You guys. I am SO WEIRD about chocolate chip cookies.
I don’t know what it is, really. I’m just PICKY. And I’m picky, but, like, in the WRONG ways?
Like, I DO NOT like chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven. They are weird and sometimes you get burned by a still-really-hot chocolate chip and just UGH give me room temperature cookies all day erryday.
(Side note: please still be my friend after reading this post. Also please tell me that you, too, have weird cookie preferences so we can be weird cookie monsters together).
I also don’t dip cookies in milk. Because milk makes cookies soggy and why would I want a soggy cookie? I just don’t get it. I also don’t get those weirdly paper-thin chocolate chip cookies that are crispy and almost translucent-looking.
Just give me a soft, fluffy, room temperature chocolate chip cookie with no milk on it, please. This is the way to my strange, anti-all-the-regular-chocolate-chip-cookie-things heart.
(Aren’t I totally making you want to eat these cookies right now?)
These butterless chocolate chip cookies are actually kind of wonderful, though.
(And you are totally allowed to eat them hot from the oven and dip them in milk if those things make your heart happy. We accept all kinds of cookie monsters here at Life As A Strawberry HQ!)
And – AND AND AND – these cookies have NO butter! There’s just a bit of smooth, melted coconut oil for body and flavor.
(Note: Coconut oil at room temperature is usually solid, but just spoon it into a glass measuring cup and zap it in the microwave to melt it down for this recipe):
I’ve been having a lot of fun baking with coconut oil lately, and it’s a great alternative for people who’d like to avoid butter but still enjoy all the tasty butter-ful foods in the world.
I thought about taking it one step past the coconut oil and going allllll the way dairy-free with this recipe, or even processed sugar-free, but…y’know…CHOCOLATE. I just couldn’t do without it.
But there’s no butter! So we’ll still call it a win.
PS – I checked in with a few dietician friends this week about whether there are actually any real HEALTH benefits to coconut oil vs. butter, but they tell me that the jury’s still out on whether it’s better or healthier for us. They pointed me towards some interesting studies, though, that I’d be happy to share if you’re interested!
BUT BACK TO THE COOKIES!
You can taste the teeeeeeeeniest bit of coconut-y-ness in these chocolate chip cookies, but it’s definitely not overpowering. The coconut oil also lends a very slight crispness to the outside of these butterless cookies – but the insides are soft and chewy just like a perfect chocolate chip cookie should be!
How do you like YOUR chocolate chip cookies? Let me know in the comments!
- ¾ cup liquid form coconut oil (see recipe notes)
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¾ cup packed brown sugar
- 2.5 cups flour (measured correctly by scooping and leveling)
- ¾ tsp. kosher salt
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 heaping cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine liquid coconut oil, vanilla, eggs, sugar, and brown sugar and whisk to combine.
- Add flour, kosher salt, and baking soda to bowl and stir until ingredients are incorporated and you have a smooth dough.
- Fold chocolate chips into dough until they are evenly distributed.
- Line a large baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or a sheet of parchment paper.
- Use a 2" cookie scoop (I like this one) to scoop dough, and place dough scoops 1 inch apart on the baking sheet.
- Bake cookies at 375 degrees F for 9-12 minutes until lightly browned. Remove to a wire rack to let cool.
- Serve cookies immediately or let them cool completely and then store in an airtight container on the counter for up to a week.
I've been using this virgin coconut oil (<-- affiliate link) in my baking, but I've also used and liked generic versions from Wegman's and Aldi.
My favorite tweak to this recipe is to use half semi-sweet chocolate chips and half mint chocolate chips! The combination is amaaaaazing.
I like my chocolate chip cookies pretty soft and slightly dense, but if you like a thinner, crispier cookie, you can reduce the amount of flour in this recipe by ¼ cup.
Work quickly when you bake these cookies - as the coconut oil starts to come back to room temperature, the dough will stiffen and be a little more crumbly/harder to work with, so plan to bake these in just one or two batches as opposed to storing the dough in the fridge for later!
If you use a large or smaller scoop to form the cookie dough, you may need to adjust your bake time - just keep an eye on the cookies as they bake and pull them out when they're very lightly browned!
Feel free to use more chocolate chips than called for! You could also add crushed peanuts or white chocolate chips to mix it up a bit.
Adapted from Nestlé Toll House.