These easy cookie recipes are perfect for those of us who love baking, but just don’t have that much extra time. Whether you choose to make them for eating or for giving away, a homemade baked good will do wonders for the heart and soul. Spending a little bit less time on these easy cookie recipes doesn’t mean that they are any less delicious, or that you can’t put every bit as much love into making them! Moms know that love is the true secret ingredient.
1. Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies
Brown sugar has a richer flavor than white sugar due to the yummy molasses flavor that’s present, and is a perfect option for sugar cookies that are a little bit less traditionally sweet. What makes this one of the best easy cookie recipes is that you can make it ahead of time and leave it in the fridge for up to three days! Although chilling for at least two hours is a mandatory step, chilling for longer is a non-issue. Make them when you have time for mixing and dishes, then bake them when you want fresh cookies straight out of the oven. You could even make just a few every day for three days…
2. Jam Filled Thumbprint Cookies
I am a huge, huge fan of thumbprint cookies and jam filled cookies, so put them together and it’s the ultimate win for me. That perfect, crystalized surface that the jam gets after being cooked in the oven reminds me of creme brulée, and with the richness of the sugar cookie dough, this is one of those easy cookie recipes that might even rival la creme de la creme itself. If you love warm, gooey, crystalized jam, too, this is a must try recipe!
3. Peanut Butter Snowballs
These NO BAKE COOKIES might be the easiest of the easy cookie recipes. If you love peanut butter, definitely try these white chocolate dipped peanut butter snowballs: it’s like a white chocolate peanut butter cup! Some reviewers noted that it was a bit too sweet of a cookie for them with the white chocolate, so they started experimenting with milk and dark chocolate, and adding different toppings like crushed pretzels. I know you’ll think of something just as delicious and creative, or make them as yummy as the originals.
4. Chewy Molasses Cookies
A deliciously warm, spiced cookie is perfect for those of us who need a little bit of bite in our sweets. One of my favorite super easy cookie recipes, these chewy molasses cookies can be made VEGAN by using coconut oil instead of butter! With bake time and prep coming in under thirty minutes, these quick and easy cookies might just be your new favorites.
5. Brown Butter Wedding Cookies
These six ingredient cookies will have all your guests (or all your taste buds) totally wowed! Easy cookie recipes should be simple and quick, but these wedding cookies are also versatile: they are advertised as ‘infinitely riffable,’ and encourage you to experiment a little beyond the recipe itself. Sure, they want you to use tools like a hand mixer, but do you have to if you don’t have one? Of course not. You just have to be a little inventive in the kitchen, like me!
6. No Bake Chocolate And Peanut Butter Cookies
These no bake cookies are addictive and incredibly easy to make. You can swap in gluten free oats or a non-dairy milk no problem, which makes this recipe one of the best easy cookie recipes for vegan and gluten free friends! Spend about five minutes mixing the grand total of seven ingredients together, then pop your no bake cookies in the fridge to chill. That’s literally ALL the steps. What are you waiting for?
7. Ooey Gooey Lemon Cookies
What’s better than citrus, sugar, and carbs? The answer is obviously nothing, at least for my fellow citrus loving friends. These cookies are super simple and straightforward, and they also add in some cream cheese for that great gooey texture that they promise! The versatility of easy cookie recipes is my fav: I love that you can use either lemon extract or lemon juice in this recipe… you could probably also use lemon curd if you swapped out both cream cheese and lemon flavor for lemon curd! Yummy.
8. Salted Butter And Chocolate Chunk Shortbread
Who needs boring chocolate chip cookies when you can make the cookies that started an Instagram craze? Like making your own slice and bake cookies, you roll this yummy cookie dough into a log, brush with an egg wash, roll them in sugar, and then cut them up for the oven! Refrigerate or freeze the cookie dough log when you feel like making ahead of time, and baking later.
This is another of those easy cookie recipes that call for an electric mixer of some kind, but as you know, I encourage being resourceful in the kitchen. Hands aren’t quite as good as a mixer, but they definitely still work.
9. Slice And Bake Jammy Pinwheel Cookies
Another of the slice and bake easy cookie recipes? I just couldn’t resist! The lovely pinwheel shape of these cookies looks super impressive, even if it’s pretty easy to do. Just one step might trip you up if you haven’t done it before: this recipe calls for an egg yolk instead of a whole egg. That’s pretty simple to do though! Just fish the yolk out of a bowl without breaking it and you’re golden. A whole egg might not make a huge difference though, honestly.
I love that you can dress this easy recipe up any way you want. Instead of jam, do Nutella, peanut butter, lemon curd, pistachio cream, you name it!
10. The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
Everyone needs an easy chocolate chip cookie recipe, and this can be yours. Make them with chocolate chunks just as the recipe says, or substitute candy bars, sub M&M’s, add toffee pieces, or add oats like my mom does. However you want to make your chocolate chip cookies your own, this easy cookie recipe is sure to take you there. The beauty of chocolate chip cookies is in the simplicity, so don’t be afraid to embrace this easy and straightforward recipe as is!
Which of these easy cookie recipes caught your eye? Let us know how your cookies turned out in the comments below!
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