One Big Chocolate Chip Cookie

Published March 20, 2020. Updated September 20, 2023

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A recipe for just one big Chocolate Chip Cookie! 

Perfect for two (or for one, and you can save half for later), or it’s a fun baking project to do with the kids! It’s perfectly soft and chewy, deliciously sweet and buttery, and who can resist those lightly crisp edges?

One big chocolate chip cookie shown sitting on white parchment paper.

One Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

This recipe doesn’t require a mixer. It only takes about 5 minutes prep, a few prep tools, and a quick bake in the oven and you’ve got yourself an unbelievably delicious chocolate chip cookie!

We are talking just the right amount of crisp to the edges, a perfectly soft, moist and chewy center and it’s laden with a generous amount of dark chocolate chips.

Just the way a chocolate chip cookie was meant to be but more simplified to make!

I know the egg part of this recipe is annoying, 1 Tbsp, gotta save the rest (which are perfect for scrambled eggs). But it’s worth that little bit of extra effort. 1 whole egg would be way too much and I tried alternate methods like using another liquid but they just don’t have a great texture.

This recipe is a family favorite! Try it for yourself and you’ll see why.

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Steps to making a single chocolate chip cookie. Shown preparing dough in a mixing bowl and shaping dough into a round on parchment paper.

How to Make One Big Chocolate Chip Cookie

The easiest chocolate chip cookie recipe. Here’s a breakdown of the simple steps (scroll below for ingredient amounts, and full directions):

  1. Preheat oven, prepare baking sheet.
  2. Heat butter in microwave safe bowl until nearly melted.
  3. Add brown sugar, salt, portion of the egg, vanilla, flour and baking soda.
  4. Stir to blend well.
  5. Mix in chocolate chips.
  6. Shape into round on prepared baking sheet, dot top with some chocolate chips.
  7. Bake until golden brown on edges.

Chocolate chip cookie with a portion broken off to show texture of interior of cookie.

Possible Variations:

  • Split dough into 3 portions to make 3 smaller cookies (small batch cookie option). Start checking cookies around 8 minutes.
  • Use M&M’s (regular or mini) in place of chocolate chips.
  • Use white chocolate chips and add sprinkles.

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One big chocolate chip cookie shown sitting on white parchment paper.
4.91 from 99 votes

One Big Chocolate Chip Cookie

This recipe only takes about 5 minutes prep, a few prep tools, and a quick bake in the oven and you've got yourself an unbelievably delicious chocolate chip cookie!
Servings: 2 servings (1/2 cookie)
Prep5 minutes
Cook12 minutes
Ready in: 17 minutes



  • Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Place butter in a microwave safe mixing bowl. Heat in microwave until nearly melted (you want it almost all the way melted, remove from microwave just before completely melted and stir to fully melt. You just don't want it too hot or it will cook the egg and melt the chocolate chips when stirring).
  • To melted butter, add brown sugar, salt, 1 tbsp egg, the vanilla, flour and baking soda. Stir with a spoon until well combined, about 20 - 30 seconds.
  • Mix in 3 tablespoons of the chocolate chips. 
  • Shape dough into a 3 1/2-inch disk on a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet, gently press remaining 1 Tbsp chocolate chips randomly over top and sides of cookie.
  • Bake in preheated oven 12 - 14 minutes, until cookie is golden. Serve warm or allow to cool on a wire rack then store in an airtight container.


  • *To get 1 Tbsp egg, crack egg into a small bowl, whisk until yolk and white are well blended, then measure out 1 Tbsp. Reserve remainder for another use (aka tomorrows breakfast).
  • **If you're cookies are normally prone to spreading or at higher altitude use the scoop and level method to measure flour, if not use the spoon and level method to measure flour.
Nutrition Facts
One Big Chocolate Chip Cookie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 371 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 61mg20%
Sodium 211mg9%
Potassium 46mg1%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 31g34%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 445IU9%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.

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  • Theresa

    Delicious, when I’m craving a late night snack or just right for dessert for two. Warm from the oven with vanilla ice cream.

  • Shalomi

    I love this recipie! It makes one cookie but, you can double the recipie and make as many as you want! The cookies are soo nice and crunchie and if you don’t have chocolate chips you can make them chocolate chipless cookies and they are still good!

  • Harshita

    I’ve tried a hundred different self proclaimed ‘best ever’ chocolate chip cookies from across the internet- some involving chilling, some requiring browned butter, some requiring cake flour instead of APF, and countless other ingredients and modifications.

    I made this recipe one day randomly while on my period, when I was craving a couple of chocolate chip cookies but didn’t want to make a whole batch – and can i just say that this is the *best* recipe ever. Chewy in the middle, crispy on the edges, and the best part? It comes together in less than 5 mins. No chilling, no browning, nothing – just a deliciously easy recipe. Using a medium cookie scoop this recipe yielded me 3 large, crispy, delicious cookies.

    Going to make this my go-to recipe now. Thank you again.

  • Judith

    I just made these for the first time.
    I do not have a microwave so I melted the butter in a small saucepan, let it cool just a tad added all the other ingredients into the pan then baked the cookie right in that same saucepan.


  • Terry H

    The perfect size for an afternoon treat on National Chocolate Cookie Day. It was delicious! I will be making it again.

  • Kelly

    I made this dough to make a couple of s’mores cookies that have been showing up on my Instagram. It was absolutely the perfect dough to cover the wafers and marshmallows and it was exactly enough to make two. So delicious,this is now my favourite chocolate chip cookie recipe.

  • Meghan Scott

    I love this recipe. I’ve made it a handful of times over the years and it’s one of my favorites. I find for me it needs a few extra tablespoons of flour (I use the spoon and level method). This time I made it with chopped white chocolate and chopped pistachios. It was stellar.

    • ashley

      hey im glad you enjoyed it! i tried the recipe and also found the amount of flour recommended was too little, so i kept adding and adding and i dont know where i went wrong because it turned out a bit..weird? any suggestions?