- All-purpose flour 2 1/4 cups
- Baking soda 1 tsp
- Salt 1/2 tsp • 1 kcal
- butter at room temperature 1 cup
- White sugar 1 1/2 cups • 392 kcal
- Vanilla Extract 2 tsp
- Large eggs 2
- semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 12-oz bag
If you've ever made chocolate chip cookies, you'll probably have noticed that most recipes call for brown sugar. Brown sugar is the go-to for many cookie recipes because it yields ultra-soft, moist cookies. That said, you certainly don't need to use brown sugar in your baked treats. This easy recipe for chocolate chip cookies without brown sugar is just as tasty as the regular cookie one.
They're rich and buttery, with a soft center and slightly crispy edges. It's true that chocolate chip cookies without brown sugar are a little less chewy, but that's perfect if you prefer your cookies on the crispier side of things. You'll need all the same ingredients you'd use to make regular chocolate chip cookies, plus some white sugar. Ready to get started? Here's how to make the best cookies with white sugar.
What to Use Instead of Brown Sugar for Cookies?
White sugar is the most common substitute for brown sugar. You can swap them in a 1:1 ratio. Coconut sugar is another option to use.
If you want that same moist, chewy texture, then you can make brown sugar at home with molasses and white sugar, or use muscovado sugar, or even honey.
Ingredients for Cookies Without Brown Sugar
These chocolate chip cookies without brown sugar call for the same basic ingredients as regular chocolate chip cookies. You'll need white all-purpose flour, eggs, vanilla, butter, and chocolate chips. Instead of brown sugar, you'll use white sugar to give these cookies their sweetness.
How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookies Without Brown Sugar
It's time to get baking! Preheat your oven to 350F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Sift your flour, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl, then set it aside. Grab a medium-size bowl and cream the butter and sugar together until it's light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract.
Pour the butter mixture into the flour mixture and mix until the dough just starts to come together. Fold the chocolate chips into the dough. Using a tablespoon or ice cream scoop, spoon dollops of dough onto the prepared baking sheet.
Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Let them cool slightly before you take your first bite! They'll continue to bake for a few minutes after they come out of the oven.
Add-in Ideas for Cookies Without Brown Sugar
You can add just about anything to your cookies to jazz them up. Add toffee pieces, M&Ms, toasted or chopped nuts, white chocolate, butterscotch, orange zest, dried fruit, and more.
How to Make Brown Sugar at Home
If you're out of brown sugar but have white sugar and molasses in your pantry, you can make homemade brown sugar in a flash. Mix 1 cup of white sugar with 1 to 2 teaspoons of molasses (depending on how dark you want your brown sugar to be). Mix it well until all the sugar turns brown. That's it!
Tips for the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Without Brown Sugar
Refrigerate the dough overnight before baking. This will give your cookies a deeper, more complex flavor.
Use salted butter rather than unsalted butter. It'll make your cookies taste better.
Don't overwork the cookie dough.
For ultra-tasty cookies, use a mixture of dark and milk chocolate chips.
Keep an eye on your cookies so you don't overbake them.
Can You Make Cookies Without Brown Sugar in Advance?
Absolutely! You can prep the dough up to 2 days in advance.
How to Store Chocolate Chip Cookies Without Brown Sugar
Once your cookies have cooled down completely, transfer them to an airtight container and store them at room temperature for up to one week. You can keep them fresh for longer in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
For long-term storage, chocolate chip cookies can be frozen for up to 3 months. Just defrost them overnight on the countertop when you're ready to enjoy them.
Preheat your oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt to combine.
In a separate medium-size bowl, cream the butter and sugar together. Beat in the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla.
Pour the butter mixture into the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Fold the chocolate chips into the dough.
Spoon the dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown.
Remove from the oven and set on a wire rack to cool.
Use room temperature ingredients to make your no brown sugar chocolate chip cookies.