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Whether you need a treat in a flash, or your cupboards are running bare, these easy cookie recipes are perfect for you! Tasty, delicious, and easy…what more could you want?!

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We Love Easy!

We LOVE having easy cookie recipes handy because they’re a go-to treat in our home. Today, we are rounding up the best of the best easy cookies, and we hope you enjoy them.

Why we love these cookies:

  • Easy. Cookies are always a good idea, especially when they whip up in less than 20 minutes!
  • Make ahead. Cookies freeze well and are perfect for saving for later!
  • Flavor. There are so many flavor varieties!
  • Ways to enjoy. They taste great with cold milk, or Ice Cream smooshed in the middle (please tell me you’ve tried that).
Easy No Bake Cookies stacked on a white plate.

Main types of cookies

These six cookies are the base of pretty much every cookie:

  1. Drop cookies like Chocolate Chip Cookies use a cookie scoop to drop dough directly on the pan to bake.
  2. Molded cookies. The dough is rolled into a ball and then placed on the cookie pan like Snickerdoodles and Peanut Butter Cookies
  3. No bake cookies. A mixture is usually heated in the microwave or stovetop and then you scoop and let set, no baking required. 
  4. Rolled cookies. Roll out the dough and stamp out or cut it into shapes. Think classic Sugar Cookies.
  5. Slice and bake. The dough for these cookies is rolled into a log, wrapped, and placed in the fridge then sliced into cookie dough rounds and baked. 
  6. Pressed cookies like Spritz cookies. Squeeze the dough through a special cookie press, creating both simple and intricate designs in the dough.
Easy funfetti cookies on a white plate.

Common Ingredient Substitutions

  • Mix-ins. Things like chocolate chips, chipped candies, chopped nuts, and sprinkles can often be added/substituted without affecting the dough. 
  • Brown sugar. Combine 1 cup of white sugar with 1 teaspoon of molasses. Use 2 teaspoons molasses for dark brown sugar.
  • Baking powder. Mix ¼ teaspoon baking soda + ½ teaspoon cream of tartar + ¼ teaspoon cornstarch.
  • Baking soda. ½ teaspoon baking soda = 2 teaspoon baking powder.
  • 1 egg can be replaced with ¼ cup of applesauce.
  • Coconut oil can always replace butter or shortening for a “cleaner” or non-dairy option but will add a hint of flavor.
Gooey rolo cookies stacked on a plate surrounded by rolo candies.
  • Chewy or crunchy. Increasing the brown sugar will result in a chewier cookie. Increasing the white sugar will produce a crunchier cookie.
  • Fluffy cookies. For your basic chocolate chip cookie, beat the sugar and eggs a few minutes longer than normal to a barely lighter color, (my preference is 5-7 min long) to make that cookie light and fluffy! 
  • Picture perfect. Add 4-5 candies, nuts, chocolate chips, etc. on top of the dough balls right before baking. As the dough cooks, the toppings will naturally spread out and sit beautifully on top of the cookie.  
  • Butter. Refer to our post How to Soften Butter Quickly. I use salted butter as it adds more flavor to the cookie. If you use unsalted, sprinkle some sea salt on the cookie after a few minutes of cooling to add back that rich flavor.

Our Favorite Easy Cookies

These cookies are favorites and ones that we tend to make the most frequently. Although cookies in general are a very simple treat to whip up, these easy cookie recipes are even simpler and are perfect for a quick sweet!

1 Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Dessert Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

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2 No Bake Cookies Recipe

Dessert No Bake Cookies Recipe
Total Time: 6 minutes

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4.98 from 75 votes
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3 3 Ingredient Sugar Cookie Recipe

Dessert 3 Ingredient Sugar Cookie Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

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4.81 from 71 votes
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4 Gooey Butter Cookies Recipe

Dessert Gooey Butter Cookies Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes

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4.99 from 437 votes
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5 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Dessert 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.97 from 26 votes
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6 Peanut Butter No Bake Cookie Recipe

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Total Time: 41 minutes
4.92 from 24 votes
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7 Coconut Cookies Recipe

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Total Time: 20 minutes

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5 from 349 votes
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8 Snickerdoodle Cookies Recipe

Dessert Snickerdoodle Cookies Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

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9 Peanut Butter Hershey Kiss Cookies

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Total Time: 15 minutes

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5 from 73 votes
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10 Avalanche Cookie Recipe

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Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Probably one of the best things I love about cookies is that, often, the dough can be made ahead of time and frozen for later.

When you need a quick treat for unexpected guests or a late-night craving hits, all you have to do is pull out a few cookie dough balls and bake them. So go ahead and whip up several!

11 Crinkle Cookies Recipe

Dessert Crinkle Cookies Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

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12 Oatmeal Cookies

Dessert Oatmeal Cookies
Total Time: 22 minutes

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4.98 from 135 votes
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13 Drop Sugar Cookies Recipe

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Total Time: 15 minutes
4.96 from 44 votes
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14 Oatmeal Coconut Cookie Recipe

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Total Time: 20 minutes

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4.96 from 229 votes
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15 Spritz Cookie Recipe

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Total Time: 21 minutes

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4.98 from 199 votes
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16 Gooey Rolo Cookies Recipe

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Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 18 votes
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17 Sugar Cookie Blossoms Recipe

Dessert Sugar Cookie Blossoms Recipe
Total Time: 17 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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18 Easy Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Dessert Easy Shortbread Cookie Recipe
Total Time: 48 minutes
4.99 from 65 votes
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19 Butterscotch Cornflake Cookies

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Total Time: 13 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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20 Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Dessert Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

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5 from 8 votes
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21 Soft Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Dessert Soft Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

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5 from 19 votes
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22 Chocolate Kiss Cookie Recipe

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Total Time: 15 minutes

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5 from 18 votes
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23 Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Recipe

Dessert Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

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4.94 from 46 votes
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24 Mexican Wedding Cookies Recipe

Dessert Mexican Wedding Cookies Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 26 minutes

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5 from 28 votes
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25 Nutella Cookies Recipe

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Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
4.80 from 5 votes
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26 Funfetti Cookies Recipe

Dessert Funfetti Cookies Recipe
Total Time: 16 minutes

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5 from 18 votes
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27 Lemon Cake Mix Cookies Recipe

Dessert Lemon Cake Mix Cookies Recipe
Total Time: 47 minutes

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4.96 from 72 votes
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28 Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies Recipe

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Total Time: 48 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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29 Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies Recipe

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Total Time: 48 minutes
5 from 20 votes
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30 Monster Cookie Recipe

Dessert Monster Cookie Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes

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5 from 37 votes
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31 Meringue Cookie Recipe

Dessert Meringue Cookie Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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32 Brown Sugar Cookies Recipe

Dessert Brown Sugar Cookies Recipe
Total Time: 19 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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33 Oatmeal Scotchies Recipe

Dessert Oatmeal Scotchies Recipe
Total Time: 27 minutes

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4.98 from 35 votes
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34 Butter Cookies Recipe

Dessert Butter Cookies Recipe
Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 27 votes
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35 Butterscotch Cookie Recipe

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Total Time: 18 minutes

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5 from 23 votes
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With so many easy cookie recipes, you’ll want to try them all! These easy cookie recipes are always a hit!

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4 Comments

  1. Teri Z. says:

    I can’t seem to save the recipes to my Pinterest board. I’ve tried numerous times and on other days, but it just won’t save it.

  2. Kristina says:

    I was going through your list and I’m not sure if I’m happy to say that I’ve made several of the cookie recipes or not.😋 My taste buds say yes. My waist line not so much. Of the ones I’ve made the recipes have been easy to follow and most have been made several times.

  3. Olivia says:

    We love the variety of cookies! So many favorites and truly the best.

  4. Joy says:

    I love your cookie recipes!! We are always making one of them! Our favorite is your chocolate chip cookie recipe! SO gooey!