The Perfect Cookie For One!

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!

The secret to THE PERFECT Cookie for One!
3.32 from 129 votes

The Secret To The Perfect 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!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Yield 1 serving!
Author Sue Moran


  • 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


  • Set oven to 350F
  • Put the butter, sugar, and vanilla in a small bowl, or mug. Use a fork to blend them together really well.
  • Add the flour, baking soda, salt, and oats and continue to mix until everything is well blended and there is no dry flour left.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips and bring the dough together with your hands and roll into a smooth round ball.
  • 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.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes
  • 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.

Cook's 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 nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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

    5 stars
    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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      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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      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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    May 3, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    5 stars
    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.

    • Reply
      May 3, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      Thanks Claire!

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    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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      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!

  • Reply
    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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    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.

    • Reply
      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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