There are times and occasions that call for extravagant desserts that take a long time to make. But there are also times when all you need is something sweet that will quickly satiate your sweet tooth. When the end goal is simply to cure a sugar craving, the last thing you want to do is spend hours in the kitchen baking an intricate dessert, which is why we’ve compiled these six cookie recipes.
Calling for only two ingredients, these tasty treats come together unbelievably fast, enabling you to quickly satisfy your craving and get on with your day. From healthy cookies to ultra-chocolaty ones to those that put your cereal to good use, you’ll be amazed at the sweet treats you can make using only two ingredients.
1. 2-Ingredient French palmier cookies
It may be hard to believe you can whip up these buttery, sweet cookies using only 2 ingredients, but it really is that easy. What’s Cooking America notes traditional recipes for French palmiers, also referred to as elephant ear cookies, require a lot of work and labor. Fortunately, Babble’s recipe for 2-ingredient French palmier cookies eliminates many steps and ingredients by using store-bought puff pastry. We suggest bringing this treat to your next party — no one will be able to tell it’s a shortcut dessert!
- 8 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
- 1 package puff pastry (2 sheets), thawed
Directions: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, lining two baking sheets with parchment paper. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon sugar evenly over a cutting board, and then unfold one sheet of thawed pastry and lay on top of the sugar. Smooth out the dough with a rolling pin. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons sugar on the pastry. Use your rolling pin to lightly press the sugar into the pastry. Starting at one short end, tightly roll pastry in toward the center, stopping when you reach the middle. Repeat with the other end, and trim the ends.
Cut ½-inch-thick slices, place on your baking sheet about 1-inch apart, and sprinkle tops with 1 tablespoon sugar. Flatten with the palm of your hand. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes, and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
2. Peanut butter pufferdoodle cookies
Dress up ready-to-bake cookies by tossing some peanut butter and chocolate-flavored cereal into the dough. To prepare Pillsbury’s peanut butter pufferdoodle cookies, crush your cereal, combine it with the cookie dough, form cookies on a baking sheet, and pop in the oven. The end result? A cookie that’s packed with perfect peanut butter and chocolate flavors and a crisp, chewy texture. The recipe yields 20 servings.
- 2 cups Reese’s Puffs cereal (or another similar cereal)
- 1 roll refrigerated peanut butter cookies
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place cereal in a resealable food-storage bag, and coarsely crush. In a large bowl, break up cookie dough. Using hands, mix in crushed cereal. On ungreased cookie sheets, drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks.
3. 2-Ingredient cookies
The nice thing about The Burlap Bag’s recipe is you can either stick with the 2 required ingredients — bananas and oats — or you can dress up your cookies by including the add-ins of your choosing; chocolate chips, walnut pieces, cinnamon, and raisins all work wonderfully! Simple, delicious, and nutritious, we have a feeling you’ll find yourself frequently making these cookies.
- 2 large, old bananas
- 1 cup of oats
- Handful of chocolate chips
- Crushed walnut pieces
Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mash up the bananas, and mix the ingredients together. Cook at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes on a greased cookie sheet.
4. 2-Ingredient chocolate cookies
The next time you need to satisfy a chocolate craving, stat, bake Just A Pinch Recipes’ 2-ingredient chocolate cookies. A boxed cake mix combines with black beans, creating an oh-so-chocolaty treat. Calling for two very common pantry staples, we see no reason not to head to the kitchen and bake this recipe right away! It yields 3 dozen cookies.
- 1 box cake mix, flavor of your choosing
- 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
Directions: Preheat oven on 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray cooking spray on a cookie sheet. In a blender or food processor, add your rinsed and drained beans. Add up to ½ cup water and blend until beans are liquified. In a medium mixing bowl, add the box of dry cake mix. Pour bean liquid into cake mix, and mix until all ingredients are wet. Do not overmix. Scoop tablespoonfuls of dough onto baking sheet, baking for 8 to 9 minutes.
5. Healthy peanut butter cookies
For a healthy cookie you can indulge in guilt-free, bake a batch of Bembu’s healthy peanut butter cookies. No additional ingredients are needed for this recipe — they taste great as is — but if you’d like to include a few indulgent mix-ins, chopped nuts, dried fruit, or dark chocolate are all great choices. It yields 12 cookies.
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 egg
Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit, and grease or line a baking tray. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until smooth. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Scoop 1 to 2 tablespoons of the dough at a time and roll into balls. Place the balls evenly spaced on the baking tray and flatten the tops with a fork. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until set and slightly golden brown. Allow to cool.
6. Pumpkin cake cookies
Looking for an easy fall-inspired dessert? Look no further than these 2-ingredient pumpkin cookies from Wannabite.com. These come together in a flash and taste great with coffee or warm apple cider. This recipe serves 10 to 12.
- 1 box of spice cake mix
- 1 15 oz. can of pumpkin
- Sugar (for sprinkling)
Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, and grease or line a cookie sheet. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until smooth. Scoop 1 to 2 tablespoons of the dough at a time and place them evenly spaced on the cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Sprinkle sugar on top (optional), then enjoy!
7. Healthy coconut and banana cookies
Not only are these cookies delicious and easy, they’re healthy, too! That’s because they get their sweetness from ripe bananas, not refined sugar, so you can feel good about making these for you and your family. This recipe yields about 8 small cookies.
- 1 ripe banana
- ½ cup toasted coconut flakes
Directions: Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. In a blender or food processor, pulse the banana and coconut flakes together until they form a chunky mixture. Roll the mixture into small cookie shapes and place them on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes, until golden.
8. 2-Ingredient almond butter cookies
Here’s another healthy, refined sugar-free option for you: These nutritious cookies from My Whole Food Life are sweetened with delicious, gooey Medjool dates. You could even justify eating a few for breakfast! This recipe yields about 15 cookies.
- 6 Medjool dates, soaked in water
- 1 cup salted almond butter (You can also use unsalted. Just add a little salt to the recipe.)
Directions: In a blender or food processor, combine both ingredients. Scoop cookies onto a lined cookie sheet, and flatten each with a fork. Chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes, then transfer to an airtight container. They can last for several weeks stored in the fridge.
9. 2-Ingredient cookie cups
If you’re not really the baking type, these semi-homemade cookie cups from Crazy for Crust are the perfect option. Not only are they absolutely foolproof, but they’re totally customizable to your tastes, too! This recipe yields 24 cookie cups.
- 1 package (24 count) refrigerated ready-to-bake cookie dough squares, any flavor
- 24 candies (such as peanut butter cups, chocolate kisses, or caramels)
Directions: Preheat your oven to 350°F. Place cookie dough squares in a greased mini muffin tin. Bake until cookies look golden brown, about 12-14 minutes. After removing cookies from the oven, immediately push an unwrapped candy into the center, so the cookie forms a cup. Let cookies cool completely before removing from pans. Store in an airtight container for up to three days or freeze for up to one month.
10. Betty’s easy meringue cookies
Looking for a low-carb treat? These easy meringue cookies from Food.com user Oolala will do the trick. Plus, you probably already have the ingredients in the house!
- 3 cups egg whites
- ¾ cup sugar
Directions: Preheat oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Place egg white in a large bowl and beat with a hand mixer until very stiff. Gradually add sugar to egg whites, and keep beating until mixture forms peaks. Grease a large cookie sheet, and spoon teaspoon-sized dollops of mixture onto the sheet about 2 inches apart. Place sheet on the middle oven rack. Bake for 30 minutes. When the cookies’ centers are dry, remove from oven. Do not brown.
Additional reporting by Jacqueline Treboschi.