Chocolate Chip Cookies With No Butter

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These chocolate chip cookies with no butter has a chewy and slightly dense texture. But they taste so good that you won’t notice that they don’t use butter in them.

Chocolate chip cookies with no butter on a cooling rack.

A chewy and slightly dense texture is what you get from these chocolate chip cookies with no butter. They’re crave-worthy to make when you don’t have butter to bake with. 

Can You Make Chocolate Chip Cookies With No Butter?

Yes, of course, you can make chocolate chip cookies with no butter. As long as you replace the butter with another form of fat.

Because you do need the fat to bind the flour and all other ingredients. And also to give that rich and yummy taste to your cookies.

However, with the price of everything going up nowadays, butter has become expensive too. It makes us want to improvise our cooking and baking venture, doesn’t it? 

So we try to create similarly delicious food without spending extra on items like butter. Especially, when we can find a good substitute for it. 

Rows of chocolate chip cookies with no butter on a cooling rack.

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And chocolate chip cookies are forever favorites in my household. They are almost always on request whenever I tell my boys I’m gonna bake something.

So, I tried and tweaked my favorite white chocolate chip cookie recipe, and now I came up with this chocolate chip cookie without butter. These cookies are arguably the best-tasting frugal chocolate chip cookies.

Admittedly they are not the same as chocolate chip cookies with butter, but they are far superior to shop-bought chocolate chip cookies. I’d say they are a good option for those with lactose intolerance because they are free from butter. And if you’re in search of something that is also free from gluten, try this recipe for gluten-free chocolate chip cookies by Meaningful Eats.

In conclusion, the cookies are worthy of making when you crave scrumptious homemade chocolate chip cookies in a thrifty way. 

What Fat Can You Use To Make No Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies?

Any neutral fat is good for making these cookies. You have a wide range of options, from vegetable oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, or coconut oil. But if you use the latter, make sure you melt it and cool it down before using it.

Another choice is margarine. And you can use any type of vegan margarine in equal amounts. 

And if you need more cookies recipe idea that does not use butter, you can try this half moon cookies by Upstate Ramblings.

What You Need 

There are eight basic items you need to make and bake these chocolate chip cookies with no butter. And they are oil (fat), caster sugar, light soft brown sugar, egg, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, baking soda, and chocolate chips. 

No butter chocolate chip cookies.

And if you really want that buttery flavor in your cookies, you can add a teaspoon of butter flavoring extract to your dough mixture. 

The Equipment Needed

  • Mixing bowl.
  • Measuring cups.
  • Measuring spoons.
  • Sieve.
  • Wooden spoon.
  • Baking tray.
  • Parchment paper/ greaseproof paper.
  • Cooling rack. 

How To Make Chocolate Chip Cookies Without Butter

Firstly, mix the oil with caster sugar, light soft brown sugar, egg, and vanilla extract. Stir well until everything is nicely and smoothly combined.

Then place the flour and baking soda in a bowl. Sieve the flour mixture into the oil mixture. And stir and mix everything until they all become dough. 

Note, the dough may slightly be grainy due to caster sugar, but that is okay.

Cover the dough with food plastic wrap/ cling film and let it rest in the refrigerator for at least two hours.

And when you are ready to bake, preheat your oven to 180℃356℉ at gas mark 4 while you get your cookie dough ready.

Line your baking tray with parchment paper. Then take your cookie out of the refrigerator. 

Divide and shape the dough into small balls. I rolled them into a size ping pong ball. 

Place the dough balls onto the lined baking tray well spaced apart, and bake them for about 15 minutes until they are lightly golden and firm to the touch. 

When your chocolate chip cookies with no butter are fully baked, leave them on the tray for a minute or two before transferring them onto a cooling rack.

Can You Freeze The Cookies?

While you can not freeze the ready-baked cookies, you can keep the cookie dough in the freezer for about 2 months. 

If you want to freeze it, you don’t need to refrigerate the dough beforehand. Once you finish making the dough, you can divide and shape it into small balls. Place them on a lined tray and freeze them for about 10 minutes. Then put the frozen dough balls into a plastic food bag for the freezer. 

And when you want to bake the cookies, take them out of the freezer and place them onto lined baking trays well spaced apart. Bake them at the gas mark 4/180℃356℉ for about 25-30 minutes. If you leave the frozen dough balls at room temperature to thaw first, you can bake them for about 15-20 minutes. 

More Cookie Recipes

Thank you for checking this chocolate chip cookie with no butter recipe. I hope you will try it out soon. When you do, please leave your feedback and share your opinion about the recipe in the comments below. I really appreciate it.

Before you go, don’t forget to check out my other chocolate chip cookie recipes that you may like.

  1. Chocolate chip cookies with coconut oil.
  2. White Chocolate And Cranberry Cookies.
  3. Soft And Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies.
  4. Chocolate Smarties Cookies.

Lastly, please follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. To sneak a look at what’s cooking in my kitchen. 

Take care and all the best.

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Chocolate chip cookies with no butter

These chocolate chip cookies with no butter have a chewy and slightly dense texture. But they taste so good that you won't know that they don't have butter in them.
Author: Devy Dar
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Additional Time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 30 minutes
Course: Sweets & Desserts
Cuisine: International
Servings: 15 cookies

Equipment

  • Mixing bowls.
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons.
  • Sieve
  • Wooden spoon
  • Baking trays
  • Parchment paper
  • Cooling rack

Ingredients

  • ½ cup vegetable oil see the note.
  • cup light soft brown sugar.
  • cup caster sugar.
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
  • 1 teaspoon butter flavor optional.
  • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour.
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda.
  • ½ cup chocolate chips.

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, place the oil, caster sugar, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, and butter flavoring (if you use the latter). Mix everything until all is well combined.
  • Place the flour and baking soda in another bowl.
  • Then sieve the flour mixture into the oil-sugar mixture and stir well until everything comes together into a dough.
  • Now fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Refrigerate the cookie dough for at least 2 hours.
  • When you are ready to bake your chocolate chip cookies, preheat the oven to 180℃356℉ at gas mark 4.
  • Take the cookie dough out of the refrigerator, then divide and shape the dough into small balls. 
  • Place the cookie balls on a lined baking sheet spaced apart. And bake them for about 15 minutes until they are lightly golden and firm to the touch. 
  • Leave your cookies on the baking sheet for a minute or two before transferring them onto a cooling rack.

Notes

  • For the fat, you can use vegetable oil, sunflower oil, olive oil, melted coconut oil, or margarine.
  • You can add butter flavoring extract to give a buttery flavor to cookies. But you can skip it altogether if it is not available to you or you are okay without it. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 51mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g

Disclaimer

Nutritional info in this recipe is only estimate using online calculator. You should refer to it as a guide only. Please verify with your own data if you seek an accurate info.

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