Butterless Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe (Made with Oil)

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This is my most popular cookie recipe, the original butterless chocolate chip cookies! Baked with oil instead of butter, these cookies come out delicious every time. They have the perfect amount of chewiness and sweetness!

Chocolate chip cookies made with no butter.

These no-butter chocolate chip cookies were one of my first recipes on Sugar and Charm! To this day, they are my go-to cookie recipe. I love to serve them right out of the oven when entertaining.

I created this recipe when I had no butter but an intense craving for chocolate chip cookies. To my amazement, the cookies came out so delicious! I love that they are far from cakey or dry.

They’re the best chewy cookie with crispy edges, and it’s become my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe. It’s easy to make, and they’re a tremendous, easy everyday cookie recipe.

And if you love cookies, like me, try oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chip cookies with walnuts, and the best chocolate chip cookie pie.

Butterless chocolate chip cookie with a bite taken out and gooey chocolate chips.

Why You’ll Love These Cookies

  • The recipe was originally posted in 2010 and over 500 amazing reviews!
  • It’s a great way to enjoy cookies if you are intolerant to dairy.
  • The oil gives the cookies a cake-like crumb texture, and because of the high-fat content, they stay wonderfully moist. 
Flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, granulated sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla extract measured out in small bowls.

Shopping List and Ingredient Notes

The full recipe and measurements are in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

All-Purpose Flour: We use King Arthur All-Purpose Flour. You can also use whole wheat flour too.

Baking soda and Baking powder: Both are used as leavening agents to activate the rise in the cookie.

Vegetable oil: Is used instead of butter. Use neutral oil, sunflower oil, canola, or vegetable oil, in your butterless chocolate chip cookie recipe. You will taste the flavors using an intensely flavored oil, like olive or peanut oil.

Brown sugar: Dark brown sugar works well. However, if you only have light brown sugar, that will work too.

Granulated sugar: This is used to sweeten the cookies.

Eggs: Use organic eggs if possible.

Vanilla extract: Pure vanilla extract adds flavor and enhances the recipe’s flavors.

Almond extract – Pure almond extract works best.

Semisweet chocolate chips or chunks: We love Ghirardelli and Ghirardelli. If you prefer chocolate chunks, you can do that, too. Dark chocolate also tastes delicious in this recipe.

No butter chocolate chip cookies with sea salt flakes.
  • Gluten-Free: To make these chocolate chip cookies gluten-free, use a 1:1 ratio of all-purpose gluten-free flour. I like Bob’s Red Mill.
  • Add Nuts: Add 1 cup of chopped nuts, such as pecans or walnuts.
  • Different Flavored Chips: Swap the chocolate chips for white, peanut butter, or butterscotch chips.
  • Salt: Sprinkle a little sea salt on top of the cookies after they come out of the oven.
Cookies made without butter stacked with a glass of milk.

How to Store 

For about three days, you can store cooled cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. 

You can also freeze cookies in an airtight sealed bag or container for up to three months. However, nothing is better than a warm chocolate chip cookie right out of the oven! 

A stack of butterless chocolate chip cookies made with oil.

I hope you enjoy these butterless cookies! If you like this recipe, please rate it and let me know how it turned out in the comments below! 

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Chocolate chip cookies made with no butter.

No Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Chewy, delicious chocolate chip cookies without butter! This recipe uses oil and the cookies come out tender and tasty. The perfect cookie recipe.
4.26 from 500 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
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Total Time: 23 minutes
Servings: 28 cookies (approx.)
Calories: 186kcal
Author: Eden


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp almond
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
    All-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together oil, brown sugar, and white sugar using the paddle attachment.
    Oil, brown sugar, granulated sugar and eggs in a bowl.
  • Beat eggs one at a time, then add the vanilla and almond extract.
    Adding an egg to no butter chocolate chip cookie batter.
  • Blend in dry ingredients and fold in the chocolate chips.
    Making butterless chocolate chip cookies with dry ingredients and oil.
  • Using a cookie dough scoop, scoop balls of cookie dough on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, 2" apart.
    Cookie scooper with no butter chocolate chip cookie dough.
  • Bake for 8 to 9 minutes, then let them cool on the pan before moving them to a wire rack.
    No butter, chocolate chip, cookie dough ball.



Line your baking sheet with parchment paper, or use a silicone mat to prevent your cookies from sticking to the pan.
Space the cookies far enough apart on the baking sheet so they don’t spread into each other when they cook.
Use a cookie scooper to portion the dough on the baking sheet for evenly baked cookies.
Let the cookies cool on a rack before serving them.
Chilling the dough prevents spreading. You can chill the dough for 30 minutes or even overnight! This helps the cookies hold their shape and prevents a thin cookie.
Use fresh ingredients, and always check the dates. For the best quality cookies, ingredients like eggs and baking powder must be fresh.
Use all one flavor of chocolate chips or a mix of semisweet and milk chocolate.
Don’t overtake the cookies, as they will turn out dry. Also, remember they continue to cook as they cool on the baking rack.
Baking time continuously varies depending on many factors, such as the actual oven temperature, location, and the temperature inside your home.


Serving: 0g | Calories: 186kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 95mg | Potassium: 113mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1.5mg
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Frequently Asked Questions

What do you use in cookies when you don’t have butter? 

You can use oil if you want a butter-free cookie. Just make sure to use a natural oil such as sunflower, canola, or vegetable oil. This will give the cookies a crispy and chewy texture.

Can I use oil instead of butter in cookies? 

Yes, you can! Oil is the best substitute for butter in cookies. This recipe uses only oil (no butter), and they have the best texture and flavor. 

166 thoughts on “Butterless Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe (Made with Oil)”

  1. 5 stars
    Just made them and came out delicious!! Definitely a keeper, tasted like store bought frozen dough cookies. The recipe says to bake for 8-9 min. I did 10 and was perfect.
    Thanks so much!

  2. 4 stars
    Very good recipe! I tried them, I put 1/3 cup less sugar in total and only had 1/3 cup of brown sugar left so I used that in addition to white sugar. I would put a little less salt in these cookies. The shape comes out phenomenal, they are a good cookie recipe if you are gifting cookies. I added a couple table spoons of cocoa and some chopped almonds to half of the batter which also turned out great. OH and after the original 9 minute bake time i did broil for about a minute in a half to give the tops of the cookies a bit more colour. But overall, a great recipe , its going in the recipe collection!

  3. 5 stars
    These were absolutely amazing! The best cookie recipe I’ve tried so far that requires no butter. This is definitely going to be my go-to recipe for when I’m craving cookies but I don’t have butter on hand. You are a wonderful human being for coming up with these! <3

  4. 4 stars
    I tried out this recipe but they kept coming out unbaked, so I would put them back in for a few more min and when its cooked, its like a bit of a crumble 🙁

  5. I had tried this cookies recipe yesterday, they turned amazing
    I have tried many recipes in the past I never had a result like this, this one is quick easy with few ingredients, The whole family was happy
    I don’t make any change, the recipe is perfect
    Thank you

  6. I made mine for breakfast and they were amazing! I’m twelve and the directions were very easy to follow. It’s the first time I baked something on my own, I ended up SUCCESSFUL!!!

  7. I love this recipe. My mom wanted cookies to put in her new cookie jar and we didn’t have any butter laying around so I found this. I kinda made it my own by adding almonds in half of the batter. They look and taste amazing! I did pretty good for being 14! You are awesome!

  8. I don’t know why but my batch were terrible. They would barely come off the cookie sheet, were a strange consistency, and the almond was over powering.

    • 5 stars
      You can always leave out almond extract and/or replace it with any other extract or pure vanilla extract. To same a ton of money regarding almond extract, get a no-name brand of almond liquore. It will last forever and considering the $3.00+ cost of that small bottle of supermarket extract, it is a true savings. Actually most other alcohol products are great for baking!

  9. thank you! I am a fourteen year old on my last day of summer vacation so i decided to celebrate with cookies. My parents were both at work and I wanted to surprise them, but we had no butter! I used this recipe and it worked awesomely. I also use your little cookie tool~ great minds think alike, if i may compliment myself.

  10. these sound fantastic! i’m going to half the recipe because its just me eating 🙂 i hope my turn out as yummy as those ones look! thank you!

  11. I only used 1/2 cup of vegetable oil and added another 1/2 cup of sour cream. It really improves the texture in baked goods. I also used white chocolate and lemon baking chips instead of semi-sweet. Great cookies! So glad that I could find a recipe after I realized I was out of butter!! 🙂

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