Sugar Cookie in a Cup

Ok, I just can’t help myself. It’s another cookie in a cup recipe! This time, Sugar Cookie in a Cup. This one is so good. Try it out, along with Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Cup, and Peanut Butter Cookie in a Cup.  

Start with a tablespoon of butter. 

Heat in your microwave until melted, about 30 seconds.

Add two tablespoons of granulated white sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla and a pinch of kosher salt.

Stir together.

Add one egg yolk. Do not include the egg white, discard or save for a different recipe.

Stir in egg yolk.

Add three level tablespoons of all-purpose flour.

Stir in flour.

Sprinkle on pretty colored sugar, plain white sugar, or whatever you have handy. Microwave for about 45 seconds, depending on the strength of your microwave.

Serve warm. 

You just made a sugar cookie from scratch, in the microwave! Can you believe it? 

Sugar Cookie in a Cup

created by Melissa at No. 2 Pencil

1 Tablespoon of Butter

2 Tablespoon of Granulated White Sugar

1/4 Teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract

Small pinch of Kosher Salt

Yolk of one Egg

3 Tablespoons of All-Purpose Flour

Colored Sugar for sprinkling

Melt butter in microwave, then add sugar, vanilla and salt and stir together. Add one egg yolk and stir again. Add flour and stir a final time.  Sprinkle cookie dough with colored sugar, and heat in microwave for about 45 seconds. Start checking for doneness at 40 seconds.

Serve warm and enjoy!

Don’t forget to try Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Cup and Peanut Butter Cookie in a Cup!

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  1. I wanted to thank you for all these cookie-in-a-cup recipes. I haven’t actually tried them yet, but I will; they look so good and simple. Mmmmmmmmm!!!!!

  2. Would you stop it already…I’m gaining weight by the day (cup!). No wait, don’t stop till you’ve done a Thin Mint version!

  3. Melissa, have I shared this link with you before? It’s about how to remove word verification from your comments.

  4. OMG. I JUST made these and it’s delicious! Thank you!

  5. Oh my gosh – your cookies in a cup sound and look amazing! I have just pinned all three recipes and want to give them a try real soon.

    Adorable blog, by the way! xo

  6. Yum! All these cookie in a cup recipes have been great for a quick sugar fix in the past week and a half. I made a snickerdoodle version of the sugar cookie just now by just adding a little cinnamon in with the sugar cookie dough and then sprinkling a little cinnamon sugar on top. Heavenly. 🙂 And if I double the recipe and put it in a bowl, my husband and I can share it together. THANKS!

  7. Your cookie in a cup recipes have seriously changed my life! Thanks from a college student with a tiny kitchen! 🙂

  8. MOAR! I reallly wanna make these but my sister here and keeps trying to get me to make lettuce wraps. Oh the shame!

    Actully, I dunno if you mind taking a look at this chocolate
    My sis had a much of it (from my parents) but we never use it. Could one make a cookie sup out of that?

    Thanks so much! 🙂 I hate for good ingredients to go to waste 🙂

  9. Hello! When I tried this recipe, it came put really hard and tasted like Play-Doh! 🙁 Mind you, I have a really old microwave (the one that has a dial, no special button for popcorn or anything!), so I’m thinking that has a lot to do with it!

  10. I just made this! AMAZING!!!

  11. I have tried out numerous “dessert in a mug” recipes since my husband is not a sweets person and I need to portion control. I have never been impressed with any of them until I stumbled on this recipe on Pinterest, it was so good! I will definitely be trying out your other cookie in a mug recipes! Thanks!

  12. I used this recipe to make a snickerdoodle in a cup I just mixed a pinch of cream of tartar and some cinnamon into the batter and then sprinkles cinnamon sugar on top instead of colored sugar…yum!! great recipe 🙂

  13. Mmmm yummy.
    I ‘modified’ the recipe a bit for myself:
    No egg
    only 2 tbsp of flour.

    I cooked it till it was almost done (a bit doughy still), then took it out, poured a bit of milk over it and mixed it up. It had the consistency and taste of vanilla pudding. c:

  14. Hi: Do you mind finding the exact time for a 1.5 KW microwave? I am paranoid that I will set off my smoke alarm again (I burned something this morning)

  15. Addicting. I did find, however, that I had to put it in for more like a minute to get it fully cooked. Last night I did about 45 seconds and it was still a little runny. But it tasted perfect both ways! 🙂 Addicted.

  16. well i tried to make a sugar cookie. and i burned it, the middle was black. i got to try it before i threw it away and i was very surprised that it tasted like a sugar cookie. and im goin to try it again. fingers crossed!

  17. WOW! I didn’t really think this would work nearly so well, and neither did my fiance. But it is delicious! Thank you for filling an early Christmas cookie craving 🙂

  18. I tried this and oh my gosh! So good! Just enough to quench my cravings for a cookie and its so fluffy and moist. I loved it! Thank you!

  19. I love your mug cookie recipes soooooo much! (:

  20. I just made it. I am eating it as I type. OMG. How did you come up with this delicousness?!?!?! ILOVEYOU!

  21. I have am allergic to gluten so I substituted almond flour for the all purpose flour and it turned out great! Thanks so much for the yummy recipe I will definitely be trying your other mug cookie recipes 🙂

  22. if we dnt hve kosher salt wt can we do? wt is a substitute? or can we jst omit it?

  23. Hungry Homeschooler says:

    I am a 15 yr. old home schooled girl and am always looking for yummy snacks and this is amazing although i found out you don’t need salt and you can put food coloring in it. I made a green one. 🙂

  24. The recipe was great! It was a little dry, so I added a dash of milk before cooking. I only needed about 35 seconds to cook.

  25. How many calories are these cookie mugs? I love them, but I wonder about their calorie content! Thanks!

  26. Great recipe! I didn’t follow it exactly. I was out of butter and wanted something sweet without going to the store. I substituted the butter for about a tablespoon of whole milk. It didn’t make a cookie (I wasn’t completely expecting it to since I altered the recipe) but it made a yummy cake 🙂

  27. If you ad two tsp. cocoa powder and a smidge more butter it makes a GLOROUS chocolate cupcake

  28. Sarah Storrs says:

    I made a snickerdoodle variation by mixing in a pinch of cream of tartar and sprinkling the top with cinnamon-sugar. Delicious 🙂 I love the peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies too. Thank you!

  29. I tried the recipe for the first time and since I was with the kid I babysit, instead of just making two cups, I doubled the recipe in one. It was pretty good but I think I slightly overcooked it. Other than that, its an awesome idea and tastes great!

  30. I just made it, it really tastes great! I added a little capuccino powder and the all-purpose flour i used was with baking soda so it grew a little, even more yummy!!

  31. Sometimes I have a hard time with the “in a cup” desserts, but this looks amazing! I am definitely trying this later! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  32. Caroline Crumb says:

    Holy cow! This is amazing and just the right portion size… I have lap band surgery so cannot eat very much at one time so it is always disappointing to make an entire batch of cookies. This solved my problem! Thanks so much, delicious 🙂

  33. This was unbelievable! I’ve been trying various mug recipes and nothing has turned out as delicious as the real thing. But! I substituted coconut oil for butter and followed the rest of the recipe to a T, and this was PERFECT! Thank you 🙂

  34. Joan Burr Salzman says:

    Thanks for recipes.
    Just for information – an experiment.
    The egg white is more watery and the yoke more oily. I mixed the egg well and added amount equal to the yoke and had to add more flour to get cookie consistency and cooked 1 minute [more time]- so it came out more cake like – still good.
    I, also cut down on both sugars by 1/3 teaspoon – too sweet for me.

  35. I have tried this twice now. Both times, I got a more cake-like dessert. It was bland; not very sweet at all. I also disliked using an egg for this one-serving treat, when I could follow a regular recipe and make a dozen cookies with one egg. I think it’s a great idea for a snack, but if there is any way to make a similar egg-less one (so an egg isn’t wasted for one cookie), that would be more practical in my opinion.

    • I had the same thought do I researched egg substitutions. I substitute the egg with 1 Tbsp of olive oil and it works like a charm 🙂

  36. Made this, but realized I was out if flour, so I used Bisquick pancake mix, and it turned out a lot like Whit Cake! So delicious!!

  37. Hi just curious, does this cookie turn out cakey or crispy?:) can I not melt the butter and make a crispy cookie if its not?

  38. This was amazing. I substituted cake flour for all purpose and mixed in some nonpareil sprinkles into the dough instead of using the colored sugar, and this turned out incredible. I also microwaved my cookie for 30 seconds and found it to be completely cooked, so really watch it while its microwaving, because ovens do differ greatly sometimes. Great cookie, will be perfect for the holidays. Thank you so much for this incredible recipe!

  39. Your cookie is simply amazing and irresistible!!! and since im on a diet I counted the calories so I don’t end up looking like a whale because of eating too much of them ! 😀 with my ingredients (including gluten free flour because i am a coeliac) it amounted to 350 calories. thanks again for sharing 😀 best cookie ever!

  40. Lalaloopsy girla says:

    I tried this but added peppermint flavouring instead of vanilla extract it’s really yummy but I had to microwave it for a minute but that might just be my microwave and thanks for the recipe it’s a great snack for when my parents are out

  41. Tatiana Emilia says:

    OH MY GOSH. WOW. I had a sugar cookie craving and went looking for a microwave recipe, expecting another recipe that would be barely edible and either very dry or very squishy. This was neither- just perfect, chewy, bursting with flavor. Excellent recipe, 10/10, will make again.

  42. Cassandra says:

    I love it!! :)) i really wanted a cookie and now i have one!

  43. Read this recipe, went straight to the kitchen and made it, and I’m eating the cookie as I’m typing this. AMAZING. I topped it with cinnamon sugar instead of sprinkles. I will definitely be making this again for one of my late night sweet cravings. I microwaved it for 50 seconds and it cooked perfectly.

  44. im a dummy and didnt realize i was out of flour until it was too late so i substituted oatmeal and some brown sugar for sprinkles and it turned out ok

  45. Brittany says:

    So I flaked a misread the instructions the first time I made this and put the egg white only in the dough. It was like a dry cake. Adding cashew milk (didn’t have regular milk on hand) made it edible. I made it correctly the second time but stopped it at 35sec since my first effort was so dry and it was perfect.


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