30 Super Easy Cookie Recipes

Simple Recipes to Satisfy Any Sweet Tooth

No bake chocolate peanut butter cookies

Claire Cohen

When you need a little hit of sweetness, the individually portioned goodness of a great cookie really hits the spot. But most recipes for cookies are time-consuming, finicky, or require speciality ingredients or techniques most of us just don't have in our back pocket. If the very idea of baking cookies sounds like a Herculean undertaking, let these simple cookie recipes change your mind. Some have only a few ingredient, others come together in minutes, and others are make-ahead recipes, so you can have a cookie ready to go whenever the hankering hits.

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    Copycat Nutter Butter Cookies

    homemade nutter butters

    The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    A great fallback recipe when you need something sweet. Nutter butters are the ultimate treat—they're salty, sweet, crunchy, and creamy all at once. Peanut butter shortbread cookies are sandwiched with a fluffy yet rich peanut butter filling. You need few ingredients and no special equipment.

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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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    Monster Cookies

    Monster Cookies

    The Spruce Eats / Kristina Vanni

    Monster cookies are just like a standard cookie recipe, except basically the size of frisbees. Measure out a basic drop dough at 1/2-cup per cookie and add your favorite mix-ins for customized sweets. We like oats, chocolate chunks, peanuts, and candy-coated chocolates, but try it with flavored chips, dried fruits, or other nuts, too.

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    Special Kay Bar Recipe

    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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    Potato Chip Cookies

    A plate of potato chip cookies

     The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    Potato chip cookies not only taste great and come together quickly, but they use up those leftover chips you'd otherwise throw away. If you want to make them even more decadent, dip one end of a baked cookie in melted chocolate and sprinkle with crushed potato chips for even more crunch.

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    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 makes a great project for the kids on a lazy weekend day. The proportions ensure they come out just right every time; always measure accurately and carefully, especially if little hands are helping out.

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    Pumpkin Spice Cake Mix Cookies

    Pumpkin Spice Cake Mix Cookies

    The Spruce

    Mix one boxed cake mix, one can of pumpkin puree, and two cups of chocolate chips together and you have tasty, tender cookies that don't get much simpler. Keep the ingredients on hand for whenever a craving strikes.

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    Vegan Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies

    Double chocolate chunk vegan cookies

    The Spruce

    Completely dairy-free, egg-free, and vegan, these double chocolate cookies do not sacrifice flavor. You can also add some chopped nuts for extra texture. If you try to limit your soy consumption, any other non-dairy milk works too.

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    Simple 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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    Classic Snickerdoodles

    Snickerdoodles

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray 

    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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    Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

    peanut butter cookies with Christmas deorations
    Claire Cohen

    Both people who avoid gluten and peanut butter lovers will devour these simple nutty cookies. Because they contain no wheat, eggs, or dairy, these make a great choice for those with allergies. Always read packages carefully to ensure no cross-contamination has occurred.

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    Snicker Cookies

    snicker cookies and milk
    Claire Cohen

    By wrapping cookie dough around mini Snickers bars, these candy-stuffed cookies come out bursting with flavor that seems more complicated than they really are. Cut the candies in half before wrapping for smaller cookies and a larger batch.

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    Chocolate Chip Icebox Cookies

    chocolate chip icebox cookies
    Chocolate chip icebox cookies on a plate. Diana Rattray

    Icebox cookies can be a great timesaver because you make and form the dough into logs, then let it set up in the fridge until you're ready to bake. This chocolate chip version comes out buttery, a bit crumbly, and full of evenly-distributed chocolate.

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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 with short attention spans or adults who don't have much time.

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    Easy Chocolate Shortbread

    chocolate shortbread

     Diana Rattray

    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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    Healthier 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

    Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

     Kristina Vanni

    Vanilla pudding mix gives these chocolate chip cookies 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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    Date Squares with Oat Crust

    Date Squares with Oat Crust

    Dates have an earthy natural sweetness that makes these oat-topped bar cookies lower in sugar without losing any delicious flavor. Because they require no rolling or shaping, they make a great weeknight baking project too.

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    Peanut Butter Blossoms

    Peanut Butter Blossoms
    Megan Gordon

    Plopping the Hershey's kisses into the warm balls of dough for these peanut butter blossoms feels so satisfying, no matter how old you are. These classic holiday cookies taste just as great any time of year.

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    Chow Mein Haystacks

    haystacks no bake cookies or candy
    The Spruce

    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 peanut butter or one of the delightful variations we included in the recipe, and you'll be snacking in no time.

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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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    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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    Leftover Candy Bar Squares

    Halloween candy bar recipe

    The Spruce 

    No matter the time of year, the kids probably have some candy hanging around from Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, or Easter. Toss the leftovers into these easy bar cookies for a treat that makes the most of it.

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    Big Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Chocolate chip cookies

    The Spruce

    Whether you need to feed a crowd or want to make enough to have leftovers on hand, this big batch of classic chocolate chip cookies will hit the spot. Forming and freezing balls means you can pop a few into your toaster oven when you want a sweet.

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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.