Best Easy Cookie Recipe Quick + Few Ingredients

Best Easy Cookie Recipe Quick + Few Ingredients


Whether you need an instant treat or your cupboards are empty, these easy cookie recipes are perfect for you! Delicious, delicious, easy…what more could you want? !

More favorites: cookie bar recipes, no bake cookie recipes, sugar cookie ideas

Simplicity is our favorite!

Cookies are always a good idea, especially when they’re done in less than 20 minutes!

We absolutely love having easy cookie recipes on hand as they are a must in our house. Today, we’re rounding up the best and easiest cookie recipes and we hope you enjoy them.

With so many flavored varieties, they taste great with cold milk or ice cream in the middle (please tell me you’ve tried them).

Be sure to leave a comment below and let us know what your favorite easy cookie recipes are.

Common ingredients: One thing I especially love about most cookie recipes is that they use ingredients that I always have on hand. Some cookie recipes have a lot of ingredients, others just call for a few.

A lot of times, ingredients I don’t have on hand are easily substituted for other ingredients I have.

  • remix Includes chocolate chips, crumbled candy, chopped diced and sprinkles. These can often be replaced without affecting the dough.
  • brown sugar: Not often, but sometimes I find that I don’t have enough recipes for the recipes I’ve started. Thankfully, I can quickly make some light brown sugar by thoroughly mixing 1 cup of white sugar and 1 teaspoon of molasses. Make dark brown sugar with 2 teaspoons of molasses.
  • baking powder Mix ¼ teaspoon baking soda + ½ teaspoon cream of tartar + ¼ teaspoon cornstarch.
  • baking soda: ½ tsp baking soda = 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg Can be substituted with ¼ c applesauce

Cake Mix Cookies 101

An easy cookie is the cake mix cookie: When making these cookies, use only the dry cake mix from the box plus the ingredients listed in the recipe. Do not include the wet ingredients listed on the back of the cake mix box. Some other notes about cake mix cookies include:

  • The most common cake mix size at my grocery store is 15.25 oz. However, I used a slightly larger mix and it turned out great – 1 oz is only about 4 tablespoons of cake mix.
  • The dough will be sticky. It helps to cool the dough for 20-30 minutes before scooping it out. Cooling also helps cookies spread too thin.
  • Don’t over bake. In fact, take them out like they’re on the cusp of unfinished business. They will finish baking when they cool on the hot baking sheet.

faster and easier

Double up on cookie sheets! While some of the recipes listed require a short cooling time, most of them are made and baked. To make the process faster, there are two cookie sheets. You can fill the second sheet while one is baking.

Soften butter: One factor that can hinder how long it takes to make a batch of cookies is softened butter. For ideas, see our post on how to soften butter quickly.

one step ahead: Probably one of my favorite things about cookies is that usually, the dough can be made ahead and frozen for later. When you need a quick treat for an uninvited guest or a late-night craving hit, all you have to do is pull out some cookie dough balls and bake them.

Almost all of these easy cookie recipes can be made into dough and frozen for later use. See individual posts for details.


Easy Cookies

These cookies are “easy” because they are so good and quick!

Most are ready in 15 minutes. Sweet!

Dessert Mini Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Easy Mini Peanut Butter Cookies are soft and delicious. They’re filled with everyone’s favorite chocolate and PB combo!

Total time: 10 minutes

Check out this recipe for Dessert Coconut Cookies Recipe

Perfectly Chewy Coconut Cookies are the perfect dessert when you want something light. With a delicious tropical flavor, these delicious snacks are ready in under 30 minutes!

Check out this recipe for Dessert Butterscotch Nacho Cookies

Kids love making these no-bake butterscotch cookies – they’re easy, quick and delicious! Nachos are mixed with melted peanut butter, chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips.

Total time: 13 minutes

Check out this recipe for Dessert Lemon Cake Mix Cookie Recipe

Soft and easy lemon cookies are everyone’s favorite. The butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar in this lemon cake mix cookie make them melt in your mouth!

Total time: 15 minutes

Check out this recipe for Dessert Ginger Chips Recipe

Super Soft and Chewy Gingersnap Cookies – Nutmeg, molasses, ginger, cloves, cinnamon and applesauce make these cookies soft and delicious! !

Total time: 13 minutes

Check out this recipe for the best chocolate chip cookie recipe for dessert

Our all-time favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe! Perfect for any occasion, these soft, chewy, and delicious chocolate chip cookies will truly surprise anyone who tries them.

Total time: 12 minutes

Check out this recipe for Dessert Soft Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Easy, Delicious, Soft Peanut Butter Cookies – Our family’s all-time favorite, this classic cookie is always a hit!

Total time: 13 minutes

Check out this recipe for Dessert Crinkle Cookies Recipe

Also known as volcano cookies or earthquake cookies, these fudge chocolate chip cookies are soft, chewy, dipped in powdered sugar and baked to perfection.

Total time: 14 minutes

Check out this recipe for Dessert Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Soft Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies really surprise anyone who tries them. They are out of this world! !

Total time: 12 minutes

Check out this recipe for Dessert Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies Recipe

Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies are soft chocolate chip cookies topped with marshmallows and a delicious chocolate frosting.

Total time: 12 minutes

Check out this recipe for dessert black and white potato chips recipe

The tiny black and white chipper tastes like a slicer from a bakery in heaven. They are full of chocolate!

Total time: 11 minutes

Check out this recipe for Dessert Chocolate Andes Mint Cookies Recipe

Andean Mint Cookies are the perfect combination of chocolate and mint. The best part is that they are super fast and easy to make! !

Total time: 11 minutes

Check out this recipe for Dessert Frosted Lemon Cookies Recipe

Easy Frosted Lemon Cake Mix Cookies topped with delicious lemon frosting. They come together in minutes and taste delicious!

Total time: 14 minutes

Check out this recipe for Dessert Funfetti Cookies Recipe

Soft and chewy Funfetti cookies are quick, easy and a kids favorite! They’re the perfect little snack to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Total time: 16 minutes

Check out this recipe for Dessert Gooey Butter Cookies Recipe

Whether you call them butter cookies or cake mix cookies, you know they are delicious! These cookies are made with yellow cake mix, butter, cream cheese and a few other ingredients. They’re so sticky, chewy, and moist – couldn’t resist them!

Total time: 45 minutes

Check out this recipe for Dessert Gooey Monster Cookie Recipe

Fun, bright, festive cake mix cookies all dressed up like monsters. Gooey monster cookies are great all year long! !

Total time: 20 minutes

Check out this recipe for Dessert Cake Mix Snickers Recipe

Use the cake mix to make your favorite cookies in a pinch! Chewy Cake Mix Snickers is quick, easy, and delicious.

Total time: 12 minutes

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Simple cookies with few ingredients

All of these cookie recipes have fewer than 8 ingredients, but some have only 3. And most of the ingredients are pantry staples – it doesn’t get any easier!

Dessert Cream Cheese Cookies Recipe

Cream cheese cookies are soft and delicate. These sweet treats will be ready to eat in just over 20 minutes!

Total time: 25 minutes

Check out this recipe for Dessert Sugar Cookie Blossoms Recipe

Sugar Cookie Blossoms are chewy fudge cookies rolled in sugar and topped with Mint Meltaway candies. They are easy and delicious!

Total time: 17 minutes

Check out this recipe for Dessert Spray Cookies Recipe

Spritz cookies are butter and sweet pressed cookies. They are festive, fun to make and come in all shapes!

Total time: 21 minutes

Check out this recipe for Dessert Shortbread Cookies

What’s not to love about these delicious melt-in-your-mouth buttery shortbread? It only requires a handful of common ingredients!

Total time: 25 minutes

Check out this recipe for Dessert 3 Ingredient Sugar Cookies Recipe

Quick, easy, delicious sugar cookies made with just 3 ingredients – butter, sugar and flour.

Check out this recipe for Dessert 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Quick, easy and delicious 3-ingredient peanut butter cookies. They come together in minutes and kids can easily make them!

Total time: 15 minutes

Check out this recipe for Dessert Easy Shortbread Cookies Recipe

These easy shortbread cookies have just three ingredients and only a few minutes of prep time. You will love the way they melt in your mouth!

Total time: 48 minutes

Check out this recipe for Dessert Pumpkin Cookies Recipe

These are the easiest, softest, and chewiest pumpkin cookies! ! All you need is a box of pumpkin cake mix, cream cheese, butter, eggs and powdered sugar.

Total time: 50 minutes

Check out this recipe for Dessert Snowball Cookies Recipe

Buttery soft snowball cookies with crunchy pecans inside. Not only are they easy, they are the best holiday cookies in the world!

Total time: 24 minutes

Check out this recipe for Dessert Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites Recipe

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies are mini, but packed with flavor! They’re filled with creamy chocolate and are perfect for a bite.

Total time: 20 minutes

Check out this recipe for Dessert Gooey Rollo Cookies

Ooey Gooey Chocolate Rolo Cookies are soft and indulgent, filled with a caramel Rolo center! They’re quick, easy, and chocolatey!

Total time: 45 minutes

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Be sure to check out all our cookie recipes!

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