What’s the easiest cookie you can make that you won’t be reluctant to eat? Tubes of slice-and-bake cookie dough get high scores for convenience, but some hounds object to the flavor. The packaged doughs all have a bit of an artificial taste, says gooddog—especially plain sugar cookie dough. But “with more stuff added, that taste gets masked.”

If you have the time and patience, you can make your own slice-and-bake dough. “Make your own cookie dough in advance, shape into logs and freeze, then slice and bake when you need them,” says Jpan99. “Toll House cookie dough can be whipped up in 10 minutes and tastes so much better than anything slice and bake.” And gooddog has an impressively simple three-ingredient recipe for delicious chocolate cookies: melted chocolate, graham cracker crumbs, and sweetened condensed milk. Melt, mix, and bake for 8 to 10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. “I sometimes add an optional fourth ingredient like nuts, dried cherries or peanut butter or cinnamon chips if I want to get fancy,” says gooddog.

If you do go the prepackaged slice-and-bake route, you can dress up the cookies to make them more your own; blue room recommends pressing a pattern or candy into the cookies, or drizzling them with melted chocolate or caramel. wyogal‘s pretty tip is to make “stained glass cookies” from plain sugar cookie dough: “[S]lice the cookie, make a cut-out with a small cookie cutter, [and] in the cut out, put some chopped up Life Savers candies. Bake.”

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