Thanks to this recipe for a Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookie in a Mug you can make a yummy cookie for one without turning on the oven. It is gluten free, vegan and uses no refined sugar, and deliciously pumpkin spice flavored.
Microwavable mug cakes have revolutionized dessert making for many single and small households. I have also made my share of delicious and convenient single serving mug cakes.
My real nemesis are cookies though. I have an intense love affair with oatmeal cookies especially. They need to be homemade though. Dry store-bought oatmeal cookies don’t cut it for me.
However, my deep love also results in issues with portion control. When I bake a batch of oatmeal cookies, they don’t stick around for long.
‘Hiding’ them from myself in the freezer also doesn’t work, because I happen to love frozen cookies.
As a result, I have not been baking many cookies recently. Until I discovered this amazing concept of being able to make just one single serving of my favorite cookies in a mug in the microwave!
It is quick, easy and portion control is not an issue - if you don’t make more than one.
Mug Cookie Texture
I've found that oatmeal cookies are most suitable to turn into single-serve version to make in the microwave. I think that is because I like chewy oatmeal cookies.
Making cookies in the microwave essentially 'steams' the dough. So it is not really possible to make crisp cookies in it, but the gooey texture for chewy oatmeal cookies can quite easily be recreated in a microwave.
Eggless Mug Cookie
Another issue with small batch recipes are eggs. It's hard to use just half or ¼ of an egg.
Sure you could use only egg yolk, or white, but you'll end up with leftovers. Not with this recipe!
There is no egg in this mug cookie recipe. They are actually vegan and you don't end up with partial egg leftovers.
How to make a Mug Cookie
Start by adding coconut oil to a small mug. If it isn't liquid already, you can zap it for a few seconds to melt the oil.
Then add the other wet ingredients (coconut sugar, pumpkin puree, and vanilla extract) and stir to combine then. Now add the dry ingredients (rolled oats, oat flour, salt, pumpkin spice, and chocolate chips) and incorporate them into the cookie batter.
If you like lot's of chocolate chips in your cookies, you can put a few more on the top of the mug cookie.
Microwave the pumpkin oatmeal mug cookie for about 1 minute. Actually, to be sure not to overcook the cookie in a mug start with 45 seconds.
Then check the cookie and keep adding 10-15 second bursts. The oatmeal mug cookie is ready when the top looks done and no longer shiny.
Now let the cookie for one cool down for a few minutes. I know this is hard, but trust me on this if you value the skin on the roof of your mouth.
You can put away all ingredients and wipe the counter while waiting. When your kitchen is cleaned up, you can sit down fully relaxed and dig in!
Using leftover pumpkin puree
This pumpkin microwave cookie is fantastic to make during fall season when you have leftover pumpkin puree from recipes that don't use a whole can. I like to freeze leftover pumpkin puree in an ice cube tray.
The frozen pumpkin cubes are great for
- Drinks: throw some pumpkin cubes into smoothie for a hidden load of vegetables (if you add just 1 or 2 cubes you won't even taste the pumpkin) or make a pumpkin spice frappuccino
- Sauces: thicken savory sauces or sneak in extra vegetables by adding a few cubes to tomato sauce
- Desserts: any recipe that calls for less than a full can of pumpkin puree, like this pumpkin mug cookie, and so many of my other pumpkin recipes
More Fall Desserts you'll Love:
Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookie in a Mug
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil melted
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar or brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon oat flour
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tablespoon dark chocolate chips + more for topping
- Add the coconut oil to the mug and microwave if needed to melt the oil. To the melted coconut oil add coconut sugar, pumpkin puree, and vanilla extract. Stir with a fork until combined.
- Now add the rolled oats, oat flour, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Mix to combine everything.
- Sprinkle a few (optional) chocolate chips on top.
- Microwave the cookie in a mug on high for about 1 minute.
- Careful, it will be hot! Let it cool a for a couple of minutes before enjoying this delicious mug cookie.