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Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies

Small Batch Choco­late Chip Cook­ies sat­is­fy every indul­gent­ly gooey, choco­latey cook­ie crav­ing! Clas­sic choco­late chip cook­ie good­ness in a small batch.

Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies on a white plate sitting on a concrete countertop with 3 milk bottles that have steel straws
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Some­times, a girl just needs a choco­late chip cook­ie. Ya know what I mean? Deeply caramelized brown sug­ar crisp edges. And soft, chewy cen­ters stud­ded with gooey, melty chunks of choco­late. Cook­ie nir­vana, my friend. You’re gonna love them!

Why Small Batch?

More and more, it’s just David and I at home. We don’t need to be pol­ish­ing off 3 or 4 dozen cook­ies, no mat­ter how tempt­ing that may be.

When I feel like fresh baked cook­ies, but don’t nec­es­sar­i­ly want a huge batch sit­ting around to tempt us for days and days, this scrump­tious small batch choco­late chip cook­ies recipe is the one I reach for.

Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies on a white plate sitting on a concrete countertop with 3 milk bottles that have steel straws

I know I could just make this clas­sic choco­late chip cook­ie recipe and freeze the extras. But, there’s noth­ing quite like a per­fect, fresh from the oven, choco­late chip cookie. 

And, mak­ing a small batch means this is a quick recipe that gets me in and out of the kitchen in under 30 min­utes.

These are hon­est­ly the BEST choco­late chip cook­ies you’ll ever eat.

And, if you want to go all out and make a huge batch for a gath­er­ing or hol­i­day cook­ie swaps, just hit that 3x but­ton in the recipe card and my small batch choco­late chip cook­ies recipe becomes a tra­di­tion­al-sized batch.

Wel­come to small batch choco­late chip cook­ie per­fec­tion, dear read­er! You’re gonna love it here! 

The Ingredients

Small Batch Choclate Chip Cookies ingredients : brown sugar, white sugar, butter, egg, vanilla, flour, baking powder, baking sodea, salt and chocolate chips
  • But­ter
  • Gran­u­lat­ed Sugar
  • Brown Sug­ar
  • Vanil­la Extract (I use my home­made vanil­la extract recipe.)
  • Egg
  • Unbleached All Pur­pose Flour
  • Bak­ing Soda
  • Bak­ing Powder
  • Salt
  • Choco­late Chips

FAQs

What’s the best way to make choco­late chip cook­ies soft and chewy?

Don’t over­bake them. The cook­ies will be bare­ly browned and appear to be almost under­done when you take them out of the oven. Resist the temp­ta­tion to bake them longer. They will con­tin­ue to cook for a bit from the resid­ual heat in your bak­ing sheet and in the cook­ie itself.

Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies on a cooling rack sitting on a concrete countertop
Why did my cookies come out flat?
  • Bak­ing on hot cook­ie sheets. If you’re mak­ing the clas­sic size choco­late chip cook­ie recipe, and bak­ing mul­ti­ple trays, be sure each batch you scoop goes onto a cold bak­ing sheet. A bak­ing sheet still warm from the oven will start melt­ing the but­ter too quick­ly and your cook­ies will flatten.
  • Over­mix­ing. This aer­ates the dough. Your cook­ies will rise too fast in the oven and then fall. They will still taste good, but they will be flat and crispy.
  • Your leav­en­ing may be out­dat­ed. Try these tests and buy new leav­en­ing if you don’t get the expect­ed results.
    1. Test bak­ing pow­der by sprin­kling 1/2 tea­spoon into 1/2 cup of water. It should bub­ble instantly
    2. Test bak­ing soda by mix­ing 1/2 cup water and 1/4 tea­spoon vine­gar. Add 1/4 tea­spoon bak­ing soda. The mix­ture should bub­ble instantly.
  • Ingre­di­ents are too warm. Over­mix­ing can warm up the ingre­di­ents. When but­ter is already warm when it hits the oven, it will melt too quick­ly and the flour won’t have had time to set up. So, the cook­ie spreads and flat­tens. Try refrig­er­at­ing the dough for 30 min­utes if your first batch went flat.
  • Your oven tem­per­a­ture isn’t right. Keep an oven ther­mome­ter handy and test your oven often to make sure it is con­sis­tent­ly hold­ing the tem­per­a­ture you set it to. If you have a con­vec­tion fea­ture on your oven, use it. Con­vec­tion dis­trib­utes the heat more even­ly through­out the oven.
One Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookie on a white plate with blue print napkin and bottle of milk.  cookie is broken in half to show the soft, gooey center.

Can I Freeze Chocolate Chip Cookies?

You sure can. There are two ways you may want to consider.

  1. Freeze the baked and cooled choco­late chip cook­ies. Flash freeze the cook­ies in a sin­gle lay­er on a bak­ing sheet for 1 to 2 hours. Place frozen cook­ies in a freez­er safe bag or con­tain­er. Choco­late chip cook­ies can be stored in the freez­er for 3 to 6 months. Remove as many, (or even just one), as you need for the occa­sion and leave the rest in the freezer.
  2. Freeze the cook­ie dough. You can scoop all the cook­ie dough into balls and arrange on a bak­ing tray. They can be close togeth­er, but not touch­ing. Flash freeze for 1 to 2 hours. Place the frozen choco­late chip cook­ie dough balls into a freez­er safe bag or con­tain­er. Remove as many as need­ed for the occa­sion and leave the rest in the freezer. 
One Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookie on a white plate with blue print napkin and bottle of milk

I don’t have great luck bak­ing this cook­ie dough from frozen. The but­ter won’t melt quick­ly enough, before the flour sets. So, the choco­late chip cook­ies don’t spread well enough and will remain more ball shaped and dri­er after baking.

Instead of bak­ing them frozen, place the frozen cook­ie dough balls on a sil­i­cone mat lined, or parch­ment lined, bak­ing sheet. Cov­er them with a clean kitchen tow­el and allow them to thaw until they reach room tem­per­a­ture. (30 min­utes to 1 hour depend­ing on the temp in your house.) Then bake the choco­late chip cook­ies as instruct­ed in the recipe card.

One Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookie on a white plate with blue print napkin and bottle of milk and a plate of cookies in the background

How to Make Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies

(Full video tuto­r­i­al in the recipe card)

  1. Pre­heat oven to 375° F.
  2. Prep one bak­ing sheet if mak­ing small batch choco­late chip cook­ies (or three if mak­ing a tra­di­tion­al 3X batch). Light­ly grease the bak­ing sheet or line it with parch­ment paper or a sil­i­cone mat.
  3. Cream the but­ter, gran­u­lat­ed sug­ar and brown sug­ar in the bowl of a stand mix­er (or by hand).
  4. Beat in the egg and vanil­la until the mix­ture is light and fluffy.
  5. Add the flour, bak­ing soda, bak­ing pow­der and salt and mix until the dry ingre­di­ents are ful­ly incor­po­rat­ed. Don’t overmix.
  1. Stir in the choco­late chips or choco­late chunks.
  2. Use a #20 muffin/cupcake scoop[affil­i­ate link]. It holds just under 3 Table­spoons of cook­ie dough. Scoop the cook­ie dough into balls and arrange on the prepped bak­ing sheet.
  3. Bake the choco­late chip cook­ies at 375° F for 8 to 10 min­utes, depend­ing on your spe­cif­ic oven. Start check­ing at the 8 minute mark, so you don’t over­bake them.
  4. Remove cook­ies from the oven and place the cook­ie sheet on a cool­ing rack. Allow cook­ies to cool on the sheet for at least 3 min­utes before trans­fer­ring them to the cool­ing rack.
Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies on a white plate sitting on a concrete countertop

The Recipe

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Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies on a white plate sitting on a concrete countertop with 3 milk bottles that have steel straws

Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • Author: Glen­da Embree
  • Total Time: 16 min­utes
  • Yield: 12 cook­ies 1x

Description

Small Batch Choco­late Chip Cook­ies sat­is­fy every indul­gent­ly gooey, choco­latey cook­ie crav­ing! Clas­sic choco­late chip cook­ie good­ness in a small batch.  Recipe makes a per­fect dozen.  (Hit that 3x but­ton in the recipe card to make a full-size batch of these clas­sic choco­late chip cookies.)


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1/2 cup salt­ed but­ter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup gran­u­lat­ed sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sug­ar, packed
  • 1 tea­spoon home­made vanil­la extract (or favorite store brand)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all pur­pose flour
  • 1/2 tea­spoon bak­ing soda
  • 1/4 tea­spoon bak­ing powder
  • 1/2 tea­spoon sea salt, fine grind (or table salt)
  • 1 cup choco­late chips or chunks

Instructions

  1. Pre­heat oven to 375° F.
  2. Prep one bak­ing sheet if mak­ing small batch choco­late chip cook­ies (or three if mak­ing a tra­di­tion­al 3X batch). Light­ly grease the bak­ing sheet or line it with parch­ment paper or a sil­i­cone mat.
  3. Cream the but­ter, gran­u­lat­ed sug­ar and brown sug­ar in the bowl of a stand mix­er (or by hand).
  4. Beat in the egg and vanil­la until the mix­ture is light and fluffy.
  5. Add the flour, bak­ing soda, bak­ing pow­der and salt and mix until the dry ingre­di­ents are ful­ly incor­po­rat­ed. Don’t overmix.
  6. Stir in the choco­late chips or choco­late chunks.
  7. Use a #20 muffin/cupcake scoop[affil­i­ate link]. It holds just under 3 Table­spoons of cook­ie dough. Scoop the cook­ie dough into balls and arrange on the prepped bak­ing sheet.
  8. Bake the choco­late chip cook­ies at 375° F for 8 to 10 min­utes, depend­ing on your spe­cif­ic oven. Start check­ing at the 8 minute mark, so you don’t over­bake them.
  9. Remove cook­ies from the oven and place the cook­ie sheet on a cool­ing rack. Allow cook­ies to cool on the sheet for at least 3 min­utes before trans­fer­ring them to the cool­ing rack.
  • Prep Time: 7 min­utes
  • Cook Time: 9 min
  • Cat­e­go­ry: Bak­ing, Cok­ies, Dessert
  • Method: Bak­ing
  • Cui­sine: Amer­i­can

I hope you get a chance to make this easy, deli­cious small batch choco­late chip cook­ies recipe, this week­end! You and every­one you share them with will be in choco­latey, gooey cook­ie heaven!

If you do love this choco­late chip cook­ies small batch recipe, I hope you’ll leave a com­ment and let me know you made them. And, would you con­sid­er please, giv­ing the recipe a 5 star rat­ing when you leave your com­ment? Your 5 star rat­ing helps oth­er find our recipe when they do a search on Google. Thanks so much!

22 thoughts on “Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. My eldest daugh­ter has start­ed bak­ing as a way to relax after school. She loves it and is get­ting bet­ter at clean­ing up after her­self! But we have been over­loaded with cook­ies and cakes! So when I saw this small batch cook­ie recipe I thought “this is one for her”
    And it was! It was the per­fect cook­ie and 12 cook­ies did­n’t last long in our house, we had one each warm from oven, leav­ing 5 left to put in the kids lunch­box­es for school.
    Now she can bake again tonight so she is real­ly happy.
    Deli­cious cook­ies and so good to only make a dozen 🙂

    Reply
    • Claire, that’s awe­some! I love hear­ing oth­ers are teach­ing younger gen­er­a­tions to cook and bake. I’m thrilled your daugh­ter and your fam­i­ly are enjoy­ing the recipe. Thank you for tak­ing the time to let me know!

      Reply
    • If it was­n’t for how deli­cious they are, that would be my favorite thing about this recipe, too, Miles. But easy gets sec­ond place for me, since these are the best choco­late chip cook­ies I’ve ever eat­en. So good! And I’m real­ly hap­py you’re enjoy­ing the recipe.

      Reply
  2. This recipe tru­ly helped me make cook­ies quick­ly! So gooey and deli­cious! Thank you very much for shar­ing your recipe! Crav­ing satisfied!

    Reply

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