25 Simple 3-Ingredient Cookie Recipes

3 ingredient cookie recipes are one of my favorite quick baking ideas.  We love to make homemade cookies together, but baking with kids can get a little chaotic which is why this is our go-to list for choosing the easiest cookie recipes.  Each of these homemade cookie recipes only has 3 ingredients!

How can common kitchen ingredients like sugar, eggs, flour, butter, chocolate chips, peanut butter and more be transformed into so many choices?

It is 3 ingredient cookies magic!

25 Simple 3 Ingredient Cookie Recipes that are easy to make with kids - variety of 3 ingredient cookie recipes featured like peanutbutter red velvet and more

3 Ingredient Cookie Recipes are the BEST!

Because we don’t always have time to make homemade cookies, we started to rely on frozen dough.  Frozen cookie dough is just not the same as cookies made from scratch!

That is one of the reasons I was on a mission to find simple cookie recipes that only take a few ingredients.  Simple cookie recipes that take a few ingredients actually don’t take more than a minute or two than frozen cookie dough!  And taste so much better.

Be sure to get kids involved in the cookie baking.  Even toddlers can stir cookie batter or squish dough balls on a cool cookie sheet before baking.

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2 Ingredient Cookies

I know I promised 3 ingredient cookies, but I couldn’t help myself when I found these baking recipes that contain only two ingredients!

Simple Sugar-free Banana Cookies

2 ingredient cookies - banana cookies

This banana cookies  recipe only require 2 ingredients, and neither is sugar.  Make these for breakfast, a snack or treat from scratch. Mix together in a bowl ripe bananas and rolled oats.  Bake into a surprisingly yummy treat.  Easy, yummy and healthy.  Add additional ingredients of your choice like peanut butter, peanuts, almonds, cashews or other nuts of your choice.  Bake for 12 minutes.

Easy Fancy French Palmier Cookies

2 ingredient cookies - French Palmier

2 ingredients can be a super fancy dessert with these simple French Palmier Cookie recipe.  To bake a batch you will need just thawed store-bought puff pastry dough and sugar.  Get the instructions from The Today Show recipes.

Super Simple Pumpkin Cake Cookies

2 ingredient pumpkin cake cookies baking in oven

This easy cookie recipe is one of my favorites.  I love anything pumpkin and it is hard to believe when you taste these that there is only 2 ingredients required.  A box of spice cake mix and a can of pumpkin puree combine into a lovely comforting treat.  Get the baking instructions from Wannabite.

3 Ingredient Cookies

And just like I promised, here is a massive list of easy to make, yummy to eat 3 ingredient cookie recipes that will change your cookie baking life.

Effortless Lemon Cake Mix Cookies

3 ingredient lemon cake mix cookies - Somewhat Simple
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Cake mix cookies are super easy to make. Somewhat Simple‘s Lemon Cake Mix Cookies are delicious and the best after dinner dessert.  This 3 ingredient cookie recipe includes Lemon Supreme Cake Mix, Tub of Cool Whip Topping & an egg.  Mix in a bowl.  Bake for 10 min.

Homemade Nutella Truffles

3 ingredient cookies - nutella truffle from Crazy for Crust
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If you love Nutella like I do, you have to try these simple Nutella Truffles, from Crazy for Crust.  This recipe ingredients are Oreo cookies, Nutella spread and melting chocolate or almond bark.  Top with sprinkles (ingredient #4…but who won’t make an exception for sprinkles?).

Shortbread Cookies

Homemade Shortbread Cookies Recipe - 3 ingredients cookies

Chew Out Loud‘s Buttery Shortbread Cookies….mmmm, butter.  While it is a traditional choice for a Christmas cookie, I love this recipe all year long!  The three ingredients in this recipe are salted butter, light brown sugar and all purpose flour.  Scratch baking at the most simple.

Simple Easy Cool Whip Cookies

3-ingredient-cookie cool whip strawberry - Real Advice Gal
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Real Advice Gal‘s Easy Cool Whip Cookies are one of my favorites. What makes this recipe so unique is that any flavor cake recipe can be used meaning the cookie possibilities are endless!  To make this you will need cake mix, egg and Cool Whip topping.

Easy Cereal Crunch Cookies

One of the magic ingredients in these Chocolate Crunch Cookies, from Please Note, is cereal.  The 3 ingredients are chocolate chips, creamy peanut butter and cereal.  Try Corn Flakes, Special K, Kix, Cherios, Honeycomb, Life, granola or your favorite breakfast cereal. Have some fun substituting the chocolate chips for something different like small marshmallows, toffee chips, chocolate nubs, nuts, jelly beans, chocolate covered raisins, raisins, smarties, or whatever you find in your pantry!

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Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

3 ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe from Mom Spark
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I make these Peanut Butter Cookies from Mom Spark all the time!  She calls them a no-brainer dessert. They are such an easy way to get a sweet treat in a hurry and are delicious.  To bake them you will need peanut butter, egg and sugar mixed together.  Bake for only 8-10 minutes.

Simple Shortbread Cookie

Easy Shortbread cookies from The Comfort of Cooking
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Here is another awesome Shortbread Cookie recipe, from The Comfort of Cooking. They are so good and we love making cookies that can be rolled for cookie cutters or using a cookie press.  This dough can be made in less than 10 minutes and consists of butter, sugar and flour.

Homemade Frozen-Inspired Cookies (The movie, not the freezer)

4 ingredient cookie recipe from Love and Marriage Blog

These Frozen Inspired Cookies, from Love + Marriage, technically have four ingredients, but they’re so awesome we cheated to include them.  It is a cake mix cookie that uses the unique color of a cake flavor.  The ingredients are: Pillsbury Funfetti Aqua Blue, eggs, vegetable oil and powdered sugar.

Powder Puff Cookies

Powder Puff Cookies from Averie Cooks
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Pie crust, powdered sugar, and Hershey’s Kisses are all you need for these delicious Chocolate Kiss Powder Puff Cookies, from Averie Cooks.  This is a special holiday cookie that is easy enough to do any regular weekday!

Super Easy Chewy Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroon Recipe - cooling on rack

Give Recipe‘s Chewy Coconut Macaroons are incredible, and of course, super easy to bake.  You will need to mix together egg whites, powdered sugar and unsweetened shredded coconut.

Easy Whole Food Peanut Butter Cookies

Whole Food Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe from My Nourished Home
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How about these Whole Food Peanut Butter Cookies from My Nourished Home?  These cookies are soft, chewy without flour or refined sugar making it a family dessert favorite.  It is a few more than 3 ingredients, but still easy and the ingredients are all things you have so (except for one) so shhhh…just sneak them in.  You will need natural peanut butter, maple sugar or coconut sugar, egg, vanilla and baking soda.

Simple Healthy Pumpkin Cookies

Easy pumpkin cookies from The Big Mans World

Let’s start with Thanksgiving.  If you love all things pumpkin, then these Healthy Pumpkin Cookies from The Big Man’s World, are for you.  To bake these, you will need gluten-free quick oats, pumpkin, sugar (or other granulated sweetener like coconut palm sugar or stevia).  It is optional to add additional flavor like cinnamon, nut butter of your choice and chocolate chips.

Homemade Coconut Flour Cookies

Coconut Flour Cookies with honey

Perfect for people with a gluten intolerance, these Coconut Flour Cookies from The Coconut Mama are simple and yummy.  The three ingredient recipe includes coconut flour, cold butter and raw honey.  Add a pinch of sea salt to push it into the 4 ingredient territory.  These bake in about 9 min.

Pumpkin Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies from I Heart Naptime
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This fun mixture of chocolate and pumpkin is a great fall treat. Everyone loves these Pumpkin Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies from I Heart Naptime. To make this recipe at home, you will need a Devil’s Food Cake Mix (a chocolate cake mix will work too in a pinch), a can of pumpkin and pumpkin spice Hershey’s Kisses (optional).

Heavenly Morsels (Graham Cracker Cookies)

Graham Cracker Cookies from Jam Hands
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I’ve never made a cookie with graham crackers, but I’ll bet these Heavenly Morsels, from Jam Hands, are awesome.  To make 2 dozen cookies, you will need 16 whole graham crackers (2 sleeves), sweetened condensed milk and semi sweet chocolate chips.  What an incredibly delicious dessert.

Super Yummy Cookie Butter Truffles

3-Ingredient-Truffles from Call Me PMC
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I love truffles, but what I love even more, is how easy it is to make these Cookie Butter Truffles, from Call Me PC. Make these at home with cookie butter, confectioner’s sugar and white or milk chocolate candy melts.

Easy Butter Cookies

Few Ingredient butter cookies from Cup of Jo
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Butter+flour+sugar are all you need to bake Cup of Jo‘s yummy Butter Cookies. I’ll bet you have all these ingredients in your kitchen right now.  Now I am really hungry…

Homemade Breakfast Cookies

Breakfast cookies from Pint Sized Treasures
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Have a healthy morning with these Breakfast Cookies, from Pint-Sized Treasures! Your kids will think you are the coolest parent, ever.  You don’t have to save cookies for dessert.  To make these you will need rolled oats, bananas and chocolate chips.  Easy peasy and out of the oven in 12 minutes.

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Easy Cookie Recipes with Few Ingredients

Simple Nutella Cookies

3 ingredient nutella cookies

Nutella Cookies. Need I say more? This recipe from Tamilee Tips is amazing, and only calls for three ingredients: Nutella, an egg and a cup of flour.

Super Delicious Red Velvet Cookies

Red Velvet Cookie Recipe with Few Ingredients from Pink When
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Pink When‘s Red Velvet Cookies are delightful. They’re perfect if you’re craving red velvet, but don’t have the time to bake a whole cake.  The few ingredients you will need is a box of red velvet cake, 2 eggs and a little bit of vegetable oil.

Easy Pumpkin Spice Pudding Cookies

Pumpkin Spice Pudding Cookies
photo credit: The Gunny Sack

Here’s another cookie for the pumpkin lovers.  The Gunny Sack‘s Pumpkin Spice Pudding Cookies are amazing and easily made from scratch. The 3 ingredients you will need for this recipe are pumpkin spice peanut butter, vanilla pudding and an egg.  You can sprinkle some orange sparkling sprinkles or Hershey’s Kisses.

Italian Almond Cookies

Italian Almond Cookies - gluten free - from Barefoot in the Kitchen
photo credit: Barefoot in the Kitchen

Barefoot in the Kitchen’s Italian Almond Cookies are naturally gluten-free and make a great sweet treat for people with gluten allergies and sensitivities.  To make this recipe you will need almond paste, sugar and egg whites.  Top with whatever you have in the pantry — sliced almonds, bittersweet or semi sweet chocolate chips.

Tagalong Copycat Cookie Recipe

Homemade Tagalong Copycat Cookie Recipe from Hip 2 Save
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If you love the Girl Scout’s Tagalongs, why not make your own with this recipe from Hip 2 Save. The three ingredients you will need are vanilla wafers, creamy peanut butter and chocolate chips.

Oreo Truffles

Oreo Truffle Recipe from Spend with Pennies
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Oreos are my weakness in life. I love the fact that I can make these Oreo Truffles, from Spend with Pennies, using only three ingredients: Oreo cookies, cream cheese and melting wafers.

3 ingredient Christmas cookies

Easy Christmas Cookies with 3 Ingredients

The last thing you need during the busy holiday season is endless baking.  These simple few ingredient recipes will have you spending more time eating than tending the oven.  Here are our favorite 3 ingredient Christmas cookie picks from this list:

  • French Palmier Cookies bring cookie diversity to any holiday plate
  • Nutella Truffles with red/green sprinkles
  • Shortbread cookies can be decorated any way you desire
  • Easy Cool Whip cookies could be made with Red Velvet or colored green
  • Powder Puff Cookies are festive
  • Chewy Coconut Macaroons are a Christmas favorite at my house
  • Coconut Flour Cookies could be decorated or shaped
  • Cookie Butter Truffles
  • Butter Cookies
  • Italian Almond Cookies
  • Oreo Truffles

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