Microwave Chocolate Chip Cookie In A Mug

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I am so sorry.  I am so sorry to bring you a post that is so sinfully easy and delicious, and that goes against all my better judgements.


I’m talking about a chocolate chip cookie.  A single, gooey, hot chocolate chip cookie.  But this cookie is “baked” in the microwave.  In a little glass mug.  It’s easy, it’s yummy and it satisfies.  However, it basically stands for everything I’m against.  I’m all for slaving away in the kitchen all day, baking cookies and cake from scratch and watching them bake in the oven, batch after batch.  You know, the traditional way.

Then this microwave cake fad happened.  Appalling.  But, I tried some, a few different recipes, and they were all… disgusting.  No, I didn’t over-“bake” them.  They were just wrong.  Microwaves cakes?  I hate them.

Recently you may have seen a new recipe (Look Who’s Cooking Too) that claims a chocolate chip cookie can be “baked” in the microwave.  I discovered it on FoodGawker, where it remained at the number one most popular recipe for days and days (and will still probably be there by the time you read this).  With over 15,000 views and over 1,300 favorites, this simple little recipe became too much for me to handle.  It was looking at me every day when I checked FoodGawker; I tried to ignore it for so long.  I even noticed that the original recipe at No. 2 Pencil had a 4.7-star rating from 18 different reviewers.


Well.  Finally, I gave in.  I decided to just try it.  Out of curiosity alone.  I probably wouldn’t like it.


Um.  I accidentally liked it.  Oops.

I can’t even begin to explain how embarrassed I was.


But wow.  It was truly gooey.  It tasted like a real chocolate chip cookie fresh from the oven.  And when a scoop of ice cream is melted on top?  I probably shouldn’t even go there.  Unfortunately, however, I did.

I’ve made this naughty little cookie a few times now.  One time, I added 1/2 tablespoon of peanut butter and melted it along with the butter, which was nice.  And another time, I added about 1/2 tablespoon of Greek yoghurt along with the egg yolk, which was also nice (but required a little bit more flour).  I even tried replacing the butter with coconut oil once, but I didn’t like the final texture.


I made one of these cookies on a Sunday morning once.  That was terrible of me.  And I made one late at night.  That was probably even more terrible.  That’s exactly how sinfully tempting this recipe is.  I’m so sorry to be posting about this; this recipe should be forbidden.

And again, I’m so sorry to be posting a recipe for something I’m embarrassed about.  For something I said I’d never do again – making food that should be baked in the oven, in the microwave.  For something that can seriously alter a person’s life.

Be warned that with the knowledge of this recipe, you will need to have, or quickly develop, the skills to just say no.  No, I don’t need to make a cookie in a microwave.


Okay.  So you do actually want to try making a chocolate chip cookie in your microwave?  I’m really sorry.  The recipe is below this glass of milk, which you’ll also need for washing down this sinful atrocity.


Now, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

4.3 from 50 reviews
Microwave Chocolate Chip Cookie In A Mug
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A simple, single-serving, gooey chocolate chip cookie that can be prepared and cooked in your microwave within minutes.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Microwave Cooking
Serves: 1
  • 1 tablespoon (14g) unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon (13g) caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (13g) dark brown sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • small pinch salt
  • 1 egg yolk, room temp if possible, but not necessary
  • 3 tablespoons (30g) plain flour
  • 2 heaping tablespoons (30g) dark/semisweet chocolate chips
  1. Choose a microwave-safe mug/ramekin/small bowl. It doesn't have to be large, as the cookie doesn't rise like microwave cakes do, if at all.
  2. Place the butter in the mug and melt in the microwave; do this in 15 second intervals at about 70% power (it should be melted, not boiling). When you have small bits of butter remaining, take it out of the microwave and gently swirl, or stir, the butter until the bits have melted.
  3. To the melted butter, add sugars, vanilla and salt. Stir well.
  4. Add the egg yolk and stir well to combine.
  5. Add the flour, and stir until combined. The consistency of the dough should be similar to real cookie dough; if it's too runny, add a touch more flour until the consistency is firmer, or if it's too stiff, add a splash of milk.
  6. Add the chocolate chips and stir to evenly distribute throughout the dough. Flatten the surface of the dough with the back of the spoon.
  7. Microwave at about 70% power for 30-40 seconds. Do not overcook. For your first time, only cook for 30 seconds; if it's still looking quite wet on top, microwave at 70% power for another 10 seconds. The cookie will continue to cook once it's removed from the microwave, and it will be very hot.
  8. If you overcook it, it will be become dry and hard, so always err on the side of less cooking time.
The recipe's "cook time" does say 1 minute, even though cooking time is actually less than 1 minute, so disregard that. The recipe plugin I use doesn't let me do the cook time in seconds; it'll only let me use minutes!


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  1. Leanne B says

    This was amazing! Thank you for being so specific with your cooking instructions, it turned out perfectly!

    • Deedee says

      Any sugar is interchangeable, just makes a slight difference to the texture and a slightly different taste if you sub something other than white sugar but all are perfectly good :)

    • jamieanne says

      Hi Dawn, I’m really not sure, but personally, I wouldn’t. For pre-made store-bought cookie dough I’d recommend you follow the instructions on the package. Some actually say not to microwave it.

    • Brianna says

      You could put two tablespoons is the microwave for 25 seconds :) , tastes just as god, maybe even better without the hassle. :)

  2. Cookie Monster says

    I’ve been hooked on microwave brownies for the past couple of weeks and tried this cookie recipe once already. It was yummy but I just did it again and OH MY! I added cocoa powder and it was a heavenly-gooey-crumbly-chocolatey bowl of YUM
    Would it be naughty to go back to the kitchen and have another…

  3. jamieanne says

    Hahaha! It sounds delicious! How much cocoa powder did you add? Did you take out any of the flour to make up for the addition of the cocoa powder?

  4. Haley says

    Hmm… I tried it without chocolate chips cause I had none but i put a little nutella on top when it came out… pretty decent 😀

    • jamieanne says

      Sorry to hear that you didn’t like it, Victoria. Presuming you had all the correct ingredients and correct amounts of ingredients, and also presuming that you didn’t overcook it, it shouldn’t have been that bad! Oh well, microwaveable cookies aren’t for everyone, I guess! :)

  5. Liz says

    I was dying for some sweets last night and made this. I have a feeling this might be my new go-to breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipe. YUMMMMMO!
    I didn’t have the exact ingredients listed above but it was still amazing. I only used: 1 tblsp butter, 1tblsp light brown sugar, 1tblsp granulated sugar, pinch of salt, 3-4tblsp flour, 1 egg yolk, handful of choco chips. My microwave cooked it in about 30-35 seconds.
    It tasted better than “real” choco chip cookies baked in the oven.

  6. Emily says

    Baking in the oven is the best
    but this is good if you want a cookie but you dont have time to bake it in the oven! I want to try this but i have no butter :(

  7. Emily says

    Me again ! I just tried this is its pretty good. I think I made it wrong & put too many chocolate chips in. It was pretty good for something made in a microwave ..definitely doesnt beat cookies made the normal way in an oven.. but REALLY good if you want something quick

  8. Shana says

    Ok…so my daughter and I tried these today. They actually did rise. My daughter thought it was hilarious that we made cookie muffins in the microwave. Did I miss something? Not sure why mine rose so much

    • jamieanne says

      Hi Shana, I have no idea why your microwave cookie would rise! You didn’t use self-raising flour by mistake, did you? That’s the only reason I can think of!

        • Guest says

          I have been making it with self raising flour because I like how it comes our more cakeish :) Have yet to try it with plain but I’m sure it wont be long before I make another (3rd night in a row tonight)

    • Rebecca says

      My mug cookie rose too! I defo did it rite, but oh we’ll more cookie to eat! This waaayy better than the mug cakes! Cheers

  9. Cyd says

    Yummy! I made this cookie with the egg yolk on day 1. I saved the egg white (covered) in the refrigerator overnight. On day 2, I made the cookie with the egg white. It was just as yummy. Thanks for the recipe.

  10. Sierra says

    You are a bad, bad person : )
    This was delicious. I’ve been nervous about trying anything made in the microwave, but this was wonderful!

  11. Laura says

    I thought this recipe was pretty good for a microwave recipe but my cookie had somewhat of a cakey texture. I was kinda looking for that buttery gooey texture with a little crunch at the end. But all in all it was pretty good. I think I might try other recipes before I come back to this one.

  12. Stephanie says

    This was just ok, the taste of a choc chip cookie is there but the texture was so odd and nothing like a cookie; it was more like a dense muffin.

  13. charlie says

    So if you wanted to make these in the oven, in a ramekin, how hot and how long do you think?

    • jamieanne says

      Hi Charlie, I’m not positive, but this sounds like something I should check out! For the temperature, I’d set it at 350, and I’d estimate around 10-15 minutes, but definitely keep your eye on it because over-baking, even by a minute, can ruin the texture. It should be gooey, so if in doubt as to the time, err on the side of under-baking rather than over-baking! :)

  14. says

    Disgusting recipe, doesn’t come close to choco chip cookies made in the oven, I have a sweet tooth, but WOW way too sweet, I guess it’s not for everyone

  15. Sapta says

    It was toooooooo sweet.a little less sugar will be better perhaps.otherwise it was quite good.thanks for the recipe

  16. Ghausia says

    So I made these cookies spontaneously tonight. I couldn’t find the brown sugar in my kitchen so I used gur, which is raw sugar. I also didn’t use chocolate chips but cooking chocolate but as it was still slightly hard from the fridge, I wound up making chocolate shavings, I used a mixture of dark chocolate, my favorite for making chocolate mousse, as well as a sweet, sort of cheap quality sweetened baking chocolate mostly because of how sweet it is. I also overbalanced the vanilla and as a result of that, as well as the chocolate shavings, my cookie was dark brown all over. Finally, I topped it with some cheap sweet chocolate on top, but in the middle of the cookie only. While it WASN’T crunchy or even crumbly, and I did cook it for about 1 minute before, and half an hour and a plate of nachos later, microwaved it about 45 seconds once more, it didn’t get hard or gross in any way. And omg ITWASSOGOOD! My teeth actually hurt from the ultra-sweet middle, and possibly the raw sugar was sweeter than normal brown sugar but it was so delicious all the same. Thank you so much for the recipe! 😀

  17. Marion Nebel says

    I have a broken oven and wanted to try a cookie in the microwave. I’m about to try it. Maybe i should make two right away.

  18. baker910 says

    I didn’t have any egg, so I sub’d one tablespoon of olive oil for the egg yolk. I got everything ready and then realized…my sister in law stole my flour! And to top it off, all I had was self-rising flour. Since I had already added the other inredients (OOPS!) I said “screw it” and made it with the self-rising. The texture wasn’t particularly cookie-esque, but it was still delicious!

  19. Joy says

    Jamieanne, just tried this a few minutes ago and IT WAS DELICIOUS! Don’t let the detractors get to you; microwave recipes must not be to their liking :( Fast and yummy, what’s there not to like? My only complaint is that the finished cookie only quarter-filled my cup. MORE!

  20. kate says

    best microwave cookie recipe!!! follow it exactly and youll get the BEST results. ugh sofabulous i literally crave it everyday but limit myself to the weekends haha (: seriously recommend this though! plus its all baking materials you have in the house! i could rave about it for days <333 do NOT Use egg substitute, i tried once and it came out like a sponge aka nasty so definitely follow it exactly (:

  21. G santos says

    Accidentally used self raising and didn’t have any casters sugar. Just substituted with another half table spoon of brown sugar. Also it was huge I think because of the self raising flour, so i had to put it back in and out and kept checking. But oh my gosh it was soo good. 😀

  22. Anila says

    So I tried this…
    and while I was making the dough, I noticed that the yolk had made the dough yellow, as it always does when I make microwave cookies because I never have dark brown sugar like very recipe asks. xD
    Well, that made me sad, so on a whim I added blue food coloring to make it green. Because…. green eggs and ham. 😛
    Didn’t have casters sugar so I literally ground granulated sugar until it reached about the consistency of caster sugar. xD

    Oh my god, other recipies taste like pancakes, you know? BUT NO. THIS WAS HEAVEN IN A CUP. I DON’T KNOW HOW TO FUNCTION ANYMORE. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Fabrina says

    Hello, thank you for this recipe, I was really excited to try it but when I did it came out like a cake, not so much raised but just cakey. I was wondering maybe it’s because of the paste? Is it meant to be a dough or a thick paste? My cookies are always prepared as a thick batter because that how they always turn out but they come out ok in the oven. What can I do to make it come out like a cookie in the microwave?

  24. Emily says

    I loved this recipe because it was so easy and quick. The dough did rise a bit inn the microwave and it had a cakey texture but it still tasted great!!

  25. Gabrielle says

    I’ve become really wary of microwave cake/cookie recipes due to the fact that.. I’ve failed miserably 99% of the time with each. They all ended up being extremely dense and unpleasant, but as a last ditch effort to find something that actually works and tastes good, I found this.
    It’s amazing.. It’s soft and yummy and, I replaced the chocolate chips with a big spoonful of peanutbutter and the caster sugar with normal white sugar and it came out great.
    Thank you so much for posting thiss ♥

  26. natalia says

    I did this and tasted fabulous!! really really liked it, I added the hole egg, and not only the yolk, but it turned out good tho. added some strawberry jam and was just perfection, thanks!

  27. Danah hasnawi says

    I try this recipe, it tastes soooooo yummy, it is so delicious , thank you sooo much

  28. Sonya says

    I made this and it’s pretty good, but I’m going to use just 1 tbsp of chocolate chips next time. Don’t get me wrong, I am a chocoholic, but the bottom of this was just melted chocolate. It overwhelmed the cookie. It was also too sweet, so next time I think I’ll also cut out the caster sugar and just make it with 1 tbsp of brown sugar.

  29. Amelia says

    I don’t know what people are talking about… this recipe comes out great for me every time! My hubby and i love these for a quick chocolate fix! With a glass of milk, it’s the best! It’s obviously not going to be exactly like a cookie from the oven, but this is pretty darn close, and so yummy for the short amount of time it takes. Thank you for posting!

  30. Kat says

    This… was… AWESOME!!!!
    And definitely dangerous. :)

    I have about a million different kind of leftover baking bits & chips from Christmas, now I have a new recipe to use some of them in! All the possibilities… white chocolate chips, macadamia nuts, dark chocolate chunks, mint chips, m&m’s… ohhh, peanut m&m’s sound amaaazinngg!!

    Thanks for sharing!

  31. Jenna says

    Thx for the recipe. I read it wrong and added the egg white instead of yolk. It was still delicious! It fulfilled my craving for something sweet and kept me to one serving (if I’d made cookies I would have had way too many). I’m going to check the calorie count on this one for sure. Thanks again!

  32. Velvet scoter says

    What have you done to me?!
    I tried it just now and it’s so delicious, not messy and quick I know I won’t be able to resist often.
    It came out perfect and gooey. Now I will want one everyday!

  33. Molly says

    I’ve always liked microwave cakes but last night I got sick of the same thing all the time and came across this. I think I’ve fallen in love….

  34. Donna says

    This was so good, and I was sorry I agreed to share with my husband. I could have eaten the whole thing! I was out of vanilla extract, so substituted almond, and it was still tasty. This is an easy, fast recipe for that sweet or chocolate craving! :)

  35. franco says

    Hi and thank you sooo much for this my family is addicted!!!!!!
    I have a very omportant question. One of my cousins is vegan…. is there any way i could try to replace the egg yolk?? or even bake it without??
    Thank you so much again… and again!!!!

    • Aria says

      I didn’t have any eggs, so I substituted the egg yolk with a pinch of baking powder and about a teaspoon and a bit of rice bran oil. It was delicious!

  36. Sakina says

    THIS WAS SO DAMN GOOD AND IT TOOK LIKE 5 min TO MAKE. I AM HOOKED. MY LIFE IS NOW WHOLE. Okay so this was truly amazing. I just want to add that all I had was brown sugar on hand and it turned out absolutely beautiful and scrumptious. 5 stars!!!!!!

  37. Jodi says

    Just made this and it was FANTASTIC! I am watching my sugar so I subbed sucralose for the sugars. It was still to die for!!!

  38. Gabrielle says

    I actually didn’t use vanilla because I didn’t have any and it tastes like heaven in my mouth!!

  39. Rebecca says

    I hadn’t found a microwave recipe that I liked until I found this one. It’s a little cakey, but really good! And yes, it’s sweet. It’s a cookie! My only question, can the recipe be doubled?!

  40. Candace says

    Wow. Just put this recipe together and it really did the trick. Next time I’d like to see if it will turn out more gooey or cakey. This one got eaten as cookie dough. Lol 😉 Thank you so much for this recipe.

  41. Deatte says

    So delicious!!!!! This was so amazing and so easy. Thank goodness it is only for one cup because it would be extremely dangerous at bigger servings. Definitely satiated my sweet tooth! Will definitely make again. It was so awesome. I am still in shock at how wonderful this was and I love that I don’t have to make a huge batch of something for my sweet tooth.

  42. Abbie and Mia says

    it was really yummy and we will definitely be doing it again!

    Thank you for sharing!

  43. Heather says

    I just made these and im pretty sure i did something wrong because mine came out BREADLIKE !! Oh jeez xD
    (Gave the recipe a 5 stars because im sure it tastes awesome, i just did something wrong… Haha!! ;P)

    • jamieanne says

      Hi Hali, I’m sure that would be fine. It might taste nice cold, I’m not sure, but you can just give it a quick blast in the microwave to warm it up again.

  44. Amy says

    Best mug cookie I’ve come across! Thanks so much!
    Ps- it won’t let me rate the recipe, but I give it 5 stars!

  45. Lulu says

    YUM! Had a shocking pregnancy craving for chocolate tonight but my hubs was out and isn’t likely to leave a work meeting just to buy me a kit kat :(
    Started googling and came across this recipe. While it didn’t have the crunchy outer, gooey inner I love in an oven baked cookie, it only took a minute to make and well worth me not having to stand for hours in a kitchen!

  46. Erin says

    I came across this recipe tonight and just HAD to have it. However, when I went to my kitchen to check out what I had, I discovered that I didn’t have eggs, I didn’t have caster sugar, three bags of light brown sugar, but no dark brown sugar, and imitation vanilla, but no pure vanilla. What I’m trying to say is that you can play around with this recipe and still manage to get something extremely delicious! I used what I have – substituting vegetable oil and almond milk for the egg – and made two delicious treats for my roommate and I to devour tonight. Great recipe! Definitely some room to play!

  47. Becca says

    I hated this. I followed it exactly and it turned out cakey and not at all good. It actually made my sweet tooth run and hide.

  48. Gabriel says

    I’ve juste made this and… oh god, i’m in cookie heaven right now. It didn’t came out crunchy as i expected but instead a little cakey and mushy, but i was cool with that. I combined it with milk and OH MY GOD.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  49. Marie says

    Omg!! This is the best I’ve ever tasted!! ……And I’ve tried……A LOT of recipes!
    Most cakes and cookies made in a microwave often comes out like a sponge and doesen’t even taste good.
    But this one…….. OMG, this is the best recipe I’ve EVER seen! It’s like heaven in a cup….
    + I never need to waste my calories on a cake that doesen’t even taste even taste any good!
    But the thing is…. I’m on a diet. And I feel really bad about eating this cookie!
    So does anyone know how much calories it is in this recipe?

  50. Chelsea says

    I was so excited I read the ingredients threw them all in at once and then read the instructions, oops! It still was super yummy but can’t wait to try when I actually melt the butter first and mix everything well! Thanks for sharing!

  51. Liz says

    It wasnt that great. It took wayyyy longer than you said to cook and it still taste doughy…may be because i used egg replacer.

  52. ladysaotome says

    I tried this a few times. While it was ok, the chocolate chips always sink into a glob and the cookie was more like a giant cake with a chocolate bottom.

  53. Kris says

    I just made this to test out as a dessert for my kids. Only problem was that I didn’t have any eggs in the house.
    I substituted 1TBS of mayo instead and it turned out lovely.
    Although not as good as your typical chocolate chip cookie, it’s definitely good if you aren’t in the mood to make a whole batch!

  54. Alisha says

    I doubled this and put it in a large ramikin for my husband and I to split. I substituted a gluten free flour blend for the regular flour and had to cook it longer since there was more of it, but it turned out good :) It was cakey like other people have said, could have been from the gluten free flour, but we liked it.

  55. Giancarlo says

    Tasted amazing! Did not taste quite like a cookie, a bit more like a cookie-chocolate chip cake sort of way, tasted great though

  56. CookieLover2001 says

    I found out that If you use egg whites the cookie will rise haha.
    But I seriously love this recipie. 10/10! I want one every day!

  57. Princess says

    Tastes amazing! I had to cook it for 1 minute… but the texture and taste are perfect! It doesn’t have an ‘eggy’ taste like other single-serving recipes. I love it!

  58. says

    Oh boy! Chocolate chip and ice cream are among my greatest weaknesses. It’s just so easy to make but I’ve been holding back because it’s so sinful. But anyway, last night we decided to let it all out and party as we watch the Superbowl! Guess what? Everyone has nothing but praise for my microwave mug cookies. All but thanks to you :) 5-star for you Jamieanne!

  59. DC says

    Loved this! My only addition would be salt – when finished, sprinkle with sea salt (I’m a salty/sweet addict).

  60. Daisy says

    I tried this recipe however think I may have added a tad too mucy butter so added more flour the cookie came out like a cookie cake which I think may have been due to the amount of flour I used? Even so it was delicious and a perfect snack! :) <3

  61. Kaycee says

    These are great! I’ve made a lot of microwave cakes, cookies, etc, and this is the best ever

  62. Abigail says

    OH so delicious! I have absolutely HATED every microwave cake or dessert recipe I’ve tried. This was AMAZING. So quick and easy!

  63. Jannaee Sick says

    I made the mistake of using self rising flour and no brown sugar. Basically, you showed me how to make my favorite dessert, molten chocolate lava cake. If you put all of the chocolate chips in the center and cook in a dome shaped bowl and flip upside down to serve, omg omg omg. Thanks. Now I have to hit the gym overtime. Not going to admit how many I made and ate o_O!

  64. Jennifer says

    I just made this and they were…edible. It was ok if ur reeally hungry nut, they are dry and cakey and could actullay feel the flour and some of the egg. I hope I get better luck next time.

  65. Brandi says

    It’s okay.. needs baking soda though to make it a little more of a classic choc chip cookie taste.

  66. Amy says

    I tried this recipe, but I ended up having to use about 5-6 tbsp of plain flour to get a mixture similar to cookie dough. 3tbsp is simply too soft and resembles goo rather than cookie dough.

    Am I the only one getting this problem?

    When I use about 5.5 tbsp of flour and follow the rest of the recipe the way it is, it still tastes super great though!!

  67. Devondra S says

    This is great!!!…i used self rising flour instead and it just made it slightly more fluffier…..Thanks This is a college student’s dream (:♥♥♥♥

  68. Morgan says

    I made this with the kids I babysit as a quick and easy sweet and it was a hit!! thanks for making me the best babysitter ever!!

  69. Lindsay says

    So I just made this and it doesn’t resemble a cookie at all. It actually foamed up and spilled over when I added a second extra 10 sec at 70%. Only thing I did different was use a chopped Hershey bar. I now have a very messy cup of goo that runs if I move the cup. 50 sec total at 70% power. I have no idea what went wrong. =[

  70. Lucy says

    Ive made this recipie a few times know and I always use two table spoons of white sugar Insted of one white and one brown. It still comes and delicious I think it’s better than a regular cookie.

    If you wanted something different you could also swap 1 table spoon of flour for coco powder and add white choc chips


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