Feel like one smart cookie with this recipe

The Internet is full of promises of des?serts baked in mugs in the micro?wave.

To be honest, I haven?t always had a ton of luck with the different ?cake in a mug? recipes out there. I feel like Goldilocks as I wade through the recipes. Some are too moist, some are too dry, and only a few are just right.

I was skeptical this week when I found a recipe that promised to give me a single-serving cookie in a mug in under five minutes, but I got my hopes up and mixed one up.

The good news: it was good.

The bad news: it was easy.

It?s probably unfortunate for me to know I can whip up a cookie in less than five minutes at any moment, but I?m sure this knowledge will come in handy on bad days when I need a little dessert in my life.

I found this recipe on a blog called ?Jo and Sue.? You can find the original at http://joandsue.blogspot.ca/ 2012/03/5-minute-chocolate-chip-cookie.html.

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Five-Minute Chocolate Chip Cookie

Ingredients

1 tablespoon butter, slightly softened

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon brown sugar

two dashes of vanilla

a pinch of salt

1 egg yolk

3 tablespoons flour

1 1/2 tablespoons chocolate chips (I used M&Ms)

Directions

Place the butter and sugars into a microwave-safe bowl or mug. Mix with a fork until they are well-incorporated.

Mix in the vanilla and salt.

Add the egg yolk (you can save the white for your guilt-free breakfast in the morning after your guilty snack) and stir well.

Mix in the flour, and then add the chocolate chips.

Microwave on high for 40 seconds. If the cookie isn?t as done as you would like, microwave in 10-second increments until it is. (Mine was done in 60 seconds.)

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Be careful, because the mug will be hot. If you?re like me, you?ll have a hard time waiting until the cookie is cooled before digging in.

This isn?t exactly like a traditional cookie, but the flavors are there, and it?s a fast way to satisfy your sweet tooth, which is always a win in my book.

When not helping husband Joey with newspaper work, Lindsey teaches speech, debate and forensics at Haven High School. She can be reached at lindseyclarion@gmail.com.