Butter-free chocolate chip cookies are a great way to enjoy a sweet treat for those who can't have dairy products. Using almond milk and vegan chocolate makes them completely vegan.

Chocolate Chip Cookies with No Butter or Dairy (Vegan Recipe)

Butter-free chocolate chip cookies are a great way to enjoy a sweet treat for those who can’t have dairy products. Using almond milk and vegan chocolate makes them completely vegan. 

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Chocolate chip cookies are one of my favorite cookies and I love making big batches of them. A few years ago, when I found out I am allergic to dairy, I had to slow down on cookies since they are always made with butter, and chocolate chips have dairy in them, too. 

Finally, it was time to come up with an easy recipe that I could use to make classic chocolate chip cookies without dairy in them. I had heard of replacing the butter with oil, but never tried it. After a bit of experimenting with a few types of oil, we found coconut oil works better than vegetable oil, olive oil, avocado oil, or canola oil. Make sure the coconut oil is softened, though, as melted coconut oil doesn’t give you the creamy sugar mixture that you want for the cookies. 

My favorite dairy-free chocolate chips are the Enjoy Life brand. They still have the soft texture of regular chocolate chips, but without the dairy so they are safe for me to eat. 

The easiest way to make cookies is with a stand mixer if you have one. I use the whisk attachment for the first few steps, then switch to the paddle attachment when it’s time to add the chocolate chips. 

The Results

After making these vegan cookies, I don’t know if I will go back to my previous recipes unless I need a bigger batch. This only makes about 15 cookies, while my recipe for the best chocolate chip cookies makes closer to 25-30 cookies. 

These butterless chocolate chip cookies are soft, chewy cookies. They seemed to just melt in your mouth in the best way possible. 

I didn’t tell the rest of the family what made these different to judge their reactions. The boys both said they are “delicious chocolate chip cookies” that we need to make again. Justin said they are some of the best cookies we’ve made. And I’ve made a lot of cookies over the years!

No Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups vegan chocolate chips

Preparation

Preheat the oven temperature to 350F.

In a large bowl, combine the sugar, brown sugar, and coconut oil until creamy.

Add the almond milk and vanilla extract, mixing well.

Add the remaining dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, and mix until a dough forms.

Gently fold the chocolate chips into the dough.

Use a cookie scoop to make balls of dough and place them on a warmed baking stone or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

​Note: If you like flat, round cookies, use a cup to flatten the top of the cookies a bit before baking.

Bake for about 10-12 minutes, until they start to get golden brown with slightly crispy edges.

Remove from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before moving to a wire rack.

Leftovers

Storage: After coming to room temperature on the cooling rack, leftover cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3-5 days. 

Reheating: These butter-free cookies are perfect to eat at room temperature, but even better if you warm them in the microwave for a few seconds to soften the chocolate chunks again. 

Freezing: For best results, freeze the cookie dough before baking. You can separate it into bite-sized cookie dough balls and freeze it on a baking tray. Once frozen, move them to a freezer-safe container. Remove the cookie dough and bake when you’re ready. 

Recipe

Originally Published On: August 28, 2023

Baked chocolate chip cookies with no butter on a round wire rack with another rack of cookies behind with chocolate chips in a bowl and spilled under cooked on a tan surface

No Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Butter-free chocolate chip cookies are a great way to enjoy a sweet treat for those who can't have dairy products. Using almond milk and vegan chocolate makes them completely vegan. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course:
Dessert
Cuisine:
American
Diet
Vegan
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Vegetarian
Keyword:
chocolate
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chocolate chip cookies
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cookies
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dairy free
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dairy-free cookies
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vegan
|
vegan chocolate
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vegan dessert
Dietary Needs:
Dairy-Free
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Egg-Free
Servings: 15 cookies
5 from 7 votes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (softened to room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups vegan chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven temperature to 350F
  • In a large bowl, combine the sugar, brown sugar, and coconut oil until creamy
  • Add the almond milk and vanilla extract, mixing well
  • Add the remaining dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, and mix until a dough forms
  • Gently fold the chocolate chips into the dough
  • Use a cookie scoop to make balls of dough and place them on a warmed baking stone or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
  • ​Note: If you like flat, round cookies, use a cup to flatten the top of the cookies a bit before baking
  • Bake for about 10-12 minutes, until they start to get golden brown with slightly crispy edges
  • Remove from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before moving to a wire rack
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Nutrition Facts
No Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 211 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.3g
Sodium 83mg3%
Potassium 35mg1%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 2g4%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

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17 thoughts on “Chocolate Chip Cookies with No Butter or Dairy (Vegan Recipe)”

  1. They look like they have the perfect consistency! I will have to try this recipe out, it looks delicious. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Chocolate chip cookies is our favorite as well! Nothing beats the mix of chocolate and gooey goodness together! I have not yet tried making chocolate chip cookies without butter. Definitely need to try this recipe out!

  3. What a delightful treat you’ve shared! I’ve been on the lookout for a vegan and healthier dessert options, and this recipe fits the bill perfectly. I’m always amazed by how creative vegan baking can be, and your use of coconut oil and almond milk as substitutes for butter and dairy is brilliant.

  4. These sound and look gorgeous! I love vegan recipes because they use such different ingredients to get a similar (if not better-tasting) result!

  5. 5 stars
    I’ve got to try this recipe. I love that you didn’t tell your family about the ingredients switch and they want to make them again. That’s always a sign of a wonderful recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    Delicious treat alert! Your vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe is a game-changer. I’m amazed how you’ve nixed butter and dairy without compromising flavor. Baking brilliance that caters to all. Can’t wait to whip up a batch.

  7. 5 stars
    Aftertrying a lot of different recipes, I’ve decided that these are the best dairy free chocolate chip cookies out there. Thank you so much! I will stick to this.

  8. 5 stars
    I love that these chip cookies aren’t too soft or too crunchy. And, they have just the right amount of brown sugar. Its perfection.

  9. 5 stars
    I made this recipe today for my co-workers and they LOVED these cookies! I also added a few walnuts to a few and they went perfectly with these cookies! Can’t wait to make these again!

  10. 5 stars
    This looks absolutely delicious. We’re trying to make healthier food choices and would love to try this vegan version. Thank you for sharing the recipe. Appreciate the tips too. Will take your word and make sure to freeze the dough before baking.

  11. I love that this is vegan. It’s important to have options like this. Even if someone isn’t vegan, their family or friends may be, so vegan recipes are essential. They sound delish, too!

  12. bright loveland snow

    Chocolate Chip Cookies with No Butter or Dairy (Vegan Recipe)
    this cookies will be so delicious. i love cookies but never tried this one. simple recipe for me to give it a try. thanks for helping me discover new cookies recipe.

  13. Really need to try these. We jsut found out my 3 year old can’t have much dairy so I am always looking for ways to avoid it!

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