Easiest Cookie Recipes

Cookies are beloved by all. Yet most recipes for cookies are time consuming. And exhausted people would rather buy a box of inferior cookies or pay a lot of money at a bakery than spend time in the kitchen. These super simple recipes for delicious cookies will change your mind. Some have only a few ingredients; others are ready in minutes and still others are make ahead, so you can keep them in the freezer and bake some when you want 'em. Yum.
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    Skinny Mint Cookies. Linda Larsen
    Make your own Thin Mints! This simple recipe uses three kinds of chocolate: semisweet and milk chocolate chips, and chocolate peppermint candies. You melt 'em all together and dip plain chocolate wafer cookies in the mixture. They are simply fabulous.
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    Graham Cracker Sandwiches. Linda Larsen
    This is my fallback recipe when I need something sweet. All you do is make a simple frosting and sandwich together two graham crackers. You could also use chocolate or vanilla wafer cookies. They're perfect for a last minute snack.
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    Special Kay Bars
    Special Kay Bars. Linda Larsen
    There are a lot of different variations of this recipe floating around. This one is the best because it uses a lot of peanut butter and has the most perfect frosting. And it's so simple to make! You can cut this into bars in about 1 hour.
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    This simple recipe is for a shortbread dough filled with chocolate chips that is pressed into a jelly roll pan and baked. The cookies are crisp enough to break into irregular pieces. They taste like a chocolate chip cookie to the tenth power!
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    Peanut Butter Marshmallow Treats. Linda Larsen
    Peanut butter and peanut butter cups take regular old Marshmallow Treats to the next level. You could even frost these with this mixture: melt 12 ounce package semisweet chocolate chips with 1/2 cup peanut butter, mix well, and pour over the bars. Heaven on a plate.
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    No bake chocolate peanut butter cookies
    Claire Cohen
    This simple no bake cookie recipe is just perfect. Make sure you don't add more oatmeal or use less peanut butter. The proportions are just right; always measure accurately and carefully!