Easiest Sugar Cookie in a Mug

October 13, 2022
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Photo by Ty Mecham
  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 1 minute
  • Serves 1
Author Notes

This recipe—a simple sugar cookie garnished with colorful sprinkles and cooked in a mug —nearly broke me. I ate raw sugar cookie in a mug. I ate burnt sugar cookie in a mug. And eventually, after some trial and lots of error, I think I finally cracked the code. This recipe was so difficult to get right because it breaks every cookie rule: You don’t chill the dough. You don’t cut it into cute shapes like snowflakes, ornaments, or dreidels. You simply mix a handful of ingredients in the mug that the cookie “bakes” in. And that’s perhaps the most rebellious act of all. This cookie isn’t baked, but rather microwaved—and in just 60 seconds. 

Since every microwave is different, you may need to “bake” the cookie for less than a minute, or for a few seconds longer. The difference between a perfect sugar cookie in a mug and one that somehow, someway does burn is mere seconds. When the cookie is done in the microwave, it will spring back ever so slightly in the middle. It will naturally be soft and chewy, but it should be evenly cooked throughout. Fortunately, the recipe calls for such small quantities of ingredients that there isn’t too much food waste if you get it wrong the first time. 

Your mug choice makes a difference, too—at first, I used a 15-ounce mug that was 5 inches in diameter, but the cookie was too thick. And thus, I found myself breaking another rule, by serving my sugar cookie not in a mug, but rather in a 4-ounce shallow porcelain ramekin. But you know what? Anyone you serve this to won’t give that a second thought as soon as they have a taste.
Kelly Vaughan

What You'll Need
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • Sprinkles, for garnishing
  1. Spray a small microwave-safe mug or a 5-ounce ramekin with vegetable oil spray.

  2. Place butter in the mug & melt in microwave, about 30 seconds.

  3. Add two kinds of sugar, vanilla extract, almond extract, and salt. Stir to combine.
 Add the egg yolk and mix thoroughly.
 Add flour and powdered sugar and stir until combined.
 Top with sprinkles and cook in the microwave for about 55-60 seconds.
  4. Let cool for 3-5 minutes before serving.

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