20 Easy Cookie Recipes + Cookie Baking Tips!
Easy Cookie Recipes for Christmas
These festive cookies are super simple to make!
Easy Gingerbread Cookies: A fun way to get into the holiday season: let the kids help with the cookie cutter and then decorate! Also make edible tree ornaments!
Christmas Fruit Drops: These fruity Christmas cookies are different than what Santa is used to, but I bet he'll love them all the same.
Peppermint Cookies: These are a cool and refreshing cookie and a fabulous addition to your Christmas desserts.
Snowball Cookies: These delightful winter cookies look just like snow balls. Just don't try throwing them at people!
Easy Cookie Recipes with Few Ingredients
You can whip up these cookies with ingredients you already have in your pantry!
3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies: This is a melt-in-your-mouth peanut butter cookie.
Cream Cheese Cookies: If you have some extra cream cheese, try making these cookies. They only require a few ingredients, and you probably have them all! Just don't forget the shortening.
Coconut Macaroons: This macaroon recipe only contains three ingredients. If this isn't baking on a budget, then I don't know what is.
Anise Biscuits: These are only four ingredients in these easy cookies.
Easy Cookie Recipes with Pictures
Click on the links to see beautiful pictures of these cookies.
Snickerdoodles: I originally found this recipe on the blog Bake or Break. She had adapted it from a Nigella Lawson recipe. The cookie comes out more cake-like and definitely isn't chewy. But the nutmeg adds special flavor, especially around the holidays.
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies: Instead of chocolate chip cookies, bake these sweet chocolate crinkle cookies. They're just as easy, and maybe even tastier!
No-Bake Oatmeal Cookies: A quick and easy way to always have cookies around the house.
Cranberry, Chocolate Chip, and Coconut Cookies: These cookies are flat, chewy and full of chunks! The coconut is hardly detectable and just adds some nice texture.
Easy Cookie Recipes for Kids
Children will love helping you out with these easy cookie recipes!
Halloween Sugar Cookies: This is a great Halloween cookie that ends up with orange icing and a black ghost on it. So fun for kids and adults!
Valentine Cutouts: These gelatin shapes are creamy and sweet. This is a fun treat to make with the kids or for your special Valentine.
Magic Rainbow Cookie Bars: Create a rainbow of spring colors with your child's favorite candy and celebrate spring with their own Magic Rainbow Cookie Bar!
Chocolate Haystacks: This is one of those kid friendly recipes that you can also make at Easter or a party, instead of making them haystacks you can form them into a bird nest and put little jelly beans in for the bird eggs. Very good.
Fast and Easy Cookie Recipes
Whip up these easy cookie recipes in minutes flat!
Jam Buttons: This is a fast butter cookie that looks great on a tray. It's especially quick because the dough doesn't need to chill.
Quick and Easy Cookies: Full of flavor and ready in a flash!
Pumpkin Drop Cookies: These pumpkin cookies are perfect for a cool fall night in front of the fire with some tea.
Fudge Quickies: I make these for my family during the holidays. They love the taste of these. You could also wrap them up in a really cute holiday bag and tie a ribbon around it to give out as gifts.
How to Avoid Flat cookies
• Don't omit nuts. If you must, add 1-2 tablespoons extra flour.
• Softening Butter: Soften butter at room temperature or in the microwave. One stick of cold butter taken directly from the refrigerator may be softened on Defrost (30%) Power for 10 to 15 seconds. Check; if necessary, microwave 5 to 10 seconds more. Let stand until ready to use. Butter should be softened just until it yields to light pressure.
• Melted Butter: Using melted butter makes a flatter cookie with a shiny surface and a slightly crackled appearance. The cookie browns evenly. Using melted butter is acceptable but not suggested.
• Unsalted Butter: You may substitute unsalted butter, or omit salt from the recipe.
• When using margarine, do not soften. Use directly from the refrigerator.
• Use a good grade of margarine; avoid tub and light margarine.
• Don't overbeat.
• Use ungreased baking sheets.
• Allow baking sheets to cool between batches. Chill baking sheets briefly in the refrigerator or freezer to hasten cooling between batches.
• Wipe baking sheets clean of grease or wash and dry between batches.
• Add 1 to 2 tablespoons extra flour on humid or rainy days.
• Allow cookies to cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheet before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
• Egg Substitutes: Acceptable. Liquid egg substitutes may be used. Follow manufacturer's directions for amount to substitute.
• Extra Large Eggs: Not recommended. Extra large eggs cause a flatter cookie than standard. If extra large eggs have already been added to the dough, you can add 1 to 2 tablespoons extra flour.
• No Eggs: Acceptable. Omit eggs and use 2 tablespoons water. Bake 8 to10 minutes, until lightly browned. Do not over-bake. Store tightly sealed to prevent drying. Makes a cookie that is chewy on the inside, crispy on the outside.
• One Egg: Acceptable. Cookie and is crispy on the outside, softer inside.
• Egg Whites Only: Acceptable. Substitute 2 egg whites for each whole egg.
• Preheat oven fully at the correct temperature. Use a mercury-type oven thermometer to check oven temperature about once a month.
• Use unsifted all-purpose flour. If the flour has already been sifted, add 2 tablespoons more flour. (Most flour sold in the supermarkets today is marked "Pre-sifted," so there is no need for sifting.)