A basic cookie dough recipe uses 2 1/2 cups softened butter, 2 cups sugar, 2 eggs, 1/4 cup whole milk, 2 teaspoons vanilla, 8 cups flour, 4 teaspoons baking power and 1 teaspoon salt. The recipe is a good base cookie dough that can have various ingredients added to it.
Mix the cream, butter and sugar into a large mixing bowl. Then add the eggs, milk and vanilla, and mix well. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add the dry mixture into the wet mixture, stirring with a spatula or beating with a mixer on a low setting. Do not over-mix.
When finished, divide the dough into four 2-cup portions, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. The dough lasts about a week in the fridge or three months if freezed. This recipe makes 96 small cookies, and 4 teaspoons of the dough has 98 calories and 5 grams of fat.
This base recipe makes a large batch, so you can make chocolate chip cookies, M&M cookies, fruit and nut cookies, or whatever creations you come up with. Simply add the ingredients into the dry mix. Another variation adds 2 cups of peanut butter into the wet mix for peanut butter cookies.