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Easy Cookies and Bars with Five or Fewer Ingredients

Updated on July 31, 2016
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Suzanne is a former regional magazine publisher, as well as a cooking and gardening writer. She lives in North Carolina.


Take It Easy

Anyone who has tried to get a handle on holiday baking knows this: You can never bake enough cookies.

It starts in early November with all the baking ingredients piled high at the super market, beckoning us, teasing us, dare I say, luring us away from the spinach and rutabagas. Okay, maybe not.

Next, Martha tricks us into thinking: "if she can do it, anyone can (right)". So, like lambs to the slaughter, we purchase the pecans, walnuts, candied fruit, chocolate, white chocolate and butterscotch morsels, graham crackers, sugar (lots of sugar!) flour, vanilla flavoring...and spend an afternoon baking cookies, decorating them - and viola they are consumed by your family by midnight!

Hey! Who ate ALL the cookies!

Moral: Don't make your cookies until Christmas Eve, after everyone has gone to bed, and Santa delivered the presents. Just kidding!

Well, then. Make EASY COOKIES! Make them over and over until everyone says "enough already!".

These recipes are ridiculously easy, and most have 5 or fewer ingredients.

Fill These Fold-Overs With Your Favorite Jam!

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Easy Foldovers

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Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 32 pastries


  • 2 sticks pie crust mix
  • 1 3-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 Tablespoon Milk
  • Your favorite jam


  1. Blend pie crust mix, cream cheese and milk. Divide dough in half, roll each into a 10-inch square. Cut into sixteen 2-1/2 inch squares. Place 1/2 teaspoon jam in center of each square. Pinch two opposite corners together.
  2. Place on greased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F. 10-12 minutes.
  4. Cool on rack. Sift 10XX sugar over, if desired.

Easy Cookie Recipe Video

Turtles Are Easy to Make (and eat)

Easy Turtle Bars
Easy Turtle Bars

Easy Turtle Bars

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min

Cook time: 12-15 minutes

Yields: 2 dozen


  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups Nilla wafer crumbs
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate pieces
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 12-oz. jar caramel topping


  1. Combine butter and wafer crumbs.
  2. Press into 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish.
  3. Sprinkle with chocolate and pecans.
  4. Microwave caramel topping and drizzle over pecans.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 12 to 15 minutes.
  6. Cool on rack. Cut into bars.

Don't Spend Hours Making Complicated Cookies!



Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min

Cook time: 15-20 minutes

Yields: 8 dozen


  • 1 package gingerbread mix
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup candied fruits
  • Frosting


  1. In mixer bowl, combine gingerbread mix and applesauce.
  2. Beat 2 minutes on medium.
  3. Stir in raisins and candied fruits.
  4. Spread in greased 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 1-inch jelly roll pan.
  5. Bake in 375 degree F. oven 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. Cool. Cut into diamond shapes.
  7. Spread with frosting of your choice or sprinkle with confectioner's sugar.

Lemon-Flavored Cookies

Yummy Lemon Cookies
Yummy Lemon Cookies | Source


Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 8-10 minutes

Yields: 4 dozen


  • 1 box lemon cake mix with pudding
  • 1 cup crispy rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg, beaten


  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Shape into 1-inch balls.
  3. Place on ungreased baking sheets.
  4. Bake in 350 degree F. oven 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. Cool slightly in pan before transferring to wire racks.

Everyone Loves Peanut Butter

Everyone loves peanut butter cookies!
Everyone loves peanut butter cookies! | Source


Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min

Cook time: 8-10 minutes

Yields: 4 dozen


  • 1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups baking mix, such as Bisquick
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar


  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Shape into 1-inch balls.
  3. Place on ungreased baking sheets and flatten with tines of fork.
  4. Bake in 375 degree F. oven 8 to 10 minutes.
  5. Cool slightly in pan before transferring to wire racks.

© 2012 Suzanne Sheffield


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    • pstraubie48 profile image

      Patricia Scott 

      4 years ago from North Central Florida

      Suzanne You had me at 'easy'....I will be taking the turnovers to church on Sunday for coffee hour.

      thanks for the tips on easy to prepare foods

      Angels are headed your way this afternoon ps

    • Stephanie Henkel profile image

      Stephanie Henkel 

      4 years ago from USA

      Cookies are always a hit in our house, and these looks so easy! I definitely have to try a few when I invite the new neighbors over with their kids!

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      7 years ago

      It was nice that you friended me on twitter...thank you! Now I am here to drool over these recipes! I am glad someone wrote a hub that I can follow...the easy cookie recipes that is :) I want to make the peanut butter ones! Great recipes and hub!

    • Lilleyth profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Sheffield 

      7 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Thank you Blossom SB. They are old recipes of mine. Time-savers.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      7 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      What great recipes and they shouldn't take too long to prepare with just a few ingredients, either. Some excellent recipes here and quite a variety, too. Thank you.

    • Lilleyth profile imageAUTHOR

      Suzanne Sheffield 

      7 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Thank you Just Ask Susan. Let me know what you think.

      Prasetio30, thank you for leaving a comment. Please me know what your mom thinks.

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      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I sound delicious. I'll share the recipes with my mom. Thanks for writing. Voted up!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      All of these sound great. Can't wait to try them especially the Turtle Bars.


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