These deliciously easy cookie recipes will satisfy your sweet tooth without hours in the kitchen! Some you don’t even have to bake.
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.
Our top easy cookie recipes!
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!
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)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Whisk the egg, then whisk in the peanut butter and brown sugar until a smooth dough forms. Chill for 15 minutes.
- Make 1 1/2 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*.
- 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).
- Top the cookies with a small sprinkle of flaky salt if desired (oops, 4th ingredient!).
- 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
Keywords: Easy Cookie Recipes, Cookie Recipes
More tasty cookies from around the web
Here are a few more easy cookie recipes from sources we love:
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.