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Easy Chocolate Cookies Without Butter Recipe

I’m sharing my new favorite cookie recipe with you today – these easy chocolate cookies without butter!

easy chocolate cookies without butter close up

They are soft chocolate sugar cookies with a rich chocolatey taste and yummy sugar coating. So so good. 

AND they use oil instead of butter making them both delicious and frugal. Did you know that butter actually costs six times more than the same amount of vegetable oil? 

So if you are looking for an easy chocolate cookies without butter recipe, I’ve got you covered. 

How To Make Chocolate Cookies Without Butter

chocolate sugar cookies on a rack

You make these cookies in a similar way as my no butter Snickerdoodle cookies are made.

You can mix the soft dough in just open bowl if you are careful with the dry ingredients. I suggest mixing the wet ingredients Plus sugar first, then sprinkling the dry ingredients on top. 

Then you scoop out walnut-sized pieces of dough, roll the dough into a ball shape in the palm of your hand, then coat the dough in sugar. 

ingredients in a glass mixing bowl

This gives them the lovely cracked top with a dusting of sugar. 

You make these cookies with cocoa powder so you don’t have to have any baking chocolate on hand. I add a bit of cinnamon to the dough for some depth of flavor, but you could certainly leave it out if you want. 

No Butter Snickerdoodles Tips & Tricks

OXO Stainless Steel Small Cookie Scoop

I use a small cookie scoop like this one to get consistently sized cookies. This makes them cook evenly and all turn out perfectly every time.

Rolling the cookie balls in cinnamon sugar is a critical step in getting perfect cookies. Yes, it is a bit time consuming but I promise it is worth it. Don’t skip this step!

And last, the dough will seem a bit greasy compared to traditional cookie dough. Don’t be alarmed – they will turn out fine. If they seem WAAAAYYY too greasy though, you may have under measured your flour.

I suggest adding a tablespoon or two or flour and see if that helps. 

silicone baking mat

I bake ALL of my cookies on a silicone baking mat like this one from Target.

I’ll never go back to dirty pans again. And I never have to worry if I have any parchment paper or not!

Silicone baking mats also make an excellent gift for anyone who loves to bake.

Chocolate Cookies Without Butter Substitutions

coffee beans, chocolate, and cinnamon sticks

Here are some ideas for variations or substitutions:

  • If you want super chocolatey cookies you can substitute 1 packet of hot cocoa mix for 1/4 cup of the sugar.
  • You can use rice bran oil, olive oil, avocado oil or even coconut oil in place of the vegetable oil
  • If you don’t have cinnamon on hand, you can definitely leave it out. I just like the depth of flavor it adds. 
  • If you are feeling adventurous, try adding a 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper to make spicy chocolate cookies!

How To Get Thick & Chewy Chocolate Cookies

Here are my secrets to getting thick and chewy chocolate cookies:

  • First, be sure to roll the cookies into a ball and coat thoroughly with the sugar mixture. 
  • Then place them on the pan at least 2 inches apart and very slightly press them down with your hand. They should still be mostly in a ball shape. 
  • Be sure to bake them on a cool pan each time – a warm pan will make the cookies spread and flatten out. 
  • Do NOT overbake these cookies! They should still be soft when you take them out of the oven. They will finish cooking on the pan. 

If you follow these suggestions you will get nice thick chocolate cookies without butter. 

I hope you enjoy this easy no butter chocolate cookies recipe!

Check out my no butter chocolate chip cookies if you are looking for more easy cookie recipes!

Any questions? Just leave a comment below or send me a message on The Frugal South’s Facebook page. 

Yield: 2 dozen

Easy Chocolate Cookies Without Butter Recipe

Easy Chocolate Cookies Without Butter Recipe

Soft sugar cookies made with cocoa powder and oil instead of butter.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Additional Time 2 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 3/4 cup white sugar + 2 tablespoons for rolling
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup + 6 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix the oil, sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and gently mix everything together to form a thick dough. 
  5. Chill for 15 minutes if needed for the dough to set up.
  6. Form the dough into walnut-sized balls and roll each ball in the sugar coating.
  7. Place cookies a few inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until slightly brown on the bottom. Do not overbake or they will be hard as rocks!
  9. Leave on the pan for about 2 more minutes then remove to a cookie sheet.
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Thursday 6th of April 2023

Great recipie!! I love chocolate and cinnamon and never tried them together, game changer. And perfect because I did it in a spur of a moment not realizing I don't have any butter at 9:40 pm!

Can't wait to try with the pepper additive, I enjoy spicy chocolate bars so I'm excited.

Printing and adding to recipie book!


Wednesday 22nd of February 2023

Love this recipe! Made it twice already and I am passing it to my daughters.

Thanks for all the tips, very useful.


Tuesday 21st of February 2023

I really enjoyed these cookies!! They tasted amazing and were very easier to make and low time to bake too only that they were a bit on the salty side on the after taste like you would get a chocolate tastes at first but it all went salty after.


Saturday 11th of February 2023

My gf was having a terrible day I tried to make these to cheer her up. I could not get the ingredients to turn into dough, was just crumble. I know it was all measured correctly I'm guessing I mixed something wrong. Anyway don't make promises you can't keep, cookies are nothing to joke about. Oh the mix is delicious btw I'd imagine the cookies would of been grand.


Thursday 6th of April 2023

@Alley, The dough is odd compared to other cookie doughs I've seen, and I was hesitant to touch it to try to form the dough balls because I hate being sticky, but to my surprise it didn't stick to me- like at all! And when they did start to warm in my hands, I dropped it in the cinnamon sugar to coat and I was saved there too.

My experience:

- Used olive oil because I ran out of vegetable oil

- Refrigerated dough for like <5 min to try to solidify and form balls


Saturday 4th of February 2023

I made these yesterday and they turned out delicious and stunning! I looked like I bought the cookies at a bakery or something! I used an egg substitute(I didn't have any eggs!😅) and I used hot chocolate mix with mini marsh mellows instead of cocoa powder and I turned out really good!Definitely will make them again!😁

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