Single Serve No Bake Cookie

(6 votes)
5 minutes
March 30, 2022
Carole JonesJump to Recipe

Need a sweet treat but don’t want a ton of cookies hanging around your house tempting you to eat the entire batch? This single serve no bake cookie recipe makes one perfect dessert in less than two minutes. And all you need is a bowl, spoon, and your microwave. And if you want more than just one cookie, I promise that you can double the recipe and make two…your secret is safe with me!

Single Serve No Bake Cookie

Chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies were the first cookie I ever learned to make as a kid…even if they are technically a candy, not a cookie 🙂 My neighbor and I would often make them on Sunday afternoons together and to this day, they are still one of my favorite cookies. Simple ingredients and completely addictive!

I have passed along that love of no bake cookies to my children and have taught all six of them how to make a full recipe of the classic no bake oatmeal cookies. They love them as much as I do.

The problem is now that I only have two kiddos left at home, we rarely need 40 cookies anymore so I came up with this ultra small batch version of my original recipe that can be done in 2 minutes or less….and completely in the microwave so ditch the large saucepan, candy thermometer, and prepared baking sheets lined with wax paper or parchment paper.

All you need for this recipe is a small bowl and a spoon 🙂

Single Serve No Bake Cookie in a bowl

No Bake Cookies Recipe FAQs

Can I make more than one cookie at a time?

Absolutely my friend! If you look at the recipe card below, you can scale the recipe up to 3x the original amount right here on this page. If you want more than that, I suggest making multiple small batches since the cook times will be too far off. If you do increase the number of cookies you want to make, you will need to add a bit more time to the second microwave cook time. Try an extra 10 -15 seconds and look for just a handful of bubbles on top to know it is done. Store any leftovers in an airtight container.

Can I use quick oats?

While I use old-fashioned oats in the video and the photography, feel free to exchange those out for quick cooking oats instead. The only difference between each of those oats is that quick oats are cut up smaller before being packaged so the taste will be the same. Only the finished texture will be a bit different. The cookie will be a bit smoother with quick oats.

Are these gluten free?

If you use certified gluten-free oats in this recipe, then yes they are! All oats are naturally gluten free but it depends on how and where they are processed for them to be certified gluten-free so be sure you use those if that is a health concern for you.

one no bake cookie

My cookie turned out crumbly. What did I do wrong?

Simply, you cooked the sugar mixture too long in the microwave. Since microwaves come with differing power levels, your high could be very different than mine. It’s going to take a trial run or two to figure out what time length works best for your microwave.

A good visual is that after the second cook time in the microwave, you want just a few bubbles on top of your sugar mixture. Not a rolling boil….or your cookies will be dry and crumbly. Try cutting 10 seconds off your time and see if that helps. If not, reduce your power level to 80% before both times in the microwave.

My cookie didn’t set. What did I do wrong?

Similar to the question above, it comes down to getting the sugar liquid mixture hot enough so it becomes a candy. It sounds like yours needs an extra 10-15 seconds in the microwave next time to get your mixture hotter than just a medium heat.

Also, once it is finished, be sure your single serve no bake cookie comes to room temperature so the candy can set. It will be soft until it sets. You can stick the finished cookie in the fridge to speed this up a bit.

Single Serve No Bake Cookie

Recipe Variations

If you have been here at MKE long enough, you know I always encourage my readers to try variations of recipes to make it personalized for them. Here are some suggestions for this simple cookie:

  • Try using crunchy peanut butter instead of creamy peanut butter for a bit more texture.
  • Substitute almond butter for the peanut butter
  • Add a few mini chocolate chips when mixing in the oats
  • Use coconut oil instead of butter
  • Use almond milk instead of whole milk
  • Substitute a bit of the oats for shredded coconut
  • Add a dash of maple syrup to the sugar mixture
  • Use brown sugar instead of white

Taking a tried and tested recipe and putting your own spin on them is how you create your own delicious recipes so don’t be afraid to experiment!

Single Serve No Bake Cookie VIDEO

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Single Serve No Bake Cookie

Single Serve No Bake Cookie

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Ready in two minutes and the perfect size to satisfy that craving!

  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cookies 1x



1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon milk

1/4 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon salted butter

1 teaspoon smooth peanut butter

1/8 teaspoon vanilla

2 rounded tablespoons oats


  1. In a microwave safe bowl, heat the sugar, milk, cocoa, and butter on high for 30 seconds. Stir well and microwave on high another 10-15 seconds.
  2. Add the peanut butter and vanilla then stir while the mixture is still hot.
  3. Add the oats and stir to coat. Scoop it into one cookie and place it on a plate to cool. You can put it in the fridge to speed up the cooling process.
  • Author: Carole Jones
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 158
  • Sugar: 14 g
  • Sodium: 32 mg
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 22 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 10 mg

Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.


2 years ago

This was amazing! Even though it is only one, I think it will be dangerous for me to have this on hand and so quick.

2 years ago

Agreed….it is living on the edge with how easy it is to make 🙂 Thanks for coming back and leaving your review. It helps so much!

Cathy Frederick
2 years ago

I wonder how much cocoa to use if I do not put peanut butter in them. I am going to try and see what I come up with and let you know. lol

2 years ago

Interesting take on the recipe Cathy!

2 years ago

Made a double batch because I needed TWO cookies and they were perfect! Thank you

8 months ago

I only made one, but I agree with you Don, I’m going to have to make another. So good! I liked Carole’s substitution suggestion of coconut oil instead of butter, but wasn’t sure if I’d like it, so I substituted 1/2 of the butter with coconut oil. Yummy!

8 months ago

I forgot to rate it! I agreed with Don, 1 wasn’t enough 🙂

2 years ago

Perfect proportions, so delicious!

Carole Jones
2 years ago

Thanks Alexa!

12 months ago

Made the 3x servings & used part oats and part cream of wheat & then part pb and part Nutella… & they turned out perfect! I didn’t even know you could make single servings until I came across your website! Who new ?

Anyway, thank you for sharing this recipe, I’m super glad I found it!

Carole Jones
12 months ago

Glad you enjoyed it Amy!

5 months ago

That hit the spot!! Thank for that quick and easy recipe.

Carole Jones
5 months ago

You are welcome Michelle!

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