Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Dairy free chocolate chip cookies next to a napkin, a glass of oatmilk, and a baking sheet.

There is nothing quite as satisfying as biting into a warm, homemade chocolate chip cookie. But what if you need to follow a dairy free diet? That’s no problem at all with this recipe for dairy free chocolate chip cookies! They’re soft, decadent, and perfect for enjoying with a glass of vanilla oat milk.

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Ingredients

Here’s a photo of the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe, along with selected ingredient notes:

Flour, sugar, brown sugar, dairy free butter, vanilla, egg, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips.
  • Chocolate chips – Be sure to double check that your chocolate chips are dairy free. Luckily, you can find many brands. My personal go-to is Enjoy Life – it’s easy to find at grocery stores or online, and I find it very high-quality in terms of taste and texture. You can also search for Nestle Allergen Free Morsels or Walmart “Free From” Morsels, both of which are allergy-friendly lines. Be sure to always check product labels to ensure you’ve selected the correct one, as the packaging can sometimes look like the other product lines that contain dairy.

Instructions

This recipe is very simple – a great one to make with your kiddos. You’ll find the full recipe ingredients, amounts, and directions in the recipe card at the bottom of this page. But here’s a helpful overview with some step-by-step photos.

Start by mixing together the dairy-free butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. I recommend using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, but you can also use a hand mixer, or you could cream together the ingredients by hand.

Butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar mixed together in a bowl.

Next, add the egg and vanilla extract. Mix until everything is well combined.

Egg and vanilla mixed into the cookie dough in a bowl.

In a separate small bowl, stir together your flour, baking soda, and salt.

Flour, baking soda, and salt mixed together in a bow.

Then pour the dry ingredients in with the wet ingredients, and mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Cookie dough in a mixing bowl.

Use a cookie scoop or a heaping tablespoon to portion the dough out onto parchment-lined baking sheets.

Scoops of cookie dough portioned out on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Now bake ‘em for about 10-12 minutes, and let cool on the pan. Enjoy!

Baked cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Recipe FAQ

Here are some common questions that may come up as you prepare this recipe:

How should you store dairy free chocolate chip cookies?

Store the cookies at room temperature in a zip top bag or airtight container. For best quality, enjoy within 4 to 5 days.

Can you freeze dairy free cookie dough?

Yes. Portion out the dough onto the baking sheet, but rather than bake it, put it in the freezer for an hour or two (to flash freeze). Transfer the dough balls to a zip top freezer bag or food storage container, and return to the freezer. You can bake the cookie dough from frozen; keep in mind you may need to adjust the baking time.

What should you do if the cookie dough is too dry?

If the cookie dough is too dry and crumbly, you may have packed the flour into the measuring cup (flour should typically be spooned and leveled into the cup). In this case, try adding a tablespoon of oil or applesauce, then mixing again.

Allergen in this recipe

Disclaimer:  Always double check ingredients and labels yourself prior to making a recipe.  While I try to check all ingredients for allergens, there’s always the chance I may miss something or manufacturer formulations can change.

This recipe is dairy free.

Depending on the ingredients used (specifically, the type of chocolate chips and dairy free butter), these cookies may contain soy or nuts. I used Country Crock Avocado Oil Sticks and Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips, which made this recipe free of those allergens by ingredients. (Note that the Country Crock sticks do state “may contain soy”, though, which is a voluntary cross contamination warning).

This recipe does contain wheat/gluten and eggs. Here are suggested modifications if you need to adjust for these allergens:

  • Wheat/gluten:  Use a 1:1 measure-for-measure gluten free flour blend.
  • Eggs: Use a flax egg in place of the regular egg. To do this, combine 1 tablespoon ground flax with 2 ½ tablespoons of hot water, and let that sit for 5 minutes prior to using.
A woman's hand holding a dairy free chocolate chip cookie.

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I hope you enjoy these dairy free chocolate chip cookies as much as my family does! If you get a chance to try them, feel free to leave a recipe rating or comment below.

Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

These dairy free chocolate chip cookies are soft and decadent – perfect for baking anytime!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword dairy free chocolate chip cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 124 kcal
Author Dairy Free for Baby

Ingredients

  • ½ cup dairy-free butter, softened (i.e. Country Crock plant butter with avocado oil or Earth Balance sticks)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup dairy-free chocolate chips (i.e. Enjoy Life)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar (using either the paddle attachment of a stand mixer or a hand mixer).
  3. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir to evenly distribute the dry ingredients, then pour them into the bowl of wet ingredients. Mix until just combined.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Use a small cookie scoop or heaping tablespoon to portion the dough onto the parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and let cool on the pan. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Nutrition analysis (per cookie): 124 calories, 5.5 g fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, 95 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 0.5 g fiber, 11.5 g sugar, 1.5 g protein, Vitamin D: 0%, Calcium: 1%, Iron: 3%, Potassium: 1%

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Five dairy free chocolate chip cookies stacked on top of each other.

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