January 16, 2013

Liz makes chocolate chip cookies without butter

Today when I came home from class, I really wanted something sweet. I was excited because I knew we had everything it took to make cookies.. or so I thought. We are almost out of butter! Which never happens, by the way. I'm a butter fanatic. I found a recipe online that used vegetable oil instead, which is perfect because we have a butt load of oil. I changed the recipe a tad and this is what I came up with. I was skeptical at first to say the least, but these turned out amazing! I think I'll make my cookies this way all the time!


Recipe yields 18-20 cookies

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon nonsweetened cocoa powder**
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
1 teaspoon honey
1 cup semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Stir together flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder then set aside. In a separate bowl, mix sugar, oil, egg and honey. Add in flour mixture to oil mixture a little at a time until well incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips.

With an ice cream scooper, scoop dough and roll it into a ball between your hands. Place on cookie sheet and slightly flatten with your fingers. 

Bake on an ungreased baking sheet for 8-10 minutes or until done.


**Just noting that the small amount of cocoa powder isn't necessarily added for the taste, but more for the color. Without it, the cookies will be much whiter, but still delicious.

The cookie texture is really amazing. It's soft and chewy like store bought cookies -- but better! I must warn you though, they're pretty sweet, but that doesn't bother me too much. They're honestly the best cookies I've ever made. No joke!


What substitutions do you usually use when baking?

Love, Liz

74 comments:

  1. I love chocolate chip cookies! I never used honey, I shall try :) When I do cookies, I like to had a little cornstarch so they get fluffy :)

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    1. I love using honey in my baking recipes. It's so subtle, but it's nice. I've never used cornstarch though! Might have to try that soon. Thanks for stopping by!
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  2. Wow it looks delicious! :))

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  3. the look so incredibly yummy! i definitely will try this out!

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    1. They really are! Let me know how it works out for you.
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  4. mmm these look so good! perfect sweet treat!

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  5. They look delicious!
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  6. Ooooo...these cookies turned out really yummy-looking! Am a butter fanatic too, so it's good to know this non-butter recipe in case...TY for the follow as well. Following back!

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  7. If you want to blow your mind even more next time use 1/3 cup of applesauce instead of the egg, use semi sweet chocolate chips, and leave out the honey. The cookies will be surprisingly delicious and vegan friendly! :)

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    1. Yeah I've heard of that! Sounds pretty awesome!
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  8. Those look pretty perfect to be homemade. :) Yummy! And I'm a butter fanatic too... but cookies are cookies! :D

    ( I also heard that using applesauce instead of an egg is great too! ^ )

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  9. My favorite type of cookies, though they do not go well with a diet. Never thought of adding honey to the mix, but makes sense.
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    1. Yeah, I'm also a honey fanatic!
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  10. All The food you make is sooo pretty!!

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  11. OMG!! Now I have to eat something!!! Looks so yummie :))
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  12. That looks delicious! And without butter? Gotta try that! Lovely post dear, those photographs are truly stunning xo

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  13. I'm a butter fanatic as well :)) Those cookies look delicious, I want to eat something like this now :)))

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  14. This sound amazing, I need to try them!!!

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    1. If you do, let me know how they turn out!
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  15. Yup~ Me and a good friend are planning to spend a backing day together and I was just thinking about the perfect receipts. I think I may just have found it. It looks delicious and I'm sure it is ;)

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    1. Awesome! Let me know how it turns out!
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  16. They Look so yummy! Thanks so much for sharing

    Love Storm

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  17. Okay these cookies look delicious. We may just have to try out your recipe some time in the near future! :)

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    1. Awesome! I might add that next time I'd like to try half granulated sugar/half brown sugar because the cookies got a little hard overnight. Still tasty though!
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  18. we did an experiment once using butter/crisco/oil...so it is doable! they look good!

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    1. Haha cool! Thanks for stopping by.
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  19. Instead of butter I always use Crisco and it keeps the cookies fluffy. I love how having a simple substitution can change everything.

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    1. I've never tried it. For some reason I'm a little frightened of using Crisco.. Only because I've never used it before of course. Thanks for stopping by.
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  20. OMG YUMMY!!! My Jason's Mémère makes the best cookies. Also in my speech class (I had to take during my Undergrad) a gal in my group was vegan and made us all vegan chocolate chip cookies (it was part of her how-to speech). Her vegan cookies were amazing so I know just how good these cookies are! (Well being vegan she didn't have the egg but it's all good when chocolate is involved)!!

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  21. These look really yummy! xo

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  22. Thank you for your comment. I am following you now. :)

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  23. Just made two separate batches... The first one turned out great! Flattened a bit, perfect. The second one I used a blend of Truvia/Sugar, didn't flatten out. Not sure why?! I must say a cup of chocolate chips was a bit much for the first batch, so I cut back by 1/2 a cup. I used white whole wheat flour. Overall, tastes great!

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    1. I'm so glad you tried it! I bet you're the first one besides me. Yeah, I always tend to put a little too much chocolate chips -- my boyfriend and I love them. I'm sorry the second batch didn't turn out so well. I've made these quite a few times now and one time I mixed the batter differently than listed and they turned out horrible. But baking is tricky.. Even if you follow all of the directions something can always go wrong, unfortunately. Or maybe that's just me. ;) Thanks again for letting me know how they turned out! Glad you enjoyed them.
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  24. Can't wait to try these out. Never thought of honey before. Should be an adventure!
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    1. Awesome! Make sure to follow the instructions completely. If you haven't read the two comments before yours, you should do so. G. Reyes-Angelet makes a good point, and I also added an extra anecdote. Let me know how they work out for you!
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    2. Finished the cookies. They are very sweet, which is something I like. I could sometimes get the hint of honey that I added in a bite. Well done. Thanks for sharing!

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    3. That's awesome! I'm so glad you tried them. And thanks for letting me know how they turned out! I don't remember these ones getting hard after cooling completely, but I hope they don't.
      Liz

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  25. I had no butter and you saved my day! These were yummy.

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    1. Fantastic! I'm so glad I could help!
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  26. Interesting way to bake a cookie but what is it exactly that you changed in your recipe?
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    1. I'm not exactly sure what you're asking. I think you're aware that I've substituted oil for butter. I didn't "change" anything, because there was no other recipe to change.
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  27. Love this recipe just had to save it of course I am 12 so this may sound weird for a kid to say

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  28. If we want to add cocoa powder to make it double choc chip cookies how much cocoa powder should we add? (: (as in to get chocolate cookies not just for the brown colour)

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    1. I'd add a tablespoon. :) Hope it works out for you!
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  29. You may have just saved a life... :-) Had an emotionally draining morning and NEEDED to bake only to discover practically no butter in the house. :-0 Quick google and a prayer and discovered this recipe. They smell absolutely gorgeous - just waiting for them to cool before eating at least half of them!

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    1. Yay! Thanks so much for trying it. I hope they're delicious!
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  30. Yummy... smells amazing and tastes even better! Don't really miss the butter. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you so much for leaving feedback after trying them! :)
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  31. Yummy, I just made these! Very, very good!

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    1. Oh yay! I'm so glad you liked them! :)
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  32. Have you tried making the dough and then freezing? Would like to know of the outcome.

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  33. I just made a half batch of these and they were great. Soft and cakey, not too sweet and super fast to throw together. Thanks for the recipe!

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  34. just made these with olive oil and they turned out great too! so soft. thanks for the recipe.

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  35. I've just found your blog and I love it! You've got some great posts here! New follower xx

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  36. Hi Liz....I was looking for a choco chip cookie recipe (in part to eat the dough!!) with out marg/butter, and I came upon this recipe and your blog, and so far, i have to admit I am not impressed. They are not dough-like at all, and they wouldn't even stick together until I added some more veg oil. They definitely are not sleep-over dough cookies :( I hope they are better after they are cooked?

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  37. Well, I tried to make these cookies On saturday, and they turned out horrible. I am now trying ot bring them to life by adding margarine to them. I couldn't even roll them together to bake them. And I did bake a few, but they just broke in my hands.

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    1. Hi there. I'm not sure what happened, but many people have tried this recipe and have had success. Even my own family! I'm really sorry they didn't turn out for you. I've heard before that elevation or climate might affect the way your baked goods turn out, and if that's the case then I'm sorry. Double check if you added enough flour or some other ingredient. Again, I'm sorry. If you look at comments above, you can see all of the success.
      Thanks for trying my recipe anyway. Sorry (once again) they didn't turn out.
      Liz

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  39. They are awesome! Thank you so much for the recipe! I'm not a fan of clasic cookies with butter but these are delicious. And with dark chocolate chips... yummm.. :)

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