Easy Chocolate Cookies Without Butter Recipe

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on January 26, 2018

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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!

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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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40 Comments

  • Myra Vick

    Is it possible to substitute Swerve for sugar or any other sugar substitute in this recipe?

    September 29, 2020 at 11:42 pm Reply
    • Leah

      Hi Myra! I’ve never cooked with Swerve but I imagine if it is made for baking it will work!

      October 5, 2020 at 12:18 pm Reply
  • Aleeza Sehba

    Lovely recipe šŸ˜ the cookies turned out really well everyone loved it a lot ā¤ļøThank you so much for uploading such an amazing recipešŸ˜˜

    July 6, 2020 at 1:02 am Reply
    • Leah

      Glad you liked it Aleeza!

      July 6, 2020 at 6:19 am Reply
  • Margaret

    Great recipe! Super easy and quick. Everybody in our house loves them! I added a slug of espresso, a pinch of baking powder and rolled them in a mix of powered sugar and cocoa powder. Yum! Thanks for this simple, economic and delicious recipe. Also tried the related snickerdoodle recipe and it’s also fab!

    June 20, 2020 at 8:00 pm Reply
    • Leah

      Thanks so much, Margaret!

      June 21, 2020 at 7:17 am Reply
  • nico di angelo

    i hope to make these for my dad… cant wait to try it they look so good!!

    June 20, 2020 at 10:49 am Reply
    • Leah

      Hope he likes them!

      June 21, 2020 at 7:17 am Reply
  • Heather

    Made these cookies 2 times now. I added a small pinch of baking powder and rolled the dough in cinnamon sugar. My kids loved them. Like a brownie in the middle and cookie combination. Thanks for the recipe I will definitely be making these often!!

    June 3, 2020 at 10:44 am Reply
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