Easy Cookie Recipes

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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Easy is our fav!

Cookies are always a good idea, especially when they whip up in less than 20 minutes!

We absolutely 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 cookie recipes, and we hope you enjoy them.

There are so many flavor varieties and they taste great with cold milk, or ice cream smooshed in the middle (please tell me you’ve tried that).

Be sure to leave a comment below to tell us what your favorite easy cookie recipe is too.

Easy funfetti cookies on a white plate

Common Ingredients: One thing I particularly like about most cookie recipes is that they use ingredients that I always have on hand. Some cookie recipes have a lot of ingredients, others only require a few. 

Many times an ingredient I don’t have on hand is one that is easily substituted with something else that I do have. 

  • Mix-ins include things like chocolate chips, chipped candies, chopped cuts, and sprinkles. These can often be substituted without it affecting the dough. 
  • Brown Sugar: Not often, but sometimes I find I don’t have enough for a recipe that I’ve already started. Thankfully, I can quickly make some light brown sugar by thoroughly combining 1 cup of white sugar with 1 tsp of molasses. Use 2 tsp molasses for dark brown sugar.
  • Baking Powder is made by mixing ¼ tsp baking soda +½ tsp cream of tartar + ¼ tsp cornstarch.
  • Baking Soda: ½ tsp baking soda=2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg can be replaced with ¼ c applesauce
Cake mix snickerdoodle cookies piled onto a white plate

Cake Mix Cookies 101

One easy cookie to make are cake mix cookies: When making these cookies only use the dry cake mix that is in the box plus the ingredients listed in the recipe. Do not include the wet ingredients listed on the back of the cake mix box. A couple other notes about cake mix cookies include:

  • The most common size of cake mix at my grocery store is 15.25 oz. However, I have used slightly larger mixes that have turned out just fine- 1 oz is only about 4 tbsp of cake mix. 
  • The dough will be sticky. Chilling the dough for 20-30 minutes before scooping it will help. Chilling also helps the cookies from spreading out too thin. 
  • Don’t over bake. In fact, take them out just as they are on the cusp of being underdone. They will finish baking as they cool on the hot baking sheet.
Gooey rolo cookies stacked on a plate surrounded by rolo candies

Quicker and Easier

Double up on cookie sheets! Though a few of the recipes listed call for a short chill time, most of them are make and bake. To make the process even quicker, have two cookie sheets. While one is baking you can be filling up a second sheet. 

Softening Butter: One element that can hinder how long it takes to whip up a batch of cookies is softening the butter. Refer to our post How to Soften Butter Quickly for ideas.

Making ahead: 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.

Almost all of these easy cookie recipes can be formed into dough balls and frozen for later. See individual posts for more information.  


Coconut cookies stacked on a wood surface

Easy Cookies

These cookies fall under “easy” because they’re nice and quick!

Most all of them are ready in 15 minutes. SWEET!

Dessert Avalanche Cookie Recipe
5 from 9 votes
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Dessert Mini Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe
Easy mini peanut butter cookies are soft and delicious. They are bursting with the chocolate and PB combo everyone loves!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Dessert Coconut Cookies Recipe
Perfectly chewy coconut cookies make the perfect sweet treat when you want something light. With a tasty tropical twist, these delish bites are done in under 30 minutes!
5 from 33 votes
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Dessert Eggless Cookies Recipe
4.47 from 13 votes
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Dessert Butterscotch Cornflake Cookies
The kids LOVE making these No Bake Butterscotch Cookies – they're simple, quick and yummy! Cornflakes mixed with melted peanut butter, chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips.
Total Time: 13 minutes
4.8 from 5 votes
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Dessert Lemon Cake Mix Cookie Recipe
Soft and Simple Lemon Cookies are a favorite with everyone. The butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar in this Lemon Cake Mix Cookie make them totally melt in your mouth!
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.9 from 28 votes
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Dessert Ginger Snaps Recipe
Super soft and chewy Gingersnap Cookies – Nutmeg, molasses, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and applesauce make these cookies so soft tasty!!
Total Time: 13 minutes
5 from 18 votes
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Dessert Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
Our all-time FAVORITE Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe! These soft, chewy and delicious chocolate chip cookies are perfect for any occasion and truly knock the socks off of anyone who tries them.
Total Time: 12 minutes
4.99 from 176 votes
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Dessert Soft Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe
EASY, delicious, and SOFT Peanut Butter Cookies – our family's all-time favorite version of this classic cookie that always gets rave reviews!
Total Time: 13 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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Dessert Crinkles Cookies Recipe
Also called Volcano or Earthquake Cookies, these fudgy chocolate crinkles cookies are soft, chewy, dipped in powdered sugar and baked to perfection.
Total Time: 14 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Dessert Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
Soft peanut butter chocolate chip cookies truly knock the socks off of anyone who tries them. They are out of this world!!
Total Time: 12 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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Dessert Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies Recipe
Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies are soft, chocolate cookies topped with a marshmallow and delicious chocolate frosting.
Total Time: 12 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Dessert Black and White Chippers Recipe
Tiny black and white chippers taste just like the chippers from Paradise Bakery. They are FILLED with chocolate!!
Total Time: 11 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Dessert Chocolate Andes Mint Cookie Recipe
Andes mint cookies are chocolate and mint perfection. The best part is they are crazy quick & easy to make!!
Total Time: 11 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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lemon cake mix cookies with frosting
Dessert Frosted Lemon Cookies Recipe
Easy frosted lemon cake mix cookies are topped with a delicious lemon frosting. They come together in minutes and taste delish!
Total Time: 14 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Dessert Funfetti Cookies Recipe
Soft and chewy Funfetti Cookies are quick, simple and a kid-favorite! They are the perfect little treat to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Total Time: 16 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Dessert Gooey Butter Cookies Recipe
Whether you call them butter cookies or cake mix cookies, you know they are ultra yummy! These cookies are made with a yellow cake mix, butter, cream cheese, and a few additional ingredients. They are so gooey, chewy, and moist – it’s impossible to resit them!
Total Time: 45 minutes
4.96 from 41 votes
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Dessert Gooey Monster Cookie Recipe
Fun, bright and festive cake mix cookies are all dressed up to look like monsters. Gooey monster cookies are great all year long!!
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.76 from 33 votes
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Dessert Cake Mix Snickerdoodles Recipe
Create your favorite cookie in a pinch using a cake mix! Chewy cake mix Snickerdoodles are quick, easy & delicious.
Total Time: 12 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Easy shortbread cookies piled onto a white dessert stand

Easy CookieS with Few ingredients

All of these cookie recipes have fewer than 8 ingredients, but some have as little as 3. And most ingredients are pantry staples anyways—doesn’t get much easier than that!

Dessert Cream Cheese Cookies Recipe
Cream cheese cookies are soft and delicate. These sweet morsels will be ready for eating in just over 20 minutes!
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Dessert Sugar Cookie Blossoms Recipe
Sugar Cookie Blossoms are a chewy, soft sugar cookie rolled in sugar and topped with a Mint Meltaway candy. They're simple and delicious!
Total Time: 17 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Dessert Spritz Cookie Recipe
Spritz cookies are buttery and sweet pressed cookies. They are festive and so fun to make, with all kinds of shapes!
Total Time: 21 minutes
5 from 17 votes
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Dessert Shortbread Cookie Recipe
What's not to love about these delicious and buttery shortbread cookies that just melt in your mouth? It only takes a small handful of common ingredients!
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.87 from 29 votes
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Dessert 3 Ingredient Sugar Cookie Recipe
Quick, easy and delicious sugar cookies made with just 3 ingredients – butter, sugar and flour.
4.52 from 31 votes
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Dessert 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe
Quick, easy and delicious 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies. They take just minutes to throw together and are so easy the kids can make them!
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.94 from 15 votes
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Dessert Easy Shortbread Cookie Recipe
These easy Shortbread Cookies only have three ingredients, and require just a few minutes of prep time. You will love how they melt in your mouth!
Total Time: 48 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Dessert Pumpkin Cookies Recipe
These are the easiest, softest, chewiest Pumpkin Cookies!! All it takes is a box of pumpkin cake mix, cream cheese, butter, eggs & powdered sugar. 
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Dessert Snowball Cookie Recipe
Buttery soft snowball cookies loaded with crunchy pecans.  Not only are they simple, but they're also the best holiday cookie in the world!
Total Time: 24 minutes
4.91 from 22 votes
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Dessert Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites Recipe
Chewy chocolate chip cookies bites are mini, but pack a flavor punch! They are filled with creamy chocolate for the perfect bite.
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Dessert Gooey Rolo Cookies Recipe
Ooey Gooey Chocolate Rolo Cookies are soft and indulgent, filled with a caramel Rolo center! They are quick, easy, & Chocolatey!
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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