4 must-have cookie recipes for a rainy day

A batch of freshly baked cookies has immense power. The right cookie can lift your spirits, get someone through a rainy day, and even heal a broken heart — or at least provide some much-needed comfort. Whether someone is in need of comfort food or just a late night snack, these everyone’s favorite recipes are sure to lift the spirits and leave everyone wanting more.

These recipes require common baking staples, a few add-ins, and — for those without a stand mixer — a bit of patience. However, the finished products are guaranteed to be worth the effort and inspire a little happiness.

Joanna Gaines has some of the best cookie recipes to date, and her chocolate chip cookies are no exception. They are a wonderful combination of salty and sweet thanks to the incorporation of ingredients like kosher salt (otherwise known as sea salt) and brown sugar. Kosher salt adds another level of flavor that regular iodized salt does not, while brown sugar adds richness to the cookie without compromising on sweetness.

This recipe can easily be modified depending on the ingredients available. If necessary, iodized salt can be used instead of kosher salt and granulated sugar can be used instead of brown sugar.

These cookies are a great option for those who prefer salty to sweet. They are richer in flavor than other cookies due to the creaminess and nuttiness of the peanut butter and the balance of granulated sugar and brown sugar. Iodized salt can be replaced with kosher salt for an even spicier cookie.

The beauty of this recipe is that the dough can be frozen for up to three months. This is perfect for those who prefer to bake a few cookies at a time or would just like a snack of dough once in a while.

These bite-sized cookies are fun to make, have the same delicious texture as fondant cookies, and best of all, can last for weeks before going stale. They taste and smell like Christmas, due to their snickerdoodle-like build. However, they don’t have to be limited to the Christmas season – they make great late-night desserts, snacks, or treats any time of the year.

This recipe calls for a few uncommon ingredients, such as powdered sugar or cream cheese, but the result is well worth the extra grocery run. Be careful, it is impossible to eat just one of these delicious cookies.

Once again, Joanna Gaines rolls out of the park with another crowd-pleaser. These cookies strike an exceptional balance between salty and sweet, and the recipe is extremely versatile. The cookies pictured are proof of that – they contain pecans instead of walnuts and no peanut butter chips.

All sorts of other additions are possible: white chocolate chips, almonds, even caramels or grated coconut. No matter what combination of ingredients you choose, these cookies will definitely not disappoint.

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