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Chocolate chip cookies on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Butterless Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coconut Oil

  • Author: Jessie
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 25-30 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American


Easy, chewy chocolate chip cookies with no butter.


  • 3/4 cup liquid form coconut oil (see recipe notes)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups flour (measured correctly by scooping and leveling)
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 heaping cup chocolate chips


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine liquid coconut oil, vanilla, eggs, sugar, and brown sugar. Whisk to combine.
  3. Add flour, kosher salt, and baking soda to bowl and stir until ingredients are incorporated and you have a smooth dough.
  4. Fold chocolate chips into dough until they are evenly distributed.
  5. Line a large baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or a sheet of parchment paper.
  6. Use a large cookie scoop (I like this 3-Tablespoon one) to scoop dough, and place dough scoops 1 inch apart on the baking sheet.
  7. Bake cookies at 375 degrees F for 9-12 minutes until lightly browned. Remove to a wire rack to let cool.
  8. Serve cookies immediately or let them cool completely and then store in an airtight container on the counter for up to a week.


How to melt coconut oil into its liquid form: Coconut oil is generally solid at room temperature, but we want to melt it into a liquid form for this recipe in order to incorporate it more easily into our chocolate cupcake batter. (We’ve used virgin unrefined coconut oils from 365/Whole Foods, Nutiva, and Carrington Farms and like them all). To melt coconut oil, scoop about 1 cup of coconut oil (in its solid, room-temperature form) into a microwave-safe glass measuring cup, and then microwave for 30-40 seconds until it’s melted down. Give the coconut oil a stir and then check the measurement – you may need to add another spoonful of room temperature coconut oil to bring the liquid up to the correct amount. Melt too much oil? Pour any excess right back into the container.

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 and 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 larger 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!

Adjustments and Substitutions. Feel free to use more chocolate chips than called for, or to add nuts or white chocolate chips. Add a sprinkle of flakey sea salt on top if you like! You can also swap the chocolate chips for chopped baking chocolate (we like dark or semi-sweet) for chocolate chunks.

These chocolate chip cookies are relatively soft and slightly dense. If you like a thinner, crispier cookie, you can reduce the amount of flour in this recipe by 1/4 cup. For an ultra-thick, especially dense cookie, you can increase the flour by up to 1/4 cup.

Homemade cookies can dry out after a few days - to keep them soft, store them in an airtight container on the counter along with a small slice of bread (they’ll absorb moisture from the bread and stay softer!) or pop a cookie in the microwave for a few seconds to warm. These cookies also freeze well once cooked!

For more butter-free recipes, check out our Coconut Oil Chocolate Cupcakes or Salted Olive Oil Dark Chocolate Cookies!

Adapted from Nestlé Toll House.

Keywords: no butter, christmas, homemade