An Easy Cookie Recipe Without Butter: Inside Out Cookies

This easy cookie recipe without butter requires only a few simple ingredients. In a few minutes, you’ll have a dense, fudgy chocolatey bite studded with white chocolate chips.

The earliest recorded cookie recipe, dating from Elizabethan England, relies on butter, along with sugar and spices for flavoring. Not much has changed in the cookie world since then. In America, our baking traditions largely rely on English, Scottish, and German antecedents. Hence, most cookie recipes include butter for both texture and flavor. A second line of cookies, which rely on beaten egg whites along with nuts and spices (macarons, macaroons, and all of their relatives) emerged a few years later. The earliest written record is dated to 1619. These two cookie types dominate cookie-making. We were thus, surprised by how many people, some 300 years later, deviate from these two traditions. The internet is full of queries for “easy cookie recipe without butter.” Clearly, there’s a lot of unmet need in the cookie world.

Baking Without Butter

Many people don’t stock butter in their refrigerator yet crave an easy homemade delicious cookies. We are relieved, therefore, to jump to the internet’s rescue with a perfect cookie for the butterless masses. While it seems unlikely that you stock cocoa, but not butter, in your kitchen, we’ll leave that concern aside for today. This oil and cocoa based-dough makes for a very simple bake. It requires only a few, easy steps, and yields a softer cookie. We like to throw in a little bit of white chocolate in to complement the chewy fudginess of the cocoa-based dough. However, this easy recipe is equally good without the white chocolate chips. If you’re skipping the white chocolate chips, a sprinkle of sea salt would be welcome, to balance all the chewy sweetness.

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An Easy Cookie Recipe Without Butter: Inside Out Cookies

These soft and fudgy chocolate cookies are studded with white chocolate. Bonus – they don't need butter!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 cookies


  • baking sheet
  • parchment paper
  • silicone baking mat
  • cookie scoop


  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil, unrefined coconut oil, or avocado oil (not olive oil – it has a stronger flavor)
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips


  • In a large bowl, whisk together vegetable oil, eggs, vanilla extract, and sugar.
  • Sift the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, and salt into the wet ingredients. Beat until combined.
  • Fold in the white chocolate chips.
  • Cover the cookie dough in plastic wrap and let sit in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours, or up to overnight.
  • When you are ready to bake cookies, preheat oven to 350 F. Line a baking tray with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Using a (1 1/3 tbsp) small cookie scoop, scoop dough onto baking sheet.Bake dough balls in the preheated oven 10-12 minutes until the tops are just set and the inside is still squishy. You want make nice chewy cookies, so don't overbake!
  • Let stand on cookie sheet for a minute, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool.


Cookies keep nicely in an airtight container or cookie jar for up to 3 days.
Keyword chocolate, white chocolate
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