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.
4.88 from 75 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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

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.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.

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352 Comments

  • willow lolita

    I have done this recipe a few times and it is amazing, works well everytime and the cookies come out delicious, i have it with some ice cream and it’s perfect

  • tom

    I’m a guy who simply loves chocolate cookies and make often. Thanks for the tip on this single. Worked great.

  • Juno

    The best cookie I have ever made would recommend but I was wondering if you could like times the batter by like 10 would it work pls rospond so I know love it ;)

  • Stephen Serfozo

    Such a great recipe to have on hand when 3 dozen cookies is about 33 too many. Happy chocolate chip cookie day!

  • Cindy

    Oh WOW! This recipe really worked. So simple. Perfect for satisfying a craving and not going overboard. I’ve tried other recipes for individual cookies, but this was the closest in taste and texture to having made an entire batch.

  • Jen

    Hello,
    This is my go-to recipe when I want a chocolate chip cookie- it’s so easy and quick to make/clean up! If I were to publish this (on a website), would you prefer I rewrite the recipe and link back to you?
    Thx.

  • Karen

    No clear temperature guidings for cooking took us 3hours and 18 alternative recipes to work out the average cooking temp for a cookie when your telling me I could just have slapped it on at 180degrees and it would have been fine
    Signed
    Karen xx

  • Shif

    Hi. The First time I tried this recipe it turned out amazing. After that every time I try it becomes cakey texture. Not chewy. I have tried around 8 times after the first try and always the same result (cakey) what do u think is happening?

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      Be careful not to over-mix and incorporate air in the dough, you can also try melting the butter completely and even reducing flour by 1/2 tbsp. Hope that helps!

    • Jacey N Rademacher

      Try not to over cook it, that’s what makes it more cakey. (cook between 5-7min) I undercook it and leave it on the pan for 2 min and then transfer.