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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar for One

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Ever crave something sweet but don’t want a whole batch of cookies tempting you? That’s when you need a Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar for One!

My friend, Cindy Kerschner, of Cindy’s Recipes and Writings, recently published her first cookbook, The Cooking for One Cookbook. Perfect for singles with “appropriate proportions and deliciously diverse meals!” These Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are the perfect example!!

Two Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars for One on a white dessert plate

Why You Should Make Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies

Whether you live alone, are craving something sweet but don’t want the temptation of a cake or dozens of cookies, or are cutting back on desserts after the holidays, small-batch dessert recipes are your friend! 

  • These chocolate chip cookie bars are made in a ramekin and provide a yummy treat without a lot of effort.
  • One bar is big enough for two helpings, and a generous helping for one!
  • If you have no self-control after making a chocolate chip recipe, this will curtail the chance of overindulging!
  • My husband, the chocolate chip cookie connoisseur in our household, gave them his seal of approval.

I was hoping to entice my oldest to do some baking on his own, touting all the terrific recipe ideas in Cindy’s The Cooking for One Cookbook (affiliate link). Then, I asked, “Do you have flour at your house?” No, was his reply. “Do you have sugar?” No, he repeated. No need to ask about vanilla, brown sugar, or baking soda as I knew the answers.

I guess since his house is less than a mile away, he finds no need to bake when my kitchen is typically well stocked with sweets. BUT this homemade chocolate chip cookie recipe would be terrific if he was in dire straits, shaking from chocolate withdrawals! I also loved the sound of  Cindy’s Mocha Fudge and Vanilla Mug Cake recipes. Maybe his kitchen is stocked for those recipes?!

Round chocolate chip cookie bar with a few bites removed on a round white plate with a red handled spoon

Cooking for One Tips

If you know a bachelor that likes to cook more than my son or if you are cooking for one, check out this cookbook! All meals are covered plus Cindy offers tips on what to shop for and how to plan your meals.

There are also chapters on:

  • Meal Planning and Shopping – Great tips to minimize waste.
  • Easy Breakfasts – The Homemade Granola and Spinach and Mushroom Quiche are calling my name!
  • Lunch Made Easy – I’m dying to add the Alaskan Salmon Burger to my menu.
  • Meatless Mains for One – When Lent rolls around, the Roasted Vegetable Lasagna will be a tasty change of pace!
  • One If by Sea – The Shrimp Stir Fry will make a delicious, easy dinner that I can double for two!
  • Proteins Made Simple – I’m inspired by the Pork Chop with Pineapple Salsa and the Sausage and Peppers!
  • Treat Yourself, Desserts for One – So glad I can try ALL of these as since the recipes are designed for one! If the picky hubby finds anything objectionable, there’s no guilt in eating it all myself!
Overhead view of two chocolate chip cookie bars on a round white plate with some stray chocolate chips

How to Make These Chocolate Chip Cookies for One or Two

The procedure is very simple.

  1. Preheat the oven and grease two large ramekins.
  2. The wet ingredients are mixed together.
  3. Then in another bowl, the dry ingredients are whisked together.
  4. Next, the wet mixture is folded into the dry ingredients until it all comes together.
  5. Finally, the chocolate chips are mixed in.
  6. Divide between the two ramekins, smooth the tops, and bake as directed.
  7. Cool as directed before removing from the dishes and diving right in!
  8. PRO-Tip: Carefully press a few chocolate chips onto the surface of the warm cookies when they’re fresh out of the oven. This will give your cookies a more bakery-like presentation.
  9. Reader’s Tip: If you miss the egg in this recipe, feel free to add 1 tablespoon of beaten egg to the dough.

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Two Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars for One on a white dessert plate

The Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar for One

A chocolate chip cookie bar baked in a ramekin

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Yield 1 Cookie Bar

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips, plus a few more to garnish the top of the baked cookie

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Spray a 7 or 8-ounce ramekin with cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla until the sugars are dissolved.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir in the chocolate chips. Scrape the dough into the ramekin and smooth the top.
  5. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the surface is firm to the touch and brown.
  6. Carefully, press some of the reserved chocolate chips into the top of the cookie bar, if desired.
  7. Cool for 5 minutes on a wire rack before serving.

Notes

Feel free to substitute raisins, dried cranberries, chopped and toasted nuts, or other chocolate chip flavors for the semisweet chocolate chips.

If you'd like, add 1 tablespoon of beaten egg to the recipe for a more traditional taste and texture.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1 cookie bar

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 662Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 687mgCarbohydrates: 81gFiber: 3gSugar: 45gProtein: 6g

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11 comments on “Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar for One”

  1. Made this today; used Gluten-free flour and added 1T. of beaten egg (the rest can get tossed in scrambled eggs for breakfast) as GF flour sometimes needs a bit of moisture/egg; didn’t have a large ramekin so divided dough into 2 small ramekins; used mini-chips. Came out great and was perfect dessert for 2  on a rainy, cold day.  Thanks for,the easy recipe.

  2. I wonder if you could just add a little bit of eggs in a carton (like Egg Beaters) to the dough? I don’t know how much you’d add but I’m sure it would help with consistency.

    • Good idea, Donna! Made me think that I made a lot of omelets, and it would be easy to get a teaspoon or two from the beaten eggs before adding salt and pepper. Egg beaters would definitely work, too!

  3. This is the perfect single serve dessert! I love being able to get that certain something that bar cookies have without making a huge batch!

  4. If you don’t have ramekins can you use a 8 or 9 in cake pan?

    • Hi, Janet,

      I just went to measure my 8-ounce ramekin and it’s only 3 3/4 inches in diameter. So an 8-inch cake pan would be way too big. Do you have anything smaller? Or you could try to make a small foil pan with a few layers of foil and place it on a baking sheet. Maybe using a measuring cup to help form it? Just throwing out some ideas 🙂 I hope you can come up with something. Good luck!!

  5. I am a fan of a book of baking recipes for one because hey – I am a household of one! Although my work colleagues love it when I bring in my baking. These cookies sound good and even better, are simple to make with very little washing up (my nemesis).

  6. Dear Liz, what a fabulous idea to write a cookbook full of recipe ideas for a small household – these cookies look like a wonderful treat for those days when one craves a decadent chocolate dessert but doesn’t need or want a cookie jar full of tempting cookies.
    You did an oputstanding job with the presentation – I have rearely seen more perfectly baked cookies than these chocolate chip cookies of yours!
    Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas!

  7. I love small size desserts because… I am tempted to indulge when sweets are around:@)

  8. I love individual desserts. These are some glorious chocolate cookie bars, Liz.

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