How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookies Without Butter





Introduction: 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!

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:

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!

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3 Questions

What to do, my cookie dough is crumbly?

Can I use sweetened cocoa powder?


it's works so well....I just added a bit more cocoa powder and they became chocolate cookies..??? that was so yummy thank u so much

does this cookie dough recipe still work if i take all the dough and roll it out and use a cookie cutter to cut stuff out

These were delicious! However, the only vegetable oil I had on hand was Olive oil. So, instead I melted coconut oil and used that! I also didn't have any honey, so I subbed that for light cream to add a bit of moisture. Holy smokes, these were amazing. Will definitely be baking these again. Also, I baked these for 12 minutes instead of 8-10. Thanks so much for this excellent recipe!

Being British we use different measurements but I was feeling very lazy and couldn't be bothered to convert it so I used a small mug and hoped for the best. The mixture was way too sticky to roll into balls so I decided "let's make a giant cookie!" I covered a baking tray with the mixture, put chocolate spread on top and then another layer of cookie mixture. I honestly didn't think it was going to be that great but I was hoping for the best. 10 minutes passed and the giant cookie wasn't done, but I couldn't resist cutting parts off the sides that were already cooked and it was heavenly! 25 minutes in the oven and it was finished and oh my goodness did everyone enjoy it. Thank you for an incredible recipe! (I used chocolate orange chips)

Lovely, did half with glace cherries. Needed about 12 minutes in the oven 180 for us Brits. Thank you, one happy little boy

Thanks so much for this recipe.

I had no butter and this recipe helped me so much,i also did not add honey,cocoa powder or granulated sugar instead i just used brown sugar.

Just made these - perfect cookies! Using UK measurements - 6oz flour, 5oz sugar and 4oz oil. Will definitely be using this recipe again, thanks.

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Awesome! Thanks for the conversion!

What would the UK measurements be on these please? Grams and Fluid Ounces I mean...


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If you look at the below comments, lynn.m.halton has converted the measurements for you!

All purpose flour? plain, self raising ? which on would be better ? :)

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I always use all purpose flour. I haven't tried others, but feel free to experiment!

I Made these just now and they are great! I really enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing.

This recipe saved us when we wanted to make cookies but had no butter!!!
Unfortunately, we only had half of the mixture left at the end ... as it got washed down the drain! The mixture was soo sticky and wouldn't come off our hands, even after flour use. Hopefully they will be a good as you say and the taste will make up for this mixture misshap!

Hey I saw this and thought 'what the heck i'll give it a try!" with all the comments I bet there going to taste wonderful ;) Be back to comment soon ;)

I new I was out of butter and was looking for a recipe that didn't call for any and luck up on you! Happy to say I'm glad I did! These cookies are great!! I just used brown sugar instead of white and I used a little more coco powder because I didn't have any chocolate chips!

Will these still work without the baking soda? Just realized I'm all out of that too! Ooops!

Will these still work without the baking soda? Just realized I'm all out of that too! Ooops!

BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES EVER! Chewy and tender. Crisp on the outside soft on the inside. But I did have to cook it for around 20 minutes and take out a quarter of the chocolate chips. I also used 3 /4 teaspoons of sweetened cocoa powder instead on 1 teaspoon of non sweetened. I'm never going back to regular chocolate chip cookies again! I do have one question though. Do you have a estimate of how many calories one cookie is? Thanks for the recipe!