Beware cookies! Your natural predator is on the hunt!

Most nights Jim and I won’t be past the first half of our dinner before he looks at me with a sly expression and asks, “What do we have for dessert?”

Most often, I try not to have anything. I’m not trying to be cruel, but after creating two cookbooks that focused on baking and the resulting sweet tooths, I really try to curb the snacks and treats, only baking when it’s for an event or meant to be shared. Dessert often amounts to a square of high quality chocolate or a mouthful of peanut butter and chocolate chips, where Jim will then patiently wait, with a full mouth, for the chips to melt before mashing it all on the roof of this mouth with satisfaction. Such a silly boy…

But sometimes we want a real dessert, not some sugary stand-in. Being fully aware of how weak we both are, I know that making a whole batch of cookies is never a good idea. It always ends in the two of us sneaking cookies well after we should have stopped and a remorseful belly ache. Self control in the sweets arena has never been very successful in our house.

Which brings us to this recipe, Cookies for Two. This makes 8 regular sized chocolate chip cookies, 4 for each person. I know 2 is a more appropriate serving size than 4, but hey, we’re taking baby steps. If you can muster some restraint, eat 2 after dinner and save the other two for your lunch the next day.


Cookies for Two

1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp flour
1/4 teas. baking soda
spinkle of salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup margarine, softened
splash of vanilla
splash of vegan milk of choice
3 tbsp. to 1/4 cup chocolate chips

Cookie Coating (optional)
1 tbsp sugar
1/4 teas. fleur de sel

Preheat oven to 350. Line a cookie sheet with parchment.

In a small bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a medium bowl cream together the margarine and sugar. Add vanilla and milk. Add dry ingredients to wet in batches until well combined. Add chocolate chips.

Roll tablespoon sized dough balls in the Cookie Coating (if using) and place on cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookies have risen, spread and the edges are set. Let cool completely (well, not too completely) before serving.

Makes 8 cookies.

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15 Responses to cookies for two

  1. Melisser says:

    Sounds like the perfect amount to me!

  2. MsDerious says:

    I love this :)

    I often find that I want a cookie or two, but most recipes make loads more than I ‘need’. I’m going to give this a try :)

  3. kilax says:

    Thanks for the recipe! I need a cut down version like that! We also always bake a ton of vegan sweets and have to find people to share them with. Or freeze them. Otherwise… nom nom nom. They’re gone right away!

  4. JD says:

    Yes, that is a great idea. Vegweb has a Chocoloate Chip Cookie for One, that makes one big or several smaller cookies that I occasionally make. I will have to add your recipe as well.

  5. Those look perfectly puffy. Yum!

  6. yasmin says:

    This is great! I face the exact same dilemma frequently. I’ll have to try them soon.

  7. I love cookie recipes that only make a few. I live alone, so when I bake, I typically have to take most of the sweets to the office lest I gorge myself in a sugar coma.

  8. Courtney says:

    Perfect! I too have no self restraint, which is why I rarely bake things to have in the apt–only if I am taking it with me somewhere. I have been known to eat a whole pan of brownies in a day (did I just say that?!)…
    Since it is just me, I might even try cutting your recipe in half :-)


  9. Josiane says:

    I like cooking and baking in big batches, but sometimes a quick little something like those yummy-looking cookies is just what I need!

  10. Chelsea says:

    Love this! Will print and save for a night when we need a little something sweet! xo

  11. Sandy says:

    so cute and what a great portion. Thanks for sharing the recipe!! xo

  12. JENNA says:

    I love the idea behind Cookies for Two!

  13. tahinitoo says:

    I love this post Kris!!! Tim and I are the same way – one batch of cookies can be demolished in less than a day. And, Tim is forever emailing me at work asking “Where’s my treat?”. It’s mighty funny, but he is so darn serious and quite a cookie muncher. I have started making smaller batches of cookies too, but it seems I am making smaller batches every other night. HA! Oh well. These look yummy and I will make them soon!

  14. Linda says:

    Awesome! I am delighted to see a recipe which is designed to serve a couple. Making full recipes of cookies and freezing them is no solution in our house! My husband is like a frost-seeking missile when it comes to frozen cookies and will eat them hard as bricks from the freezer. Downsized recipes are the way to go in our house!

  15. kindas says:

    this recipe worked perfectly! i added a little almond extract because i had no vanilla…