Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies

New Years resolutions. Remember those? Yup, me too. I vaguely recall something about eating less sugar…

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As much as I love baking layer cakes, the dessert that I crave most often is chocolate chip cookies. To me, they’re like potato chips- you can’t eat just one (or two, or three, or four). I’ve been known to eat half a batch right out of the oven, which is why I love the recipe that I’m about to share with you. The entire batch is pictured above. Yes, this recipe makes only 6 cookies. I can totally eat half the batch and not feel guilty about it. Gotta love built in portion control.

People often ask me how I bake so much without gaining a ton of weight. In order to eat dessert every day, I can’t eat a large quantity of it. I often create my own small batch recipes by cutting an original recipe in half, or sometimes even a quarter. Here are some of my favorite tools for halving recipes.

CIA Measuring Spoon Set– I like these because unlike most measuring spoon sets, this one has an 1/8 teaspoon measure as well as a 1/2 tablespoon measure. That way, when a recipe calls for 3/4 teaspoon of baking soda/powder and a want to cut it in half, I can measure out 3/8 accurately.

A Kitchen Scale– I love this for so many reasons. Whether or not you are scaling down a recipe, accurate measurements are essential for a good cake. But sometimes I can’t eat a 9-inch layer cake. This allows me to accurately measure ingredients for a 4, 5, or 6-inch layer cake.

Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies

Serving Size: 6 cookies


  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of a well beaten egg
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chunks or chips


  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. 2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. 3. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer. (I used a handheld mixer since the amount was too small for my stand mixer).
  4. 4. Add the egg and beat until combined.
  5. 5. Stir in the flour by hand until combined, then stir in the chocolate chips.
  6. 6. Use a cookie scoop to place the cookies onto the baking sheet about 2 inches apart, and bake for 10-14 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges. Cool completely (or sneak one when they’re still warm).

Recipe adapted from Small-Batch Baking by Debbie Maugans Nakos
Note: I always chill the dough in the refrigerator for at least 1/2 hour before baking, since it improves the texture of the finished cookie. If you’re patient enough, I highly recommend this.


  1. I neeeeeed small batch everything in my life. LOVE this recipe!
    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust recently posted…Coconut Key Lime Pie Cookie CupsMy Profile

    1. Haha, so true! I think all food bloggers need small batch recipes!

  2. I’d call the picture PERFECT cookie shot! My Pinterest followers will love this. 😉 Now only if I can crab these out of the screen…. I can’t wait to try this recipe out and hope they look as good as yours!
    Nami | Just One Cookbook recently posted…Egg Salad Sandwich Bento たまごサンド弁当My Profile

    1. Thanks, Nami! And thanks for the pin!

  3. YES. This is great. I love making half- and quarter-batches as well–I would not survive otherwise! These look totally excellent and I am so tempted to make them tonight. Half a batch with no guilt?? I’m sold :)
    Erika recently posted…How to make the perfect SINGLE SLICE of layer cakeMy Profile

    1. Thanks, Erika! I hope you try them. They are (almost) guilt free.

  4. Your cookies look great! I love making things in small batches, thanks for the recipe :)

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Rosie!

  5. looks so good.. love chocolate chip cookies, soft batch.
    nice job on the little butter amount. :-)
    Honey What’s Cooking recently posted…Friday’s Favorite Things – 3.15.13My Profile

    1. The smaller the batch, the less butter I use. It works out better for my waistline!

  6. These look so good!! I love chocolate chip cookies.
    Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen recently posted…Baked Chicken TostadasMy Profile

    1. Thanks, Kristi!

  7. I just made these for my 4yr old daughter and i and they are amazing…Thank you for posting this recipe

    1. I’m glad they turned out well for you, Angelia!

  8. I think “sugar” in step 2 is a typo. That’ll teach me for not reading the whole recipe before I start. :)

    1. You are right! I will edit.

  9. My husband and I tried these tonight with orange extract and dark chocolate chips, simply because that is what we had and we had that bedtime sweet tooth. Yummy! Thank you!

    1. Glad you liked them, Raina. Orange extract is a great idea!

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  11. Perfect size for just me and my husband. Thank You for not making me exercise self control!
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    1. I’m glad you liked it, Katie! I love portion controlled recipes, too.

  12. i tried a lot of different recipes and none were perfect. this recipe is wonderful ! made the perfect batch of cookies ! and my family loves this !

    1. I’m so glad you liked it. It’s one of my favorites, too!

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  14. I never take the time to comment on recipes but this one was too good not to. BEST cookies I have ever made.

    1. Thanks, Mandy! I’m glad they turned out well for you.

  15. approximately many cookies does this recipe make???

    1. About 6 medium sized cookies.

  16. lovely. if i wanted to can this recipe, what size jar should i use?

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