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Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

There are few things better than hot, melty chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven. This recipe uses vegan butter and dairy free chocolate chips so it’s safe for anyone with dairy sensitivities. 

plate of chocolate chip cookies

Chewy, buttery cookies with warm, melted chocolate in every bite. Offer these Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies to anyone and I guarantee, they won’t have a clue that they’re not full of butter.

I’ve become pretty accustomed to the dairy free life. There are so many alternatives that, most of the time, I don’t feel like I’m missing out on much. Now that my oldest is dairy free too, I have to get creative and branch out a bit. It’s good that he doesn’t really know what he’s missing, but I still want him to experience a wide variety of foods.

So of course, we need a recipe for chocolate chip cookies!

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Chocolate Chips

Dairy free chocolate chips vary widely in their ingredients. I’ve only tried a couple but I really like Enjoy Life. They’re gluten free, vegan and free of most major allergens, so they’re great for just about any special diet.

bag of enjoy life brand chocolate chips

Plant Based Butter

I’ve been mostly dairy free for a few years, but it wasn’t until I started nursing my second child that I had to give it up entirely because of his sensitivity to it. For that reason, I’ve only tried one plant based butter. But honestly, it’s so close to the real thing, I don’t feel like I’m missing anything. 

Earth Balance has organic and soy free options, so if you haven’t tried it, give it a shot. They even make it in sticks, which is what I used for these cookies, though they can be a little harder to find.

I do hope you make these cookies. If you do, you might as well go all the way and make these Dairy Free Ice Cream Sandwiches too!

dairy free chocolate chip cookies on a white plate

Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Jen Tiffany
Chewy, buttery cookies with warm, melted chocolate in every bite. They're dairy free but taste every bit as good as the real thing.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 37 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24


  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup plant based butter - equals 2 Earth Balance sticks
  • ¾ cup golden brown sugar
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup dairy free chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt with a whisk.
  • In a larger mixing bowl, whip the plant butter with both sugars until it's well blended.
  • Stir in stir eggs and vanilla into the butter and sugar mixture.
  • Add flour mixture to wet ingredients and mix until fully combined.
  • Add the chocolate chips and mix them in until well distributed through the dough.
  • Use a cookie scoop to drop balls of dough onto baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes. They're done when they just start to slightly golden. Careful not to over bake.
  • Remove cookies from oven and allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a couple minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  • Serve while warm. Store in an air tight container once fully cooled. No need to refrigerate.

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Jen Tiffany, Oklahoma girl, mom, creator of Tasty Sunrise recipes.

Hey, I’m Jen.

I’m a photographer and food blogger from Oklahoma. I love to cook and share great food with family and friends. Oh, and I do love to eat, too!