Best Ever Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Soft, chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies that will warm your soul, and the best part is they are DAIRY FREE!
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You must taste our Best Ever Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies! It is our family’s favorite homemade cookie. Best Every Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe is buttery, sweet, a little salty, and best of all, chocolatey too! Eat them right out of the oven, well, not right out of the oven, but nice and warm. You will NOT go wrong!

I modified my original chocolate chip cookie recipe after we found out that our youngest had a dairy allergy. She prefers salty potato chips over anything sweet. Except for chocolate chip cookies!

No kid should ever have to go without a childhood favorite like chocolate chip cookies. Let’s get real. My heart broke. I knew my next mission.

I was out to find dairy-free chocolate chips. And, much to my surprise, it was not difficult. I thought it would be like when I was growing up, non-existent. I thought I would have to journey to lands far and wide to get such an item. Unlike when I was a kid, all it took was a quick web search to see that they were available at our local grocery store.

Next step, replacing butter. How does one replace butter in a cookie recipe? It is part of what makes the cookie, right? The answer is……vegetable shortening. I remember seeing a chocolate chip cookie recipe on the side of a vegetable shortening container when I was in college and never thought anything of it, until now.

Then, I tried my recipe with allergen-free chocolate chips and vegetable shortening. After a few rounds of testing, I realized I needed to add more salt than my original recipe to achieve that buttery flavor and a little water for moisture. Once I did those two things, we had our cookie and the little one approved!

Lastly, with most cookie recipes there are a few things to note. Creaming the butter and sugar together really well is key. Also, avoid over-mixing the flour, butter, and sugar mixture, together, making a tough cakey-cookie. Equally important, be sure to watch your baking time. Do not overbake your cookies. If you do those things, generally, you will make a perfect cookie. Oh, and including all your ingredients, and properly measured of course…

This recipe is easy to prepare and super-tasty. We like to keep the dough in our freezer already scooped. This way the cookie dough is ready and available to pop in the oven for warm, delicious chocolatey goodness.

Use your favorite go-to allergen-free chocolate. They won’t disappoint!

Buen Provecho!

5 from 1 vote

Best Ever Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 8 mins Rest Time 10 mins Total Time 28 mins
Servings: 10
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


This chocolate chip cookie recipe is a family favorite! It's easy to prepare and super-tasty. Keep it in your freezer already scooped and ready to pop in the oven for warm, delicious goodness.


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  1. Preheat oven to 350° Convection (375° F Conventional Bake)

  2. Mix vegetable shortening and water together in a large mixing bowl until combined.

    Add granulated sugar and brown sugar until creamy for 5-8 minutes.

  3. While the butter and sugar are mixing, beat eggs and vanilla together in a small bowl.

    Add egg and vanilla mixture slowly to the mixing bowl and mix until combined.

  4. Scrape down bowl.

    Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.

  5. Gradually mix in flour mixture, just enough until combined. Do not over mix. 

    Overmixing develops the gluten in the flour. This causes the cookie to be a cake-like cookie instead of a chewy cookie. 

  6. Mix in chocolate morsels. Mix until incorporated in dough.

  7. Drop by rounded tablespoon or scoop with cookie scooper onto an ungreased baking sheet.

  8. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes; remove to wire racks and let cool. OR! Dig in as soon as you can. Warm cookies are the best!


Substitute gluten-free flour in place of all-purpose flour to make gluten-free cookies!

Best if the dough is prepared a day before you'd like to bake your fresh chocolate chip cookies!

Keywords: chocolate, chocolate chip, dairy-free, cookie, buttery
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  1. Thanks for your blog, nice to read. Do not stop.

  2. nannette says:

    Happy to hear you enjoyed it! I appreciate the kind review. 🙂

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