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Easy No Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

How to make delicious chocolate chip cookies without butter!

chocolate chip cookies without butter dough in a bowl

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.

chocolate chip cookies with oil on a plate

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:

danish dough whisk

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.
Set of 2 silicone baking mats

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

no butter chocolate chip cookies - easy cookie recipes
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?

Substitute olive oil, rice bran oil, or avocado oil for the vegetable oil.

There are SO many ways you can change up butterless chocolate chip cookies 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

chocolate chip cookies no butter with pecans

No butter chocolate chip cookies with pecans

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 Butterless 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: 

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Easy No Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

uncooked chocolate chip cookie batter with mixer

Easy no butter chocolate chip cookie recipe with vegetable oil.

Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Combine the oil, both sugars, eggs, and both extracts in a medium bowl and mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda and salt.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Scoop onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Leave at least 1 inch between cookies.
  6. 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.

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Thursday 16th of May 2024

I used this recipe when I didn’t have butter and it’s now my go to. I do recommend chilling the dough before baking. Wnjoy


Friday 1st of December 2023

Recipe came out great! Thank you! I used an extra half cup of chocolate chips, extra vanilla (I didn’t have almond extract) and canola oil. A bit oilier to the touch than butter cookies, but otherwise came out delicious and beautiful.


Tuesday 5th of September 2023

For those who said they tasted like the oil. USE BUTTER EXTRACT with the vanilla & you will get the buttery taste you are missing. These are great! I used wheat flour. Half & half veg & extra virgin olive oil. 70% cocoa dark chocolate chips. Yummy


Thursday 7th of September 2023

That's a great idea - thanks Sherry!


Sunday 2nd of July 2023

How many tablespoons per cookie, one? I don't have the scoop you use to portion...


Tuesday 11th of July 2023

Yes, I'd estimate one tablespoon per cookie for small cookies.


Saturday 3rd of June 2023

This recipe was awesome. The first time I made it, I didn't have brown sugar, so I exclusively used granulated sugar and egg whites (was out of eggs too). I used vanilla extract only. It came out really good.

The 2nd time I made them, I used only brown sugar and eggs (was out of granulated sugar). They were even better, the 2nd time.

I baked mine in the air fryer.

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