The Perfect Cookie For One!




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The Secret to The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie For One!

OMG I must have made (and tasted) a dozen recipes before I discovered THE SECRET to The PERFECT Cookie for One — take advantage of all my ‘research’ and enjoy!

The Secret to The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie For One!

Of all the (many) things I find it hard to resist, a fresh baked homemade chocolate chip cookie is right up there with the big boys.   So, sadly, I hardly ever make them.   And that’s why I’m so excited to share this recipe for the perfect cookie for one with you…it makes a big beautiful delicious, warm gooey chocolate chip cookie.  Just one.  So basically — you’re protected from your bad self — how fabulous is that?

Baking the perfect cookie for one!

You might not realize it, but creating the perfect formula for a single cookie is not easy.  You want it to be super delish, quick, and without unnecessary waste (no 1/4 of an egg, thank you.)  You should be able to whip it up with a mug and a fork, with ingredients you always have on hand.  Sounds simple.  Not so much.  There are kinks that need to be worked out, and fussy details to get right.  But now that I’ve got it — I’m going to share it with you.  And if you’re one of those people that needs to be restrained in a straitjacket around a batch of cookies, you’ll appreciate this.   You won’t be tempted to sneak another, and another, because, guess what?… you can’t!  (Bwahahahahah)   It makes a lot of sense.  And did I mention this makes one HEFTY cookie?  So you won’t go away hungry.

The secret to the perfect cookie for one

Secret # 1 — Accuracy!  This is not the kind of recipe you can fool around with, trust me.  All baking depends on accuracy, but with something this small, that’s triple true.  Every little discrepancy will be magnified in your final cookie, so take care!  Use those handy little markers on the butter wrapper, and if your wrapper has gone wonky, line it back up.  Use real honest to goodness measuring spoons, not stuff from the cutlery drawer.  Fluff your flour first and level it off when you measure.  Your oven needs to be at the correct temperature, I keep an oven thermometer in mine and always check before I put anything inside.  Don’t panic, this isn’t hard at all, but it is specific.

Secret # 2 — Make sure you mix your dough well.  Everything should be well combined, no dry flour left, so keep at it with the fork, until the butter and flour are one.  After mixing, use your hands to compact the dough and roll it into a perfect ball.  If you don’t combine the dough well enough your cookie won’t hold together well as it bakes.

Secret # 3 — Use a regular cookie sheet, not a super-duper insulated one; the cookies seem to cook better that way, (non-stick is ok.)  Press down just slightly with your fingers on the ball of dough before you put it in the oven.

Secret # 4 — The oats.  They add texture, flavor, and structure to the cookie.

Secret # 5 — I like to pop in a few extra chocolate chips once I have formed the ball of dough and set it on the pan.  Add them on top, pushing into the dough well, so that when it comes out of the oven you’ll have a few tempting morsels staring up at you.

Everything you need to know to make THE PERFECT cookie for one!

Truly perfect.  And I don’t know about you, but when I see the ingredients laid out for the one cookie they look innocent enough — maybe we’ve hit on solution to the age old dilemma and maybe we can paraphrase Michael Pollen’s wise words…”Eat dessert.  Not too much.”

The Secret To The Perfect Cookie For One!
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The secret to THE PERFECT Cookie for One!

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temp is best but not essential
  • 1 Tbsp firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 2 Tbsp flour (fluff, scoop, and level)
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp rolled oats (old fashioned or quick cooking)
  • 1 Tbsp chocolate chips, plus a few extra for the top

Instructions

  1. Set oven to 350F
  2. Put the butter, sugar, and vanilla in a small bowl, or mug. Use a fork to blend them together really well.
  3. Add the flour, baking soda, salt, and oats and continue to mix until everything is well blended and there is no dry flour left.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips and bring the dough together with your hands and roll into a smooth round ball.
  5. Set on a cookie sheet, you can line with a piece of parchment if you want, but it's not necessary. Flatten just slightly with your fingers, and pop in a couple of extra chips on tip. Push them in well but keep that nice round shape.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes
  7. If you like your cookie soft and gooey, eat it warm from the oven. If you like your cookie with a little bit of crunch, let it cool completely.

notes:

  • If you like your cookies soft and gooey, eat it warm from the oven.  If you like your cookies with a little bit of crunch, let it cool completely.

The secret to THE PERFECT Cookie for One!

Go ahead, you know you want to try this — and let me know what you think!

 

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    Roberta Taron
    January 1, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    I beat an egg and measured about a tsp and added it after the sugar. Really Improved it. I divided the rest and froze them.

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      Sue
      January 2, 2019 at 8:37 am

      Thanks Roberta :)

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        Roberta Taron
        January 4, 2019 at 8:51 pm

        Oh no thank you! Thks is a perfect recipe. Glad I found it! :-)

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    Colleen
    December 16, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out amazing! I’ll definitely be making this again and again!

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      Sue
      December 16, 2018 at 3:48 pm

      Yay :)

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    Taylor
    April 16, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    So delicious! Mine turned out looking nothing like yours but they were still so yummy. I need this recipe for a full batch!

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    Stephanie
    October 7, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Update: this is amazing and you are my hero.

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      Sue
      October 7, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      :)

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        Jessica
        January 18, 2018 at 12:33 pm

        This cookie is SO GOOD. I baked it in a toaster oven and just put one Lindt chocolate ball in the center of the dough instead of chocolate chips and it turned out wonderfully; thanks so much for this recipe!

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          Sue
          January 18, 2018 at 1:23 pm

          Wow, a cookie oven make it even more convenient, and who could argue with a Lindt truffle??

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          fozia
          March 16, 2018 at 2:14 am

          dear jessica in toaster oven how u preheat oven?by on upper n lower both rods or just lower rod? n whn u put dough in oven u on only lower rods or uper also?
          i tried this but center was uncooked and if i put for more one min it turn black

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    Stephanie
    October 7, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    I also require a straight jacket to not eat all the cookies. Thanks for this recipe!

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    Janet
    October 3, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Oh, I intend to try this recipe, it sounds delish and I’ll be eating only one cookie. . . . and then . . . . A whole bag of chocolate chips, minus one tablespoon.

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      Sue
      October 3, 2017 at 6:08 pm

      lol!!

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    John
    September 29, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    I made one of these for my roommate when he was feeling down and he said it was the best cookie he’s ever had!

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      Sue
      September 29, 2017 at 5:37 pm

      Awww, I love that, thanks John!!

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    Shawna
    February 4, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    I found your recipe last night when my toddler was insistent on a cookie and I just wasn’t feeling up to making a full batch. This is a really tasty cookie! I just finished eating my own right now and I forsee more of these in my future. :) I’m a cookie addict so this one cookie at a time thing is great. Thank you for sharing!

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      Sue
      February 4, 2017 at 8:59 pm

      Thanks for taking the trouble to come back and let us know, Shawna ~ I remember the hungry toddler years well!

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    Richelle
    January 27, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Nevermind, I just saw it! Could it maybe be edited? Delicious cookie!

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    Richelle
    January 27, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    How muchbrown sugar should be used? 1 tablespoon or 1 teaspoon? The recipe just says 1. Thanks!

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    L.J.
    January 9, 2017 at 2:20 am

    Wow this was good. Then I made two more…

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      Sue
      January 9, 2017 at 8:44 am

      lol :)

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    Katie @ Recipe for Perfection
    January 7, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    A desperate need for a cookie paired with the fact that I only had a tablespoon of chocolate chips led me to your recipe, which worked fabulously! Thank you!

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      Sue
      January 7, 2017 at 4:13 pm

      Lol ~ glad you found me!

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    janice watson
    September 14, 2016 at 12:22 am

    thankyou so much for the recipe

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    Jeff @ Make It Like a Man!
    May 7, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    I’m not sure what to think of this, since I consider a single serving of cookies to be two. Or six. Or a dozen. Although it really is interesting to see a recipe for one cookie. I was hoping the recipe said, “Take a recipe that yeilds two dozen cookies and form it into one, huge cookie…” OK, enough kidding around. I do want to mention, though, that chocolate chip cookie dough, unbaked, lasts for several days in the fridge – and in fact is better for being there. What I do, is make a full batch, but only bake a few at a time. With dough in the fridge, you’re never more than about 15 minutes from a freshly baked cookie.

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      Kirsten
      February 3, 2019 at 1:46 pm

      This recipe is clearly for those of us who’d eat all the cookie dough right out of the fridge. So, your plan is nice, but defeats the purpose.

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    Claire
    May 3, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    I tried this chocolate chip cookie for one and it is one of the best chocolate chip cookie I have eaten. Thank you for sharing. Now I want more.

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      Sue
      May 3, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      Thanks Claire!

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    Jody
    May 2, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I absolutely love chocolate chip cookies but haven’t made them in years because I didn’t want to have so many available! Mine is in the oven right now…can’t wait to try it!

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      Sue
      May 2, 2016 at 6:19 pm

      That’s exactly my situation Jody, i haven’t made them really since my kids were young, I’m so happy to have discovered this!

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    Betty
    April 30, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    I have absolutely no willpower, so this is perfect! :)

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    Robyn @ Simply Fresh Dinners
    April 30, 2016 at 4:28 am

    Wow, this i just what I needed, Sue. I’m definitely someone who will take more than one cookie if it’s around so this will work perfectly. It looks SO delicious!

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    April 28, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    This is absolutely brilliant, and absolutely dangerous too… now it will be that much harder to resist whipping up cookies just because! :)

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    cheri
    April 28, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Hi Sue, well this is just plain genius. I can hardly control myself around chocolate chip cookies and it looks like you found a way around it. Very, very nice.

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      Sue
      April 28, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      Let me know if you give it a try Cheri~

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    Lucy @ Globe Scoffers recipes
    April 28, 2016 at 11:55 am

    These look delicious! Thanks for sharing.

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    April 28, 2016 at 8:21 am

    The cookie looks GREAT! But you turned on the oven just to bake one cookie or do you own a mini oven?

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      Sue
      April 28, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      I don’t have a toaster oven, but it would be ideal. I turned on my oven, Angie.

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    sippitysup
    April 28, 2016 at 8:04 am

    I’m having trouble with the concept of going to the fuss and muss (and time) of making just one cookie. But I admire your strict dedication to perfecting the concept. GREG

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      Sue
      April 28, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      That might be because you’re a GUY Greg…guys don’t tend to have the same problems with chocolate that women do, I don’t think. But really it’s not much fuss at all, just mash it all together with a fork and bake ;)

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      Jody
      May 2, 2016 at 5:17 pm

      Sue is right, Greg, no fuss at all. I just made one and it was fast and easy! You should try it!

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    Sara
    April 28, 2016 at 7:46 am

    I never make cookies for the same reason as you – I can’t resist! This is the perfect solution, I might even try it tonight after the kids go to bed :)

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      Sue
      April 28, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      Good idea!!

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    Susan
    April 28, 2016 at 5:30 am

    I made it last night. Oh my gosh, it was divine!!

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 28, 2016 at 7:16 am

      Yay!

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    Abbe@This is How I Cook
    April 27, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    You do know that the minute my husband goes out of town that I will be trying this? This will totally kill my diet-ouch! Who am I kidding?

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 28, 2016 at 7:17 am

      It’s pretty much the perfect ‘husband-out-of-town recipe Abbe, let me know how it goes :)

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        Sue
        April 28, 2016 at 7:17 am

        And it won’t kill your diet, just look at those ingredients — practically nothing!

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    Jennifer Farley
    April 27, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    I’ve got an insane sugar tooth, and I’ve been making myself something just like this for ages. Half the time I don’t even bother baking it :)

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    April 27, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    This is brilliant! I’m passing this on to my daughter, too. This was made for her :)

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    Coffee and Crumpets
    April 27, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    My daughter is going to love this! She is a cookie monster, but I dont know if one will be enough!
    Every week I make 6 dozen cookies for work. They’re never enough because people can’t stop at one. So, when I want a cookie at home, I just don’t want to make them! But I do ,Ike these idea of just one, I can do one :)

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      Sue
      April 27, 2016 at 4:07 pm

      Oh wow, you must be the most popular girl at work!!

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    Pamela
    April 27, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    It would be great to have the ingredients listed in grams, too!! Most scales are very accurate for the first 10-100 g…
    ;-)

    A one cookie recipe is a great idea! I want to try this!

    We need a one cookie peanut butter cookie recipe!!
    Hint, hint!

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      Sue
      April 27, 2016 at 4:06 pm

      I’ll try to do it again with weight measurements Pamela — it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it ;) And I’m on that peanut butter cookie recipe!

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    Bobbi from Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
    April 27, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    OhhEmmmGeeee you are a genius!! My butt and thighs thank you LOL

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 27, 2016 at 4:07 pm

      Your butt and thighs are welcome :)

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    Bregor
    April 27, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    I love the idea of making 1 very good chocolate chip cookie to satisfy my cookie craving, but am curious about the texture without a bit of egg? I probably should just make it, but I am thinking a crumbly?

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      Sue
      April 27, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      It’s not crumbly, but I would say that when it cools it’s more of a crunchy cookie than a soft one. That’s why i said if you like your cookies soft eat it warm.

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    Renate Kasper
    April 27, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    REALLY??? JUST ONE COOKIE? Are you all NUTS???!!! Sorry to sound like I’m screaming, but that’s what’s going on inside my head right now! I can appreciate the unusual concept, but I just don’t think I would be happy with myself if I pulled only ONE COOKIE out of the oven (not to mention the hatred coming from everyone else in the house!). Do you happen to have the math handy for a whole BATCH of these ‘perfect’ cookies? Maybe you shared a link and I missed it. I’d have to make at least FOUR of these cookies! LOL!

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    Amy @ Accidental Happy Baker
    April 27, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    Cool! This would be great for my Grandma who loves to bake, but doesn’t really have the energy to do huge batches anymore.

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    Chris Scheuer
    April 27, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Dangerous, extremely dangerous! But what a wonderful little gift you have given us Sue – because sometimes you just need a good cookie! And this one looks really GOOD!

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    Beth @ Binky's Culinary Carnival
    April 27, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Love this! No need for willpower! (Which I have none of when it comes to homemade chocolate chips!

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      Sue
      April 27, 2016 at 9:02 am

      I’m not so good at the willpower thing…

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    Oriana @Mommyhood's Diary
    April 27, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Oh my…sounds like a great idea! Sometime you only need ONE cookie. Love it!!

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      Sue
      April 27, 2016 at 8:58 am

      I think most of the time we only ‘NEED’ one cookie :)

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    John/Kitchen Riffs
    April 27, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Heck, it’s easy to make a cookie for one. Mix up a batch of chocolate chip cookie dough. Sample the dough to make sure it’s edible. Be diligent! When finished, bake the cookie. :-) Anyway, this looks terrific — thanks.

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      Sue
      April 27, 2016 at 8:57 am

      That’s another way to do it, for sure!

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    GLZ
    April 27, 2016 at 8:06 am

    So if I eat 16 of these at once, is it 16 cookies for one? :D Love this cookie recipe, and indeed, it looks perfect and simple to make! Thanks for sharing!! – Levan

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      Sue
      April 27, 2016 at 8:14 am

      Hah — maybe I should have provided the multiplied recipe!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    April 27, 2016 at 6:52 am

    Now you’ve done it. You should hear the conversation going on in my head. I must give this a try for the sheer culinary experience, or eating a warm chocolate chip cookie for breakfast should be okay right? I wonder what it would be like with nut butter? How about adding nuts? I am inspired!

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      Sue
      April 27, 2016 at 7:23 am

      I know, my mind is going to all those place with you…It would absolutely work with the nut butter, like my flourless cookies, but i decided to start with the original first…believe me, there’s a series coming on ;)

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    monique
    April 27, 2016 at 5:46 am

    Will have to give it a try..I make them in bulk of course for all the boys:) And try every new recipe that catches my fancy..will try yours too:)

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      Sue
      April 27, 2016 at 6:40 am

      Nothing wrong with cookies ‘in bulk’ of course :)

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