The Ultimate Shortcut Cookie Book (Plus 3 Great Recipes!)

The Ultimate Shortcut Cookie BookI have a confession to make: I am a baking addict. I love creating home cooked treats for my friends and family for every occasion, but sometimes time constraints prevent me from making everything from scratch.

The Ultimate Shortcut Cookie Book by Camilla Saulsbury features “745 scrumptious recipes that start with refrigerated cookie dough, cake mix, brownie mix or ready-to-eat cereal.” That’s right, almost eight hundred fast and easy cookie recipes that your family will LOVE.

This book is a perfect choice for kids or novice bakers. Even more experienced bakers will enjoy the convenient, creative recipes!

The book is split into three chapters: drop cookies, fancy cookies, and bar cookies. Learn how to make a variety of treats including chai spice cookies, orange dreamsicle cookies, cinnamon stick chocolate biscotti, and almond butterscotch squares. There is even a selection of no-bake cookies (for those hot summer days when you can’t bear to turn on the oven!)

After reading the entire book cover to cover, I decided to try out a few of the recipes. Hopefully you will like them as much I did!

If you like Almond Joy candy bars, you’ll love these Almond Joyful Cookies. And with only four ingredients, they’re incredibly easy to make!

Almond Joy Cookies

Almond Joyful Cookies
1 (16.5-ounce) roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough
¾ cup shredded coconut
1 cup milk chocolate chips (don’t sub with semisweet!)
¾ cup whole almonds, coarsely chopped

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Break up the cookie dough in a large bowl and let it soften on the counter for 10-15 minutes. Add the coconut, chocolate chips, and almonds and mix well with your hands until everything is worked in.

Drop teaspoons of dough onto a cookie sheet, leaving 2 inches between cookies. Bake the cookies for 11-13 minutes, just until they are set and golden at the edges. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Love the taste of brownies, but hate waiting 45 minutes for them to bake? Give these Big Brownie Cookies a try!

Big Brownie Cookies

Big Brownie Cookies
1 package brownie mix (about 19 ounces)
⅓ cup vegetable or canola oil
2 eggs
1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Add the brownie mix, oil, and eggs to a large mixing bowl and stir until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Drop large tablespoons of dough onto a cookie sheet, leaving 2 inches in between cookies. Press the chopped walnuts onto the tops of the cookies.

Bake for 11-14 minutes, until the cookies are cracked in appearance and set in the center. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool on the cookie sheet for 1 minute, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

These spicy, chewy Cinnamon Pecan Cookies are a new favorite of mine! This recipe takes blah packaged sugar cookie dough to a whole new level.

Cinnamon Pecan CookiesCinnamon Pecan Cookies
1 (16.5-ounce) roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Break up the cookie dough in a large bowl and let it soften on the counter for 10-15 minutes. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and pecans and mix well with your hands or a wooden spoon.

Drop teaspoons of dough onto a cookie sheet, leaving 2 inches between cookies. Bake the cookies for 10-13 minutes, just until they are set and golden at the edges. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Eager to try the other 742 shortcut cookie recipes? Get The Ultimate Shortcut Cookie Book today!

5 Comments

  1. One batch of Big Brownie Cookies coming up! thanks Katie.

  2. i don’t know if I have enough almonds for the Almond Joy cookies but I definitely want to try them

  3. Those Brownie Mix cookies look so tasty! Fun post.

  4. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews says:

    That is simply my kind of cookbook! lol I just love baking and trying all kinds of different things. 🙂

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