Popular cookie flavors include peanut butter, chocolate chip, snickerdoodles, sugar cookies, oatmeal raisin and no-bake cookies. Incredelicious states that the chocolate chip cookie is the most popular American cookie, holding the title for being classically iconic.
The chocolate chip cookie is the most popular cookie, and it lends itself to diversity as well, as bakers often add such ingredients as M&Ms, Hershey kisses, white chocolate chips and chocolate chunks. No matter the additives, the NY Times states that the basic chocolate chip cookie is made from sugar, flour, a leavening agent, butter, eggs, salt and chocolate. Some versions are softer than others, but with so many recipes out there, the novice cook has many from which to choose.
Another cookie that sometimes sees diversity, according to Incredelicious, is the peanut butter cookie. The baker chooses between creamy or crunchy peanut butter, whether or not to add peanut butter chips or even to add chocolate chips to her recipe.
Sugar cookies, a favorite around the Christmas holiday or anytime, come iced or not iced, in a round shape or cut to look like a specific object, and some recipes include sour cream to add a different dimension.
The Brown Eye Baker lists the offspring of the chocolate chip cookie, the oatmeal chocolate chip cookie, as a leader in the favorite cookie category. Other mentions include the ginger cookie, macaroons, white chocolate macadamia nut and peanut blossom cookies.