Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Natasha on March 11, 2013

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

Small batch chocolate chip cookies-5

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).
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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.

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1 Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust March 11, 2013 at 9:57 pm

I neeeeeed small batch everything in my life. LOVE this recipe!
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2 Natasha March 12, 2013 at 9:29 am

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


3 Nami | Just One Cookbook March 13, 2013 at 6:57 pm

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!
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4 Natasha March 14, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Thanks, Nami! And thanks for the pin!


5 Erika March 14, 2013 at 1:04 pm

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 :)
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6 Natasha March 14, 2013 at 3:48 pm

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


7 Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen March 14, 2013 at 3:24 pm

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


8 Natasha March 14, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Thanks for stopping by, Rosie!


9 Honey What's Cooking March 16, 2013 at 12:35 am

looks so good.. love chocolate chip cookies, soft batch.
nice job on the little butter amount. :-)
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10 Natasha March 17, 2013 at 4:17 pm

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


11 Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen March 16, 2013 at 1:28 am

These look so good!! I love chocolate chip cookies.
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12 Natasha March 17, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Thanks, Kristi!


13 Angelia May 21, 2013 at 6:06 pm

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


14 Natasha May 21, 2013 at 10:13 pm

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


15 Amber May 27, 2013 at 10:46 pm

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


16 Natasha May 28, 2013 at 9:39 am

You are right! I will edit.


17 Raina October 19, 2013 at 1:48 am

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!


18 Natasha October 19, 2013 at 11:41 am

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


19 Katie November 10, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Perfect size for just me and my husband. Thank You for not making me exercise self control!
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20 Natasha November 11, 2013 at 12:26 am

I’m glad you liked it, Katie! I love portion controlled recipes, too.


21 malavikq December 30, 2013 at 12:14 pm

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 !


22 Natasha December 30, 2013 at 1:36 pm

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


23 Mandy May 31, 2014 at 11:22 pm

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


24 Natasha June 1, 2014 at 8:32 am

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


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