New-School Cookie Jar

These bright, sweet, candy-adorned treats appeal to the child in us all. The kids won't be the only ones sneaking them from the cookie jar.

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

New Takes on Classic Cookie Flavors

Everyone loves a classic cookie, like chocolate chip, sugar or oatmeal raisin. But new treats are always welcome in the cookie jar. Try dressing up yours with any of these confections from Food Network chefs, from frosted to candy-topped — even cookies on a stick. The kids will thank you.

Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter S'mores

Few can resist the appeal of toasted marshmallows atop smooth chocolate and sweet, crunchy graham cracker. Ree ups the ante on this easy dessert by adding peanut butter to the classic combo and dipping the s'mores in white and milk chocolate. 

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter S'mores

Chocolate Brownie Sandwich Cookies with White Chocolate Ganache and Strawberry Preserves

These chewy, brownielike treats stuffed with white chocolate will be a favorite for both kids and adults. For less mess, prepare these sandwich cookies ahead of time and refrigerate until dessert.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Brownie Sandwich Cookies with White Chocolate Ganache and Strawberry Preserves

Animal Sugar Cookies

Made with powdered sugar, Giada's sweet homemade frosting will put these buttery cookies over the edge. Divide the prepared frosting among a few bowls and add different shades of food coloring to each. The kids will love showing off their artistic talents by frosting their own cookies and decorating with candy toppings.

Get the Recipe: Animal Sugar Cookies

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

For an easy treat, Ree bakes peanut butter cookie dough in mini muffin cups, then presses chocolate-peanut butter cups into the center of the cookies while the dough is still warm.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Yummy Slice-and-Bake Cookies

No one can deny the convenience of premade cookie dough, but try Ree's easy homemade slice-and-bake cookies and it will be hard to go back to the store-bought stuff. For a burst of color, try adding some chopped chocolate candies (like M&M's) before rolling the dough into a cylinder and refrigerating or freezing for later use.

Get the Recipe: Yummy Slice-and-Bake Cookies

Daisy Shortbread Cookies

Turn the classic shortbread cookie into a cute treat for kids by cutting the dough into flower shapes and decorating them with sweet glaze and yellow white-chocolate buttons.

Get the Recipe: Daisy Shortbread Cookies

Chocolate Chip-Cherry Cast-Iron Cookies

Damaris bakes her chewy chocolate chip-cherry cookies in mini skillets. "Nothing says fun like individual desserts," she says. When preparing the batter, hide some oats in the mixture — they'll add great texture and fiber, but the kids won't even notice.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Chip-Cherry Cast-Iron Cookies

Spreads

Ree named this colorful confection after the baking method, which calls for spreading melted chocolate chips over a buttery cookie crust with a spatula to form a sweet chocolate layer. Add your favorite toppings while the chocolate is still warm — that way, they'll adhere to the top.

Get the Recipe: Spreads