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Small Batch Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

May 25, 2016

By Kath Dedon


Small Batch Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies are just what you need when you want homemade chocolate chip cookies but don’t want to make a huge batch.  The recipe makes just 12 – 14 cookies. It’s quick to make, and it can be mixed in a bowl with a whisk or a fork. There’s no need to use a mixer!

The recipe was developed by America’s Test Kitchen for The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook (a great cookbook, by the way). They found that you can simply stir in melted butter, eliminating the need to cream the butter and sugar with a mixer. Talk about easy!

The recipe is supposed to yield 12 cookies, but it actually made 14 cookies for me. I baked the extra two in my new convection toaster oven, but I found that the ones baked in my regular oven turned out better.

The next time you just need to have a few chocolate chip cookies, I highly recommend that you try Small Batch Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies. They’re quick, easy, and loaded with chocolate chips! You can be pulling them out of your oven in no time to satisfy your craving!


One dozen

Small Batch Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

(Adapted from the recipe in The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook by ATK)


(print the recipe)


Makes 12 – 14 cookies


5 tablespoons (2.5 ounces, or 71g) unsalted butter

1 cup (5 ounces) all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup packed (3½ ounces) light brown sugar

¼ cup (1¾ ounces) granulated sugar

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1½ teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips


Ingredients for the cookies (flour is in the bowl)

Ingredients for cookies


1. Preheat the oven to 350° with the rack in the middle position. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat.

2. Melt the butter and set it aside to cool a bit while you prepare the other ingredients.

3. Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a small bowl.

4. Whisk the light brown sugar and granulated sugar together in a medium bowl.



5. Pour the melted butter into the sugar and stir until it’s well combined.

Butter added


6. Add the egg and vanilla and stir until combined.

7. Use a spatula to gently blend the flour mixture into the sugar mixture.

Cookie dough


8. Fold the chocolate chips into the dough.

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9. Using about 2 tablespoons of dough for each cookie, roll the dough into 12 or so balls and place them about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet.

10. Bake for 7 minutes. Rotate the pan and bake for another 7 minutes, until the edges are set but the center is still soft and puffy.



11. Cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheet before removing. Enjoy the cookies warm or at room temperature!



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14 Comments leave one →
  1. June 22, 2016 5:49 am

    Need to try this for sure

    • June 22, 2016 6:10 am

      I think you will not be disappointed. Thanks for your comment! 🙂

  2. Febin permalink
    January 29, 2017 4:08 am

    Could you please give the measurement for butter in gms

    Thank you

  3. Jamie permalink
    February 11, 2018 9:56 am

    Made these cookies last night. My batch yielded 25 cookies. I didn’t have light brown sugar, but used dark brown instead. Turned out just fine and delicious. Followed the recipe as written. Fast easy and will make again, thank you.

    • February 11, 2018 2:22 pm

      Thanks so much for your comment, Jamie! I’m glad you liked the cookies. 🙂

  4. Sonja permalink
    January 4, 2022 1:07 pm

    I made these cookies and they came out perfect. Very easy and very good.

    • March 6, 2022 7:05 am

      Thanks, Sonja! Sometimes you just want a few good cookies, right?

  5. Diana permalink
    March 21, 2022 9:25 am

    These cookies are amazingly delicious!!!! And just the right amount to treat myself to something sweet! So simple to make too.

    • March 21, 2022 11:14 am

      I’m so glad you liked the cookies, Diana! Thanks so much for letting me know.

  6. Anette permalink
    May 22, 2022 9:39 am

    I made these yesterday made as directed and turned out perfect! Will be making these again! Very good!


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