Small-Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies

CATEGORIES: Cookies, Sara

I’ve noticed a lot of my recipes lately have started with, “So a few days ago I posted a picture on Instagram…”  But really. The other day I posted a photo on Instagram telling people about my cookie conundrum.  See, I love to bake.  And I especially love to bake on Sundays.  And I really especially love to bake chocolate chip cookies on Sundays.  But I also have zero self-control with fresh chocolate chip cookies.  People will say, “Eat a few and give the rest away!”  Ya, no.  That doesn’t happen.  “Just bake a few and put the rest in the freezer!”  Newsflash: frozen cookie dough tastes just as good, if not better than, regular cookie dough.  “Eat 2 and save the rest to eat during the week!”  Haha.  Good one!  You catch my drift.  My coping mechanism is more like “Eat the entire batch so they don’t tempt you anymore and then continue in a shame spiral all the way to the gym the next day to try and exercise them off.” 

Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies

You should know by now that Kate and I are all about everything in moderation.  I still like to eat treats when trying to eat healthy, and I’m not about to make some whole-wheat chia seed kale chunk protein “cookie”.  When I want a cookie, I want a COOKIE. 

Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies

Enter the small batch.  This little recipe makes just 10  perfect cookies, and you can whip it up in a matter of minutes with just one bowl and a mixing spoon.  No KitchenAid, no hand mixer, no big bowls, no big mess, no 4 dozen cookies to binge on.  

Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s perfect for those times you’ve got a cookie craving, or if you live alone or with a small family.  This batch is perfect for my whole family to have 1 or 2 and then they’re gone and not tempting me anymore!

Cookie Ingredients

To make them you can pop your butter in the microwave straight from the fridge.  You only need 3 tablespoons.  That’s it! You’ll want it soft enough that you can easily stir it with a spoon, but the good news is that if you try to soften it and end up completely melting it, you’re good!  It works great both ways, and the finished texture is slightly different depending on whether your butter was just softened or melted.  Try it both ways and see what you like.  Mine is just super soft here in the photos.

Softened Butter

Add some brown sugar, and a little white sugar to the butter and mix it well.  You’ll want to beat it with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon till it gets nice an fluffy, about one minute.  (If your butter is melted, just stir it together.)

Chocolate Chip Cookies Sugar and Butter

Add in egg yolk and vanilla, and then a little flour, baking soda, and salt. 

You can use chocolate chips here, or any other add-ins you like.  I always have a zip-lock with a random assortment of half-used bags so that’s what I always reach for.

Chocolate Chips

Today that means mini semi-sweet chips, white chips, and mini M&M’s.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Add-ins

Scoop them onto a cookie sheet and bake until perfection.  Oh- while we’re talking baking sheets, every time I bake cookies I think about how I need to tell you about my favorite thing ever:  the jumbo cookie sheet.  

extra large baking sheet

The pan on the right is a standard rimmed half-sheet, and the one on the left is an awesome jumbo sheet.   It saves so much time by fitting just a few more baked goods on each sheet, I am seriously in love with these big pans.  They also make great trays and cooling pans for things like caramel corn.  You probably need one.  Anyway, back to cookies.

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Satisfy your sweet tooth without going crazy!

Perfect Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies

These really are perfection.   So quick and easy it’s almost dangerous. You can put on your PJ’s and whip up a batch during the opening credits of a movie and eat the whole batch before said movie is finished.

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s cool, just eat a salad the next day for lunch 😉


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Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20
  • Yield: 10


The perfect mini batch, resulting in just one pan of scrumptious chocolate chip cookies. Enough to enjoy, but not over-indulge!


  • 3 tablespoons real butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch table salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips, or add-ins of your choice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment or non-stick mat.
  2. Place butter in a small-medium sized mixing bowl and microwave for about 8-10 seconds. It should be soft enough to mix easily with a spoon, even semi-melted to completely melted is okay. Add sugar and beat with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon till fluffy. Add in egg yolk and vanilla and mix well until fully incorporated. Add flour, baking soda, and salt all at once and mix until all combined. Add your chocolate chips or other add-ins and mix.
  3. Use a cookie scoop, or roll into balls. Bake for about 9-10 minutes. Cool for 1-2 minutes on baking sheet and then transfer to cooking rack.


  • You can make this recipe with softened butter, or completely melted butter. Both methods yield delicious cookies with slightly different textures. Try both and see which you prefer!


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  1. What does it say about me when my first thought about this wonderful idea is … “Oh yum! I bet I could double the recipe. “. ? But seriously. What a great idea! I too love my Sunday or rainy day baking!

  2. Oh my goodness! I made your coconut chocolate chip oatmeal cookies yesterday! Yum! I tripled the batch, and made them big sized. Bad idea, now I’m sipping on a kale, mango, Chia seed smoothie fighting the urge to Eat All The Cookies! (I will surrender to that urge very shortly, seriously, I will eat most of the remaining cookies. But hey they have oatmeal in them.) I did, however, give some to my neighbors and send some with my boys to school. Small batch cookies,fantastic idea! I wish I had seen this yesterday, I would have recognized the greatness of small batch cookies and not tripled the recipe.

  3. Brilliant! I love it when you’re a genius.

    Quick question: If I wanted to double this could I use a whole egg instead of 2 egg yolks? That should work, right? Yes, I realize the irony of this question when the whole point is to make a small batch, but double would be exactly perfect for my young women or for everyone in my family to have 2 for a family night treat and one in their lunch the next day.

    1. Yep, just use one whole egg and it should work. To be honest, I’ve never doubled this one, I always make one of our other chocolate chip recipes on this site, but you should be fine!

  4. I’m surprisingly good at freezing dough to use later, but I’m still fairly sure this mini-batch is going to be life-changing!! Also, that baking sheet! Gotta make sure I have a place to store it, but I neeeed one! 🙂

  5. We too believe in still eating treats while eating healthy. Everything in moderation is key! And yes we eat the whole batch of anything we make, so this is the perfect size recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I have 5 kids, so no need for a small batch around here…but the big baking sheet is what caught my eye. I’ve been wanting something bigger for a while and grabbed one at Costco and got it home only to find out it was TOO big for my oven. I followed the link and measured my oven and it’s on my Amazon wish list now- thanks!!

  7. Genius! I made cookies this weekend and seriously gave 90% of them away just to be rid of the temptation. I like this solution. 🙂

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