Sunday, May 1, 2016

Make the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Mug

How to Make the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Mug

I Fixed the Texture Problem

If you have ever ventured into the microwave baked goods recipes and come up thinking they were pretty gross, you are definitely not alone. 

A lot of them are spongy, off-balance, or demand a glass of milk to ease the sponge going down your throat. 

Look no further! I have solved the problem with two minor tweaks that make these, truly, the perfect microwave cookies.

Why You Need These Mug Cookies in Your Life Today

You may or may not know, I LOVE CHOCOLATE. And, yes, that statement is totally deserving of capital letters.

This recipe is quick and so good. It's perfect for the times when you don't want to make a whole batch of cookies of which you know you are going to eat way too many. That's a weekly thing for me. :(

Raise your hand if you are guilty of eating more than one of the two dozen cookies a normal batch makes. (My hand is almost touching the ceiling.)  There is no such thing as freezing cookies for later in my house.

I suppose these would work just as well without the chocolate chips, but really, why would you do that?

What Makes These Perfect

If you stumble upon another microwave cookie recipe on this site, it is the one I originally liked, and it still is good. It's a bit faster, but only a little. 

The two main changes are in how the butter and egg are treated. It's totally all about the liquid ingredients not being quite so liquid. :)

Your butter must be softened - not melted, and don't use the whole egg yolk.

And your microwave cookies will be cursed forever should you ever use egg whites. 

So, so gross! (Take my word for it.)

And, yes, this cookie is a bit yellow because my yolk was darker.

Without further ado, here is the recipe for the perfect chocolate chip cookie in a mug!


1 Tablespoon softened butter (don't melt it!)
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 Tablespoon white sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 Tablespoon of egg yolk (also known as 1 1/2 teaspoons)
a pinch of salt
3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons chocolate chips (I love Nestle semi-sweet)


1. In a microwave safe mug or small bowl, mix the butter, sugars, and vanilla.

2. Separate your yolk from the whites including the stringy white thing attached to the yolk. Scoop 1/2 Tablespoon of yolk out of the shell and add to the other ingredients. Reserve the whites and leftover yolk for your next batch of scrambled eggs. Mix well.

3. Add the salt, flour, and chips. Stir until combined.

4. Microwave for 45 seconds. (My microwave is 1000 watts.) The cup and cookie will be very hot. Use caution.

Serves 2, but you don't have to share. I certainly don't! :)

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  1. Carol Kovach BrayMay 2, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    Looks delicious and, NO, I wouldn't share!

  2. I just might have to try this!

  3. I discovered cookies in a mug a few months ago and I LOVE THEM. Too much. Way too much.

  4. You might get addicted like me. Go for it!

  5. Haha, I hear ya! I need chocolate and love it and yes, it makes me happy! This is so great, because, no, of course I don't stop at one or two or three or four cookies, but with this easy peasy recipe I can get some in no time and won't be tempted to stuff myself! I bet it's fun for kids too, to make their own quick cookie! Thanks Kathryn!!

  6. I find myself thinking about them, wanting one at odd times. It's that bad! Glad I have a partner in crime. :)

  7. My older girls love making desserts in a mug - especially my 14-year-old. I try not to set too bad of an example by eating too many in front of them. They are my hidden pleasure - like Russell Stover's French Chocolate Mints. Haha! I even make sure to rinse the cup so they don't know I've made one. I have to be responsible somehow. Right? I hope you like them, Katrin!

  8. CathyLynchLawdanskiMay 14, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    Oh my goodness - that is perfect for a chocoholic like me. If I baked a whole batch of cookies, I would eat the dough then all the cookies. Great post! Will pin & stumble.

  9. We are dough-eating soul sisters. :) Thanks for the shares, Cathy. Enjoy the cookie!

  10. Renee L StambaughMay 15, 2016 at 9:40 PM

    Awesome and so easy..

  11. Thanks, Renee! I'm off to make one for myself right now, actually. You'll love it!

  12. Everything's better in a mug! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing. :)

  13. Serves 2? Seriously! LOL I am not sharing! This is a lifesaver. All those late nights craving something sweet are over! And I see that there is still a bit of room for a scoop of ice-cream! I am in trouble! LOL

  14. Oh, Nikki! I promise I won't tell your waistline if you won't tell mine. :) There's no trouble at all!

  15. Thank you, Rica. I have to agree with you. Two of my favorite things come in mugs: this cookie and hot cocoa! Thanks for the comment.

  16. Kathryn, it's posts like these that make me love you even more.

  17. You're the best, Jon! Enjoy a cookie for me. :)

  18. What a great way to make a chocolate chip cookie. I don't have a mcrowave here in Greece, but you can bet when I get to the States my sons will let me try out this recipe. Pinning for future use.

  19. Awesome, Mary. I hope you enjoy it (the dreaming of it now and the consumption of it later :))!