Recipes that take minimal ingredients and little time.
Spiced Molasses Drops
Credit: Iain Bagwell

Whoever came up with the phrase "____ as the day is long" clearly never experienced a modern holiday season. Unlike holiday-prep to-do lists, the days simply aren't long enough.

Don't get me wrong, I love a full social calendar around the holidays—if you're having a tacky Christmas sweater party, I'd like an invite. An ice-skating date or trip to see The Nutcracker? Even better. But with holiday merriment comes a shortage of free time to well, prepare for said events.

We say that's no reason to skip the cookie swap though—just make quicker cookies. Here, we've rounded up a few deceptively quick cookie recipes for those last minute invites and days where your to-do list is longer than the day.

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Fudgy Flourless Chocolate-Pecan Cookies Recipe

These cookies only take 45 minutes and call for 7 ingredients, most of which are probably in your pantry. Plus, they're the ideal cookie texture: crispy on the outside, soft and gooey inside. Recipe here.

No-Bake Almond Butter Thumbprints

No bake means no waiting for the oven to heat up or cookies to cool off. Oh, and these adorable cookies also only call for five ingredients. You can serve immediately, or chill until 30 minutes before serving. Recipe here.

Spiced Molasses Drops

The ingredient list for these is slightly longer, but is almost entirely pantry staples. They only take 50 minutes to make, and will make the whole kitchen smell like Christmas cheer. Recipe here.


Perfect for cookie swaps, this classic recipe yields four dozen, and the cookies only bake for 6 minutes, so the whole batch is ready in a pinch. Recipe here.

Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies

With a prep time of 15 minutes and a cook time of 12, these perfectly wintery (and decadent) cookies have cookie-swap written all over them. Recipe here.