How to make delicious chocolate chip cookies without butter!
I know that the classic chocolate chip cookie recipe calls for butter.
But I’d put one of these no butter chocolate chip cookies up against a Tollhouse cookie any day!
If you find yourself out of butter (like I often do) then give these chocolate chip cookies with oil a try.
They are an easy and frugal alternative to the standard recipe and I think you’ll be amazed at how delicious they are.
I am trying to make our snacks at home instead of buying them to avoid scary ingredients and save money.
I figured that vegetable oil was cheaper than butter, but one day I decided to sit down and do the math.
Did you know vegetable oil is many times cheaper than butter?
So these cookies are easy on the budget in addition to being delicious.
How To Make No Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
This no butter chocolate chip cookie recipe works the same way most cookie recipes do.
You’ll combine the oil and sugar first, much as you cream butter and sugar in a cookie recipe with butter.
Then you’ll add the other wet ingredients – eggs and extracts.
In another bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Then fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
Add chocolate chips then scoop the dough onto a cookie sheet. You may want to chill the dough before this to keep the cookies from spreading.
Chocolate Chip Cookies Without Butter Tips & Tricks
Here are some tips for getting the best possible results:
I use my Danish dough whisk (pictured above) to mix any dough – it works especially well with this recipe!
Once you get one of these there’s no turning back – it makes mixing dough so easy.
I use a small cookie scoop like this one to get consistently sized cookies. This makes them cook evenly and all turn out perfectly.
This dough will be a bit greasy due to the oil. But if it seems WAY too greasy, just add a bit more flour to soak some of it up.
I recommend chilling the dough for 10-15 minutes, especially if you are making these in the summer.
The cookies will hold their shape and not spread as much, making them thicker and chewier.
And always use a cool pan when you cook another batch! This will keep them as thick as possible.
Last, I recommend a silicone baking mat when baking any kind of cookie.
They never stick to the pan and still turn out perfectly browned on the bottom.
Plus you’ll never have to buy parchment paper again – or go to use some and realize you are all out.
Why This Recipe Works
I first started using oil instead of butter in my popular Snickerdoodle cookie recipe and I now prefer those to any other Snickerdoodles.
It turns out that chocolate chip cookies with oil work the same way – I now prefer these to those made with butter.
These cookies have a unique taste thanks to using both vanilla and almond extract.
If you don’t have any almond extract on hand or have a nut allergy then you can definitely double up on the vanilla instead.
A combination of white and brown sugar keeps them moist.
How Can I Change Up This Recipe?
There are SO many ways you can change up this recipe and still get great results!
You can use many different types of oil. Some that folks have tried include olive oil, rice bran oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil.
If you use olive oil, just be sure to use a “light” olive oil, or they may end up tasting strongly of olives.
Readers have reported using a gluten free flour mix or almond flour to make them gluten-free.
You can add in any number of delicious goodies – see the next section!
No Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies Variations
Here are some things you can add to this recipe to make delicious variations:
- Use white chocolate chips or butterscotch chips instead of chocolate chips.
- Add in any kind of nuts – I especially love pecans but you can add walnuts, sliced almonds, macadamia nuts, etc.
- Use M&Ms in place of the chocolate chips. Make them festive for a holiday with seasonal M&M’s – pastels for Easter, red and green for Christmas, etc.
- Add marshmallows with the chocolate chips for a S’mores cookie.
Really the sky is the limit with this recipe. You can add anything you want since it is so adaptable.
Please leave a comment below if you find an especially delicious combo!
Can I Freeze These No Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies?
Yes, you can definitely freeze these chocolate chip cookies with oil after you bake them! For best results eat them within 6 months.
You can even freeze the dough after it’s made. Just be sure to wrap it tightly (I like Press & Seal for this) and use it within a few months.
I hope you enjoy these easy no butter chocolate chip cookies. They can really save you if you find yourself without butter at the last minute!
Any questions? Please leave a comment below or send me a message on The Frugal South’s Facebook page!
Check out these other easy cookie recipes on my site:
Easy No Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
Easy no butter chocolate chip cookie recipe with vegetable oil.
- 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 cup semisweet or milk chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Combine the oil, both sugars, eggs, and both extracts in a medium bowl and mix well.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda and salt.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Scoop onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Leave at least 1 inch between cookies.
- Bake for 8 – 10 minutes or until the edges are starting to brown. Let cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet then transfer to a wire cooling rack.
Saturday 18th of March 2023
i followed the recipe exactly as it is, and added 1/2 cup chopped walnuts as suggested. then instead of individual cookies, i spread the dough in an ungreased 11X17" sheet pan and baked at 375 for 13 minutes just till edges were lightly browned and the top just firm to touch. So if it's cookie pizza you want, this recipe works!
Wednesday 22nd of March 2023
Great tip, thanks!
Sunday 26th of February 2023
Hi, I’m curious about the Nutrition facts. If you have them please let me know.
Wednesday 15th of February 2023
very easy recipe...and the cookies are delicious. I just baked them for the kids in the Elementary School for Fat Thursday. I added only brown sugar and it was sweet enough. Regards from Poland.
Monday 7th of November 2022
These turned out great! My kids loved them. I would love to try coconut oil too. If I did half Canola oil, would I use half coconut oil? I wasn’t sure if it’s the same. Excited to try different variations. Thanks!
Saturday 5th of November 2022
Not sure how I could fix this, but they were completely stuck to my cookie sheet :(