8 Easiest Cookie Recipes

Special kay bars

The Spruce / 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 08

    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.

  • 02 of 08

    Graham Cracker Sandwich Recipe

    Graham cracker sandwich cookies with sweet filling

    The Spruce / 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 08

    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.

  • 04 of 08

    Monster Cookies

    Monster Cookies

    The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni

    Monster cookies are just like a standard cookie recipe, except they're gigantic! The basic cookie dough is measured out at 1/2-cup per cookie and can include any of your favorite mix-ins. While oats, chocolate chunks, peanuts, and candy-coated chocolates are suggested in the recipe, try it with flavored chips, dried fruits, or other nuts, too.

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  • 05 of 08

    Special Kay Bar Recipe

    Special kay bars

    The Spruce / 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.

  • 06 of 08

    Potato Chip Cookies

    A plate of potato chip cookies

     The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    Potato chip cookies are not only easy to make, they have a crunchy texture and buttery flavor that never goes out of style. If you want to elevate them to a gift from the gods, dip one end of a baked cookie in melted chocolate and sprinkle with crushed potato chips.

  • 07 of 08

    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!

  • 08 of 08

    No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

    No bake chocolate peanut butter cookies

    The Spruce / 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!