Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

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Finally, dairy free chocolate chip cookies that are easy to make! I went the extra mile and also made this recipe both vegan, gluten-free, and top 8 allergen free! Allergen free cookie recipes can be hard to come by, so I am looking to create more of them if possible. I have noticed with my body, that I seem to feel better eating less gluten and animal products. After a few iterations off of the classic Toll House recipe, I think I have finally created the world’s greatest dairy free chocolate chip cookies EVER. I like these a lot better than the original, and have already eaten 8 of them in 6 hours :). Probably going to be up all night with a stomach ache! These cookies are crispy on the bottom and around the edges, and soft and chewy in the center. They have some thickness to them, which gives a satisfying bite. I used Enjoy Life brand chocolate chips in this recipe, but you can easily make your own homemade chocolate chips to save money. When using homemade chocolate chips, the chips will melt as the cookies bake giving the cookie a marbled look. While not as pretty, they are still delicious! And like most of my cookie recipes, these cookies are made in a single bowl. And because the cookies are vegan, you can eat the cookie dough. #WINNING.

What makes a cookie chewy?

High moisture content makes a cookie chewy. The substitute of eggs with applesauce in this recipe adds a lot of moisture, making the cookies moist and chewy, while still retaining a crisp exterior.

Why are my cookies crumbly?

Cookies can come out crumbly for a few reasons: too much flour, not enough fat or the wrong fat to coat all of the flour, and/or baking too long. The most often encountered reason is putting in too much flour. This can be avoided by weighing out your flour instead of measuring it out by volume using a measuring cup. However, if you forget to do this and find yourself in a situation where you have too much flour, add in a little more liquid and see if that doesn’t correct the problem. I often bake a test cookie to make sure my dough is right before I bake up the whole batch.

Why are my chocolate chip cookies flat?

There are several reasons why your chocolate chip cookies might come out too flat: adding too much sugar or butter (which we don’t use here), baking at too low of a temperature, using a warm pan, and/or using room temperature dough.

Check out this guide for more details on troubleshooting cookies.

Are chocolate chips vegan?

It depends. This is where you really have to read the ingredients list, and understand how certain ingredients are sourced. Obviously any chocolate chip with milk ingredients is not vegan. Another possible issue, is the type of sugar used in the chocolate chip. If it’s granulated sugar, it’s possible that it might have been processed over bone char to give it its color. For some vegans, this is ok. For others, it’s not. It depends on your personal preferences. Personally, I look for chocolate chips that have the certified vegan claim on the package. My personal favorite, is the Enjoy Life brand.

How much does one cup of chocolate chips weigh?

For a chocolate chip, one cup weighs about 6.2 oz (175 g). Now, if you decide to use chocolate chunks, the weight will be slightly different due to a different shape.

How to Make Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies: Step-by-Step

Step 1. Preheat oven to 375F. In a large bowl, cream together extra light olive oil, brown sugar, granulated sugar, baking soda, Kosher salt, vanilla extract, and applesauce. Because applesauce contains a lot of water, you will see some separation of the oil from the water. This is ok :).

Extra light olive oil, applesauce, vanilla extract, light brown sugar, granulated sugar, Kosher salt, and baking soda all mixed together in a large glass bowl with a stainless steel mixing spoon.

Step 2. Mix in flour one cup at a time. I used Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 gluten-free flour. After measuring out each cup of flour, I weighed it. Each cup of this flour weighs 5.1 oz, which is substantially heavier than regular all-purpose flour which weighs 4.25 oz. Because measuring out flour volumetrically can lead to too much flour being added and a stiffer cookie, it is always recommended to weigh out your flour.

Dough after mixing in two cups of gluten-free flour. Everything sits in a large glass bowl with a stainless steel mixing spoon.

Step 3. Fold in chocolate chips.

The final cookie dough after folding in the chocolate chips. Everything sits in a large glass bowl with a stainless steel mixing spoon.

Step 4. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheet.

Cookie dough scooped onto a textured aluminum baking sheet prior to baking.

Step 5. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until light golden brown on the edges.

Dairy free chocolate chip cookies on a textured aluminum baking sheet right out of the oven.
A hand holding a part of a partially eaten dairy free chocolate chip cookie to show the chewy texture on the inside.

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A stack of four dairy free chocolate chip cookies sits front and center. The top cookie is broken in half to show the texture of the interior. In the lower right is a small wooden bowl with chocolate chips. In the upper left is a light purple tea towel. In the upper right is a wire cookie rack with more dairy free chocolate chip cookies. Scattered about are crumbs, chocolate chips, and the other cookie half. Everything sits on a white marble background. This is the horizontal photo.

Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

These dairy free chocolate chip cookies are better than the originals, and they are vegan, gluten-free, and top 8 allergen free! Serve with a cold glass of milk of your choice.
4.8 from 18 votes
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Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Servings: 40 cookies
Calories: 109kcal
Author: The Panicked Foodie


  • 3/4 cup extra light olive oil (OR 1 cup butter of your choice OR 1/2 cup butter of your choice and 6 tablespoons extra light olive oil)
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 cups gluten-free 1:1 baking flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill) (OR 2 cups all-purpose flour)
  • 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips of your choice (OR 1/2-3/4 cup homemade chocolate chips)


  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • In a large bowl, cream together extra light olive oil, brown sugar, granulated sugar, baking soda, Kosher salt, vanilla extract, and applesauce.
  • Mix in flour one cup at a time.
  • Fold in chocolate chips. You can either use store-bought or my homemade chocolate chips.
  • Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheet.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes or until light golden brown on the edges.


  • If you are using the homemade chocolate chips, I found it helpful to chill the dough in the refrigerator for 10 minutes before adding the chocolate chips to the dough. I also chilled the dough while baking a batch of cookies. Also, when using the homemade chocolate chips, the cookies are definitely going to spread. So make sure you leave enough room between cookies :).
  • The volume measurement of the homemade chocolate chips is less than the packaged, because they pack in more tightly due to their shape.
  • The amount of calories per cookie is calculated using store-bought chocolate chips.
Nutrition Facts
Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies {Vegan, Gluten-Free}
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 109 Calories from Fat 59
% Daily Value*
Fat 6.6g10%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.6g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 80mg3%
Potassium 2.3mg0%
Carbohydrates 14.4g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7.1g8%
Protein 0.8g2%
Vitamin A 0IU0%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 0mg0%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Nutritional information on The Panicked Foodie is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site.
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23 thoughts on “Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies {Vegan, Gluten-Free}”

  • 5 stars
    It’s great you’ve made a dairy free option. They sound really yummy. We don’t eat dairy free although I am trying to cut out milk so I must attempt baking these biscuits with the kiddies.

  • 5 stars
    Looks delicious! Chocolate chip cookies are my absolute favorites and I’m always looking for treats I can make for friends with allergies!

  • 5 stars
    The chocolate chip cookies look so yummy! I always love them so crunchy and not chewy because I actually munch them with just a drink. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Dairy-free chocolate chip cookies? That’s brilliant – and perfect for me. I LOVE chocolate – but unfortunately am lactose-challenged. Wasn’t aware of the brand of chocolate chips – or that you can make your own (checked that post out already). Thank you for these recipes!

  • 5 stars
    Thanks for taking your time to share this delicious cookies with us. Looks so yummy and tasty. I love cookies, would love to try this on a weekend with my wife.

  • 5 stars
    I haven’t had much luck with baking cookies. I will try your recipe and keep your tips in mind. Your chocolate chip cookies look divine!

  • 4 stars
    These look super yummy! I would have never thought to substitute apple sauce into the mixture to keep it moist, does it not give the cookies an appley taste?

  • 5 stars
    This is what I have been looking for! My wife has a sweet tooth and she has been asked by the doctor to choose dairy free products due to hormonal issues. Dairy free cookies could help her a lot. Thanks for sharing

  • 5 stars
    These cookies are soooo good! Thank you! I have been hunting for a gluten free, dairy free cookie recipe that was quick and easy. Will definitely be making these again!

  • 5 stars
    Delicious cookies. Perfect consistency although I tweaked a bit and added 1.5 cups whole wheat flour instead of 2 cups regular. And my daughter, who won’t eat anything I make with applesauce substitution, loved them (because she didn’t see me make them). Yumm-o.

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