12 Ways to Make Slice and Bake Cookies Taste Deliciously Homemade

No one will argue that slice and bake cookies are awesome. They taste like your mom’s kitchen and they are a super simple dessert solution for both kid and adult parties. However, there are times when you wish that there was just a little something more to them. We all know that decoration-less sugar cookies can get a little, well, boring.

That doesn’t mean that you should stop buying these tubes of cookie dough in favor of from-scratch cookies! Actually, don’t even think about it. Just the thought of pulling out the all-purpose flour, baking soda, and vanilla extract at the end of a long day is torture.

All you need is a little imagination and a few ideas for how to quickly upgrade these supermarket gems. Drawing a blank? Here are 12 genius ideas to upgrade your slice-and-bake cookies.

1. Dipping Chocolate

For these, you’re going to need three steps instead of two. Slice, bake, and dip. Who said you needed cocoa powder for a chocolate twist?

Just warm up some chocolate and once the cookies are cool enough to hold, dip them individually into the melted chocolate and wait for the coating to cool.

2. Nutella

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Let’s be honest for a second. You’re probably going to be eating yummy slice-and-bake cookies as an excuse for a spoonful of Nutella.

So you’d better make sure that you make big holes to plop that dollop of Nutella inside your basic cookie, whether it be chocolate chip or white sugar cookies.

3. Rolos

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You probably haven’t thought about this candy in years, but let me assure you it is one of Candyland’s best-kept secrets.

Envision pushing a caramel filled, chocolatey morsel into the center of a warm cookie. The result is going to transport your dessert heaven, all without the struggle of pulling out the electric mixer and going through your complex cookie recipes.

4. Pecans

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Some toasty pecans will give a crunchy, buttery flavor to any variety of place and bake cookies, but you don’t need to limit yourself to pecans. You can also use any nut that you are particularly fond of.

Maybe try some walnuts today and hazelnuts tomorrow? Either way, it’s so much easier than dirtying up your whole work surface with dry ingredients and waiting for butter to come to room temperature.

5. Vanilla Bean

Lay down some plastic wrap, scrape a vanilla bean on top of the dough roll, and spread it about. Or whip up some vanilla bean frosting using your mixer’s paddle attachment and squish it between two sugar cookies

Fresh vanilla bean flavor is so enchanting, you might not be able to get enough of it. You’ll be making fresh cookies just to eat this spread.

6. Sprinkles

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There is never an occasion when sprinkles are not appropriate. Seriously. They’re seasonally appropriate, they’re fun, and they will instantly transport you back to childhood.

What’s not to love? Simply top your cookies with sprinkles, or roll them into new shapes in your hands before popping them on the parchment paper of the baking sheets.

7. Candied Ginger

Ginger is easy to hate, but as soon as it’s covered in crystalized sugar and baked into a warm doughy cookie, it is equally as easy to love.

Give some spice to your baking and try it out. These are the perfect make and bake for a friend who’s prone to hangovers because ginger does cure all stomach trouble!

8. Oreos

You should definitely be putting cookies on your cookies. Imagine some crumbled Oreos on chocolate place and bakes. Now imagine them on sugar cookies.

And the vanilla variety. And… you get the point. They’re good on everything, especially inside cookies you barely made an effort to make.

9. Dried Fruit

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Tart and chewy always belongs in slice and bake cookies. Try cherries, try cranberries, or maybe some apricots. You can change it up based on your mood. If you’re really feeling creative, you can even make each cookie a different flavor.

You could even place some dehydrated fruit, like strawberries, into your food processor. Voila! Strawberry sugar to sprinkle on your cookies.

10. Poppy seeds

Maybe you throw some lemon into the mix. Maybe you don’t.

Either way, poppy seeds not only offer some texture, but they have a unique flavor that can be irresistible when paired with a strong caffeinated beverage.

11. Lemon Zest

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Spring is here. It’s officially starting to warm up, and that means it’s time to bring bright flavors into the mix.

There is nothing more classic or refreshing than lemon. So grate some on top of your place and bake cookies. It is sure to liven up your dessert experience.

12. Fresh Berries

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Add a little health to the equation and throw on some berries.

Bright and flavorful, they will perk up even the most basic sugar cookie with flavorful wisps of springtime.

Make your own slice + bake cookies

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If you want to feel like you’re really putting in “home” in home cooking, then why not whip up a batch of your own slice and bake cookies that you can freeze and use as needed? It’s not difficult, and doing it yourself means that you can alter the flavor exactly to your taste.

Not to mention you can store the dough in the freezer for a month or two so that you can conveniently reach for it whenever you’re descended upon by surprise guests. No more short notice trips to the grocery store!

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