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Small Batch Single Serve Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

By Rachel
July 11, 2024

This small batch single serve chocolate chip cookie recipe is perfect when a sweet tooth arises! Soft and chewy, this cookie is studded with chocolate chips and has the perfect crispy edges. This dough doesn’t need any chill time and it comes out perfectly each time. Make one giant single serve cookie or two regular sized cookies with this one recipe. This will be your new weeknight go to!

freshly baked chocolate chip cookie

Highlights of this single serve cookie recipe and why you’ll love it:

  • Gooey center and crispy edges: this chewy cookie has crisp edges stays nice and gooey in the center. A sprinkle of flaky salt on top ads the perfect touch.
  • Studded with chocolate: this is one mighty cookie, while it maybe just one it is still loaded with melty chocolate chips. I like to top my cookie with a few more chips before baking.
  • No chill time: luckily this cookie takes no chill time so you can pop it in the oven right away!
  • Perfect for one or two people: this recipe makes one giant cookie or two regular sized cookies making this perfect for date night or a sweet treat for you and a friend!
  • Simple ingredients: this cookie is made with mostly pantry ingredients you already have on hand like all-purpose flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, salt, baking soda, and chocolate chips. Softened butter, eggs, and vanilla are also common ingredients. This is an easy recipe for single-serving cookies.

Tools I used for this single-serve chocolate chip cookie recipe:

  • USA Pan Half Sheet Pan – my go-to sheet pans, these are truly non-stick and clean up nicely.
  • Rubber Spatula – a must have! I like these because they don’t come apart so I don’t have to worry about water getting inside the spatula and causing mold.
  • Pyrex Mixing Bowl Set – I love this set of nesting bowls. I use them for everything, Pyrex glass does not break easily so you can trust on these bowls for years, plus they come in 3 useful sizes and can be stacked!
  • Portion Scoops – my go to for getting even sized cookies that bake perfectly each time!
one large single serve cookie

If you’re a chocolate lover, you have to try these Rich Chocolate Espresso Muffins, Edible Cottage Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, or this Protein Packed Cottage Cheese Chocolate Pudding! Small batch chocolate chip cookies will be a new go to recipe when you don’t want to make an entire batch of cookies! Great for when you have a cookie craving!

Grocery Store List & Substitutions:

  • Unsalted Butter: if using salted butter, omit adding more salt later in the recipe. This recipe calls for 3 tablespoons of butter. Do not substitute margarine.
  • Granulated white sugar: I do not recommend swapping any other type of sugar for this recipe. Other sugars can impact the dough differently and change how the cookie bakes and rises.
  • Brown sugar: make sure to pack your brown sugar. Light or dark brown sugar works.
  • Whole eggs: I like fresh pasture raised farm eggs if available, but any kind will work for this cookie. Let your egg yolk come to room temperature for this recipe. This recipe does not call for the entire egg, just need the yolk for this recipe, no egg whites.
  • Pure vanilla extract: use homemade or store-bought vanilla extract, almond extract can be added for additional flavor is desired.
  • All-purpose flour: no substitution here, other types of flour will change the texture and affect baking differently.
  • Chocolate chips: any kind of chocolate chips will work, semi-sweet, milk chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, or white chocolate. Chopped chocolate bars work great as well.

How to make the Small Batch Single Serve Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (with step by step instructions):

Let’s talk a little about how to make this single serve cookie (The printable instructions are in the recipe card below.)

Quick overview:

  • Combine butter and sugars
  • Add in egg yolk and vanilla
  • Mix in dry ingredients and chocolate chips
  • Scoop, bake, and enjoy

1: Combine softened butter with brown sugar and granulated sugar in a small bowl. Mix until evenly incorporated using a fork or small whisk.

3: Mix in the egg yolk and vanilla extract until combined.

4: Mix in the dry ingredients and fold in the chocolate chips.

5: Use a portion scoop to scoop dough onto a sheet pan. Top with additional chocolate chips if desired. No chilling time needed.

6. Bake and enjoy topped with flaky salt if desired. If you like crispy cookies, bake a little longer.

If you like this Small Batch Single Serve Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe, try these other sweet treat recipes…

One Bowl Easy Thin and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bakery Style Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Nutella (Chocolate Hazelnut) Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

Coffee Cake Cookies Recipe

Copycat Panera Bread Lemon Drop Cookie Recipe

Salted Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe FAQs:

Do I need to chill my cookie dough?

No, this single serve cookie dough does not need to be chilled – simply make and bake! If needed, it can be chilled for and hour or two up to 24 hours.

What type of chocolate is best in a cookie?

I like rich, dark chocolate chips or a roughly chopped up chocolate bar. But any type of chocolate would work from white chocolate chips, to mini chocolate chips and semi-sweet chocolate.

This cookie is minimal effort for maximum flavor, serve with a scoop of ice cream or make into a sandwich cookie for even more fun! This cookie could even be made in a high-power toaster oven so you don’t have to turn on the oven, perfect for those warm summer months!

freshly baked cookie torn in half on a sheet pan
Small Batch Single Serve Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Small Batch Single Serve Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

One giant soft and chewy single serve chocolate chip cookie.
Servings 1 Cookie
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes


  • 1 oz. portion scoop


  • 3 tbsp Unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp Granulated Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Brown Sugar, packed
  • 1 Egg yolk, room temperature
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 5 1/2 tbsp All-purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 cup Semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • In a small mixing bowl combine softened butter and sugars. Mix until combined. Add in the egg yolk and vanilla, mix again.
  • Mix in flour, baking soda, and salt until evenly combined. Gently fold in chocolate chips.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, line a small baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside. Use a portion scoop to scoop one giant cookie or two smaller cookies. Please on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.
  • Allow to cool slightly on the baking sheet then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.


*If the cookie spreads too much, use a round cookie cutter to gently scoot into a perfect circle while still warm.


Serving: 1cookieCalories: 1011kcalCarbohydrates: 115gProtein: 10gFat: 57gSaturated Fat: 33gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 287mgSodium: 457mgPotassium: 383mgFiber: 5gSugar: 76gVitamin A: 1332IUCalcium: 98mgIron: 6mg
Author: The Hearty Life
Calories: 1011kcal
Cost: $
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate chip cookies, Cookies, Dessert, Desserts for one, Single Serve

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single serve chocolate chip cookie with flaky salt

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