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When you think of a cookie, chances are you’re imagining chocolate chip goodness. Whether you prefer crunchy or chewy, these classic cookies go perfect with sleepovers, holidays and pretty much any occasion we can think of. But they could always be even more fun! When you’re feeling like a change of pace, try one of these five chocolate chip cookie variations using HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK, Cinnamon or White Creme Chips.

There’s a reason chocolate chip cookie recipes are a go-to favorite for kids and adults alike.

Buttery, slightly salty dough with semi-sweet chips is a classic combination. It might even be the first recipe you learned when you started baking as a kid!

But there are still more chocolate chip cookie variations to try. And as we’ve learned from lots of experimenting (and tasting, of course), all it takes is some pantry staples to turn ordinary desserts into something truly special. Before you know it, you’ll have a new tradition to mark down in the recipe box. 

Here are our five favorite chocolate chip cookies with a twist:

1. HERSHEY’S Premier White Creme Chips and Macadamia Pieces Cookies

HERSHEY’S Premier White Creme Chips and Macadamia Pieces Cookies

Smooth white creme is the perfect contrast to the salty crunch of the nuts in these next-level cookies. Simply stir HERSHEY’S Premier White Creme Chips and macadamia pieces into your cookie dough for a truly special variation on your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. The result is something surprisingly light and decadent at the same time. And this recipe is great for anyone in your family who doesn’t love chocolate — if such people exist!


2. Chewy Drizzled Cinnamon Chip Cookies

Chewy Drizzled Cinnamon Chip Cookies

For those times when you want to swap the chocolate from your “chocolate chip cookie,”  cinnamon is the perfect complement to sweet ingredients. Try adding some spice with these Chewy Drizzled Cinnamon Chip Cookies. HERSHEY’S Cinnamon Chips become the decadent drizzle on these gooey, chewy, oh-so-perfect desserts. And a helping of pecans or walnuts (your choice) adds a scrumptious crunch.


3. Oatmeal Cinnamon Chips Cookies

Oatmeal Cinnamon Chips Cookies

Nothing quite says classic comfort like oatmeal — or oatmeal cookies. A tasty oatmeal cookie base gets an added touch of nostalgia with delicious HERSHEY’S Cinnamon Chips. The heavenly smell of these cookies will bring you back to when you’d sneak into the kitchen to grab one hot off the cooling rack. Now you can bake them with your own little ones and keep the tradition going strong. (Quick tip: Try making this recipe in a pan for homemade oatmeal cinnamon bars!)


4. Chewy Brownie Cookies

Chewy Brownie Cookies

Brownie or cookie? With these Chewy Brownie Cookies you don’t have to choose! Before you ask: They’re not brookies, which are more like bars where the cookie half takes on the qualities of a brownie. This recipe is a brownie in cookie form. The result is a soft cookie with a deep, rich flavor — courtesy of HERSHEY’S Cocoa and HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Mildly Sweet Chocolate Chips. These chewy, fudgey, delicious cookies are truly the best of both worlds.


5. HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate Chip Giant Cookie

HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate Chip Giant Cookie

If you’ve ever received a giant HERSHEY’S KISSES Milk Chocolate Candy for Valentine’s Day, you know just how loved a giant version of something can make you feel. The same logic applies to cookies. Share that special feeling by baking someone a giant cookie with HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate Chips. It’s your classic chocolate chip cookie, but it’s even more fun to make … and eat! Plus there’s room to write a message in icing for anniversaries, graduations and celebrations big and small. This would also make a great birthday cake!


Cookies are as fun to make as they are to eat.

For even more fun, try one of these chocolate chip cookie variations the next time you feel inspired to bake a batch. Whether you’re planning a special surprise or just want something a little different, these fun variations on classic chocolate chip cookie recipes are a great way to get creative together in the kitchen. And the bag of HERSHEY’S Chips in your pantry will give you a hand making any of these chocolate chip cookies with a twist! Get more dessert ideas and Hershey recipes.