Single-Serving Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cookie

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Author Notes: From Lindsay Maitland Hunt’s Healthyish cookbook:

“Fair warning: Once you know how easy it is to make a single peanut butter and chocolate cookie, you might get in the habit of making one every single night. I originally developed this with almond butter, which tastes equally delicious but can be pricey. If you have a peanut allergy, any other nut butter swaps in perfectly well.”
Lindsay Maitland Hunt

Food52 Review: Featured in: A Perfect Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie for One, No Oven RequiredThe Editors

Makes: 1 cookie
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 min


  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter, preferably natural
  • 2 tablespoons heaping, quick-cooking or instant oats
  • 1 teaspoon confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 pinch flaky sea salt, for garnish (optional)
In This Recipe


  1. Stir the peanut butter, oats, sugar, and vanilla together in a small bowl until completely combined. Using your fingers, shape the mixture into a 2 1/2-inch-wide (6-cm), 1/2-inch-thick (12-mm) disk. Press the tines of a fork into the top of the cookie. Chill on a parchment-lined plate in the freezer until firm, about 5 minutes.
  2. Once the cookie is cold and hard, melt the chocolate in the microwave in 15-second bursts until stirrable. Spread half the chilled cookie with the chocolate, and sprinkle with a little flaky sea salt, if you like. The chocolate should set when it hits the cold cookie, but if it doesn’t, you can return it to the freezer for a minute or two.

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Reviews (4) Questions (1)

4 Reviews

Klavdja R. September 23, 2018
Thanks iin advance & I haven't tried the recipe yet<br />I don't have an oven only stovetop<br />Need more no-oven recipes
judy August 17, 2018
I do variations on this type of cookie often. But skip the freezer, and it is great cookie dough with a spoon. Chocolate powder, raisins, spice like cinnamon or nutmeg. This is a great idea. thank you.
Frances August 6, 2018
Love this cookie, so easy and I even use PB2 powdered peanut butter, didn't need extra sugar then as this is sweeter then natural peanut butter and I also at times skip chocolate addition and it is still a favorite cookie.
Marita A. June 30, 2018
Lovely and quick. There are only 2 monster cookies left from our Farmer's Market trip and they are for the children. Well mama needed a quick cookie. This was perfect. Great hoy weather cookie. I added 1/2 tsp of chia seeds, 1/2 TBS of M&Ms, and a 1/2 TBS or dried cranberries. I also added a tsp more of peanut butter to account for the add ins. Messy but good :)