Chocolate Chip Cookies (Egg-Free)

Four weeks ago, before the Stay at Home Order was announced, my editor at Feast Magazine and I were brainstorming ideas for a new weekly Pantry Staple Sweets baking column. My list of recipes included Cinnamon Streusel Banana Bread, Blueberry & Almond Crumble Muffins, Chocolate Babka, and a couple of other ideas. I threw in an option for a chocolate chip cookie that didn’t require eggs, but suggested it only if eggs became scarce. My editor quickly responded requesting that we make these cookies one of the recipes and I’m so glad that she did. Had she not had the foresight to know how timely a recipe like this would be, these spectacular Chocolate Chip Cookies wouldn’t have been shared.

Sadly, finding basic baking ingredients like eggs at the grocery store can be challenging these days. However, that doesn’t mean that making a batch of cookies is no longer an option. Since these Chocolate Chip Cookies are egg-free they required a substitute to tenderize the dough, so cream cheese was used in their place. The results are a thick and chewy cookie with lightly caramelized edges and a classic chocolate chip cookie flavor. For the chocolate, any variety you have in the cupboard will do; although chopped dark chocolate bars make for excellent cookie add-ins. They melt beautifully and create decadent pools of chocolate. These Chocolate Chip Cookies are a dream. Hopefully, you’ll use this recipe whether or not there are eggs in your refrigerator for many years to come. If you do, share your beautiful cookies with me on Instagram by tagging @now_forager.

Chocolate Chip Cookies (Egg-Free)

Makes 10 cookies 


1 cup + 2 tablespoons (158g)  all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon  baking soda
1/4 teaspoon  kosher salt
1/2 cup (1 stick / 113g)  unsalted butter, room temperature
4 ounces (113g)  cream cheese, room temperature
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon (70g)  sugar
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon (70g)  brown sugar
1 teaspoon  vanilla extract
1 ½ cups (270g)  dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate bars
Flaky sea salt for finishing, optional

Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, cream cheese, and both sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla and mix to combine. Reduce speed to low and add the flour mixture, mixing until just combined. Mix in the chocolate chips.

Using a 2 ½-ounce cookie scoop, about ¼ cup, portion out dough 2-inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Bake cookies for 14 minutes, until they’re lightly golden brown with slightly darker edges. The centers may still look a little pale; that’s ok, they’ll continue to bake as they cool on the pan. Remove from the oven and lightly sprinkle cookies with flaky sea salt. Set on a rack to cool completely. Store cookies at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

6 thoughts on “Chocolate Chip Cookies (Egg-Free)

  • These cookies were absolutely amazing. I never had a go-to chocolate chip cookie to begin with (I never found one worth making twice), but now I do. They are like the sophisticated grown-up version of the classic chocolate chip cookie – not too sweet and not too heavy, just right.
    & The simple ingredients and instructions made these all the better – I’m hoping it’ll be easy for me to recreate them over and over again with the same delicious result, every time!
    If it wasn’t obvious, I do think these are the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had, so thank you, Teresa, for sharing.

    • Hi May! I’m so happy to know that you enjoyed the cookies. Thank you for the kind words and cheers to many more delicious batches of cookies!

  • Always looking for good eggless recipes for my daughter who has an egg allergy. I decided to make these today and they came out perfectly! Super yummy, crispy on the outside and gooey on the middle. I was surprised that they don’t flatten much when they bake, but they look like they came from a bakery. Will definitely make again.

    • Hi Jamie! Happy to know that you enjoyed them! A fun trick for flattening these cookies (or any cookie), simply whack the baking tray on the kitchen counter right after you take them out of the oven. You can repeat this process to make them as flat/thin as you’d like.;) Enjoy your next batch of cookies!

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