Anything Cookies

Anything cookies

These anything cookies are large, buttery, and soft and chewy. They’re the perfect cookie to add in your favorite mix-ins or candy since this cookie dough is good with pretty much anything you want to add in. This is the perfect cookie dough to experiment with and make tasty treats with.

What can I add to this cookie dough?

There are so many fun ideas out there for these anything cookies! One of my all time favorite mix-ins for this recipe are Andes mints. My husband is not a fan but my son and I love them. I usually make him a few white chocolate, macadamia nut, and craisin (dried cranberries) cookies and then I make the rest with Andes mints. Some of my other favorites for this cookie dough base are:

  • Chocolate chip
  • White chocolate & macadamia nut
  • White chocolate, macadamia nut, & craisin
  • Shredded coconut
  • Butterscotch chips
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Leftover candy from Halloween or Easter
  • Pretzels
  • M&Ms
  • Peanut butter chips
  • Toffee chips

Be sure to let us know your favorite add ins for these cookies in the comments below.

Anything cookies
White chocolate chip with macadamia nut and craisins, chocolate chip, and Andes mints versions of this anything cookie recipe.

How much of the add-ins should I mix in?

How much you add in depends on what you’re mixing in. If you are doing chocolate chips you’ll want to use about 1 1/2 cups. If you are doing M&Ms 1 to 1 1/2 cups is plenty.  If you are going for a really decadent mix in (like Heath bars or Andes mints) add in less than 2 cups. Just use your best judgment based on your personal tastes. It is easier to mix in less than you think you need then add more than just blindly guessing.              

What ingredients do I need to make this recipe?

For these cookies, you will need:

  • All purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Unsalted butter
  • White sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Egg
  • Desired add ins

What does apple cider vinegar do in this recipe?

The apple cider vinegar is used in order to help activate the baking soda. This helps the cookies rise a bit.

Can I freeze this cookie dough?

You can absolutely freeze this anything cookies dough. Freezing cookie dough is great for baking in small batches. If you want to freeze this recipe, make the dough per the instructions below.

  1. Scoop your cookie dough into balls (I recommend using a cookie dough scoop for this).
  2. Place the dough onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
  3. Freeze the baking sheet for four hours. Make sure you have enough room in your freezer, at least for a few hours.
  4. Once the dough balls are frozen then you can transfer to a freezer safe storage bag or container. This will free your freezer space up from a bulky baking sheet.
  5. You can keep this dough in the freezer for up to two months.

How do I bake these cookies from frozen?

To bake the cookie dough from frozen, let the cookie dough defrost overnight and then bake as normal for 16 to 18 minutes (or until edges are golden and toasted).

Anything cookies
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5 from 10 votes

Anything Cookies

This recipe for anything cookies is a great cookie dough base. You can use this dough for chocolate chip cookies, Andes mints cookies, M&Ms cookies, kitchen sink cookies, or really almost anything you can think of!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Anything Cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Servings 12 cookies
Author Two Pink Peonies
Cost $5


  • Baking sheet


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup unsalted butter slightly melted
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 egg beaten
  • add ins of your choice (such as chocolate chips, M&Ms, white chocolate chips with macadamia nuts, etc.)


  • Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl add the dry ingredients.
  • Add in the wet ingredients. Make sure the butter is cooled or it will scramble the egg.
  • Mix with a hand mixer until smooth.
  • Add in your favorite mix-ins such as chocolate chips, Andes mints, M&Ms, etc.
  • Scoop on to a greased cookie sheet (about two tablespoons per cookie) with room for the cookies to spread.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 16 to 18 minutes or until edges are golden and toasted.

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11 thoughts on “Anything Cookies”

  1. 5 stars
    Love that I can use this recipe as my base recipe and just add anything to it. My favorite of course is the classic chocolate chip but I also like M&M’s in mine too.

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