By Vanessa Greaves

Almost instant cookie gratification.

These cookies know you'd rather be playing. Or napping. Or be anything but tied to the kitchen making cookies. Here's how quick and easy they are to make:

* You can count their ingredients on one hand.
* Prep is quick and minimal.
* They take up one pan. One and done. Gotta love that.

Bonus: They're nice enough for potlucks, parties, and picnics. And easy enough for everyday snacking. Let's meet them.

Quick and Easy Cookies

1. Graham Cracker Bars

5 ingredients + 5-minute prep | Shortcut: Bake the graham cracker base and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips while it's hot from the oven. Let the chips soften, then spread them around.

Photo by peanut

2. Cereal Treats II

3 ingredients + 2-minute prep | Variation: Allrecipes member foodaholic took this classic marshmallow + rice cereal bar way into the fun zone, shaping spoonfuls into sushi and adding gummy fish and fruit leather for realism. Not that you have to.

Cereal Treats II | Photo by foodaholic

3. Easy Cookie Brittle

5 ingredients + 10-minute prep | Variations: Use white chocolate chips or butterscotch chips instead of peanut butter chips.

Easy Cookie Brittle | Photo by jmacsaunders

4. Salted Nut Square Rolls

5 ingredients + 10-minute prep | Prep tip: Speed up cooling time by putting the pan in the fridge.

Salted Nut Roll Squares | Photo by mauigirl

5. Shanibars

4 ingredients + 10-minute prep | Prep tip: For easier cleanup, mist your food processor blades and bowl with non-stick spray.

Shanibars | Photo by Punkintoze

6. Almond Bars II

5 ingredients + 10-minute prep | Prep tip: Line the baking sheet with parchment paper for easiest lift-out.

Almond Bars II | Photo by Catedi

7. Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

5 ingredients + 15-minute prep | Flavor boost: Substitute lemon juice for the water.

Raspberry Oatmeal Bars | Photo by Rock_lobster

8. Oaty Cereal Bars

5 ingredients + 10-minute prep | Thrifty tip: Combine all the random bits of cereal left at the bottom of the bags into one fast, fun bar cookie.

Oaty Cereal Bars | Photo by Tricia Winterle Jaeger

Here's to homemade cookies the easy way.

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