Chocolate “Chip-Less” Cookies

These Chocolate “Chip-Less” Cookies are everything you love about soft and chewy and delicious CCCs…just without the chocolate!

These soft and chewy Chocolate "Chip-Less" Cookies are everything you love about traditional CCCs...just without the chocolate chips! So delicious, especially when sprinkled with flaked sea salt. | gimmesomeoven.com (Dessert | Vegetarian)

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Confession:

Often whenever I’m making a batch of chocolate chip cookies…I leave out the chips. ¬†ūüė≥ ūüėā

I know. ¬†I’m sure that sounds like a crime to many of you, but it’s true. ¬†My love for the pre-chip cookies goes way back to the days before I could bake. ¬†When I was a young pup, our dad always used to be the chocolate chip cookie maker in the house. ¬†And my little sister and I would hover in the kitchen waiting and waiting and waiting until he gave us each our own beater to lick. ¬†And then if we were lucky…a bite of dough too. ¬†My sister was pro-chocolate all the way. ¬†But I always wanted the bite of dough¬†first before he added in the chocolate chips…and still do.

I mean, I still really love a good chocolate chip cookie. ¬†(And Barclay really¬†really likes my chocolate chip cookies.) ¬†But frankly, I’ve always thought that those soft and chewy and delicious “cookies” could stand on their own without those pesky chocolate chips in the title.

So nowadays when I make a batch of CCC’s, I often slip out half of the dough for myself, before mixing in the chocolate chips. ¬†Then mix in the chips for Barclay’s half. ¬†Or sometimes — hey, I¬†just make a small batch all for myself! ¬†The only question is that I’ve never known what to call them, since “cookie” isn’t very¬†descriptive. ¬†They’re different than a sugar cookie. ¬†They’re soft and buttery and chewy, and I sometimes sprinkle a little salt on top, but they’re definitely chip-free.

So I posed the question on Instagram a few weeks ago, and you all were quick to respond:

Chocolate Chip-Less Cookies!

Chocolate Chip-Less Cookies Recipe | 1-Minute Video

Many of you were also very quick to respond that I’m not alone in my chip-less baking. ¬†You guys love ’em too!

So today I thought they deserved¬†their 15 minutes of fame on the internet too. ¬†ūüėČ

These soft and chewy Chocolate "Chip-Less" Cookies are everything you love about traditional CCCs...just without the chocolate chips! So delicious, especially when sprinkled with flaked sea salt. | gimmesomeoven.com (Dessert | Vegetarian)

As I mentioned before, often I make a full batch of chocolate chip cookie dough and just save half of the chip-less dough for myself. ¬†But lately I’ve been into making small (half) batches myself, for which these cute little¬†Land O Lakes¬ģ Butter in half sticks¬†come in very handy. ¬†Or, if you’re making a full batch,¬†Land O Lakes¬ģ¬†Unsalted Butter¬†is my go-to. ¬†(Good butter makes a big difference in these cookies, especially since there’s no chocolate!)

These soft and chewy Chocolate "Chip-Less" Cookies are everything you love about traditional CCCs...just without the chocolate chips! So delicious, especially when sprinkled with flaked sea salt. | gimmesomeoven.com (Dessert | Vegetarian)

To make the cookies, simply mix up the dough with a stand mixer or hand mixer.  These soft and chewy Chocolate "Chip-Less" Cookies are everything you love about traditional CCCs...just without the chocolate chips! So delicious, especially when sprinkled with flaked sea salt. | gimmesomeoven.com (Dessert | Vegetarian)

Roll it into balls.  Then I recommend chilling them in the fridge for 10 minutes before baking.  (This will help them be thicker and not spread out quite so much.)  Then bake for about 10 minutes, or until the tops are lightely golden.

These soft and chewy Chocolate "Chip-Less" Cookies are everything you love about traditional CCCs...just without the chocolate chips! So delicious, especially when sprinkled with flaked sea salt. | gimmesomeoven.com (Dessert | Vegetarian)

And…there you have ’em! ¬†Perfectly delightful, soft, chewy, buttery, irresistible cookies…without the chips!

These soft and chewy Chocolate "Chip-Less" Cookies are everything you love about traditional CCCs...just without the chocolate chips! So delicious, especially when sprinkled with flaked sea salt. | gimmesomeoven.com (Dessert | Vegetarian)

I sometimes like rolling my dough balls in a bit of flaked sea salt before baking too, which has a nice bit of crunch and (yes) makes them extra salty. ¬†But if you don’t have that any¬†hand, the cookies are perfectly delicious¬†on their own.

These soft and chewy Chocolate "Chip-Less" Cookies are everything you love about traditional CCCs...just without the chocolate chips! So delicious, especially when sprinkled with flaked sea salt. | gimmesomeoven.com (Dessert | Vegetarian)

Seriously, so good.  Happy baking, everyone!

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4.9 from 22 reviews

Chocolate Chip-Less Cookies

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 -7 servings 1x

Description

These chocolate “chip-less” cookies are the soft, buttery, chewy, and delicious cookies we all know and love…without the chips!


Scale

Ingredients

Full Batch:

  • 1/2 cup¬†butter, softened to room temperature¬†(I used¬†Land O Lakes¬ģ¬†Unsalted Butter)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract,¬†store-bought¬†or¬†homemade
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Small (Half) Batch:

  • 1/4 cup¬†butter, softened to room temperature¬†(I used¬†Land O Lakes¬ģ Unsalted Butter in half sticks)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk (or half of a whisked egg)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract,¬†store-bought¬†or¬†homemade
  • 3/4¬†cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350¬įF. ¬†In the bowl of a¬†stand mixer, use the paddle attachment to cream together the softened butter and sugars on¬†medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. ¬†(Or you can do this using a hand mixer.) ¬†Add egg and vanilla, and mix until combined, about 1 minute.
  2. Add in the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt, and beat on medium-low speed until combined. (I¬†break the rules and usually just sprinkle these¬†dry ingredients evenly over the top of the dough and then mix them in. ¬†But if you’d like to make sure they’re super evenly mixed, just whisk together the dry ingredients in a separate bowl before adding them to the dough.)
  3. Shape the dough into balls that are about 1-inch in diameter, and place them on a parchment-covered baking sheet.  Chill in the refrigerator for at least 10-20 minutes, or until the dough is chilled through.  (This will help prevent the cookies from spreading out too flat when they bake.)
  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges are just set. The centers may look slightly undercooked. Cool cookies on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. Serve immediately or store in a sealed container for up to 1 week. You can also freeze the cookies for up to 3-4 months.

Notes

*Yield size is for a small (half) batch.

*If you would like to make “salted” chocolate chip-less cookies, I recommend rolling the tops of the dough balls in a bit of flaked sea salt before baking.

These soft and chewy Chocolate "Chip-Less" Cookies are everything you love about traditional CCCs...just without the chocolate chips! So delicious, especially when sprinkled with flaked sea salt. | gimmesomeoven.com (Dessert | Vegetarian)

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69 comments on “Chocolate “Chip-Less” Cookies”

  1. 5 stars
    I found your recipe 1 month ago and now make them every week ( 2 large batches) for our house cookie jar have also had request from my mum because they are so good.
    I will never go back to any other recipe.
    I also used them to make jam drops with home made jam.

  2. 5 stars
    How many grams is one cup??

  3. Hi! I am so happy to find that I’m not the only one who prefers CCC without the chocolate chips! I used to pick chips out of the cookies my mom would make. Lol Everyone said I was a weirdo!

  4. When I was little, we didn‚Äôt always have chocolate chips on hand. One day, I made these and was pleasantly surprised with how good they are… even without the chocolate chips!!! ūüėĀ

  5. 5 stars
    Wow! Don’t think I’ve ever left a review on a recipe, but these cookies deserve it! I ran out of chocolate chips, but wanted cookies and stumbled upon this recipe!! Sooo good and so quick! & thanks soo much for including the half batch. I had twelve perfect cookies :) Soft with some crunch to the edges and I rolled half in sea salt!

    I subbed mashed banana for the yolk as I’m also out of eggs loll perfect end of the week recipe :)

  6. 5 stars
    I just made these cookies this afternoon. I am a chocolate queen but my two adult sons are always saying I should make my chocolate chip cookies minus the chips because, (gasp) neither of them are chocolate lovers but, they love the dough part of the classic cookies. Ahhh‚Ķ. that flavor we ALL love. It’s a flavor that sets the chocolate chip cookie dough, (the part we all nibble before adding the chips,) apart from all others. It’s not like a sugar cookie, nor a snickerdoodle, it’s just a taste of rich caramel-like goodness from the combination of the brown sugar and vanilla. Oh yes! It’s lovely! I searched a bit and then came across your recipe and instantly KNEW it was THE one! The photos looked SO yummy! The recipe was super easy to follow. The directions, oven temp, chill time, bake time, everything was spot on. They came out of the oven looking exactly like yours. (How often does THAT happen when we copy a recipe from the internet!?) They smelled heavenly while baking and tasted even better~ simply PHENOMENAL!!!!! I’m giving this recipe 5 stars only because 10 isn’t an option. P.S. I’m a pretty harsh critic because, I am a pastry chef.

  7. 5 stars
    very delicious and easy to make!

  8. I am going to make you recipe but put my own twist on it. Instead of putting the chocolate chips into the cookies I would like to dip the top of the cookies in melted chocolate after they have cooled then decorate with white chocolate drizzles.

  9. I’m so pleased!!! I literally thought I was the only one! CCCs are so much better without the chocolate and no one else around me seems to understand this beautiful phenomenon!
    Love this!

  10. 5 stars
    Yum! My kids requested butterscotch blondies on vacation, and having lost my previous recipe (!) and recently discovering this one, I gave it a try. It was great! I added a bag of butterscotch chips and baked in an 8×8‚ÄĚ pan. It was great. Can‚Äôt wait to try as written with a sprinkle of Maldon when I get home!

  11. 5 stars
    Oh! I meant to say I baked in an 8×8‚ÄĚ pan for 40 minutes at 325F. (I‚Äôm always looking for how to make bar cookies!)

  12. 5 stars
    Excellent! I added a tablespoon of whiskey and chocolate chips and they’re amazing!

  13. 5 stars
    This was super quick and easy, and it has such a great flavor. My cookies didn’t spread very much, but everything else was perfect!

  14. My fave dough is definitely the chipless kind.

  15. 5 stars
    Made these for the first time today and it’s easily become one of my favourite recipes. I used to make chocolate chip cookies all the time but my mom despised those chocolate chips so she would never eat them. I tried making a batch without the chips once but the flavour didn’t come out right. This recipe however did not disappoint! The flavour was awesome and the chewy goodness felt like heaven. I’m so happy I get to share my love of cookies with my mom again!