30 Super Easy Cookie Recipes

Simple Recipes to Satisfy Any Sweet Tooth

Easy Cowboy Cookies

The Spruce

When you need a little hit of sweetness, the individually portioned goodness of a great cookie really hits the spot. But many cookie recipes are time-consuming, finicky, or require specialty ingredients or techniques that most of us just don't have in our back pockets. If you've given up on baking homemade cookies, let these simple recipes change your mind. Some have only a few ingredients, others come together in minutes, and some are make-ahead recipes, so you can have a cookie ready to go whenever the hankering hits.

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    Classic Snickerdoodles

    Snickerdoodle Cookies

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

    Even beginning bakers can make these classic sweet and cinnamon sugar-coated Snickerdoodles at home. They also make your kitchen smell delightful. This recipe makes about 4 dozen cookies, so they work well for a bake sale, get-together, or gifting.

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    Almond Joy Cookies

    Almond Joy Cookies

    The Spruce / Tara Omidvar

    Sometimes you feel like a nut — and sometimes you want a cookie. These 5-ingredient, no-bake cookies could not be easier to make, and will remind you of the classic Almond Joy candy bar. Get kids involved in pressing an almond into each chocolatey, coconut cookie dough ball, before chilling in the fridge until well-set.

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    Rainbow Chocolate-Covered Cookies

    Rainbow Chocolate-Covered Cookies

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    You'll be the hit of your next bake sale or cookie swap with these delightful, whimsical, 5-ingredient white chocolate-coated rainbow cookies. They look as if a master baker whipped them up, but are secretly super-easy to assemble by dipping Oreo cookies into melted white candy coating, and topping with a rainbow arc of colorful mini M&Ms candies. Score!

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    Easy Chocolate Shortbread

    Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

    The Spruce / Julia Estrada

    With just four ingredients and under 40 minutes of prep and bake time, this chocolate shortbread makes a great introductory baking project for new cooks. You can either roll it out and score for square shortbread, or roll it into balls before baking for round cookies.

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    Nutella Cookies

    Nutella Cookies

    Kristina Vanni

    Nutella cookies are amazingly easy to make, and will fill your kitchen with great aroma as they bake. You need only 3 ingredients for this simple recipe, and everything can be mixed by hand, so there's no need for a mixer. Kids can't resist their gooey, chocolate hazelnut flavor, and they taste fantastic alongside your afternoon cup of coffee, too.

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    Haystacks

    The Best No-Bake Haystack Cookies

    The Spruce / Rachel Riesgraf

    If you have a can of chow mein noodles in the pantry, you're halfway to these deliciously easy cookies. Just add butterscotch chips, peanuts, and chocolate or one of the delightful variations we included in the recipe, and you'll be snacking in no time.

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    6-Ingredient Jam Thumbprint Cookies

    6-Ingredient Jam Thumbprint Cookies

    The Spruce / Abby Mercer

    Just 6 ingredients go into these buttery, jam-filled thumbprint cookies that are a must-have at holiday time. Use any jam or preserves you like for these easy cookies, which practically beg to be dipped into a cup of tea. They make a lovely treat for your book club, and are pretty enough for gifting.

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    Dairy-Free Coconut Macaroons

    Dairy-Free Coconut Macaroons

    The Spruce / Stephanie Goldfinger

    With only 5 ingredients, no dairy, and not a hint of gluten, these coconut macaroons are an easy to whip-up treat. While they can be enjoyed all year-round, these bakery-style macaroons are especially popular at Jewish Passover holiday celebrations, because they contain no flour or leavening — just coconut, sugar, vanilla, a pinch of salt, and fluffy egg whites.

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    3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

    3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni / Eric Kleinberg

    Get ready for the easiest peanut butter cookie recipe ever. With only 3 basic ingredients needed, these kid-friendly cookies take mere minutes to mix up and bake, and are perfect for last-minute cravings. Pop them into school lunchboxes, or offer them to kids as an after-school treat with a glass of dairy or plant-based milk alongside.

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    Cake Mix Cookies

    Cake Mix Cookies

    The Spruce

    Cake mix cookies are a fun baking project to do with young kids, since there is very little measuring involved. A purchased cake mix is a clever time-saver, and the entire recipe comes together in a single bowl, making clean-up a snap, too. You can toss in chocolate chips for a classic cookie, or let the kids choose their favorite candies to use for mix-ins.

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    Oatmeal Lace Cookies

    Oatmeal Lace Cookies

    The Spruce / Elaine Lemm

    Lacy, crisp, and light as a feather, these elegant oatmeal lace cookies make a lovely treat. The recipe is quick and easy, with fewer than 10 basic baking ingredients needed, and the cookies freeze well for a make-ahead treat. Try crumbling them into pieces for a crunchy topping to bowls full of vanilla ice cream.

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    Pecan Praline Cookies

    Pecan Praline Cookies

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Shortbread-like pecan praline cookies made with only 5 ingredients seem like a culinary magic trick. The secret to their phenomenal flavor is a brown sugar and butter base, which combines with pecans, vanilla, and flour to create a rich-tasting, crunchy cookie. These are excellent cookies to bake for a special occasion, and they are egg-free, too.

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    Pignoli Cookies

    Pignoli Cookies

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    Pignoli cookies (pignoli is Italian for "pine nuts") are popular Christmas cookie from Southern Italy. While they look and taste special, with a wonderfully nutty flavor from almond paste and almond flour, they call for just 5 ingredients, and are easy to assemble and bake in about 30 minutes.

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    Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

    The Spruce / Mateja Kobescak

    Adding cream cheese to a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe yields wonderfully soft and flavorful cookies. The simple, one-bowl cookie dough comes together quickly in the bowl of a stand mixer. You'll love the dense, cake-like texture of these cookies.

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    Easy No-Bake Penuche Cookies

    Easy No-Bake Penuche Cookies

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Egg-free and gluten-free, our delicious, chewy, sweet, nutty, no-bake penuche cookies are a great choice for bake sales, or when you need a last-minute dessert for potlucks. You will even want to make them on hot summer days, since there is no need to turn on the oven. They cook for just a few short minutes on the stove-top, and are flavored with a yummy combination of caramelized brown sugar, butter, and pecans.

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    Maple Cookies

    Maple Cookies

    The Spruce Eats / Jennifer Perillo

    You only need five ingredients for these maple cookies. Pure maple syrup ensures they have a warm, inviting sweetness, and the shortbread dough mixes up quickly. Let the dough chill to ensure you get the desired crispiness and use a maple leaf cookie cutter so everyone knows what to expect with that first bite. The recipe makes six dozen cookies, which means you'll have plenty to share, too.

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    Special Kay Bar Cookies

    Special kay bars

    The Spruce / Katarina Zunic

    This special kay bar recipe uses Special K cereal for that signature crunch. And don't swap in puffed rice or other flakes: those will get soggy and make the bars too dense. Add a lot of peanut butter and perfectly creamy frosting for bars that are ready to serve in about an hour.

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    Gingersnap Cookies

    Gingersnap Cookies

     Kristina Vanni

    With cozy molasses and baking spices, these festive cookies will fill your kitchen with a comforting aroma any time of year. A classic recipe that dates back to the 13th century, it's easy to see why these easy cookies have remained popular through the ages.

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    Keto Sugar Cookies

    keto sugar cookies
    Leah Maroney

    Just because you follow a low-carb diet doesn't mean you have to totally avoid the dessert table. These keto-friendly sugar cookies use coconut and almond flour as well as Stevia sweetener. They hold their shape well once cut but do come out pretty delicate, so let them cool completely before serving.

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    Peanut Butter Cornflake Cookies

    pb cornflake cookies

     Leah Maroney

    For nutty treats that are one part project, one part dessert, try these easy no-bake cornflake cookies. They also come together in just about 10 minutes, perfect for kids or adults who don't have much time.

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    Vegan Oatmeal Cookies

    Low calorie vegan oatmeal cookies

    The Spruce

    Made with oatmeal, fruit preserves instead of sugar, banana, and soy milk, these drop cookies really pack a nutritional punch. They have very little fat, no added sugar, and fewer calories than most sweets. Go ahead, have cookies for breakfast.

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    Three-Ingredient Coconut Macaroons

    Three ingredient macaroons on a dessert plate
    The Spruce

    Made with just flaked coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla, these are both quick and easy cookies. Bake them on a silpat sheet or parchment paper so they don't make a mess of your baking trays.

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    Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

    soft chocolate chip cookies

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    You will love these chocolate chip cookies and their soft and chewy texture. To ensure the right consistency, make sure all of your ingredients come to room temperature before baking. It really makes a difference.

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    Magic Cookie Bars

    Magic Cookie Bars

     Claire Cohen

    Sometimes you just don't have time to shape individual cookies. That's when bar cookies like these classic magic bars really come in handy. With layers of graham cracker crumbs, chocolate chips, coconut, and pecans, they have lots of delicious texture and flavor.

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    Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies

    Easy Gluten-Free Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Cookies

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    Quick-cooking oats form the base for these gluten-free chocolate and peanut butter cookies that don't even require turning on the oven. They also lend themselves to customization, so add nuts, dried fruit, other flavored chips, granola, or other mix-ins to make them your own.

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    Easy Cowboy Cookies

    cowboy cookies with a glass of milk
    The Spruce

    Since they work with so many different flavor variations, start with the basic chocolate chip and oatmeal profile of these simple cowboy cookies and let your imagination run wild from there. Coconut, chopped nuts, dried fruit, and candy all taste great.

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    Pecan Butterball Cookies

    Simple Pecan Butterball Cookies

    The Spruce 

    With just a few ingredients, these sugar-coated pecan butterballs take very little skill but taste like a bakery treat. If you don't like pecans, sub out walnuts or almonds instead.

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    Pie Crust Cookies

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    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    They might look fancy, but these pie crust cookies start with a refrigerated crust and require very few other ingredients to come together. If you want a more complex flavor, add some raisins or chopped nuts before rolling them up. This recipe can also use up dough scraps from pie-making.

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    Chocolate Drop Cookies

    Chocolate Drop Cookies

     Claire Cohen

    With a soft, chewy texture and some extra crunch from added walnuts, these easy drop cookies taste like a chocoholic's dream. They also freeze well, so don't worry about making too many. You can omit the walnuts if you don't like nuts or add chocolate or other flavored chips for variety.

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    Strawberries and Cream Cookies

    Strawberries and Cream Cookies

    The Spruce / Jessie Sheehan

    Strawberries and cream is a classic dessert flavor combo. Tart, freeze-dried berries pack an incredible flavor punch that beautifully balances the sweetness of white chocolate chips in these yummy cookies. They are assembled in a single bowl, and come together in a quick 10 minutes, for a delectable, easy-baking treat.