Easiest Cookie Recipes

Special kay bars

The Spruce Eats / Katarina Zunic

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.

  • 01 of 05

    Skinny Mint Cookie Recipe

    Chocolate mint cookies

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    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. This skinny mint cookie recipe is simply fabulous.

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    Graham Cracker Sandwich Recipe

    Graham cracker sandwich cookies with sweet filling
    Linda Larsen

    A great fallback recipe when you 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 for this graham cracker sandwich recipe. They're perfect for a last minute snack.

  • 03 of 05

    Special Kay Bar Recipe

    Special kay bars

    The Spruce Eats / Katarina Zunic

    There are a lot of different variations of this special kay bar 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.

  • 04 of 05

    Cookie Brittle Recipe

    baking chocolate chip cookie brittle

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    This simple cookie brittle recipe is for a chocolate chip-filled shortbread dough 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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  • 05 of 05

    No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

    No bake chocolate peanut butter cookies
    Claire Cohen

    This simple no bake chocolate peanut butter 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!