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stacked small batch chocolate chip cookies on pan

Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Author: Erin Clarkson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking


These Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies are super easy to make. They are made with brown butter and can be made by hand - no mixer required. This recipe makes 12 chocolate chip cookies, and can easily be doubled.


  • 120g unsalted butter, cold from the fridge is fine
  • 120g dark brown or light brown sugar
  • 45g granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 140g all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp espresso powder (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 180g chocolate from a bar, chopped (I used 100g dark and 80g milk, use what you like here), plus extra for pressing on top, if desired


  1. Place the butter in a medium saucepan, and place over medium heat. Cook until the butter has melted, and then continue to cook, swirling the pan often, until the butter foams and turns golden brown and nutty - this should take 3-4 minutes.
  2. Measure out 95g (see Notes section below) of the brown butter into a medium or large mixing bowl, and set aside for 15-20 minutes to cool so that it doesn't scramble your eggs. 
  3. When the butter is cool, add the brown sugar and white sugar, and whisk briefly to incorporate. 
  4. Add the egg and whisk well for 1-2 minutes, or mix using an electric mixer, until the mixture has lightened in colour and has thickened. 
  5. Add the vanilla and mix well. 
  6. Add the flour, salt, espresso powder if using, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix to combine with a rubber spatula until there are some flour streaks remaining - this is to ensure you do not over work the dough. 
  7. Add the chopped chocolate and mix with a spatula to incorporate and finish incorporating the flour. 
  8. Line a quarter sheet pan or other container with parchment paper. Using a 2 Tbsp cookie scoop, scoop balls of dough (approx 55g) , arranging them on the parchment (they can be touching). Cover with plastic wrap or a lid and chill the dough for at least 30 minutes. See "how to freeze cookie dough" in post for tips on freezing
  9. 10 minutes into the chilling period, preheat the oven to 350°f / 180°c.  Line two sheet pans with parchment paper.
  10. Arrange 6 cookie dough balls onto the pan. If desired, flatten each ball of dough, press more chocolate on the top, and roll into a ball, then space evenly on the pan. 
  11. Bake the cookies for 11-13 minutes, or until set around the edges and golden brown. Bake for closer to 11 minutes for still gooey inside, or 12-13 for more set cookies.
  12. Remove from the oven, and if desired, use a cookie cutter slightly bigger than the cookies to 'scoot' them into a round shape. 
  13. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt if using. Leave to cool on the pan for 10-15 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack. 
  14. Repeat the baking process with the remaining 6 balls of dough. 
  15. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature.


You may notice that there are two quantities of butter in the recipe - the initial quantity of butter, then a second measurement in the method which is the quantity of brown butter. The larger initial quantity is to account for water loss when browning - read more about that in my FAQ.

Please note that if you use the 2x button to double the recipe, this only doubles the ingredients list and not the quantities within the method, so you need to weigh out 190g brown butter to use in your cookies.

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