One Chocolate Chip Cookie

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.

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.

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.

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.
4.85 from 58 votes

Recipe for 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


  • 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


  • 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
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.

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  • Melissa Knight

    This is exactly what I wanted. The flavor was delicious and it turned out perfectly. I have been reluctant to make a full batch of cookies since joining Weight Watchers a few months ago. I am looking forward to making many of your other recipes. The edible cookie dough looks amazing. I live in Idaho and am also a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The past few weeks have been different but manageable. I am no longer working, my husband is working from home, my daughter is losing a roommate because she is now in online school, my oldest son is doing online college from home, and youngest son is trying to get home from Australia where he has been serving a mission for the past 9 months. Only the dog’s life remains unchanged. Thanks for letting me vent for a minute.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      These are very unique and challenging times for everyone but at least we are all in this together. :) I hope you’re son makes it home soon! Praying for the best you and your family!❤️

  • Fatima

    Are the calories listed for the entire recipe or just half the cookie?

  • Brooke

    Hi I was just double checking that you could leave out the choc chip cookies and just have the basic sugar cookie type dough?

    I want to decorate just one cookie.


    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Yes chocolate chips can be omitted, cookie will spread a little more but will still be delicious.

  • Debra Kendall

    Jaclyn, thank you for your delicious recipes, but most importantly the beautiful message above!
    Blessings to you and yours!
    Stay safe, stay healthy!


  • Jewels

    Dear Jaclyn
    I haven’t tried the recipe yet but wanted to thank you for your beautiful message of faith, hope and peace. Wishing you and your loved ones safety and good health. Sending love and prayers for healing to the world❤️Thank you for all you do.

  • Laura

    Not sure what went wrong. A crumbly mess that never turned into a cookie.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      So sorry to hear that! It sounds like something may have been forgotten or improperly measured.

  • Sara

    I have never left a comment before. This cookie turned out perfectly and was a delicious treat. Thank you! Take care and be well!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Thank you Sara, you take care as well! So glad you liked the cookie! :)

      • Ethan

        This cookie was amazing, I’m just starting to bake and this recipe was so easy and was so quick. Thank you for this incredible recipe.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I don’t know how that would work out, I’d probably try scaling down a recipe like this.