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Craving cookies but don’t want to make a big batch? These Small Batch Chocolate Cookies are for you! This recipe makes six perfect chocolate cookies with chocolate chips. It’s a double-dose of chocolate to cure your craving!

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Double chocolate chip cookies on parchment paper with a bowl of chocolate chips

Easy Half Batch Chocolate Cookies

Small batch double chocolate cookies are the best when you want fresh-baked cookies but don’t want to spend time making a huge batch. They’re so easy and ready in less than 30 minutes!

They’re rich and chocolatey with mini chocolate chips – perfect when you need a chocolate fix!

This small batch cookie recipe is so easy, and you get six chocolate cookies, making them great when you want cookies for 2 or a quick homemade treat for yourself!

This is a tried-and-true recipe – I’ve tested it so many times to get it just right! The cookies have the best soft and chewy texture.

You can swap the chocolate chips with other mix-ins and customize them however you like! Be sure to check the variations – there are a lot of ideas so that you can put your spin on them.

These small batch cookies are my go-to when I want chocolatey rich cookies, but I don’t want any extras hanging around to tempt me more! They really hit the spot when you’re craving something sweet.

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Ingredients in Small Batch Cookies

  • Butter: As many of my recipes do, these cookies start with melted unsalted butter
  • Sugar: I love a combination of packed brown sugar and granulated sugar
  • Egg: To half the egg, we just use one large egg yolk
  • Vanilla Extract: For flavor
  • Cocoa Powder: Be sure to use natural unsweetened from the baking aisle. Read more about cocoa here.
  • Baking Soda: Helps them spread
  • Salt: needed since we started with unsalted butter. Omit if using salted butter.
  • All-purpose flour: Be sure to measure it correctly.
  • Mini chocolate chips: I find that mini chips are great in small batch recipes – more chocolate in every bite.
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How to Make Small Batch Chocolate Cookies

  1. Combine the melted butter with both types of sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Stir in the egg yolk, vanilla, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Slowly stir in the cocoa powder.
  4. Mix in flour.
  5. Mix in the chocolate chips.
  6. Scoop two tablespoons of dough to make each cookie dough ball. Place them two inches on the prepared baking sheet. Chill them for 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350°F and then bake the cookies for 10 to 13 minutes or until they just lose their glossy sheen on top and are lightly golden around the edges. Cool them before serving.
Three double chocolate chip cookies stacked on top of eachother with bowl of chocolate chips behind it

Small Batch Cookie Swaps

I love these easy half batch chocolate chip cookies because you can use all kinds of different mix-ins to change them up. You can add up to 1/3 cup of add-ins. Choose one or do a mix of some of them.

  • Chopped chocolate candy bars (like Snickers or Heath Bars) or peanut butter cups.
  • M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces
  • Other kinds of baking chips like peanut butter chips, white chocolate chips, or butterscotch chips. Mint baking chips would be great, too!
  • Chopped nuts like almonds, walnuts, or pecans.
Stack of double chocolate chip cookies with top one split in half to show inside of cookie


How to half an egg for cookies?

You don’t have to halve an egg for this small chocolate cookie recipe – I just use the yolk! So separate the white from the yolk before adding it to the dough.

What cocoa is best for chocolate cookies?

Regular unsweetened cocoa powder works great or, for a deeper chocolate flavor, try Hershey’s Special Dark.

How to store chocolate cookies?

Store the cooled cookies in an airtight container for up to three days.

Can I freeze cookies?

Yes, these double chocolate cookies freeze great! Once they are cooled, store them in a freezer bag in the freezer.

How long can raw cookie dough be left out?

It depends on how warm it is in the room, but, in general, raw cookie dough can be left at room temperature for two to four hours.

Double chocolate chip cookies on parchment paper with a bowl of chocolate chips

Small Batch Double Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

4.95 from 20 votes
This Small Batch Double Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe makes six perfect chocolate cookies with chocolate chips. It’s a double-dose of chocolate to cure your craving!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Yield 6 cookies
Serving Size 1 cookie


  • 4 tablespoons (57g) unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup (50g) packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons (35g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons (10g) cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup + 1 tablespoon (70g) all-purpose flour
  • cup (64g) mini chocolate chips
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  • Line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  • Stir together melted butter with both sugars in a large bowl. Stir in egg yolk, vanilla, cocoa baking soda and salt. Slowly stir in flour. Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Drop 2 tablespoon size cookie balls on prepared cookie sheet, 2-inches apart. Chill 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake for 10-13 minutes or until just no longer glossy and lightly golden around the bottom edges. Cool before eating.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 55mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 299IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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Small Batch Double Chocolate Chip Cookies are the best when you want fresh-baked cookies but don’t want to spend time making a huge batch. They’re so easy and ready in less than 30 minutes!

Dorothy Kern

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  1. Delicious! I love having recipes that show measurements by weight. I made mine a little smaller, so I can have 12 instead of 6. Thanks!

  2. This recipe was super easy to make. The only cookie recipe I mix by hand 🙂 It was also great to only make a small batch since there are only two of us in the house. However I have to admit they were so good, my husband and I both wanted more 🙂

  3. Hey i tried your brownie cookie and they turned out oh so yummy! But a little bit towards crunchy side! May be i have baked them a little longer.

  4. These cookies were so yummy and easy to make. I love that no mixer and no fancy ingredients were required. The only issue was that the dough was a little dry, so maybe adding less flour or a splash of milk like someone else said would be a good idea, but that’s no big deal…they still tasted great!