The Best Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

After testing a ton of different recipes, I’ve decided that these are the best dairy free chocolate chip cookies out there. They aren’t too soft or too crunchy. And, they have just the right amount of brown sugar. Makes 36 cookies.

Baking is one of the hardest things to do once you’ve gone dairy free. There are so, so many recipes out there that require milk, butter, or – my least favorite to replace – yogurt.

But, I’ve got your back. I’ve tested out many of those dairy free chocolate chip cookies, and we’ve decided that these are our favorite.

Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

They’re texture is most like the butter-based cookies of our childhood and they flavor is the closest we can find. In fact, I’d say it’s dead on. That’s mostly because of the butter-flavored shortening I replaced the butter with (it’s my favorite baking butter substitute, by far), and the chocolate chips are made with real chocolate. Yes, real chocolate.

Did you know that most commercial chocolate chips aren’t actually made with chocolate? I’m not kidding. Check the ingredients. You’ll be sadly surprised. Luckily, I’ve found a great substitute.

We buy a local brand that sells premium chocolate chips. They’re not technically allergy friendly, which is fine for us, but there are definitely brands out there that are (like Enjoy Life*).

These cookies are actually the base for my dairy free rocky road cookies minus the nuts. If you like nuts in your chocolate chip cookies, feel free to add them (1/2 – 1 cup), but I left them out because Marc isn’t a huge fan.

If you want to fancy things up a little, try making chocolate chip sprinkle cookies or make some double chocolate chip cookies.


The Best Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 36 cookies 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup dairy free chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat shortening and sugars at medium speed until light and fluffy – about 2 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla, beating until combined. Add flour mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time, mixing until incorporated, scrapping sides as needed.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Using a medium cookie scoop, drop 2 tablespoon balls of dough onto cookie sheet. Bake for 10 – 11 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  7. Repeat steps 6 – 7 to bake remaining cookies.

Keywords: dairy free, easy, chocolate, cookies


  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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    March 3, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    Truly the best dairy free chocolate chip cookies….and maybe the best chocolate chip cookies period! Delicious!!

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    March 8, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    My cookies had good flavor but they turned into cakey cookies? I don’t know what I did wrong but they were so tall and not flat at all.

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      Melissa Belanger
      March 9, 2019 at 12:17 am

      Is it possible that you used baking powder instead of baking soda? Or that you left changed the sugars? In order for them to spread, the baking soda needs to react with the acidity of the brown sugar. If either of these things aren’t there or don’t happen, the cookies won’t spread. I hope that helps!

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    May 31, 2019 at 6:19 am

    Hi can I use dairy free spreadable margarine instead of shortening? Thanks

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      Melissa Belanger
      June 3, 2019 at 8:19 am

      Yes. You definitely can. The water content might be slightly different in the spread though, so it could affect how the cookies spread and taste, but it shouldn’t be too significant. Let me know how it goes if you do it!

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    August 10, 2019 at 11:26 pm

    Delicious! I’ve made them a few times now 🤗

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      Melissa Belanger
      August 11, 2019 at 10:36 am

      I hate to ask this, but if you liked them so much, why did you leave a 1-star review?

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