Chocolate Dairy Free Cookies Recipe

Posted in DIY & Recipes, Recipes
on April 2, 2020

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If you are looking for an easy recipe for dairy free cookies, you have come to the right place!

These cookies are so chocolately and delicious you’d never guess they are dairy free. 

chocolate dairy free cookies on a rack

Is there dairy in cookies? 

Many many cookie recipes have dairy in some form. 

Most have butter or milk. This dairy free cookie recipe avoid both by using vegetable oil instead of the butter and milk. 

How do you make cookies from scratch without milk?

These dairy free chocolate cookies are super easy to make and can even be made in bowl bowl if you are in a pinch!

You basically combine the oil, eggs, sugar, and vanilla first. This makes a wet batter that doesn’t need any milk. 

Then you can add the dry ingredients on top or mix them in a separate bowl. If you do use one bowl, just make sure the baking powder is sprinkled evenly over the flour and there aren’t any clumps. 

chocolate dough rolled in sugar

They key to getting these cookies to turn out looking lovely is to roll the dough into a ball and coat it with sugar before placing on the pan. This will give them the crackled top that is so inviting. 

Chocolate Dairy Free Cookies Tips

dairy free cookies cooling on a rack 

Here are some tips and substitutions for these cookies: 

  • The dough will seem very oily. This is normal so do not be concerned. 
  • Be very careful to NOT overbake these. If you do they will turn out hard as rocks. 
  • The cookies will still seem soft and even slightly underdone when you take them out of the oven. It is okay – they will continue to bake on the pan and will firm up as they cool. 
  • You can substitute any oil for the vegetable oil – avocado oil and olive oil are two common substitutes. 

silicone baking mat

I always bake my cookies on this non-stick silicone mat from Target. I never have cookies to stick to the pan and I don’t have to use wasteful parchment paper. 

I hope you enjoy this easy chocolate dairy free cookies recipe! If you have any suggestions or questions, please leave a comment below or send me a message on The Frugal South’s Facebook page

Yield: 4 dozen

Chocolate Dairy Free Cookies Recipe

Chocolate Dairy Free Cookies Recipe

Easy dairy free cookies with a delicious chocolate taste.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar + 1/4 cup for rolling
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Mix the oil, sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth.

In a separate bowl, mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and gently mix everything together to form a thick dough. Do not over mix.

Form the dough into walnut-sized balls ( I use a small cookie scoop) and roll each ball in the sugar coating.

Place cookies a few inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until slightly brown on the bottom. Do not overbake or they will be hard as rocks!

Let cool for 2 more minutes on the tray. Move to a cooling rack.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 97Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 38mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 1g

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