How to make chocolate chip cookies without butter

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Today when I came home from class, I really wanted something sweet. I was excited because I knew we had everything it took to make cookies.. or so I thought. We are almost out of butter! Which never happens, by the way. I'm a butter fanatic. I found a recipe online that used vegetable oil instead, which is perfect because we have a butt load of oil. I changed the recipe a tad and this is what I came up with. I was skeptical at first to say the least, but these turned out amazing! I think I'll make my cookies this way all the time!
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Step 1: Ingredients

Recipe yields 18-20 cookies

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon nonsweetened cocoa powder**
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
1 teaspoon honey
1 cup semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips

**Just noting that the small amount of cocoa powder isn't necessarily added for the taste, but more for the color. Without it, the cookies will be much whiter, but still delicious.

Step 2:

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Stir together flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder then set aside. In a separate bowl, mix sugar, oil, egg and honey. Add in flour mixture to oil mixture a little at a time until well incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips.

With an ice cream scooper, scoop dough and roll it into a ball between your hands. Place on cookie sheet and slightly flatten with your fingers.

Bake on an ungreased baking sheet for 8-10 minutes or until done. Enjoy!

The cookie texture is really amazing. It's soft and chewy like store bought cookies -- but better! I must warn you though, they're pretty sweet, but that doesn't bother me too much. They're honestly the best cookies I've ever made. No joke!

I Made these just now and they are great! Love the fluffy texture. I didn't have any regular chocolate chips, so I had to use white chocolate instead and it wasn't too sweet. My boyfriend loves them! Thanks for the recipe. You are a life-saver!

cmaitresse2 months ago

Not bad. Mixed in Kitchen-Aid. I used walnut oil instead of vegetable and 1/2 c organic sugar and 1/4 organic brn sugar, organic locally milled white flour, local honey, dutch cocoa, and decreased the chips.

I used Trader Joe's chips for the first time because they were free, but they can't hold a candle to Guittard's (San Francisco) for chocolate chip cookies. FYI: In a Guittard/Ghiradelli match, Guittard's wins in my book ( Winco sells them much cheaper than Safeway, and they often have them on sale. Safeway rarely does.

The batter texture came out gooier/stickier than a butter mix. They puffed up when baking and have a pleasant taste. Definitely not a 'Toll House', but butterless in a pinch they will do, and the household munched and munched.

I think I'd add some walnuts next time and maybe just a pinch more salt.

Thank you for the recipe. :D

mommysrose993 months ago

Guess who's back! I can't stop adoring these cookies. I'm making them sugary again. I added about a tablespoon of water to my recipe this time and they aren't crumbly at all! My mom said that sometimes location does in fact effect the consistency of the dough as we used to live in Colorado and we now live in Wisconsin. :) Thank you so much for this recipe! My family, friends and I adore it!

elewis03 (author)  mommysrose993 months ago

Awesome! That's so weird about the elevation. :/

mommysrose995 months ago

I couldn't stop eating the cookie dough! It was amazing. Good for making at 9:00 the day before Valentines day for some friends. Thank you so much! I agree with Greg Once that the dough was a bit crumbly, but it doesn't matter to me. Can't wait to see how the cookies taste!

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elewis03 (author)  mommysrose995 months ago

Hey there! Hope the cookies turned out well. :)

Hello, again! The cookies turned out AMAZING and valentines day with my friend went awesome. I'm making the cookies again :3 We don't have chocolate chips so I'm going to try to cover them with sugar, instead. This is going to be awesome!

elewis03 (author)  mommysrose994 months ago

Awesome! :D

jcagle24 months ago
Unscented soap can take the place of the egg in cookies. As long as its non-toxic its completely safe.
I just made these and they really are the best cookies ever! Thank you!! Now I don't have to buy as much butter. Mind=Blown
jknight195 months ago

i love the taste! I did find the dough a little crumbly as well, but overall they're amazing! I found that if you push the dough to the bottom of the ice cream scoop and then just drop them on the cookie sheet, they stayed well shaped. since I didn't squish them down a little, they came out more round, but still great!

greg once5 months ago

Hello! Did you double check the ingredients in your posted recipe? I made this following your exact directions, but the batter came out dry like a crumble, and the cookies did not change shape in the oven! Did you forget a second egg or some other liquid in the recipe?

BTW - nice flavor overall; you are correct - pretty sweet ;)


elewis03 (author)  greg once5 months ago

I'm sorry you had trouble Greg. I live in New Mexico and maybe the elevation or the weather affected my dough. I'm not really sure how that all works. Sorry! I can promise you that I always come back to this exact recipe when I make these cookies and they turn out fine every time. The dough is always thick, but they flatten out slightly in the oven.