Smart cookie

Virtually everyone loves a warm chocolate chip cookie. But hauling out the electric mixer, cleaning messy bowls and dealing with baking sheet after baking sheet of cookies? 

I can do without that part. Hence this miracle — a chocolate chip cookie mixed in a coffee mug and cooked in the microwave. 

Even the youngest kids can make one by themselves (or at least help), as it doesn’t require any mixers or hot ovens. 

Add a dollop of ice cream or whipped cream and you have a sweet hit for the kids, or even a TV-time snack for you after your little sous chefs go to bed. 

And, ahem — if you forgot to find a Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetie — this could serve as a semi-thoughtful backup with a handwritten note!

Five-minute chocolate chip mug cookie


1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon white sugar

1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

Pinch salt 

1 egg yolk

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 to 2 tablespoons chocolate chips

Vanilla ice cream (optional, but almost essential)


Melt the butter in your mug in the microwave for 30 seconds.

Have your sous chef add the sugars and salt and stir with a fork.

Add the egg yolk and vanilla and stir again. 

Stir in the flour.

Stir in the chocolate chips. 

Microwave the mug for 40 seconds. Your cookie should appear almost wet and sheeny. You’ll think it’s not done, but it is! 

Add a scoop of ice cream and serve immediately.


 Source: This recipe was adapted from Mike Adamick’s Dad’s Book of Awesome Recipes.