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4 Go-To Cookie Recipes for a Rainy Day

Caroline BellBring Christmas to April with this Cinnamon Cream Cheese Cookie recipe.

A batch of fresh-baked cookies has immense power. The right cookie can lift the 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 solace or just a late-night snack, these crowd-pleasing recipes are sure to boost morale 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, it’s guaranteed the finished products will be well worth the time and effort — and will inspire a bit of happiness.

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

This recipe can easily be changed depending on what ingredients are available. If need be, iodized salt can be used in place of kosher salt and granulated sugar can be used in place of brown sugar.

These cookies are a great option for those who prefer saltiness over sweetness. They’re richer in flavor than other cookies due to the creaminess and nuttiness of the peanut butter and the balance between granulated sugar and brown sugar. Iodized salt can be substituted for kosher salt for an even tangier-tasting 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 nibble of dough every once in a while.

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

This recipe requires a few uncommon ingredients, such as powdered sugar or cream cheese, but the outcome is well worth the extra grocery run. Just be warned — it’s impossible to eat just one of these delicious cookies.

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

Any number of other add-ins are possible: white chocolate chips, almonds, even caramels or shredded coconut. No matter what combination of ingredients is chosen, these cookies definitely won’t disappoint.

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