Drop cookies are the easiest individual cookies to make. Balls of dough are dropped from a spoon onto a cookie sheet. Recipe: Golden Chocolate Treasure Cookies.
Molded Cookies dough is formed by the hands into shapes such as: wreaths, crescents, canes, or balls. Balls are sometimes flattened with the bottom of a glass. Recipe: Peanut Butter Cookies.
Pressed Cookies are made by pressing the dough through a cookie press or pastry tube to form different shapes. Recipe: Butter Spritz Cookies.
Refrigerator or Icebox Cookies are prepared by shaping the dough into long rolls and then refrigerating them. Once cold, the dough can be sliced and baked. This is a great prepare-ahead-of-time dough because it can also be frozen. Recipe: Espresso Chocolate Chip Shortbread.
Rolled Cookies take a little more preparation. With a rolling pin, chilled dough is rolled out. The dough is cut into shapes by using a knife, pastry wheel or cookie cutter. Recipe: Sugar Cookies.