Easy Chocolate Cookies Without Butter Recipe

Posted in DIY & Recipes, Recipes
on July 26, 2019

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I’m sharing my new favorite cookie recipe with you today in the form of these chocolate cookies without butter!

They are soft sugar cookies with a rich chocolate 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. 

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

You mix up the soft dough, 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. 

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. 

Chocolate Cookies Without Butter Tips

Here are some tips to make your cookies turn out the best possible:

  • If the dough seems too wet, put it in the fridge to chill for about 15 minutes. This will help it firm up.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven when they still seem a but soft. They will harden as they cool.
  • Do NOT over bake these cookies! They will get too hard and difficult to eat.
  • 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, or avocado oil in place of vegetable oil

I always bake my cookies on this non-stick silicone mat from Target. It makes an excellent gift for anyone who loves to bake cookies!

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

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 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 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.Ā 
  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!
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  • Chinazor Ominyi

    I love cookies. Thanks for one more recipe I can try.
    Can i substitute the cocoa powder completely with chocolates and skip rolling them in sugar?

    January 17, 2020 at 4:01 am Reply
  • Pamela

    I dont have vanilla, will they work without it???

    January 16, 2020 at 4:45 pm Reply
    • Leah


      January 17, 2020 at 6:45 am Reply
  • Casper

    Dear what’s the oven temperature

    January 4, 2020 at 9:24 am Reply
    • Leah

      375 degrees F

      January 4, 2020 at 9:55 am Reply
  • Yosra

    Can I use baking powder instead of soda?

    December 28, 2019 at 11:12 am Reply
    • Leah

      Well if that’s all you have then go for it! They may not rise the same as the original recipe but I’m sure they will still be delicious.

      December 28, 2019 at 11:14 am Reply
  • V

    Thank you for your response. Greatly appreciate, V

    December 14, 2019 at 5:13 am Reply
  • V

    Hi Leah , Can you roll dough out and use a cookie cutter for various shapes? If so, how thick should dough be rolled too? Thank you

    December 6, 2019 at 7:03 am Reply
    • Leah

      I think you definitely could if you chilled the dough! I’d roll it about 1/2 inch thick.

      December 8, 2019 at 10:09 am Reply
  • Charlie McBride

    Substituted with coconut oil, crystal brown sugar without sugar roll outside. Did not have to chill even in Thailand heat. Awesome. Thank you.

    October 17, 2019 at 6:29 am Reply
  • Jess

    Love this recipe I put a white chocolate button in the centre seriously good biscuit šŸ’•

    October 14, 2019 at 9:08 am Reply
  • Dave H.

    OMG!! Easy and delicious!I like to use dark chocolate. And for me, the dough was calling out for coconut. Mmmm. So good!
    Thanx for the recipe.

    October 10, 2019 at 5:41 pm Reply
    • Leah

      So glad you liked it Dave!

      October 13, 2019 at 7:55 am Reply
  • Melody

    How much salt? It doesn’t day in the ingredients list.

    September 21, 2019 at 4:51 am Reply
    • Leah

      1/2 tsp – so sorry it is fixed now!

      September 21, 2019 at 8:30 am Reply

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