Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Cup

chocolate chip cookie in a cup

Last night while I was waiting for my husband to get home from his closing shift at work, I had the irresistible urge to eat something with chocolate.

I didn’t feel justified in making an entire batch of cookies because I wouldn’t have anyone to share them with, and I really didn’t need a lot of chocolate; I wanted a few bites of something tasty.

I had heard of single-serve cookies recipes, but I didn’t want to go through the effort of preheating the oven unless I was going to make more than one cookie. But, then I found this cookie in a mug recipe posted at No. 2

I gave it a try, and though the result isn’t quite as satisfying as a regular cookie, it still hit the spot.


  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon White Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1 Small Pinch Salt
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Chocolate Chips

Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Melt butter in microwave. The recipe says not to boil the butter, just melt it a little so it mixes. Also, the recipe recommends not substituting the butter with spreads. I tried the recipe with margarine rather than butter, so I’m not sure if that affected how my cookie turned out.
  2. Stir in sugars and salt. The recipe also recommends 3 drops of vanilla extract, but I hardly ever use vanilla because it’s so expensive. Most of the time, you can’t tell it’s even there.
  3. Separate egg and add only the yolk to the cup. Stir the mixture
  4. Add flour – slightly less than 1/4 cup – and mix again.
  5. Mix in chocolate chips.
  6. Cook in microwave 40-60 seconds, start checking to see if it’s done at 40 seconds. My cookie didn’t look done at 40 seconds so I gave it another 20 seconds. The recipe suggests not cooking past a minute since it continues to cook as it cools. If the cookie is dry or cake like, try less time.

Yield: 1 Cookie

Nutritional Information

This nutrition is for cookie in a cup. I calculated this using the MyFitnessPal App. This isn’t precise because it varies depending on which brands you use.

  • Total Calories: 343
  • Total Fat: 21.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.1 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.2 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 2.0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 215.8 mg
  • Sodium: 743.2 mg
  • Potassium: 48.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 34 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.8 g
  • Sugars: 40.1 g
  • Protein: 7.1 g
  • Vitamin A: 8.9%
  • Vitamin C: 0%
  • Calcium: 6.2%
  • Iron: 5.4%

Look at Me Cook

Despite this cookie’s small size, it took a surprising amount of work. I’m almost tempted to make little packets in advance so all I have to do is add the egg and melted butter. It might save on time, or maybe make a cute gift for friends and family.

Anyways, I gathered the ingredients I needed – here they are, looking nice and pretty.
cookie ingredients

As the recipe called, I microwaved the margarine. I didn’t even melt it that much since the margarine was already soft. It stirred in well with the other ingredients.
melted butter

Here’s the butter, sugar, and salt all mixed together. It looks a little gross right now.
butter with sugar

And, here’s the dough all mixed together with the flour and chocolate chips. It genuinely looks like ordinary cookie dough now, and it tastes like cookie dough, too.
mixed up with chocolate chips

This is what the cookie looked like after a minute. It still looked a little gooey.

Perhaps my lack of melting the mutter altered my cookie, or maybe the fact that I used margarine instead of butter made it harder to cook, but I didn’t quite trust it.

I cooked it for an extra 30 seconds, even though the recipe says not to cook longer than a minute. I know cookies cook a little more as they cool, but it still looked really doughy.
minute and a half

My cookie still didn’t quite look like a cookie after a minute and a half of cooking in the microwave. I let it sit for a bit and then stuck a fork in it. Surprisingly, when I dug in deep, the cookie was nicely cooked. It came out a bit cakey, so I guess the author of the original recipe was right. I probably should have let it sit longer and cook less.


peanut butter cookie in a cup

While the cookie looked a little scary to try at first, it still tasted like a cookie.

I may have to try this a few times before I perfect it.