All It Takes is 5 Minutes to Make 5 Ingredient Cookies

This recipe for the easy five ingredient cookies you will ever make will be a hit with both bakers and non-bakers alike. I have been making these since 1971, when my first grade teacher gave everyone in the class a little cookbook with simple, child-friendly recipes.

This is my go to recipe when my children have friends over or when I want to bring something natural to eat while visiting someone's house (my son has food sensitivities). It is also the perfect solution when I realize I am out of my kids' favorite Trader Joe's and Whole Foods cookies and they will be home from school in an hour.

If you teach preschool or Parent/Child classes, this recipe is an inexpensive recipe to make with your class. This was one of the first recipes I baked with my three children.

Quick and Easy 5 Ingredient CookiesCredit: Photo by Hannah Gold

Photo by Hannah Gold

These cookies are great when you have a sweet tooth or want a cookie with a rich, buttery taste. These are also an easy to prepare treat to bake if you are part of a cookie exchange or need to make something for the school bake sale.

Best of all, this recipe an easy one because you will probably have all five ingredients in your house already! No trip to the store for a rarely used fussy ingredient is needed.

This easy cookie recipe easily doubles. One batch makes between 16-18 cookies when using a one teaspoon scooper.

The Recipe


1 stick of butter, softened, not melted

1 egg

1/2 cup of sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup flour

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

The original recipe calls for sifting the flour, but I skip this step. If you choose to sift, do this first.

With a fork, beat the egg in a small mixing bowl. Add the vanilla to the egg.

In a larger mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together. If the butter is soft enough, you can do this by hand with a wooden spoon. Add the egg and vanilla mixture to this. Add the flour to the wet ingredients and mix well.

I use my Pampered Chef one teaspoon sized scooper to scoop my dough onto the baking sheet. Make sure you place the dough balls about two inches apart, as these cookies spread.

Bake at 350 degrees for about ten minutes. Keep an eye on them the first time you make this, as ovens vary in temperature. You may need to cook your easiest five ingredient cookies a minute or two longer.

Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

How to Make  Easy 5 Ingredient Cookies Even Fancier

If have a few extra minutes, you can make these treats even fancier. 

Credit: Photo by Hannah Gold

In the microwave, melt "Candy Melt" chocolate drops, any color or flavor, in the microwave. Spread the melted chocolate drops onto the cooled cookie and place on a plate. Sprinkle with colored sprinkles. Cool in the refrigerator for about fifteen minutes until the chocolate hardens.

Once you have tasted these easy 5 ingredient cookies, you will bake them again and again!