The 9 essential cookies every home baker should know how to make

Essential Cookies: There is a certain Cookie Canon - the classics, the old reliables, the cookies that can appeal to a crowd.

The world of cookies is a wonderful and wide-ranging place. In a decade-plus of publishing holiday cookie packages, The Washington Post's Food section alone has shared more than 300 recipes. We have options for almost any taste, diet and ingredient, inspired by a globe's worth of flavors.

But we also believe there is a certain Cookie Canon. You know, the classics, the old reliables, the cookies that can appeal to a crowd. They're also basic recipes that provide great ways to learn a variety of baking techniques that will serve you well no matter what other types of cookies you want to make in the future.

After combing through our archives and other trusted sources - and after conducting a lot of taste tests - our team settled on these nine essential cookies.

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