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These deliciously easy cookie recipes will satisfy your sweet tooth without hours in the kitchen! Some you don’t even have to bake.

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In the mood for cookies? Aren’t we all! Here at A Couple Cooks, we’re all about keeping things pretty simple in the kitchen. (We even wrote a book about it.) Cookie recipes that make you get crafty with fancy icing, lots of steps, or doing things the night before: all out of the question for us! We’re here for the pure and simple recipes, the ones you can put together without too much effort or know how.

Here we’ve put together a list of all our favorite easy cookie recipes! Some of them don’t even require baking, like our now “famous” bliss bites. Every single one of them is easy to make and tastes incredible. And we cover lots of diets, from vegan to gluten-free. Ready to bake? Let’s get started.

A few tips for baking great cookies

Here are a few tips we’ve learned over the years that you can add to your baking arsenal:

  • Use a cookie scoop! If a recipe calls for it, a cookie scoop is very helpful for evenly portioning cookie dough, which results in uniform cookies. Here’s the cookie scoop we use: Size 40 cookie scoop.
  • Rotate the pans during baking. Most recipes state to rotate pans, but if not, it’s still a good practice! Rotating the pans (direction and oven racks) helps for an even bake.
  • Know your oven and watch. Every oven is different, and bake times in recipes are approximate. Make sure to keep an eye on your cookies and pull them out when they’re just set!
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3 ingredient peanut butter cookies

Easy Cookie Recipes: Peanut Butter Cookies & More!

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 to 13 cookies 1x


These genius 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies are magic! Just a handful of ingredients make one dreamy easy cookie recipe.


  • 1 large egg (or flax egg for vegan)
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter*
  • 1 cup light brown sugar (or granulated sugar)
  • Optional: flaky sea salt for topping, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (add with the sugar)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk the egg, then whisk in the peanut butter and brown sugar until a smooth dough forms. Chill for 15 minutes.
  3. Make 1 ½ tablespoon-sized balls (using a size 40 cookie scoop, if you have it) and place them onto the 2 baking sheets, 5 cookies per sheet and evenly spaced about 2-inches apart. Roll the balls between your hands to make them as spherical as possible: if the dough is very sticky, lightly oil your hands to make it easier to roll*. 
  4. Use a lightly oiled fork to flatten the balls and make a criss-cross pattern (it’s helpful to dip the fork into a small bowl of water before each one to prevent sticking).
  5. Top the cookies with a small sprinkle of flaky salt if desired (oops, 4th ingredient!).
  6. Bake 8 to 10 minutes until lightly browned on the bottom but still soft. Cool completely before eating. Store at room temperature in a cookie tin for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 3 months.


*The consistency of the dough will vary based on the peanut butter brand. A thinner, creamier peanut butter will yield a stickier dough. 

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Cookies
  • Diet: Vegetarian

More tasty cookies from around the web

Here are a few more easy cookie recipes from sources we love:

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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