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16 drool-worthy ways to celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

Need an excuse to bake up rich chocolate chip cookies? It's National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! Good luck thinking about anything else.
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There are plenty of questionable food holidays (Lima Bean Respect Day? Huh?) but today is a day that we can really get behind here at TODAY Food. That's because August 4 is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! Hooray! Sure, you could pick up a box of store-bought cookies but since they're so easy to make, here are 16 amazing recipes to try today.

TODAY Show: Holiday cookie swap on TODAY. -- December 14, 2015Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Let's start with the classic version. To get the perfect crispy-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside texture, baker Cailey Anne Buck of Cailey Anne Cookies in College Station, Texas pulls these out of the oven early and lets them finish baking in the pan.

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Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

To take chocolate chip cookies to the next level, follow in the footsteps of T-Rex Cookies in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where they add caramel bits to the dough and finish each treat with a pinch of sea salt.

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Brown Butter, Chocolate and Salted Cashew Cookies

Brown butter adds a nutty, caramel-like flavor to these tasty cookies packed with chocolate bits and salted cashews.

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Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

Double up on the chocolate with these vibrant red velevet cookies.

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Matt Lewis

Exceedingly Chocolaty Crinkles

"This is the most chocolaty cookie I could create that is not just a slab of chocolate," says baker Matt Lewis of NYC's Baked. "Slightly firm on the outside. Melt-in-your mouth goodness on the inside."

Casey Barber

Instant Gratification Freeze-and-Bake Cookies

Based on a famous Jacques Torres recipe, these cookies are everything you want in a treat — crispy outside, chewy inside, golden brown, and filled with your favorite sweet mix-ins. Because the dough balls are individually frozen, you only need to bake up one or two cookies at a time — removing the temptation of having an entire batch of freshly baked cookies in the house calling your name. Customize them to your preference, like the cookies shown in these photos with chopped mini Reese's cups and mini marshmallows.


Junk in da Trunk Cookies

"These are best eaten when fresh and warm, so have them the same day or promise you will reheat them just enough for the chocolate to ooze, giving them that just-baked feel," says baker Hedy Goldsmith, the creator of these iconic cookies that have a cult following.


Super Easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Joy Fit Club member Beth Weick shares her recipe for an easy sweet treat that uses pumpkin instead of butter and oil.

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TODAY Show: Christina Tosi of Milk Bar bakes cornflake chocolate chip peppermint cookies and cutout sugar cookies for the holidays. -- December 18, 2015Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

Christina Tosi's Cornflake-Chocolate-Chip-Peppermint Cookies

There's everything but the kitchen sink in these delightful chocolate chip cookies, which are upgraded with cornflakes, marshmallows and crushed candy canes.

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Double Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies

A double dose of holiday cheer goes into these chocolate-studded cookies from Alice Choi of Hip Foodie Mom: there's peppermint extract in the dough and crushed peppermint candies in the frosting.

TODAY Show: Holiday cookie swap on TODAY. -- December 14, 2015Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

White Chocolate and Peppermint Cookies

Tom's Mom's Cookies in Harbor Springs, Michigan adds peppermint in addition to white chocolate chips to make these terrific treats.

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TODAY Show: Brandi Milloy cooks up delicious snacks like spiced bacon crack, chocolate chip cookie dough footballs and a super-sized victory pretzel for a tailgate party. -- December 18, 2015Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Touchdown Footballs

These football cookies from PopSugar Food's Brandi Milloy are an adorable addition to a tailgating spread, but you don't have to wait for football season to enjoy them.

Now let's take things to the next level with some chocolate chip cookie-inspired treats:

TODAY Show: Nigella Lawson bakes chocolate chip cookie dough pots and Nutella brownies. -- November 5, 2015Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pots

"My children love a chocolate chip cookie so gooey on the inside that I can't really make the outside firm enough to let the cookies keep integrity of form," says TV food star Nigella Lawson. These irresistible pots are her solution to getting them just right.

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Edible Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Go ahead and eat this "raw" cookie dough--it's totally safe because there are no eggs.

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Cookie Dough Cheesecake

Jemma Wilson of Cupcake Jemma tops a graham cracker crust with layers of cookie dough and a cream cheese filling for an over-the-top cookie dough cheesecake.

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Chocolate chip mint ice cream cookie sandwiches. Extreme shallow depth of field with selective on cookies.Shutterstock

Chocolate-Mint Ice Cream Sandwiches

Whip up a batch of these easy no-brainer ice cream sandwiches in only 5 minutes thanks to store-bought ice cream and chocolate chip cookies.