The Good Housekeeping Research Institute tested 15 cookie doughs to find these Taste Test winners and a super-simple cutout-cookie cheat.
Nestlé Toll House Ultimates
Tasters’ Pick: "Chewy," "buttery," and "wonderfully chocolatey"; there's a reason these break-and-bake cookies ($3.29 for 16 oz.) are called "Ultimates."
Wholly Wholesome Oatmeal Raisin
Tasters' Pick: Crisp outside and tender inside, these chunky, cinnamony cookies ($6 for 11.25 oz.), filled with "plump" raisins, taste like "homemade."
Pillsbury Big Deluxe Peanut Butter Cup
Tasters' and Editors' Pick: "Decadent" and "melt-in-your-mouth" soft. Mini peanut butter cups (like the famous candy) give these cookies ($3.29 for 16 oz.) a creamy texture and "rich" chocolate flavor.
Wholly Wholesome Chocolate Chip
Editors’ Pick: Our tasters enjoyed the "generous amounts of chocolate chips" in Wholly Wholesome's chocolate chip cookie dough ($5.99 for 11.25 oz.). These cookies tasted "natural" and "home-baked," and the texture was crisp. For some, it was almost too crisp — a few volunteers complained about a burnt, "smoky" flavor.
Nestlé Toll House Oatmeal Scotchies
Editors’ Pick: With loads of butterscotch chips, some of our volunteers could "barely tell" Nestlé Toll House Oatmeal Scotchies ($3.29 for 16 oz.) even contained oatmeal. While these cookies were “too sweet” for some, they were just right and “oat-y” for others. The “chewy,” “soft” texture earned it most of its points.
Nestlé Toll House White Chip Macadamia Nut
The "crisp" and "crunchy" Nestlé Toll House White Chip Macadamia Nut ($3.29 for 16 oz.) cookies were "the driest of the bunch." The white chocolate chips were a hit or miss based on one's personal preference, but the macadamia nuts gave the cookies a "good crunch." Tasters thought the flavor was "super buttery," "more like a butter cookie."
Pillsbury Big Deluxe Oatmeal Raisin
If you enjoy cookies on the softer side, consider Pillsbury Big Deluxe Oatmeal Raisin ($3.29 for 16 oz.) cookies, though some volunteers thought they actually tasted “too soft.” Raisin-lovers rejoiced at the “large” and “juicy” raisins.