Egg- Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Some people can’t eat eggs.  These cookies are for those people (but you’ll want to eat them too, I promise!) > Egg-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Egg Free Cookies

Yeah, yeah, yeah… I realize that these are M&M’s and not chocolate chips.  You can go ahead and pretend they’re chocolate chips… since they serve the same function.  Or you can make them with the M&M’s if you wish too.  We had some friends visiting recently- friends with a child who absolutely cannot ingest anything with egg in it or he will have a severe, dangerous allergic reaction.  I wanted to make a sweet treat that he could enjoy, so I made these cookies.

Eggless Cookies

I adapted a chocolate chip cookie recipe that is already on my site, but I was totally inspired by a couple of blogs to do so.  First I spotted these cookies by Jen’s Favorite Cookies, and then I saw that she was inspired to make those by checking out an egg free chocolate chip cookie by The Art of Dessert.  Lots of inspiration all around!  The secret is substituting cream cheese for the egg.  8 ounces of cream cheese can be substituted for 2 eggs in the recipe.  I was worried about the fat-calorie aspect of it all, but HEY they’re a treat, so what the heck?  

Egg Free Cookies -

These cookies turned out brilliantly- moist and chewy for days if kept in a covered container.  My little egg-free visitor was so happy to have a dessert that he could eat (that everyone else was eating too).  It’s safe to say that the cream cheese in the recipe makes these cookies taste really, really good- even if you don’t have any problem with eggs!  I can’t wait to test this trick out on some of my other cookie recipes.

Egg- Free Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Prep Time:25 min

Cook Time:16 min


1/2 cup rolled oats regular or quick
2 1/4 cups Gold Medal® All-Purpose Flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
8 ounces cream cheese (don't use low fat)
3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cups (or more) chocolate chips or M&M's


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cover 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat mats.

2. Place the oats in a blender or food processor and process until finely ground. In a medium bowl, whisk together the ground oats, flour, baking soda, and salt.

3. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the butter, cream cheese, sugars, vanilla and lemon juice. Add the dry ingredients and continue to mix until all is well-combined. Stir in the chips or M&M's. Spoon dough in rounded tablespoonfuls onto the baking sheets, leaving about 1 1/2-inches between each cookie.

5. Bake until cookies are lightly browned, 16-18 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely. Store in a sealed container to keep them soft and chewy.


*If you do not want to grind oats for this recipe, go ahead and use regular oats. Just make sure that you are using quick-cooking oats.


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  • christy wrote:

    These cookies are AMAZING!!!  I have tried a dozen egg free cookie recipes and these are by far the best.  My daughter has an egg allergy and I am always looking for desserts that she can eat that still taste good.  Everyone who tries these raves about them.  Thanks so much!!  

    Also, a lot of times I don’t have a lemon on hand and they are still fine.  

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      glad to hear!

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. wrote:

    I love the idea of all that cream cheese in a cookie

  • Sommer @ASpicyPerspective wrote:

    Oh I need a few of these yummy cookies right now! Delicious!

  • Tieghan wrote:

    These look so great!! I can’t wait to try a new to me cookie recipe!

  • DessertForTwo wrote:

    These look like my next 3pm sugar craving 🙂

  • Missy wrote:

    Another plus – you can eat the dough without worrying about raw eggs! 🙂

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Warning though… the dough is way awesome with all of that cream cheese in it!!! 🙂

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet wrote:

    I’ve made egg-less cookies before but never with cream cheese. Love this idea! Pinned!

  • Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody) wrote:

    My son had an allergy to eggs for a couple of years, I wish I’d found this recipe earlier, then I would’ve had the perfect excuse to indulge. 😉 i’ve never tried cream cheese in a cookie recipe, sounds yummy!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks wrote:

    Cream cheese in cookies is the best! I usually swap out about half the butter for cream cheese and always have good luck. I’ve never done it egg-less though. Thanks for sharing this recipe!