieties that can be found further down in this list.
8. Butter Cookies
I would wager a bet that butter cookies aren’t quite as popular as shortbread cookies, despite the fact that they are very, very similar. Both cookies have a much higher ratio of butter to flour. However, butter cookies are made with significantly more butter, flour, AND sugar. This gives them a lot more structure, and they are a lot fuller and airier.
The soft and chewy nature of this cookie, in my opinion, is more appealing than the crumbly nature of a shortbread cookie. They’re too similar to be put too far apart on this list, however.
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7. Peanut Butter Cookies
From one butter to the next, peanut butter cookies are truly a classic. It’s peanut butter and a cookie. What could possibly go wrong? Peanut butter cookies are often distinguished by their trademark waffle pattern, which is typically accomplished by flattening the top of each cookie with a fork before they are put into the oven.
Fun fact: the reason this was originally done was to make the cookies more identifiable to those with peanut butter allergies. How considerate! It’s pretty smart considering it can be difficult to tell whether there’s peanut butter in the cookie without the distinct markings. Peanut butter cookies are certainly more appealing to peanut butter lovers, but they’re classic enough to make it fairly high on this list.
6. Sugar Cookies
We are really starting to get into the all-time classic cookie varieties.
I mean, it’s a sugar cookie. ALL cookies have sugar, and yet, these are easily one of the most distinct types of cookies. There’s a decent amount of variety to be had with sugar cookies. By themselves, they are fairly plain (keep in mind that plain does not equate to “not-delicious”), but they are often decorated with frosting, sprinkles, and other fun treats.
Even though sugar cookies are easily the most simplistic of all the cookies to be found on this list, their massive appeal, tastiness, and capacity for variety drive them up higher in the rankings.
5. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
While oatmeal and oatmeal raisin cookies are certainly a “love them or hate them” type of cookie, I definitely feel like there are a lot more “love thems” than “hate thems.” Despite the divisivity (is that even a word?), oatmeal raisin cookies are bona fide classics and absolute staples at parties and… other events where cookies might find themselves. Plus, they’re simply delicious, and whoever came up with the idea to incorporate oats into cookie dough is frankly a genius.
4. Monster Cookies
Monster cookies are just that: monsters.
These cookies are essentially amalgamations of anything you can think of. I would argue that the two staples of monster cookies are chocolate chips (or chunks) and M&Ms. However, they are oftentimes made with peanut butter, oats, and butterscotch. Honestly, though, you can put in whatever the heck you want.
While sometimes simplicity can lead to superiority, the variety that can be found in monster cookies, as well as the fact that they’re essentially “Beast Mode the Cookie,” makes them nearly unbeatable.
3. White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
White chocolate macadamia nut cookies are truly an underrated pleasure. White chocolate and macadamia nuts are a match made in heaven, and dried fruit is often incorporated into these cookies to diversify the flavors even further.
While this may not be a popular choice for a top-three ranking, we stand by our decision. If you’re not crazy about white chocolate macadamia nut cookies, we recommend that you give them another shot. You might just change your mind. In the meantime, their delicious simplicity is enough to earn them the third spot on our list.
What list of the best types of cookies would be complete without snickerdoodles?
Snickerdoodles are beloved cookies, boasting a satisfyingly sweet combination of cinnamon and sugar. The abundance of cinnamon gives them a unique taste compared to other cookies that might use little to no cinnamon at all. They can be baked to a crisp or left soft and chewy, and their oftentimes cracked surface gives them a distinctive appearance. Truly a cookie fan’s cookie.
1. Chocolate Chip Cookies
Look, what else could possibly be number one? Chocolate chip cookies are about as important as grandmas are, and there definitely can’t be one without the other. It is the cookie, the one that people can always fall back on.
If cookies were planets, chocolate chip cookies would be the sun. One cookie to rule them all.
There’s a reason why they are the most popular and widely loved cookie in the world. They’re amazing, and it doesn’t get much better than Dogtown Pizza’s homestyle chocolate chip cookies. They’re pre-shaped into small dough pucks which makes them perfect for baking and perfect for eating.
What are your favorite types of cookies? Let us know in the comments below!