Freshly baked oatmeal raisin cookies and a glass of milk are a classic (and delicious) dessert. But this holiday season, don't settle for your everyday oatmeal cookies—take them over the top.

December 08, 2015

From bacon-studded to a version made with sweet, chewy dried figs, here are seven ways to upgrade the timeless cookie.

1. Nutella
These incredible cookies are a cross between an oatmeal cookie and a chocolate-hazelnut cookie.

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2. Extra chocolate chips
Both white and semisweet chocolate chips are used in these excellent, chewy cookies.

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3. Bacon
Everything is better with smoky, crunchy bacon bits.

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4. Gianduja
Upgrade oatmeal cookies with gianduja, a fantastic blend of hazelnut paste and chocolate.

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 © William Meppem

5. Flax
Flax seed meal and whole flax seeds add nutritional value to these gooey oatmeal cookies.

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6. Dried figs
Give oatmeal cookies extra natural sweetness and terrific texture by adding dried figs.

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 © Todd Porter & Diane Cu

7. Peanut butter chips
Sweet peanut butter chips star in this easy, tasty cookie recipe.

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 © Todd Porter & Diane Cu