Egg-Free Double Chocolate Cookies

For lack of a better, more original word, these cookies are incredible. Ever since I posted that delectable recipe for cream cheese chocolate chip cookies (again, egg-free), I’ve been toying with how to get an equally soft and creamy chocolate version. Wait, scratch that. Double chocolate version.

After a couple tries, I can honestly say these decadent little chocolatey chocolate chip cookies are right up there with some of my favorite cookies ever. They are rich and so, so soft and ridiculously yummy.

Egg-Free Double Chocolate Cookies

We, thankfully, don’t have to work around food allergies on a daily basis. But that doesn’t mean I’ve never gone to make cookies only to realize I’m out of eggs. And if you know me at all, once a cookie craving has started, it cannot be stopped. Rather than go to the store just for eggs and come home with 43 other things, it’s comforting for me to know I now have two egg-free cookie recipes that are just as delicious as their egg-filled cookie counterparts. In other words, I think these cookies are going to save me some money.

On a sidenote, the egg conundrum has a solution forthcoming. In about two weeks, I’ll have 15 little chicks sitting in a brooding box in my laundry room and we’ll all just be sitting and staring at them waiting for the eggs. Not Brian, though: he’ll be outside building them a little palace. And then I’m going to paint it red.

Egg-Free Double Chocolate Cookies

Soft Double Chocolate Chip Cookies {Egg-Free}

Yield: Makes 2-3 dozen cookies

Soft Double Chocolate Chip Cookies {Egg-Free}


  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 12 tablespoons (3/4 cup) butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 3/4 (5 1/4 ounces) cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 (2 1/3 ounces) cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (1 3/4 ounces) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups (7 1/2 ounces) cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces (1 cup) chocolate chips, semisweet or bittersweet


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and line baking sheets with parchment or silpat liners. In a large bowl or the bowl of an electric stand mixer, cream together the cream cheese, melted butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Mix in the vanilla. Add the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda and salt and mix until mostly incorporated with just a few dry streaks remaining. Add the chocolate chips and mix until combined and no dry streaks remain.
  2. Roll the dough into 1 to 1 1/2-inch balls and place about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Flatten each ball slightly with the palm of your hand (just barely press, you don't need to flatten it all the way). Bake the cookies for 12-14 minutes until the edges are set but the middles are still soft and gooey. Let the cookies cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Recipe Source: adapted from this delicious egg-free chocolate chip cookie recipe

49 Responses to Soft Double Chocolate Chip Cookies {Egg-Free}

  1. Karishma says:

    Hey Mel,
    This recipe looks absolutely delicious! I want to make these cookies as a gesture of goodwill for my high school teachers and was wondering if the butter used is typical unsalted butter as is the norm in baking. Please let me know!
    Cheers 🙂

  2. Aubri says:

    These turned out so yummy! I wasn’t sure about them when they were warm. The consistency was a little weird… But, after they cooled…we couldn’t stop eating them! Thanks Mel!

  3. Malini says:

    We’ve made this cookie thrice in the last week. My kids n their friends are eating it by the dozen.
    It’s truly amazing. Like a firmer fudgy brownie.
    God save us from cookie gluttony!!

  4. Haley says:

    These were yummy, but I have to say that I like the chocolate truffle cookies better. I have no self control when those cookies are around!

  5. Mangomama says:

    Delicious…like rich brownies in a cookie!

  6. Nicole H says:

    Mel, these cookies are PURE BLISS. I had one before eating breakfast this morning, and another afterwards. And I’m not even ashamed to admit it 🙂 Thanks for making this chocolate version! They are amazing fresh, but right out of the freezer they are out of this world! I love that they stay soft and are almost fudge-like. They are easily my favorite chocolate cookie. My husband prefers milk chocolate chips while I like semi-sweet or dark chocolate, so I make them with half and half and they are so darn good!

  7. Stephanie says:

    Hi, my husband selected these for his father’s day treat (among others if your delicious looking desserts) and I am wondering if these cookies taste best the day you make them or are they just as good (maybe better) the next day like brownies? I love your blog by way. I read it often and make many many of your recipes:)

    • Mel says:

      Hi Stephanie – these are delicious the same day and are still soft the 2nd day but if I had to choose, I’d probably make and eat them the same day.

  8. JaNae says:

    These were so soft and yummy!

  9. Elisabetta says:

    You saved me, today. I really wanted to cook something quick but I didn’t have an eggs…so, thank you!

    I have just started cooking so I haven’t tried many recipes yet, but I will certainly pin this one.

    I think something went wrong during the baking, I probably undercooked them, but still… they taste really good and I will definitely make them again…After I learn how to properly cook stuff XD

    Plus, I baked the batch in two different moments and put it in the refrigerator in between. The first cookies came out flatter, the second ones a lit bit more puffy (or puffier? sorry for my mistakes, I’m not a native speaker). Do you think the refrigerator made the difference?

  10. Shannon says:

    Ah how I dream of living where we could have chicks if we wanted to! No hoa telling us what is or isn’t ok. But I do love living close to everything I need, especially if I need ingredients to make these cookies. We had everything on hand tonight to make these and subsequently devoured several of them. Thanks for always posting winners!

  11. Jen T says:

    We have 7 chickens. Raised them from chicks for eggs. We have 6 production reds and one Americana. We got them in the spring of last year and they started laying about August/September. LOVE fresh eggs. Can’t get better than that!! We are on our 3rd set of chickens. They don’t live forever, and I can’t go without the eggs! Good luck with your chickens! Hopefully Brian gets the coop built fast because they grow very fast! Making these cookies for our Sunday night treat. Thanks Mel!

  12. Jamie says:

    How did you store these? Since they have cream cheese in them do they need to be refrigerated?

    • Mel says:

      I shoved some in the freezer and the others I left in a tupperware-type container at room temperature. You could definitely chill them, though.

  13. Vicky says:

    We’re getting our first ever chicks in a few weeks and construction of their palace is is well under way! Being rather traditional, I would like to paint it red. However, my husband is morally opposed to all things red, and has already purchased blue and white paint… (Go cougs!)

    • Mel says:

      Haha! Your comment made me laugh, Vicky! My husband hasn’t vetoed the red yet but if he reads your comment, he probably will. 🙂

  14. Chelsie says:

    Not to be morbid, but what are your plans for the hens when they stop laying? Just wondering, because I hear ads for “three year old hen free to a good home” are all over Craigslist.

    On a brighter note, we made these cookies yesterday. We had plenty of eggs, but I have a soft spot for cream cheese, so we tried them. Excellent. We only got 2.5 dozen, but we made them a little big. The only problem with this recipes so that it doesn’t make enough cookies! I will add, though, that the dough was way too soft to press flat at first (too sticky, it was like working with frosting), but a little while chilling and it was good to go.

  15. Laurie says:

    We made these today as a thank you for a very kind real estate lady who came over to let us back into our rental house after I locked us out. ;o) We doubled the batch so there would still be enough for us to eat, too. And of course I started doubling without REALLY finding out if we had enough ingredients to do that… But even with a mid-batter run to the store for more cocoa powder, these turned out great and are very tasty! Thanks!

  16. Kristin says:

    These are super delicious!! I wish I could stop eating them!

  17. Quiltstack says:

    Having chickens is a mixed bag, but primarily on the positive side. I had a buff and she loved to sit on my lap! Not only do you have eggs nine months out of the year, but the gift of fertilizer is year round. 🙂
    One thing I’m surprised no one else mentioned ~ Don’t put off building your coop/run one minute longer! These little balls of fluff will grow so quickly, you won’t know what hit you. And the chicken set up always takes Hubby longer than he thought…
    Have a good secure coop attached firmly to the run. I buried chicken wire about six inches underneath the ground, and brought it up to connect to the sides of the run. No varmit can dig underneath to your girls. It will be a fun adventure, and when the price of eggs hit sky high, you’ll be delighted you were clever enough to raise you’re own chickens.
    ~Carla Riggs

  18. Jocelyn says:

    These are yummy cookies! I used half regular cocoa powder and half dark cocoa powder. Thank you for another winner.

  19. Tanya M. says:

    These cookies look delicious! I think I’ll have to make them tonight!!
    So fun you’re getting chicks!! You’ll love the eggs and you’ll be surprised at how much food/scraps get thrown out to them! We had been without chickens for a little while (mink got to them.. SAD!!) Every time I threw food away it felt so wasteful! 😉
    Just a warning: they put off ‘feather dust’ as they are feathering out. After about a week or two in my laundry room and I take them out to the garage (still with the lamp) because my laundry room counters are covered in white dust! After a couple of weeks in my garage the side of my car was all dusty! They went to the shop/barn for a few weeks and just this weekend were all feathered and went out to the coop. Yay!!
    Your kids will have so much fun with them!! When my kids find grasshoppers eating our berries — they toss them into the chicken coop and watch the chickens go crazy. Pretty funny! Good luck with that paper changing…. its the worst part of raising chicks!

  20. Those look amazing! Double chocolate cookies are my favourite, mostly because – more chocolate! And baby chicks at your house?! That’s awesome, your kids are going to love that I assume. Mine go crazy every time they get to see baby chicks, they’re so cute. Also, eggs always available, that’s amazing!

  21. Lauren says:

    hopefully, the puppy will not be a chix chaser 🙁

  22. kelli says:

    So delicious! Any recipe you post gets me in the kitchen pretty quick- especially dessert!! Next time you’re out of eggs but want an egg-filled recipe you should try substituting 1 tbsp ground flax and 3 tbsp water, it’s a magical thing that seems to substitute so well for eggs in baking (don’t ask me why, I don’t know 🙂 I just know I’ve done it multiple times)

  23. I’ve never made cookies without eggs. I do have many, many, many chickens though! I’m always needing to use up those eggs. You going to love having hens!

  24. Lynne says:

    Made these tonight for a church social tomorrow. My husband is usually the chocolate chip cookie maker – ever since we were dating 37 yrs ago. So, this time I took the challenge and made this recipe. The results – all 10’s!! We love them! I got 4 dozen from the recipe but I’ll be lucky to be able to take 2 with me tomorrow. He keeps eating them! High praise coming from hubby! Thanks!

  25. Jill says:

    Yumma, I love a good double chocolate chip cookie, and I’m currently eggless so this is perfect! And I’m so excited for you to try out chickens! I really do miss having them 🙂

  26. Tiffany says:

    My kids love our chickens, me not so much…only because they can escape from the coop and poop everywhere! Make sure it is not escape friendly and you should be great, checking for eggs never gets old!

  27. Lindsey R says:

    What I wish someone had told me when I got chicks? They are tougher than you think.

  28. Alicia says:

    So my sister once had a thought of getting chickens, but I think it was more for the coop she wanted to build them here Your husband could whip that up, right? 😉 These cookies look awesome!

    • Mel says:

      Ah! I squealed out loud when I saw that thing, Alicia. And forwarded it immediately to my husband who’s going to roll his eyes. I have big dreams. 🙂

  29. I’m so glad you are getting chickens! You will love them. Except the rooster. Mine is a jerk. He attacks me all the time. I say “off with his head”, but my husband wants to give him a little more time to calm down (they were born the end of August). He read somewhere that the rooster is still in puberty.

    I put them in the garden daily now that the weather is nice and yes they will follow along after me. When I put them back they run ahead of me (anxious to be in their coop again??) and I tell you, a chicken running is a funny sight.

    • Mel says:

      Haha! Karen, your comment made me laugh (especially the rooster in puberty part). I might have to ask you for chicken advice when the time comes.

  30. Jodi says:

    These look delicious! Can’t wait to try them.

  31. Raxhael says:

    Congrats on the chicks!! Like someone else mentioned, we actively worked to handle our chicks frequently to socialize them and now they are super super friendly and come running when we call. Hope you enjoy having chickens…I think it is SO fun for kids!! Plus it’s so nice to have a “chicken bucket” for all the food my toddler throws in the floor. 🙂

    • Mel says:

      I know! I’m so excited to use our table scraps and vegetable peelings and who knows what else for the chickens. This will be a fun/interesting/hard adventure for us, I’m sure.

  32. Kim in MD says:

    These (for lack of a better word) look incredible. 🙂 The news about the baby chicks is so exciting! I hope you will share photos of them and the red chicken palace!

  33. Jackie says:

    “I think these cookies will save me some money,” hilarious! I have always wanted a big red barn, my husband thinks it’s the weirdest thing. It sounds like you might understand though.

  34. Sheila H. says:

    Trying to reduce our sugar and then you post this, yum. Chicks are so much fun while also noisier and nastier than you could imagine. We love ours and have learned that the more you hold the chicks, the friendlier they will be. Will you be getting a rooster too?

    • Mel says:

      Hi Sheila – no plans for a rooster (yet) although we are getting a little group of 15 chicks and they are only 97% sure on gender or something like that so in that group, it’s likely one or two might be roosters. At that point, we’ll decide whether we’ll keep them or not. I have a feeling my five kids are going to be all over those chicks – holding and loving on them constantly.

  35. Hilary says:

    These look heavenly! And these will definitely be made this afternoon for my children’s after school snack. You will have to keep us posted on the chicks..we are getting some too fairly soon. What kinds are you getting? Thanks again for another great recipe!! 🙂

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