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Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies (egg-free and dairy-free)

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This is a staple cookie recipe at our home.  We almost always bring our own food, especially dessert, to any social event so my son has something safe and delicious to eat.  These chocolate chip cookies are always a hit when we bring them to gatherings like family reunions, soccer parties, barbecues, church functions, and holiday celebrations. People have asked me for the recipe not even knowing they were egg-free and dairy-free.  I have shared it with many of our food allergy friends who have also loved them as much as we do.  I know this will become a staple recipe in your home too!

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies (egg-free and dairy-free)

A classic chocolate chip cookie recipe with an egg-free, dairy-free twist. One of our favorites. You can double the chocolate chips if you like them extra chocolaty.  This recipe can also be made soy free if you use Spectrum's Organic Palm Oil shortening or coconut oil (see tips in recipe).

Course Dessert
Keyword chocolate chip, cookie, dairy-free, egg-free
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 dozen
Author imchristine

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening (Try Spectrum's Organic shortening, or coconut oil if you want to avoid soy or hydrogenated oils)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 heaping TBS applesauce
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (Enjoy Life, Nestle Simply Delicious 3-Ingredient, or Pascha brand)

Instructions

  1. Mix shortening, brown sugar, sugar, applesauce and vanilla until creamy. 

  2. Add baking soda, flour, salt and baking powder. Mix until well blended.  Mix in chocolate chips.

  3. Either use a cookie scoop or shape about a Tablespoon of dough into rounded balls.  Press dough down to flatten slightly.  Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes until light brown.  Cool for a few minutes before removing cookies to a wire rack.

  4. ** Tip: Measure flour by spooning flour into measuring cups. If dough seems too crumbly (this can be affected by which shortening you choose), add 2 TBS of water and mix until dough is moist.  If using a more liquid coconut oil, add an extra 1/2 cup of flour to the dough if the dough is too moist.

Which Chocolate Chips to Use

Chocolate chips are obviously absolutely essential to chocolate chip cookies. There are a few safe chocolate chip brands available. Our favorite are Nestle Simply Delicious and Enjoy Life. I have heard of many people in the food allergy community who use Pascha brand chocolate chips. They trust the company and like the chocolate chips. I have used Rice Dream semi-sweet chocolate chips many times and thought they were a great option as well. The reason I prefer Nestle Simply Delicious and Enjoy Life is primarily because of availability.

Nestle Simply Delicious chocolate chips are my go-to because they have recently became readily available in the chocolate chip aisle of most grocery stores. They are slightly more expensive, but still significantly less than what I have paid for Rice Dream chocolate chips at health food stores and the convenience can’t be beat. They come in semi-sweet and dark. Be careful you are paying attention and get the one you want. I have accidentally grabbed the dark chocolate chips on several occasions.

Enjoy Life is top 8 free and is also available at many grocery stores. I trust this brand even more than Nestle, but it is a little harder to find (usually in the gluten free section if they are carried at our local stores) and only comes in mini chips for semi sweet or dark chocolate for the regular size chips. I do not prefer dark chocolate, but I know many people who love dark chocolate. The mini chips do change the flavor of the cookies a little bit. If you like your chocolate more dispersed, mini chips are the way to go. Another bonus is that sometimes I like that you can easily recognize the dairy free mini chocolate chips if their are other non-safe baked goods with chocolate chips around.

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