If you're out of butter and crave chocolate chip cookies, then you have to try this easy recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies without Butter!
This is an adaptation from one of our favourite cookie recipes.
Delicious with a glass of milk, these are another must bake and the best chocolate chip cookies!
Is there anything better than a warm chocolate chip cookie fresh from the oven? I adapted the best chocolate chip cookie recipe and substituted butter for vegetable oil.
Butterless chocolate chip cookies taste similar to chocolate chip cookies with butter, but without the buttery taste.
The first time I made them, I had my reservations, but they are so delicious! So, next time you run out, remember this easy recipe and you can enjoy delicious chocolate chip cookies!
Also, try our popular 3 Ingredient Banana Cookies. They are made with bananas, rolled oats and chocolate chips. No butter or oil in the recipe!
Along with peanut butter cookies, classic chocolate chip cookies are a family favourite.
These cookies are soft and chewy and if you prefer a more crispy cookie, bake them for a few minutes longer.
I hope you'll enjoy these surprising delicious cookies are much as we did.
Why you'll love this recipe
- I love that I can enjoy chocolate chip cookies whether I have butter on hand or not!! I almost always have vegetable oil in the pantry.
- It's simple and it works and is the perfect recipe for adding in variations such as dried fruits and nuts.
- Simple ingredients with no fancy equipment needed.
- Customize by changing up the chocolate chips, adding nuts or sprinkles of your choice
- Easy butter free recipe to add to any holiday cookie platters to please the kids
Ingredients for the best no butter chocolate chip cookies
For a full list of ingredients and quantities needed, see the recipe card at the bottom of the page. Below, I've added a few notes specific to some of the ingredients.
- Brown sugar - I use light brown sugar in this cookie recipe. You can also use dark brown sugar.
- Rolled oats - quick oats are perfect in this recipe or you can use old-fashioned oats. Process the oats in the food processor until they are a fine powder. They add flavour and texture to these cookies.
- Vegetable oil - use a good quality vegetable oil.
- Eggs - large eggs at room temperature.
- White granulated sugar
- Chocolate chips - I used dark chocolate chips, or substitute with milk chocolate chips, white chocolate chips or chocolate chunks.
- Vanilla extract - pure vanilla extract will give you best results. You can also substitute half of the vanilla extract with almond extract for a flavor variation.
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
How to make chocolate chip cookies with oil
Making cookies without butter is just as easy as making cookies with butter. I've included step by step photo below to help you visualize along the way.
I recommend using a stand mixer or electric mixer. You can mix the ingredients by hand although it will take a bit of work to get the ingredients to blend thoroughly.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Place rolled oats in food processor and process until they are smooth and a fine powder.
In a medium bowl or large bowl, combine all-purpose flour, processed rolled oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir well to combine.
In bowl from stand mixer, add white sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed for 30 seconds.
With mixer running, gradually add in vegetable oil. Once the oil is well combined with the other ingredients, turn mixer to high speed and mix for one minute until creamy.
Gradually add dry ingredients, mixing on low speed until combined.
Set aside ¼ cup of chocolate chips. These will be pressed into the tops of each cookie before baking.
Add remaining chocolate chips to dough and stir just until combined.
Use a cookie scoop or small ice cream scoop to shape cookie dough balls. Drop onto prepared cookie sheet, leaving two inches between each cookie.
Press a few extra chocolate chips into the top of the cookies.
Bake in 375°F oven for 10 to 12 minutes until edges are a light golden brown. For crispy edges, bake an extra minute or two. If you adjust baking time for crispier cookies keep a close eye on them as they will brown quickly!
For extra chewy cookies, make sure to take them out a little under-baked.
Remove from oven and allow cookies to remain on the baking sheet for two minutes. Sometimes, they will puff up a little. Gently, press them down with a spoon to create small cracks, begin careful not to squish the chocolate chips!
Transfer to wire rack to cool. This is the part where you pour a tall glass of milk and enjoy a cookie, warm from the oven.
Variations for no butter chocolate chip cookies
You can change up the chocolate chips in these cookies by substituting peanut butter chips, Reese's pieces, butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips, or even a few M&M's pressed into the tops of the cookies.
Raisins and craisins (dried cranberries) taste great in these cookies. I also added in white chocolate chips with the cranberries. So tasty!
If you love coffee flavor in cookies, add 1 to 2 Tablespoons of crushed coffee granules ot the dry ingredients. Love coffee cookies? Then you've gotta try my Double Chocolate Coffee Cookies!!
Feel free to spinkle the tops of the cookies with a little sea salt to offset the sweetness of the cookies.
Top tips for making these chocolate chip cookies without butter
- Use the best quality ingredients for the best flavor
- Always use room temperature butter and eggs for the best results
- Replacing your box of baking powder when needed can also make a big difference in the results
- Use our variations above to make them perfect for you
- For extra chewy cookies remove them a couple of minutes before cooking time ends
You can substitute good quality vegetable oil in chocolate chip cookies. The texture remains the same and they are still very tasty cookies.
While most people likely prefer butter, that may be because they haven't tried oil! Good quality vegetable oil is a great substitute for butter in chocolate chip cookies and can also be less expensive.
Yes, margarine may be substituted using a 1:1 ratios. One cup of butter equals one cup of margarine.
Storage Instructions for chocolate chip cookies
Store cooled cookies in an airtight container for 3 - 4 days or in the fridge for 7 days.
Can you freeze chocolate chip cookies?
Yes you can, cooled cookies can be frozen in an airtight container for up to three months. Layer between sheets of parchment paper.
Thaw overnight in the fridge or at room temperature before serving.