cranberry cookies cranberry cookies Going beyond chocolate chip cookies can be tons of fun. (Photo: Apinunt Sukhapinda / Shutterstock)

10 unconventional cookie recipes that go beyond chocolate chip

Try these inventive cookie combinations for your next gathering, or just for some good, wholesome snacking.

There's nothing like a home-baked, tried-and-true chocolate chip cookie. The warm, melty morsels oozing out from the tender center as you take that first bite, that irresistible aroma wafting through the house ... you've officially been bitten by the baking bug.

But in case that bug came biting a little too late to gather all the proper proportions of ingredients before grocery closing time, we've compiled some cookie recipes straight from our Israeli Kitchen to offer some tasty alternatives. Here are eight ones to try – chocolate chips not required.

Peanut butter cranberry cookies

Peanut butter-cranberry cookiesPeanut butter-cranberry cookies. (Photo: Miriam Kresh)

Peanut butter and cranberry? It's like oatmeal and raisins, only better! This is a match made in cookie heaven. And lucky for you, this recipe requires a lot of cranberries. These cookies have a slightly crisp crust yielding to a just-chewy-enough interior with those bright little berries in it. Sweet, salty, crispy, tangy. This cookie's got it all.

Get our Israeli Kitchen recipe here.


Speckled coffee cookies

speckled coffee cookiesWhat's the perfect accompaniment to your morning coffee? These speckled coffee cookies. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

These cookies have a sophisticated look and taste, a strong coffee flavor sweetened by the cookie dough, and some added fun from whatever you choose to put into the center: coffee beans, espresso balls, half a square of your favorite chocolate bar ... the choice is yours.

Get our Israeli Kitchen recipe here.


Baklava cookies

baklava cookiesThis recipe turns traditional baklava upside-down. (Photo: Miriam Kresh)

Basically a sugar cookie recipe, this cookie gives you the sweet, nutty, baklava taste you’re seeking, with a difference, of course. Unlike the crisp, crackly texture of the traditional baklava crust, the cookie stays tender yet firm. The topping delivers the flavor of spiced nuts that makes baklava so tempting.

Get our Israeli Kitchen recipe here.


Oatmeal pecan craisin cookies

oatmeal pecan craisin cookiesThese oatmeal pecan craisin cookies are packed with flavor and fiber. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

You may not think it appropriate to eat cookies for breakfast, but we urge you to enjoy a few with your coffee or juice. It's a great way to stave off hunger until lunchtime. Filled with whole grains, nuts and dried fruit, they’ve got loads of nutrients and a chewy, crispy finish that makes them, in the words of recipe author Sarah Berkowitz, "out-of-this-world delicious."

Get our Israeli Kitchen recipe here.


Hazelnut jam thumbprint cookies

hazelnut jam thumbprint cookiesThumbprint cookies go back a few generations, but their flavor and adorable presentation make them timeless. (Photo: Sarah Berkowitz)

This is a classic recipe that Israeli Kitchen contributor Berkowitz has given a vegan, gluten-free update. Thumbprint cookies are an age-old tradition; instead of a speckling of chips or nuts, the filling is right in the middle, either in jam or chocolate form. These cookies, like most things, are better homemade than store-bought. And they're also really easy to make.

Get our Israeli Kitchen recipe here.


Chocolate crinkle cookies

Chocolate crinkle cookies.Chocolate crinkle cookies. (Photo: Miriam Kresh)

These traditional crinkle cookies are light and delicate, a welcome change from heavy desserts that conclude those heavy holiday meals. As with the thumbprints above, this recipe is easy to make, but needs planning ahead of time because the dough needs to rest four hours in the refrigerator.

Get our Israeli Kitchen recipe here.


Orange maple flaxseed cookies

Flaxseed cookies with a twist of citrus.Flaxseed cookies with a twist of citrus. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

These flaxseed cookies are loaded with wholesome ingredients – Omega-3's, and a laundry list of nutrients that almost take the fun out of eating them – but not quite. They’re perfect to bring to work for afternoon munchies, or to pack for your kids’ school lunches.

Get our Israeli Kitchen recipe here.


Tahini cookies

A stack of Tahini cookies.Tahini is often used as an ingredient in hummus. (Photo: Alexsvirid/Shutterstock)

Baking with tahini is a little like baking with peanut butter. It's ridiculously easy, and it adds a slight sweetness and depth that you don't get from sugar or other sweeteners. But unlike peanut butter, tahini gives these cookies a gourmet Mediterranean flavor, and the simple pine nut topping adds a tender, wholesome crunch.

Get our Israeli Kitchen recipe here.


Almond crescent cookies

Almond crescent cookiesAlmond crescent cookies (Photo: Geniuscook_com/Shutterstock)

Remember those Danish butter cookie tins you used to see on your grandmother's coffee table? Your eyes lit up, you made a beeline for the tin, pried it open and ... it's full of sewing tools. Well, there's hope. You're an adult now, and you can be a little more transparent in your baking storage. Next time guests come to visit, serve these almond crescents in whatever container you like – and leave the sewing equipment in a shoebox instead.

Get our Israeli Kitchen recipe here.


Mint chocolate meltaways

mint chocolate meltaway cookiesFresh out of the oven, these cookies will fill your house with warm, minty fragrance. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

Like the pumpkin onslaught of fall we're all well familiar with, you're going to start seeing mint in everything pretty soon: hot cocoa, cookies, chocolate, even some dinner foods. These mint cookies are called meltaways for a reason: they’re soft, buttery, and will melt in your mouth leaving a refreshing minty sweet taste.

Get our Israeli Kitchen recipe here.

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