These 42 easy and delectable drop cookie recipes will satisfy all your cravings for freshly baked cookies, and the best part is–all in under an hour!
Drop cookies are the easiest cookies to make.
Simply mix the dough, drop scoops on a cookie sheet, and bake until the edges are crisp and the middle chewy.
There are seven main types of drop cookies you can try making.
These include the iconic chocolate chip, oatmeal cookies, coconut cookies (or macaroons), sugar cookies, peanut butter cookies, crinkles, and monster cookies.
There are a few things to remember to create the perfect drop cookie.
First, you need to use quality ingredients to get the best results.
Next, you should chill your dough for at least half an hour before baking so you end up with perfectly shaped cookies, not spread out and flat.
You should also use a combination of brown and white sugar in your dough to get the soft and chewy centers with crispy edges for which these cookies are famous.
Some of the steady favorites in this list of drop cookie recipes include Brownie Cookies (called Brookies, for short) and Snickerdoodles.
If you want to try something different, #29 and #38 are worth looking into.
Let’s begin this list with the most popular and iconic of all cookies–the Chocolate Chip Cookie.
This is one cookie recipe you should always have in your arsenal of go-to baked treats!
This recipe uses semi-sweet chocolate chips, but you can always choose milk chocolate or dark chocolate chips.
If you’re looking for something tangy, sweet, and super addictive, this is the cookie for you.
These are made in the fashion of crinkles–the dough is rolled into balls and rolled into sugar before baking.
The difference here is these cookies are rolled into granulated instead of powdered sugar, then flattened with the bottom of a glass to achieve the cracked look.
One of the simplest cookies you can bake when you’re in the mood for a warm and sweet treat is this old-fashioned sugar cookie.
Note that instead of using brown sugar to give it the soft center drop cookies are popular for, this recipe uses powdered sugar instead to keep it light colored.
If you love the flavor of coffee in your baked treats, this is the cookie for you.
The strong coffee flavor of each cookie comes from the use of espresso powder.
However, you can use instant coffee if you don’t want the flavor to be overpowering.
Sweet, chewy, and crisp–all the things you look for in a fully loaded cookie are in this recipe.
It has peanut butter, pretzels, chocolate chips, peanuts, and chunks of either Snickers or Baby Ruth chocolate bars.
Another cookie that features a popular candy bar in it is this one that’s soft, chewy, sticky, and crispy all at once.
Bite into the sweet goodness of this cookie that’s made using the traditional method of dropping spoonfuls of dough on cookie sheets.
Super buttery and soft, these cookies have a more cake-like texture than cookie-like.
These little round treats have a sweet glaze on top that gives them a crunch with each bite.
Oatmeal cookies are usually super chewy and soft, but this recipe gives you rather crisp discs that are great dunked in milk.
These cookies are flatter than most drop cookies you make, but this gives them their signature crispness.
Citrusy and soft, this is one of those Italian drop cookie recipes that aren’t too sweet.
Even with its sugary, lemony glaze, you get just the right amount of sweetness in each bite.
10. Cinnamon Raisin
Here’s a cookie for those who love the smell of cinnamon and the sweet-sour flavor of raisins.
Note, however, that the raisins need to be plumped to give them a juicier texture.
The plumping stage also gives the butter some of that raisin flavor, helping to incorporate it fully into the dough.
Not only are these cookies super chocolatey, but they’re also fudgy!
If you want these to be even chocolatier, you can always add chocolate chunks or chips to the dough before scooping and baking.
If you’re having a tough time getting your kids to eat vegetables, this cookie might help you do the trick.
For a more decadent treat and to stay true to its carrot-cake roots, you can top each cookie with some cream cheese frosting.
You can also turn these into sandwich cookies with cream cheese frosting in the middle.
This is one recipe you can try for your special events and potlucks.
Adding a whole cherry to each piece and the chocolate drizzle on top makes for a very impressive presentation, even if it is still just a cookie.
Here’s an alternative to pumpkin pie for the holidays.
These Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies can be made just as festive as their pie counterpart with cream cheese frosting and a sprinkling of cinnamon on top.
One of the more decadent drop cookies you can try making is this one.
The buttery macadamia nuts and the sweet white chocolate chips add a classy touch to this recipe.
Here’s another classic that you should add to your drop cookie repertoire!
This recipe will give you the perfect snickerdoodle–chewy and soft with crisp edges and loads of sugary cinnamon flavor.
17. Coconut Cookies
With only six ingredients, you can have a batch of chewy, sweet, and coconut cookies in under 30 minutes with this recipe.
If you don’t like using margarine for baking, you can always switch it out with butter.
18. Smores Cookies
Sticky, chocolatey, and chewy with some crispiness all around, smores cookies are sure to become a family favorite.
This may take longer to make since you need to incorporate graham cracker pieces and marshmallows into each cookie, but the result is worth it.
This recipe uses only four key ingredients, and these cookies can be made in half an hour.
So if you’re pressed for time and need to come up with freshly baked cookies in a flash, this can be your go-to recipe.
The combination of brown butter and sugar in the cookie dough gives you a nutty molasses-like flavor.
While the recipe calls for caramel kisses, you can always use plain kisses since you will be drizzling caramel all over each cookie.
21. Key Lime Cookies
Here’s another pie-turned-into-a-cookie recipe that you’ll enjoy making.
Perfect for picnics and on days when you want something sweet yet with a fresh twist, this cookie comes with a lime glaze that amps up its zesty flavor.
Here’s a flourless recipe that combines the tropical goodness of coconuts with the tangy freshness of lemons.
These are so good you can place batches in jars and give them to friends as gifts.
One of my go-to cookie recipes during the holidays is this popular favorite.
Its powdered sugar coating makes the signature cracking on top of each cookie more evident.
There’s a trick to making this cookie even better, and that’s to use both brown butter and softened unsalted butter.
Each bite of this treat will remind you of autumn, which you can attribute to adding maple syrup to the dough.
25. Cowboy Cookies
Ever wonder what Cowboy Cookies are made of?
Well, wonder no more since this recipe will show what goes into each cookie and how you can make this chewy, nutty, and chocolatey treat.
Another unique cookie you can try making for bake sales, potlucks, and special events are this one.
Packed with loads of nuts and dried cranberries, this cookie will surely be a hit with the crowd.
Here’s a cookie that reminds you of this breakfast favorite and incorporates part of it in the recipe.
Oh, and this recipe is gluten-free!
If you’re not a fan of gluten, substitute gluten-free flour with regular flour.
Love Reese’s peanut butter cups?
Then you’re sure to go gaga over this recipe that puts chunks of this candy all over each cookie.
You can also choose Reese’s Pieces instead of the cups in these cookies.
Here’s a cookie that goes well with your favorite cup of coffee.
With poppy seeds, orange extract, and orange zest, you’ll be hard-pressed to have just one of these soft and cakey cookies in one sitting.
Looking for cookies that have a touch of alcohol in them?
These bourbon-infused brown butter cookies are just what you need.
Some variations have some nuts added in, while others use chunks of chocolate instead of chips.
If you love rich, dark, sweet, and somewhat mysterious cookies, this is it!
Use Dutch Process cocoa instead of plain unsweetened cocoa for a richer and darker cookie.
Tired of peanut butter cookies?
Here’s a recipe for Almond Butter Cookies you can try in its place!
If you enjoy reinventing your favorite treats into something else, then this cookie recipe is a must-try.
It has all the flavors of Italian cannoli but is in cookie form.
35. Honey Cookies
Soft, simple, yet utterly satisfying, these Honey Cookies are also super easy to make.
If you want to add a different flavor to these cookies, try using flavored honey instead of plain raw honey in the dough.
Want to try a cookie with the stamp of approval of a former US president?
These cookies are said to be Herbert Hoover’s favorite, and it’s not hard to see why!
We already have a few desserts reinvented as cookies on this list, so I figured there’s nothing wrong with adding one more.
This time, we’re taking peach cobbler and turning it into soft drop cookies.
Chocolate chip cookies that have a cookies-and-cream flavor to them?
That’s what you get with this recipe that uses Oreo pudding mix in the dough.
Here’s a recipe you should try if you want cookies with a fresh and bright flavor.
If you want to turn it into a stuffed cookie, you can always add a dollop of strawberry jam or cream cheese in the middle before baking.
This one’s dedicated to those who love, love, love dark chocolate!
Dark chocolate chunks in dark chocolate cookie batter.
Here’s one of my all-time favorite Christmas drop cookie recipes!
It’s an easy-to-make crinkle-style cookie that uses only five ingredients.
The bottom line
Now that you have this list of 42 drop cookie recipes, you won’t have to worry about running out of options for cookie ideas when you crave warm cookies.
You can easily make any of these on the fly as long as you have the basic ingredients on hand for these tasty treats!
You’ll love our drop cookie recipes here:
- Pumpkin Cookies With Cake Mix
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Cookies Without Brown Sugar
- Lemon Cookies Cake Mix Recipe
- Almond Joy Cookies Recipe
- Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Cranberry Orange Cookies
- Amish Sugar Cookies
- Cappuccino Cookies
- Candy Bar Pretzel Cookies
- Peanut Butter Butterfinger Cookies
- Buttercake Cookies
- Toffee Oatmeal Cookies
- Lemon Drop Cookies
- Cinnamon Raisin
- Brownie Cookies (Brookies)
- Carrot Cake Cookies
- Chocolate Cherry Cookies
- Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
- White Choco Macadamia Nut Cookies
- Coconut Cookies
- Smores Cookies
- Shortbread Cookies
- Caramel With Sea Salt & Kisses Cookies
- Key Lime Cookies
- Lemon & Coconut Macaroons
- Red Velvet Crinkles
- Maple & Brown Sugar Cookies
- Cowboy Cookies
- Pistachio & Cranberry Cookies
- French Toast Cookies
- Reese's Peanut Butter Cookies
- Orange Poppy Seed Cookies
- Brown Butter Bourbon Cookies
- Black Magic Cookies
- Almond Butter Cookies
- Butterscotch Potato Chip Cookies
- Italian Cannoli Cookies
- Honey Cookies
- Glazed Apple Cookies
- Sour Cream Drop Cookies
- Peach Cobbler Cookies
- Oreo Pudding Cookies
- Strawberry Shortcake Cookies
- Double Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- Peppermint Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies
- Scroll for your favorite recipe from our list of Drop Cookies Recipes.
- Pick out the ingredients needed for the recipe.
- Bake then enjoy immediately!