15 Best Drop Cookies for Easy Baking

Peanut Butter Chip Chocolate Cookies

When you're craving cookies in a hurry, sometimes it's best to stick with a simple recipe that doesn't require resting, cutting, or rolling the dough. That's why drop cookies, where you simply scoop the dough and drop it on the baking sheet, are the perfect treat for when you get a hankering for something sweet but not overly complicated. Chocolate chip, peanut butter, and even lemon cookies are included in our round-up of 15 delicious recipes. Tip: Use a small spring-loaded scoop to get evenly sized mounds of dough for better baking.

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Ultimate Double Chocolate Cookies

Ultimate Double Chocolate Cookies
Shana Keith

Instant coffee granules are the secret ingredient to a deep flavor in these delightfully chocolatey cookies. "These really are the ultimate chocolate cookies," says reviewer LIRIJA. "The recipe can easily handle the addition of chocolate chips walnuts or even peanut butter chips."

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Cranberry Orange Cookies

Cranberry Orange Cookies on a white plate
Kimberly Kahmann Harvey

Two fall favorites, cranberries and orange, pair up for these bold drop cookies. MJones says, "Oh my goodness these are THE BEST! I usually make cranberry orange bread during the holidays but from now on I'm making these cookies instead."

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Beth's Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Beth's Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Say goodbye to bland oatmeal cookies. This spiced version is packed with cinnamon, cloves, and raisins for a boost of flavor.

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Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie

chocolate chip

"These cookies are the pinnacle of perfection," says recipe creator ELIZABETHBH. "If you want a big, fat, chewy cookie like the kind you see at bakeries and specialty shops, then these are the cookies for you!"

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Chef John's Peanut Butter Cookies

Chef John's Peanut Butter Cookies
Pictured: Peanut Butter Cookies by Kim's Cooking Now.

A true classic, these rich cookies are packed with nutty, buttery flavor. For a change in texture, chunky peanut butter can be used in place of creamy.

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Sour Cream Drop Cookies

Sour Cream Drop Cookies
House of Aqua

Sour cream adds just the right amount of moisture and tang to these tender cookies. Their melt-in-your-mouth texture is perfectly contrasted with the addition of crunchy nuts on top.

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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies III

close up of White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
Cooking Monster Brian

Buttery macadamia nuts and sweet white chocolate chips pair up for these decadent cookies. "My husband's most favorite cookie! This recipe was according to him the BEST white chocolate macadamia nut cookie he has ever put in his mouth," raves MessyCook.

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Robbi's M&Ms® Cookies

Robbi's M&Ms® Cookies

It's hard to resist the allure of these brightly colored cookies when you spot them at a bakery, and now you can recreate this iconic treat at home. Stick with the classic color scheme M&Ms, or choose themed varieties to match upcoming holidays.

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Coconut-Pecan Cookies

Coconut-Pecan Cookies

If you're a fan of chewy cookies, then this is the recipe for you. Shredded coconut adds a distinct texture and tropical taste to the dough.

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Easy Lemon Cookies

Easy Lemon Cookies close up of cookies on a plate with juicer in background

No one will guess that lemon cake mix was the key ingredient to whipping up these sweet and tangy cookies. This technique can also be adapted for other flavors of cake mix, such as chocolate or strawberry.

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Iced Pumpkin Cookies

Iced Pumpkin Cookies
Photo by AllyM.

When the weather starts to cool down, these pumpkin cookies are the perfect way to celebrate the beginning of fall. "These cookies are very good," says CHOBUNNY. "Soft, fluffy, moist, subtle spices, and just enough pumpkin flavor. Texture was similar to a muffin top."

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No Bake Cookies

No Bake Cookies III

It doesn't get much easier than these cookies that don't even require an oven. All these simple ingredients need are one minute on the stove, then a few minutes to cool and set.

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Melt-In-Your-Mouth Shortbread

Melt - In - Your - Mouth Shortbread

You only need four ingredients for these incredibly tender cookies. Be sure to use high-quality butter, since it's the main flavoring component of the recipe.

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Peanut Butter Chip Chocolate Cookies

Peanut Butter Chip Chocolate Cookies

Enjoy the classic pairing of peanut butter and chocolate with these irresistibly gooey cookies. And since they only require about 10 minutes in the oven, you can have a freshly baked cookie in your hand in under 30 minutes.

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Glazed Apple Cookies

Glazed Apple Cookies on a baking rack

These drop cookies are a world of flavors and textures. Packed with a trio of spices — cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg — each cookie also has plenty of texture thanks to diced fresh apples and crunchy chopped walnuts.

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