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Un-Chocolate Chip Cookies

chocolate chipless cookies on baking sheet

Recipes for cookies without chocolate chips are nothing new, of course, but when I posted a picture of my “un”-chocolate chip cookie on Instagram two weeks ago I had quite a few people asking for the recipe, so I thought a blog post was in order.

While I personally love a warm pan-banging chocolate chip cookie, I have found that cookies without chocolate are also just as tasty. And, with a good friend who hates chocolate (what?) and another friend allergic to chocolate, I wanted something I could quickly make that would keep everyone happy and safe.

rich chewy chocolate chipless cookies

What Makes this Chocolate Chipless Cookie Recipe Different

This cookie is my Chocolate Chip Cookie 2.0 recipe with a few small changes.

Since the chocolate is omitted, I do chill the dough in the freezer for 20 minutes; I’ve found that this helps the cookie not to spread and keeps its cute round shape.

Increasing the oven temperature to 400F [200C] helped the cookies turn golden brown on top and bottom, and also helped them crisp beautifully. And sprinkling the flaky salt on the tops of the cookies before baking vs after brought out more flavor without tasting overwhelmingly salty. 

I also really like dark brown sugar in this recipe, as it lends a rich flavor.

This cookie has perfectly crisp edges and a thick, gooey center.

Ingredient Notes For Making Perfect Un-Chocolate Chip Cookies:

  • All-purpose flour: Make sure your all-purpose flour is not too high or low in protein; I like to use Gold Medal unbleached all-purpose for cookie baking. At 10.5 percent protein it is a good, moderate choice to keep baked goods tender.
  • Unsalted butter: I use unsalted butter in my recipes so I can control the salt content. This recipe uses both salt in the dough and sprinkled on top before baking, so unsalted works well here in order to keep the cookies from getting too salty.
  • Pure vanilla extract: I prefer the flavor of pure vanilla extract over artificial, and recommend it here since this recipe includes a tablespoon of vanilla. However, if you love a brand of artificial and use it regularly, it will work fine.
  • Dark brown sugar: both light brown sugar and dark brown sugar will work in this recipe, but I do prefer the dark brown sugar here; it adds a deeper, caramel-y flavor.

To Freeze Cookie Dough:

Cookie dough can also be formed into balls and frozen for up to 2 weeks. Freeze them on a sheet pan without them touching, then move into a freezer bag. When you’re ready to bake, set the cookies sit out at room temperature until the oven preheats. The cookies will need an extra minute if baked frozen.

chewy chocolate chipless cookies on parchment paper

Perfectly Chewy Chocolate Chipless Cookies

Servings: 20 cookies
These chocolate chipless cookies have perfectly crisp edges and a thick, gooey center! Dark brown sugar and a good dose of vanilla give them rich, caramel notes.
Sarah Kieffer
5 from 4 votes
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups [284 g] all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 9 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup [150 g] granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup [150 g] dark brown sugar (light will work, but I prefer the rich, caramel notes of dark brown)
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespon pure vanilla extract
  • Flaky salt, for sprinkling, optional

Instructions

  • Adjust an oven rack to the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400F [200C]. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Add the granulated and brown sugars and salt and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the egg, yolk, and vanilla, and mix until smooth. Add the flour mixture and beat on low speed until just combined. Use a rubber spatula to give the dough a final mix and make sure it is completely combined.
  • Form the dough into balls, about 2 tablespoons each [50 g], and place the dough on one of the prepared sheet pans. Place the pan in the freezer until the dough is firm, about 20 minutes.
  • When the dough is chilled, place 8 cookies on each sheet pan. Sprinkle each cookie with a little flaky salt, if desired.
  • Bake one pan at a time, rotating halfway through baking. Bake the cookies until the tops are golden brown and the cookies are slightly puffed 8 to 11 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and use the back of a spoon to gently press the center of each cookie. Let the cookies rest on the sheet pan for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling. Cookies are best slightly warm but can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days.
  • Cookies will soften the longer they sit. Cookie dough can be formed and refrigerated overnight, then baked the next day; the cookies may need an extra minute if chilled. Cookie dough can also be formed into balls and frozen for up to 2 weeks; let the cookies sit out at room temperature until the oven preheats. The cookies will need an extra minute if baked frozen.

Notes

*Cookies can be made smaller; check to see if they are done a minute or two early if making a smaller size. 
*I prefer to sprinkle the flaky salt on the tops of the cookies before baking vs after – I think that it helps bring out more flavor without tasting overwhelmingly salty. 
*I have not had trouble with the bottoms browning too much, but a few people have. Something to note: using an oven thermometer to check the temperature of your oven can be helpful; many ovens are off by up to 25 degrees (mine included). If your oven runs hot, you can bake a single cookie first to see how it turns out. If the bottom is too dark for your liking, you can stack two sheet pans on top of each other and bake the cookies on them to slow down browning.
*Throughout my recipes posted on this website, 1 cup of flour equals 142g. Please note that 1 cup of flour can range anywhere from 120g to 142g, depending on the baker or website. I found that after weighting many cups of flour and averaging the total, mine always ended up around this number. If I am posting a recipe from another cookbook, I will use whatever gram measure of flour used in that book, which is why you may see a few posts with a different cup measurement. 
 
Different brands of flour have varying levels of protein, ranging from low to high, which can result in very different outcomes when baking. I’ve found Gold Medal all-purpose unbleached flour to be the best option for many of my recipes; I use it in all the baked goods that don’t use yeast. For yeasted doughs that call for all-purpose flour, I like to use King Arthur Brand. If you are using White Lily flour, please note that it is a low protein flour and doesn’t absorb liquid the same as regular all-purpose flours. Check the back of the flour bag for instructions on substituting it for regular all-purpose flours. 
  • Reply
    Megan
    Wednesday, May 29, 2024 at 9:54 pm

    5 stars
    Great cookies…perfect texture and chew, great flavor. I will say, I missed having something inside the cookie (personal preference I didn’t know I had) so it had me thinking on what I could add. Nuts? Toffee bits? or just for a variation on choco chip, Jackson Pollock some melted choco on top?

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    Sandie
    Monday, May 27, 2024 at 8:36 am

    5 stars
    Love them!

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    Kate Tompkins
    Saturday, May 25, 2024 at 7:02 am

    5 stars
    These came out perfect! Such good flavor with the dark brown sugar and all that vanilla. I wanted them nice and gooey so went with the lowest bake time 8 minutes. Will definitely make again.

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    Amira Antar
    Friday, May 24, 2024 at 1:27 am

    Hello!
    9 tablespoons of butter is that a stick and a half?

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      Sarah Kieffer
      Friday, May 24, 2024 at 10:05 am

      It is 1 U.S. stick plus 1 tablespoon.

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    Sabrina
    Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at 7:17 pm

    5 stars
    thank you, because I can often skip the chocolate and just prefer the actual cookie, a nice break from the chocolate mafia!

5 from 4 votes

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