Girl Versus Dough

giant oatmeal-raisin cookies

stack of giant oatmeal-raisin cookies on a cooling rack

When it comes to cookies, no size is too big. That’s why we went all out on these Giant Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies, which are as big as your hand but just as soft, chewy and flavorful as the original. Full of plump raisins, chewy oats and warm spices, these cookies will delight the oatmeal-raisin cookie lovers of the world but might also turn skeptics into fans. Give these larger-than-life treats a try and enjoy them with a glass of cold milk for the ultimate dessert experience.

sourdough cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting

close-up shot of sourdough cinnamon rolls in pan

When I think of the ideal cinnamon roll, I think of one that is impeccably soft and fluffy, with a slight chew and pull from the glutinous swirls. Every bite is delicately sweet and spiced, buttery and cream cheese-y, warm and ooey-gooey. That’s exactly what these sourdough cinnamon rolls are, and then some — because with the added tang and tenderness from the sourdough starter, they’re a step above traditional cinnamon rolls in all the very best ways.

maple cream cookies

maple cream cookies stacked on a cutting board

Let’s put on our cozy flannel, our wool socks and our fuzzy slippers; light a pumpkin candle; whip up a chai latte; and make these Maple Cream Cookies today! Buttery, maple-kissed shortbread cookies are sandwiched with a deliciously smooth maple buttercream for a simple-yet-scrumptious treat that embodies all the goodness of this season.

instant pot chocolate cheesecake

sliced instant pot chocolate cheesecake on a plate

If ever I was trapped on a desert island, I would 100% make room to bring my Instant Pot with me (logistics of electricity are suspended for the purposes of this story, OK?) — if for no other reason than to make this divine chocolate cheesecake whenever the craving strikes. With a thick Oreo cookie crust, a creamy chocolate filling and a decadent ganache topping, this Instant Pot cheesecake is the very definition of chocolate overload in the very best way — and you never have to turn on your oven to make it.

dutch caramel apple pie

overhead shot of slices of Dutch caramel apple pie

Helllloooooo, fall! And HELLO to this Dutch Caramel Apple Pie, aka the tastiest apple pie to come out of your kitchen this season. With a flaky buttery crust, a sweet-tart caramel apple filling and a thick crumb topping drizzled with caramel sauce, every bite of this delicious dessert brings on that quintessential cozy autumn feeling. (Bonus: It makes your house smell pretty fantastic, too.)

confetti cookies

confetti cookie on parchment paper with a bite taken out of it

These Confetti Cookies (aka super-soft funfetti sugar cookies) are just the cookies we need in 2020. They’re fun, bright, EASY and ready to eat in 30 minutes, tops. No need to chill the dough, no need to get fussy, no need for frills beyond a boatload of rainbow sprinkles. These cookies are the kind of cookies you can bake anytime, for any occasion, and everyone will love them. They’re a guaranteed win during a year when we could really use one, amiright?