Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies, Nut-free & Dairy-free

a pile of olive oil chocolate chip cookies on a white plate, next to a glass of milk

Enjoy these nut-free, dairy-free olive oil chocolate chip cookies that are moderately sweetened. This recipe is utterly scrumptious and great for satisfying chocolate chip cookie cravings. I want to share this recipe with you so we can celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day on August 4 every year.

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Why Make Dairy-Free Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies?

I love making chocolate chip cookies for special occasions, such as my $250 Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe, Nut-Free & Egg-Free. But for my own dietary preferences and family health history, I prefer to use less butter and sugar in my baking. I started thinking about how can I make dairy-free chocolate chip cookies using olive oil instead of butter. I had to share my nut-free, dairy-free olive oil chocolate chip cookie recipe with you. The cookies turned out amazing, especially when still warm from the oven with crispy edges and a soft middle.

These olive oil chocolate chip cookies are so easy to make. They’re perfect for when you want (or need) some nut-free, dairy-free chocolate chip cookies in a hurry. Measure, mix, chill, and bake. I love easy recipes!

Altogether it took me about 15 minutes to make the dough. I put the dough in the refrigerator to chill for 15 minutes while I tidy up and preheat the oven. It took me 2 minutes to scoop and roll the dough. Then bake for 10-11 minutes until golden brown around the edges. It’s such a simple recipe that I used a regular spoon to mix the dough and scoop for baking.

Upper left: baked cookies, I put some chocolate chunks on them after they came out of the oven, good but messy. Right: olive oil chocolate chips as they came out of the oven, some of them needed a little more chocolate chips on top, so I highly recommend adding some chocolate chips on to the dough balls. Lower left: this is how the dough looked after I finished mixing and before I refrigerated it, super easy!

Quick Baking Tips

  • Equipment needed: You will need 2 bowls, 1 spoon, measuring devices, and a parchment paper lined baking sheet. That’s it! Dishes and clean up will be negligible. lol
  • Baking soda vs. baking powder: Be sure to use baking soda, not baking powder. Apparently the acid in the baking soda will react with the brown sugar to make a denser cookie.
  • Cookie dough size: I wasn’t sure if these cookies will spread a little or a lot since they’re dairy-free. They spread like normal so a heaping tablespoon of dough shaped into a ball will yield a normal shaped cookie.
  • Parchment Paper: I lined my baking sheet with parchment paper for quick clean up. If you have silicone cookie sheet liners, be sure to bake until the cookies are golden brown around the edges.
  • Make ahead: You can make the dough ahead of time (up to 1 day) and chill it longer. I recommend wrapping your bowl with plastic wrap so that the dough doesn’t dry out.
  • Storage: Allow the cookies to cool completely to room temperature and store in an airtight container.
  • Mix-in and variations: feel free to use chocolate chips or chunks, or white chocolate chips, or some combination of chocolate chips.

Allergy Aware Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe is free of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, fish, shellfish, soy, and sesame as written.

I make these olive oil cookies without butter for other non-allergy related health reasons. But if you are making these cookies for someone with a milk allergy, please be sure that the chocolate chips that you use are dairy-free from an allergy friendly brand such as Enjoy Life (affiliate) or Pashcha (affilate).

If you are wheat-free or gluten-free, it would be possible to substitute the flour with a gluten-free flour that is meant to be a cup-for-cup substitute.

People who are allergic to eggs may try my favorite egg-free substitute with oil, baking powder, and water (1.5 tablespoons oil + 1.5 tablespoons water + 1 teaspoon baking powder is equivalent to 1 egg).

Hopefully you have all of the ingredients for this recipe in your cupboards already. I like using Rodelle Kitchen vanilla extract (affiliate) because their quality is good and I like that I can buy a nice sized bottle for a reasonable price. Rodelle’s extracts are nut-free and you can contact them for more information if you have additional allergy related questions. If you want to see what other ingredients I use, check out What’s in Nut Free Wok’s Cupboard? Allergy Aware Ingredients.

If you are interested in some of my other cookie recipes or dessert recipes made with olive oil, you might enjoy

a pile of olive oil chocolate chip cookies on a white plate, next to a glass of milk
5 from 5 votes

Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies (nut-free, dairy-free)

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword dairy-free chocolate chip cookies, nut-free chocolate chip cookies, olive oil chocolate chip cookies
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 15 cookies
Calories 205 kcal
Author Sharon @ NutFreeWok.com


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup brown sugar dark or light
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chocolate chips* plus 1 tablespoon (optional)


  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt with a spoon until the ingredients are evenly mixed, set aside.
  2. In a second medium-sized mixing bowl, beat the egg. Add the olive oil, brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, and mix until there are no more brown sugar lumps and the egg is fully incorporated.
  3. Add the flour mixture to the bowl of wet ingredients. Use a spoon to fold the ingredients together by scooping under the wet ingredients and folding it over the dry ingredients. Give the bowl a quarter turn and keep folding until 90% of the flour is mixed in. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  4. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the dough and use a spoon to press the chocolate chips into the dough, then keep folding the dough over the chocolate chips and pay attention to incorporating any remaining bits of flour into the dough.
  5. Refrigerate the dough for 15-20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. When the dough is chilled and the oven is at the right temperature, use a spoon to scoop heaping tablespoons of dough, roll them into balls, and place them on the parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Optional: add the remaining 1 tablespoon chocolate chips to the tops of any cookie dough balls which look like they need more chocolate.

  6. Bake on a middle rack for 10-11 minutes until the outside edges of the cookies are golden brown. Take the cookies out and allow them to cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack and/or serve warm.

Recipe Notes

*If you are sharing this with someone who is allergic to milk, be certain to use dairy-free chocolate chips such as Enjoy Life or Pascha.

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Welcome to Nut Free Wok, a blog about Allergy Aware Asian Fare. I hope that you will find my food allergy mom experiences helpful and enjoyable to read as I write about recipes, cooking techniques, Asian ingredients, and food allergy related awareness and advocacy issues. My professional experiences include education, teaching, and a little bit of science and computers. Thank you for visiting! ~Sharon Wong, M.Ed.


  1. 5 stars
    Fantastic cookie! I have been thinking about this recipe for a long time because sometimes I just can’t find unsalted butter. Using olive oil is a healthier option and economical.

  2. Our nut-free, dairy-free olive oil chocolate chip cookies sound absolutely delightful! I love the idea of a chocolate chip cookie recipe that caters to various dietary preferences while still delivering on taste and texture.

  3. 5 stars
    I decided to try this recipe as I was out of butter and only had olive oil, but I really wanted chocolate chip cookies! They were so delicious! Thanks so much for this fantastic recipe.

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