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.ย  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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    December 16, 2018 at 2:43 pm

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

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      December 16, 2018 at 3:48 pm

      Yay ๐Ÿ™‚

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    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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    October 7, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    5 stars
    Update: this is amazing and you are my hero.

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      October 7, 2017 at 9:27 pm


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        January 18, 2018 at 12:33 pm

        5 stars
        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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          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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          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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    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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    October 3, 2017 at 4:07 pm

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

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      October 3, 2017 at 6:08 pm


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    September 29, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    5 stars
    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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      September 29, 2017 at 5:37 pm

      Awww, I love that, thanks John!!

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    February 4, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    5 stars
    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. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m a cookie addict so this one cookie at a time thing is great. Thank you for sharing!

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      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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    January 27, 2017 at 7:19 pm

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

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    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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    January 9, 2017 at 2:20 am

    5 stars
    Wow this was good. Then I made two more…

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      January 9, 2017 at 8:44 am

      lol ๐Ÿ™‚

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