A sugar cookie in a mug is a perfect single-serving dessert of a sugar cookie made in a cup and cooked in the microwave. It’s a soft sugar cookie recipe that is light and fluffy and doesn’t contain egg yolk or brown sugar. It’s a quick and easy way to make a sweet treat for one person.
These mug sugar cookies are a blank canvas in which you can customize your cookies to your taste. Add delicious candies, chocolate, nuts, and more to your simple cookie. I promise this is an easy recipe to make.
The recipe typically consists of simple ingredients such as all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, melted butter, milk, and vanilla extract. The ingredients are mixed in a mug and microwaved for a minute or two until fully cooked.
The result is a soft and chewy cookie that can be enjoyed on its own or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a glass of milk.
My husband says it’s more like a blend between a cake and a cookie, so maybe I should rename it a sugar cookie mug cake? Either way, it’s a tasty recipe that is made in minutes.
I adore cookies, and I’ve shared my favorite ones over the years. So if you have a sweet tooth for a sweet, warm cookie and want to bake a batch today, here are a few cookie recipes you might enjoy.
But before I share the recipe, I need to mention that this recipe is part of a Blog Valentine’s Day Hop. So make sure to check out my friend’s yummy desserts!
When you don’t have a whole heck of a lot of energy, then this recipe is for you.
There is no clean-up: You only need a mug, a spoon, and a microwave to make this recipe, so you don’t have to worry about dirtying a bunch of dishes or cleaning up a messy kitchen.
I also love that I’m not tempted to eat more than a single-serving. It gives me a little bit of a dessert without a massive batch of tempting desserts!
Here are Four Reasons You’ll Love This Recipe!
Convenience: Making a cookie in a mug is quick and easy and requires minimal ingredients and preparation. It’s an excellent option for a sweet snack or dessert when you’re short on time or don’t want to bake an entire batch of cookies.
Single serving cookies: If you’re cooking for one or want a small treat for yourself, a cookie in a mug is the perfect solution. It eliminates the temptation of eating a whole batch of cookies and ensures you get the right portion size.
Customizable: You can add your favorite ingredients to the recipe to make it your own, such as chocolate chips, nuts, or dried fruit. You can also adjust the sugar and spices to suit your tastes.
Perfect for small kitchens: If you have limited kitchen space or don’t have all the necessary equipment to bake a batch of cookies, making a cookie in a mug is a great alternative. All you need is a microwave-safe mug and a few essential ingredients.
Here are the Ingredients
Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this simple recipe for a sugar cookie in a mug:
- Granulated Sugar
- Baking Powder
- Unsalted Butter, melted
- Vanilla Extract
- Powdered Sugar
- Cream Cheese
- Red Food Coloring
1 Step: In a large microwave-safe mug, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
2 Step: Stir in the melted butter, milk, and vanilla extract until well combined.
3 Step – Microwave the mug high for 40 to 60 seconds until the cookie is firm but not hard. All to cool before topping with frosting.
4 Step – Make Frosting and top the cookie with it.
Sugar Cookie in a Mug Recipe
- 4 tbsp flour
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ⅛ tsp salt
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter melted
- 2 tbsp milk you can substitute with almond or soy milk
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp butter Room temperature
- 1 tbsp cream cheese Room temperature
- 2 tbsp powdered sugar
- ½ tbsp milk You can substitute with almond or soy milk
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 drop red food coloring Coloring your frosting is optional. I placed the dye on a plate and took a tiny bit of it and added it to my frosting.
- In a medium-size (8oz) microwave-safe mug, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
- Melt butter in a pyrex measuring cup.
- Stir in the melted butter, milk, and vanilla extract until well combined.
- Microwave the mug on high for 40 to 60 seconds, or until the cookie is firm but not hard.
- Whisk together room-temperature butter and cream cheese. Add milk and vanilla extract and mix thoroughly.
- Add the powdered sugar and whisk together until light and fluffy.
- If you like, add food dye to the frosting.
Additional Things You Can Add
Take my original recipe and add these fun items to your cookie dough. Remember, when adding additional ingredients, you may need to adjust the cooking time accordingly. Feel free to experiment and find your perfect combination!
Chocolate chips: Mix in a handful of light or dark chocolate chips for a delicious chocolatey twist. To create a gooey chocolate chip mug cookie, top it with a delicious chocolate frosting or chocolate syrup.
Butterscotch chips: If you’re not into chocolate but want a butterscotch flavor, then use these chips!
Nuts: Add chopped nuts, like almonds, pecans, or walnuts, for a crunchy texture and nutty flavor.
Dried fruit: Mix in dried cranberries, raisins, or cherries for a fruity flavor.
Spices: Add a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger for a warm, spicy flavor.
Coconut flakes: Mix in unsweetened coconut flakes for a tropical twist.
Peanut butter: Swirl in a peanut butter spoonful for cookie flavor.
Oats: Add a few tablespoons of oats for a hearty and wholesome oatmeal cookie flavor.
Fun Toppings: Frosting, colorful sprinkles, nuts, caramel, coconut, chocolate chips, crushed candy, and a scoop of ice cream.
Here are some frequently asked questions about making a sugar cookie in a mug recipe:
What kind of mug should I use?
It would be best to use a large microwave-safe mug, preferably one that holds at least 8 – 12 ounces. Ensure the mug is deep enough to prevent the batter from spilling when cooking.
Can I use self-raising flour instead of all-purpose flour?
No, you cannot use self-raising flour for this recipe as it contains baking powder and salt, affecting the final result.
Can I use margarine instead of butter?
Yes, you can use margarine instead of butter, but remember that margarine has a higher water content, which may result in a softer cookie.
Can I make a more significant portion of the recipe?
No, this recipe is designed for a single serving and is best made in a single mug. Creating a more significant portion in a larger dish may result in a longer cooking time or uneven cooking.
Can I cook this recipe in an oven instead of a microwave?
No, this recipe is specifically designed to be made in a microwave. Baking it in an oven will produce a different texture and may affect the final result.
Can I add other ingredients to the recipe?
You can add ingredients like chocolate chips, nuts, or dried fruit to the recipe. Mix them into the batter before microwaving.
Can I store the cookie for later?
The cookie is best enjoyed fresh, as it will become softer and less chewy as it cools. If you want to store it, you can wrap it in plastic or foil and store it in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
Overall, making a cookie in a mug is a simple, convenient, and delicious way to enjoy a sweet treat.
Whether you’re cooking for one or want a small treat for yourself, a sugar cookie in a mug is a delicious and convenient option. So, next time you’re craving a sweet treat, give this mug cookie recipe a try and see just how easy and delicious it is!
A sugar cookie in a mug tastes like a classic, soft, chewy sugar cookie. It has a sweet, buttery flavor and a tender, moist texture. The vanilla extract and milk add depth of flavor, and the melted butter helps to create a soft, tender cookie that is slightly crisp around the edges.
If you add in any additional ingredients like chocolate chips or nuts, you’ll get a delicious contrast of textures and flavors. The best part about this sugar cookie in a mug is that it’s a sweet and satisfying treat that tastes like a freshly baked cookie without all the fuss and is ready in a couple of minutes.
I did make homemade frosting, but you can easily buy pre-made frosting at the grocery store. But for the most part, this little treat requires just a handful of pantry staples, a mug, and a microwave. It’s the perfect dessert for one or the whole family.
Cheers and Bon Appetit!
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This is the cutest idea Janine and I bet they taste amazing! My kids would love this so much! Pinned!!!
Thank you, Heidi! Your kids can make this simple dessert. Jazz it up with lots of sprinkles and candy!
This looks delicious, Janine! I love the pink frosting! Happy Valentine’s Day!
Thanks, Norma. Happy Valentine’s Day to you too!
Yum! Charley is going to love these!!! Making this weekend. xo
Ah, she’ll love them! Add a lot of sprinkles to it!!!
Jennifer S. Hadfield
The prettiest cake in a mug, Janine! I love how easy it looks to make 🙂
Ah thanks so much, Jennifer!
Oh my gosh, these are perfect … I love the cookie-ish/cake combo … can’t wait to try them! xo
Ah thanks so much, Juliet! I love this versatile dessert!
These are perfect! What a cute idea for Valentines’s Day or anytime for a treat!
Thanks so much, Annie!
Thank you, Annie! Yes, you can add lots of fun stuff to match the holiday!