17 Easy Cookie Recipes

Satisfy your sweet tooth with these easy cookie recipes! With sugar cookies, chocolate chip, oatmeal, and more, you're sure to find something you love.

Easy chocolate chip cookies recipe

I am not the kind of person who plans to make cookie recipes in advance. I don’t set aside time to brown butter or temper chocolate. And quite frankly, chilling dough for 24, 48, or 72 (72, seriously?) hours is completely out of the question. When I make cookie recipes, it’s because I’m craving cookies. Not tomorrow, not in 4 hours, but now. 

For that reason, I’ve developed a slew of easy cookie recipes over the years. Some are chocolatey, some are buttery, others are nutty, oat-y, or spiced. Below, you’ll find 17 of my favorites. Whether you’re looking to round out a holiday cookie plate or to satisfy a craving ASAP, you’re bound to find one you love!

Easy Sugar Cookies and Shortbread

If you like to get crafty with your cookies, these easy cookie recipes are the ones for you! Here, you’ll find classic sugar cookies and shortbread cut-outs – treats that are just as fun to make as they are to eat.

Easy sugar cookies

Easy Sugar Cookies
We love decorating these festive cut-outs, but they taste fantastic with or without icing. Almond extract, vanilla, and a touch of lemon zest fill them with rich, warm flavor.

thumbprint cookies recipe

Thumbprint Cookies
Say hello to the world’s greatest thumbprint cookies! Filled with vibrant pools of apricot and raspberry jam, they’re melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

Lemon Thyme Shortbread

Lemon Shortbread Cookies
Fresh thyme adds aromatic flavor to these buttery, bright lemon shortbread cookies. Our readers love this recipe. Try it to see why!

Easy cookie recipes - vegan sugar cookies

Vegan Sugar Cookies
You won’t find any butter or eggs in these soft and chewy sugar cookies. Coat them in a colorful cashew glaze for a fun plant-based baking project!

Lemon Cookies - easy cookie recipes

Lemon Cookies
These bakery-worthy cookies have perfect crispy edges and chewy middles. A blend of lemon and orange zest fills them with refreshing citrus flavor.

Easy Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Shortbread Cookies
Orange zest and juice give these classic shortbread cookies holiday flair. Top them with a powdered sugar glaze, more orange zest, and your favorite sprinkles, or enjoy them just as they are!

Spice Cookie Recipes

Making these easy cookie recipes is a holiday tradition in our house! When it’s cold outside, nothing warms me up like a mug of hot cocoa (or mulled wine…) and a soft, chewy cookie spiced with ginger and cinnamon.

Chewy molasses cookies recipe

Chewy Molasses Cookies
Whenever I make these cookies, Jack appears in the kitchen like clockwork. “What’s that smell?”, he asks. The house is filled with the tantalizing aroma of ginger and cinnamon. It’s heavenly, but the cookies themselves – soft, chewy, and crusted in sugar – are even better.

Gingerbread Men

Vegan Gingerbread Cookies
Almond butter adds nutty richness to these little gingerbread men. Thick, soft, and warmly spiced, they’re a delightful addition to a holiday cookie plate.

Easy Cookie Recipes to Satisfy Chocolate Cravings

Do you ever have days when you just need a cookie studded with melty chocolate chips? Same. On those days, I turn to these easy cookie recipes to get me through. Still need more chocolate? Make these Homemade Brownies next.

Easy chocolate chip cookies recipe

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
Of all the easy cookie recipes out there, I make this one the most. To me, it yields the perfect chocolate chip cookies. They have crisp edges, soft and chewy middles, and gooey chocolate in every bite.

Cranberry Cookies - easy cookie recipes

Cranberry Cookies
My holiday twist on classic chocolate chip cookies! Dried cranberries and pistachios fleck them with red and green. Swap white chocolate chips for regular ones to make these cookies even more festive.

Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Flourless Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies, page 241 of Love & Lemons Every Day
Don’t forget the flaky sea salt! It takes these nutty, chocolatey cookies to a whole new level. Sure, they’re vegan and gluten-free, but they’ll rival any cookies made with butter or eggs.

All About the Oats

Whole rolled oats give these easy cookie recipes a delicious chewy texture.

Oatmeal cookies

Perfect Oatmeal Cookies
Don’t like raisins? Don’t worry about it. These classic oatmeal cookies are just as good with dried cherries, cranberries, or chocolate chunks instead.

No Bake Cookies

No Bake Cookies
It’s impossible to eat one of these no-bake cookies without reaching for a second! Calling for just 7 ingredients, this addictive recipe is dangerously easy to make.

Easy Cookie Recipes for Nut Lovers

You’ll find peanut butter and almond flour in a number of cookie recipes throughout this post, but in this category, the nuts really take center stage. They add richness and yummy nutty flavor to these easy, anytime treats.

Easy peanut butter cookies

Best Peanut Butter Cookies
As soon as I tried these peanut butter cookies, I exclaimed, “They taste like Nutter Butters!” I meant it in the best way. They have chewy middles, crumbly edges, and a scrumptious sweet and nutty flavor.

Tahini Cookies - easy cookie recipes

Tahini Cookies
Ruby red pomegranate arils add tart pops of flavor to these cardamom-spiced cookies. Made with almond flour, tahini, and maple syrup, they’re both vegan and gluten-free.

Snickerdoodles

Peanut Butter Snickerdoodles, page 251 of Love & Lemons Every Day
Cinnamon + sugar + peanut butter?! Yes, please! Using a mix of oat flour and all-purpose flour gives these unconventional snickerdoodles an amazing soft texture.

Edible cookie dough - easy cookie recipes

Edible Cookie Dough
Raise your hand if you love cookie dough more than actual cookies! Friends, you’re in luck. This dough gets its rich, fudgy texture from peanut butter and almond flour, so it’s safe to eat without any time in the oven. Portion it into snack-sized balls, or eat it straight out of the bowl with a spoon.

Easy Cookie Recipes: Chocolate Chip Cookes

rate this recipe:
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 11 mins
Cook Time: 14 mins
Serves 24
These chocolate chip cookies are one of our favorite easy cookie recipes!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil
  • cup tahini*, (see note)
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 heaping cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until combined.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, coconut oil, tahini, water, and vanilla until smooth.
  • Pour the dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients and use a spatula to combine. Fold in the chocolate chips. Use a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop the dough onto the baking sheets. Bake, one sheet at a time, for 12 to 14 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for at least 10 minutes.

Notes

*Tahini brands can vary in thickness. If the dough is too thick, stir in 2 to 3 tablespoons water. If it’s not thick enough to scoop, chill it in the fridge for 20 minutes. (My favorite tahini brands are Cedar's, Trader Joe's, and Seed + Mill)

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  1. Erin
    12.13.2020

    All I have to say is PREACH Jeanine- preach! I am not one who likes to wait for cookies either- tomorrow we are baking my husband’s great grandmother’s sugar cookie recipe with my MIL and I had my boys help me make the dough today which of course, needs to chill for 24 hours and they did not comprehend why we were not eating cookies NOW. Exactly the reason I am opening this post because I need something sweet between now and tomorrow. :
    🙂 Thanks!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.15.2020

      Ha ha, I’m glad I’m not the only one who needs a cooke NOW!

  2. Elena
    12.14.2020

    Loved this post! I thought I was here, alone, looking for cookie recipes that wouldn’t require ages to make…And here you are! Thanks for sharing these brilliant recipes! Gonna make them all 🤩

  3. mary from thewellfedyogi.com
    12.14.2020

    What a lovely line-up of cookies! something for everybody here:) Thanks for the inspiration to get baking!

  4. Sabrina
    12.21.2020

    thank you for all of these, wow, edible cookie dough especially

  5. Karla
    01.24.2021

    Quick question is the tahini needed? Because it’s the only ingredient I don’t have but I’m craving the cookies like today, so if anyone did it without let me know if it still worked, thank you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.24.2021

      Hi Karla – it is, it’s what binds the dough together. Almond butter can be substituted – just make sure it’s on the runny side and not the dry stiff stuff that’s often at the bottom of the jar. Since it’s thicker, a few tablespoons of water can be added if the dough is too crumbly.

      • Karla
        01.24.2021

        Oh thank you so much! After I posted this I went on and made my own so I’ll be using it- thank you for responding so quickly!

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