Drop Cookies

From chewy chocolate chip to coffee-flavored meringues, they're as easy to make as they are divine.

Mix, drop, and bake: That's all you need to do to make the cookies in this chapter. So called because the dough is dropped by spoonfuls onto the baking sheet, drop cookies are what we turn to when we need a quick cookie fix. While most drop cookies are simple, homey rounds studded with nuts or chocolate chips, this category also includes fancier choices like thin, crisp lace cookies, chocolate-dipped macaroons, and easy meringues.

Helpful hints:

• Measure the dough for the first few cookies as directed, then eyeball the portions for remaining cookies.

• To ensure that cookies hold their shape, let baking sheets cool before baking the next batch of cookie dough. If you need to cool sheets off quickly, hold them under cold running water; dry before using.

• Be sure to preheat your oven. Using an oven thermometer ensures that the oven is at the correct temperature for baking.

Thick, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thin, Crisp Chocolate Chip Cookies

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate-Macadamia Nut Clusters

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip-Oatmeal Cookies

Chinese Five-Spice Oatmeal Cookies

Molasses Crunch Cookies

Bourbon Snaps

Peppermint Buttons

Mint Sandies

Caramelized-Sugar Cookies

Gianduia Buttons

Swiss Almond Macaroons

Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons

Marvelous Meringues

Coffee Meringues

Chocolate Chip Meringues

Florentines

German Oatmeal Cookies