Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe without Brown Sugar

Sometimes you just need a warm chocolate chip cookie right from the oven. Am I right? 

All the recipes that I've come across call for brown sugar. But maybe you don't have any brown sugar on hand. 

Well, don't despair. I've got just the recipe for you.

No brown sugar is needed. Just basic ingredients that you probably have on hand.

Many say that brown sugar makes a chewier cookie. But is brown sugar necessary for cookies?

Absolutely not! You can still have a tasty and chewy cookie without it. 

Read on to get tips and the recipe and satisfy your sweet tooth.  

chocolate chip cookies made without brown sugar


Now it must be said that brown sugar really does add the best flavor to the cookie. 

If you do have brown sugar on hand, I recommend trying my Grandma's chocolate chip cookie recipe. (I also have lots of cookie making tips in that post. Plus, in my opinion, it makes the best chocolate chip cookies)

OR try these jumbo chocolate chip cookies. (These are the best giant cookies!)

But for those times when you just need a delicious homemade cookie right now, this recipe will do the trick.

 At the end, I will include several substitutions that you can use, but let's be honest. If we don't have brown sugar on hand, chances are that we won't have molasses or golden caster sugar either. 

Not to worry, this is a great recipe and calls for none of these fancy substitutions. 
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  • salted butter, softened to room temperature
  • sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • eggs
  • flour
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • chocolate chips and or chocolate chunks
Note: You can use unsalted butter, just add an additional 1/4 tsp. of salt to the batter.

ingredients for chocolate chip cookies


For perfectly uniform cookies, an ice cream scoop, or cookie scoop really is a must. You want the kind that you squeeze the handle and it releases the dough. (Sometimes they have a thumb trigger system.) 

I went for years just using two spoons, so you don't need one. But it's definitely a must for my kitchen now. They come in a few different sizes and you can use them to scoop muffin batter, cupcake batter or ice cream too.

If you don't have a quality baking sheet, then you need one. I have several and I use them for all the treats like cookies, rice crispy treats, O'Henry bars, cinnamon rollsfruit pizza, cake, etc. 

I also use them for dinner. I'll heat up fries, make chicken drumsticks, dinner rolls or garlic knots.  I honestly use these pans daily. They're so worth it!


(Full recipe is at the end)

I adapted a traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe to make this new recipe without brown sugar. Instead of using brown sugar, we will replace it with white sugar.

I like to increase the vanilla to add more flavor. 

Begin with softened butter. Either leave the butter out for an hour or so before starting, or microwave it for 10-20 seconds to soften.

Do NOT melt the butter!! Softened butter is not the same thing as melted butter.

Cream the butter and sugar in a large bowl. This means to mix the butter and sugar until they are incorporated into one another. 

Note: You can use a stand mixer with a paddle attachment or electric mixer on low speed. I prefer using a wooden spoon for most cookies to avoid overmixing.

a bowl with creamed butter and sugar and other bowls with the rest of the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies

Add the vanilla and eggs to the butter mixture. Stir just until mixed in.

making cookie dough

Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir just until mixed. 

TIP: You want to make sure the baking powder, soda and salt get mixed evenly throughout, so you can premix all the dry ingredients in a small bowl first and mix together. Then add the flour mixture to the batter. Or you can place it in a sifter and shake it into the batter. 
The other option that my kids always do, is just try to sprinkle in those smaller ingredients and hope for the best. It always seems to work just fine.

cookie batter right before chocolate chips are added

Stir in the chocolate chips.

chocolate chip cookie dough

Prepare a baking sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment paper. Scoop cookie dough onto the baking tray with a ice cream scoop or a spoon. 

Pro tip: Add a few extra chocolate chips to the top of each cookie before baking. This will allow the chocolate chips to peek out from the dough and makes them look even more mouthwatering.

Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes, just until edges begin to turn golden brown. They will still look not quite done in the middle. 

baked chocolate chip cookies on a wire rack

Want the secret to soft chocolate chip cookies? 

Under baking is the key! Pull them out a little bit before they look done.

Let them sit on the pan for 1-2 minutes and then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling. This give you that soft texture and chewiness. You can practice by cooking one or two cookies at a time to find the exact time it takes for your oven. 

Store leftovers in an airtight container. I hope you enjoy these chewy chocolate chip cookies!


You may be wondering, what can I use if I don't have brown sugar for chocolate chip cookies.  For this recipe we are making the simplest substitution. 
  • Replace the brown sugar with granulated white sugar.
Below are a three other substitutions that can add a little bit more flavor. 
  • 1 cup granulated sugar + 1 Tbsp molasses
  • 1 cup granulated sugar + 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 cup golden caster sugar
The sugar and molasses will give you the truest brown sugar flavor since that is what brown sugar is made of.
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Chocolate Chip Cookies WITHOUT Brown Sugar

Servings: 24
Author: Rachel
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 10 MinTotal time: 20 Min
Simple chocolate chip cookies made without brown sugar. For those times you just need a cookie fix, but you don't have brown sugar on hand.


  • 1 c. salted butter, softened
  • 1 ½ c. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ⅔ c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. Salt
  • 1 ½ c. milk chocolate chips


  1. Cream together softened butter and sugar. 
  2. Stir in vanilla and eggs. 
  3. In a small bowl mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Pour the flour into the batter and stir until the flour is incorporated into the dough. 
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes. 
  6. Let cool on the pan for 2 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

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