One Chocolate Chip Cookie {Sending Love}

March 20, 2020  ·  Published June 17, 2014

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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.

Sending Love

So this week one of my most popular recipes is Cookie Dough. I think we may all be doing a little emotional eating, it’s been a rough week.

I just want to send love and prayers to all around the world wherever you may be! And also wanting to share some thoughts, and hopefully a relatable word (yes I’ve been getting anxiety). We are all in this together!

It does feel surreal how things can so dramatically change overnight. I think many of us are feeling that.

Here in the U.S. as we all work to adapt to a new temporary normal (this is not the end of the world!) I hope we can band together as a society, and help a neighbor in need. Share spare unopened items you may have (if not sick of course, and properly sanitize and practice safe distances and health officials guidelines), grocery shop for a neighbor in need if appropriately able, or donate online to the local food bank (or global organizations such as UNICEF) if you are able.

Now is the time to show what it means to be a caring citizen, a loving people (and to teach your kids through example the same). Hopefully we can look out for those in need!

And if you are in need of help please don’t be afraid to call and reach out to someone. There are those people willing to help.

Of course, these are challenging times for all of us (and most of us were already dealing with personal challenges. Currently I’m working through a painful nerve condition that’s been going on for 2+ years which goes undiagnosed and therefore treatment options have failed. And now I’ve also got earthquake fears being here in Utah given what happened 2 days ago. But they do start to seem insignificant given the weight of the world).

And now on top of that, here we are working to overcome fear of what’s happening globally. It’s hard to avoid the rampant fear everywhere, especially the media. While some fear to be cautious may be necessary, there’s no point in the endless worry.

As Ralph Waldo Emerson said “fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.” Let us take things a day at a time, now is not the time for us as individuals to predict the very worst possible outcome with any scenario. Here we will leave that to the scientists, disease doctors involved, and global world economists to study. My prayers are with them to be guided for direction.

But I do want to point out, that despite the fear in the world, I’m thankful there’s still so much good. So many good people who are banding together (even virtually). I’m thankful we have some warning, some knowledge, some treatments and means to battle things (can you imagine how little was known about past pandemics throughout history?).

In this unsettling time (globally, economically, physically, emotionally) I hope we can continue to see the blessings and have gratitude in our lives despite given circumstances. And that we can let hope, perseverance, and faith overcome fear.

No one knows what will come of it, but I hope we gear our minds toward optimistic thinking and hope for the better, while in the meantime acting responsibly preventative. Things may be unsettling for a while but they always get better, history has proved that.

This is only my families 7th day practicing physical distancing and mentally it is already rough (especially with an 5.7 magnitude earthquake to top it off and wondering if another may follow). What has been days feels like at least a month.

I’m trying to see things differently though and put them into perspective.

For those of you physically distancing alone in your home or apartment, I imagine it could start to feel like some sort of jail cell being there alone, but instead I hope it can be seen as a safe haven protecting us from potentially harmful things. And of course not only for ourselves but for our neighbors and those we love. Let’s keep some distance for now and look forward to those get togethers soon that will be that much more appreciated.

I never want to impose my beliefs on anyone and I will always say to each their own and I respect that. But as for me personally, I believe God is watching over us and he may not take this right away (I believe it is also our part to take action) I believe he sees us and is ultimately with us.

We are in this together so may we continue to follow what health officials and united government leaders guide us to do (and again I pray they be guided with wisdom to rightfully guide us for the good of the world whatever it may be). I hope we come come together unified as a society, as a human race, in proactively fighting the unseen challenges at hand.

Hoping to send comfort and love (and reminders to myself as well)! The good, the light, and even joy is still all around us. If you can’t see the light, be the light.

And please take time to step away from the media. Of course we all want to stay informed but getting caught up in it can be emotionally dangerous. Let’s make sure we look for facts, not opinions from people uninvolved. Avoid those doomsday opinions, they won’t get you anywhere.

And remember the courage of ancestors. The battles of every kind they’ve fought and think of the bravery in those even more challenging situations. So many heroes and incredible leaders.

Just take moments to breath. Take up a new hobby or learn a new skill. Facetime a friend or loved one. Watch a comedy. Listen to positive music. Cook some healthy recipes (and a cookie here and there to go along with it).

And hopefully we can keep to a daily routine, get a little exercise in and keep some productivity and normalcy going. We need to take care of ourselves in all of this too.

Sending thanks to everyone who is helping with this cause (grocery workers, medical professionals, scientists, military, delivery workers, farmers, individuals distancing, etc.). My heart goes out to my brother who is a nurse in ICU, wish I could give him hugs.❤️ You got this, come what may!

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 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.

Why You’ll Love this Single 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.

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.

More Delicious Cookie Recipes to Try

Recipe for One Big Chocolate Chip Cookie

4.83 from 51 votes

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)
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes


  • 2 Tbsp (28g) salted butter
  • 3 Tbsp (38g) packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tbsp whisked egg*
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup (40g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 4 Tbsp (42g) chocolate chips, divided


  1. 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).

  2. 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.

  3. Mix in 3 tablespoons of the chocolate chips. 

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

Recipe Notes

  • *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
Recipe for 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.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate chip cookies, dessert for one
Author: Jaclyn

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  • Smaranda

    Thanks for receipe! I wish you all the best in the world! Stay strong! Sending love to all the world!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Sorry to hear that. My developer has looked into it and it appears everything is good on my end it may be an issue with the Pinterest app? Have you tried from another device? Sorry it’s giving you trouble!

    • Giancarlo morlaes

      i have two questions that I am conflicted with this recipe thank you. One, is it a required step to have to melt the butter for this recipe; is it better if I bake it that way immediately instead of chilling it? If I do bake it immediately, do I shape it into a disc or a ball? thank you for even looking at this comment, Thanks! I LOVE BAKING

      • Jaclyn

        Jaclyn Bell

        I would stick with the melted butter for a consistent end result with the recipe. If needed you can melt the butter on the stovetop if you don’t own a microwave. And then continue to follow the recipe as directed.

  • Heidi Holmes

    You are absolutely lovely. Thank you for your thoughtful comments regarding the times in which we are finding ourselves. I have grown to trust your recipes and know that when I choose to make one it will be good. All the best to you and your family.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Thanks so much Heidi! All the best to you and your family as well!
      So glad to hear you trust my recipes, I hope you continue to find more you enjoy!

  • barbara

    Five stars for this recipe, which I will make with my two little grandsons’ help just for fun. Ten stars for your kind and compassionate message to all of us. Now is the time to showcase our patience, calmness and caring nature to everyone around us because some of us may be feeling as though they have no one in their corners.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Yes well said Barbara, and thank you for your kindness! I hope no one feels alone in this. Though many may physically be staying alone we are still very much in this together! Sending love!

  • Gianna

    Very good. There was a few too many chocolate chips for me- but that’s my fault ;).

  • Abby

    Followed the recipe exactly. Turned out good. I would make it again. However, it’s not really a super convenient chocolate chip cookie. It’s almost as work as a full batch, and creates just as many dirty dishes/utensils. Also you have to store or throw away the extra egg. I didn’t want to store it, but also hate to be wasteful so I cooked it and gave it to my dog as a treat.

    But, sometimes you just want a single cookie, and this is a good recipe.

    • Teresa Berry

      My sediments exactly. I was excited to read your thoughts this morning. Sharing your thoughts like that gives everyone so much strength and courage. To heed the words from those in authority to help us overcome this trial currently in our lives today. Also, I love your recipes. They are so delicious. Keep them coming. 😋

      • Jaclyn

        Jaclyn Bell

        Thanks for your kind words Teresa!❤️ And I’m so glad to know you enjoy my recipes :).

      • Laurie A Schemp

        Good cookies,thank you for your kindness,you said you have nerve problems I did to until I tried a prescription of gabapentin better known as noroton It helped tremendosly. I hope it helps you it for the nerves. Have a great day!

        • Jaclyn

          Jaclyn Bell

          Thank you for the kindness Laurie! I did try Gabapentin it didn’t work for me, but I’m so glad it has worked for you! I really appreciate the thought!!