How to Half a Recipe

How to Half a Recipe

Do you have recipes that make too much for your small family?  I know the Monster Cookie Recipe that I shared on here last year makes way too many cookies for my family!  I hate pulling out my calculator…and giving it to my husband to figure the measurements. lol  To save him from refiguring the measurements time and time again I decided to write out a cheat sheet to hang on the inside of the cabinet where my measuring cups and spoons are.  My husband is grateful and I thought others might benefit from a cheat sheet too.  I hope  you find it helpful!

For a recipe that calls for three eggs, your guess is as good as mine…unless you want to mix three, weigh them, add half to your recipe and fry up the other half for a nice snack.

What difficulties have you ran into trying to half a recipe?

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Ashley is very happily married and the mother to a beautiful little girl and handsome little boy. She is the main voice behind Embracing Homemaking.


  1. Thanks for the chart! Great resource for those of use who hate math. 😉

  2. Printing this off!! What a Great resource 🙂

  3. Thanks for this great little cheat sheet – great for quickly adapting a recipe on the fly!

  4. What a helpful cheat sheet!

  5. Great tips, I can never get this right.

  6. Going to save this to use in the future!

  7. Oh love this sheet. I always forget and then have to chicken scratch everything out.

  8. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell says

    I do this a lot because I know I can’t eat everything fast enough if I make a full recipe!

  9. Oh thanks for the cheat sheet!

  10. That’s a great resource. I need to print this and put it in my kitchen. I’m always going to Google for the answers lol

  11. This is awesome, thanks! We definitely cut our recipes down because there are usually only two of us eating the meals.

  12. Michelle says

    This is a great resource! Since it’s just the two of us, there are definitely recipes I prefer to half.

  13. SavvyMomNYC - Ker says

    Thanks for the cooking resource. We can all figure out how to halve a cup but the smaller amounts can be challenging to remember.

  14. I’ve not had a difficult time with the even numbers and fractions, I just half them. It’s the other ones I’ve had to look up, like half of 1/3. Great chart.

  15. This is brilliant, thank you! Smart lady putting the conversions down on ‘paper!’

  16. Nancy Young says

    Great idea and thanks. But if there are 16 tablespoons in a cup shouldn’t the measurement for 1/4 cup be 4 tablespoons?

    • You are correct that 1/4 cup = 4 Tbsp. (Good math!) That would be the full recipe. If you want to HALVE a recipe calls for 1/4 cup, then, you want to use 2 Tbsp. 🙂

  17. “Half” is not a verb. The verb is “halve”.

  18. Thanks for the grammar lesson !!!!!!!! ???

  19. One half of an egg is just the yolk.

  20. Tyler Wolodkewitsch says

    Pretty sure a half a cup is equal to 8 tablespoons. This is wrong

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