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Chocolate Chip Cookies Without Brown Sugar

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Who doesn’t love a warm batch of chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven? It’s one of my favorite cookie recipes and a pretty easy one too. 

Even if you are not much of a baker this is a great recipe to give a try. However, even the most experienced bakers may still be searching for that perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe.

There are many different ways to make chocolate chip cookies. You can add in different ingredients, change the quantities or leave some out for slightly different results. 

Depending on which ingredients you choose to substitute or change you can create thinner and crispier cookies or fluffier and chewier cookies. 

Different types of flour can also create an entirely different type of cookie. Even melting or softening your butter can create a very different outcome when baking cookies.

Chocolate chip cookies are a classic but can be made in so many different ways. You can also add different types of nuts or add more or fewer chocolate chips depending on your preference. Although the best chocolate chip cookies use a good amount of chocolate, usually about 1 whole 12 oz bag or 2 cups measured.

Typically you will find some basic ingredients in any chocolate chip cookie recipe such as butter and sugar. One ingredient that you will usually find in this type of recipe is brown sugar.

But is it an absolute must for chocolate chip cookies to come out right? Will it drastically change the texture or flavor of your cookies? And what exactly is the difference between white sugar and brown sugar anyway?

Brown sugar is basically just white sugar mixed with molasses which creates the brown color. Molasses is a syrup that is also created from refined white sugar. It has a caramel flavor that also works well in different sweet and savory sauces.

In brown sugar, the molasses is actually added to white sugar and it retains moisture a little better than plain white sugar and needs to be packed tightly when measuring.

The nutritional profiles of white and brown sugar are only slightly different. Brown sugar contains only slightly fewer calories than white sugar but it is enough to be considered healthier or a low-calorie option.

There are about 15 calories in a teaspoon of brown sugar and a little over 16 calories in white sugar. There is also a small difference in the number of minerals found in white and brown sugar but not enough to make much of a difference in your diet.  

However, the chemistry and acidity between white and brown sugar are different and the two sugars can behave slightly differently depending on the recipe. If you swap out one for the other it may change the flavor and texture of your recipe.

White sugar can make cookies rise more and the brown sugar might make your cookies moister. But generally, they can both create sweet and delicious cookies and it’s just a matter of preference.

There is also a slight difference between light and dark brown sugar. Dark brown sugar contains more molasses which make the flavor a little more like caramel. 

So what can you do if you don’t have brown sugar in the house? You can actually make cookies using ONLY white sugar. Yes, it’s true, and these cookies are absolutely delicious, if only slightly less chewy than traditional cookies with brown sugar.

I personally love these white sugar chocolate chip cookies because they are sweet and crispy for all you crunchy cookie lovers out there!

By the way, if you’re wanting to improve your baking skills, or just make some incredible desserts, I’ve been using The Baking Bible I found on Amazon and I am absolutely in love with it! I literally bought several more copies to give away to friends.

How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookies Without Brown Sugar

Step 1: Gather your ingredients

Ingredients for cookies

Step 2: Mix dry ingredients

bowl with dry ingredients

Step 3: In a separate bowl, mix sugar and butter

Sugar and butter in bowl

Step 4: Add vanilla and eggs

Step 5: Add dry ingredients and mix to form the dough

Step 6: Add the chocolate chips

Step 7: Scoop the cookie dough onto a cookie sheet

Step 8: Bake for 10-12 minutes in a preheated oven (350 F)

Step 9: Enjoy these chocolate chip cookies without brown sugar!

Chocolate Chip Cookies Without Brown Sugar

Chocolate Chip Cookies Without Brown Sugar

Yield: 4 Dozen Cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose white flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup of softened butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 12 oz bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips


    1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
    2. Mix flour, baking soda and salt in a medium-sized bowl and set aside.
    3. In a separate bowl add sugar and softened butter. Mix together with a wooden spoon until the mixture becomes creamy and smooth.
    4. Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time, to butter mixture and blend thoroughly.
    5. Add dry ingredients gradually to the creamed butter mixture until dough forms. 
    6. Mix chocolate chips into the dough.
    7. Use a cookie scooper or tablespoon to drop dough onto a cookie sheet.
    8. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 48 Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 117Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 85mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 1g

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  1. My hubby wanted some chocolate chip cookies. Normally I use brown sugar along with white sugar. But I ran out of brown sugar. So I searched to see if there was a recipe for chocolate chip cookies made without brown sugar, and found this one.
    My husband said these were the best I’ve made!
    Note: I used Lilly’s chocolate chips, they are sugar-free. (They are what I use to make keto cookies for myself). This was a great find!

    1. Karen! Yay, this is exactly why I developed this recipe and wrote this article. I’m so glad you enjoyed them!

    2. I needed to make chocolate chip cookies for a party. Didn’t have brown sugar, so I searched for one without and found this! Delicious!!!

  2. They are the best cookies ever if you slightly melt the butter they become very light and fluffy SUPER GOOD!!

  3. This is the one, forreal. It’s such a great recipe and the cookies are indisputable. They taste exactly the same. I used an egg replacer and vegan butter and still the cookies came out amazing. Love it!

  4. This site is really amazing. I ran out of brown sugar and substituted margarine for butter. What a great idea with your ingredients! BTW, if your are ever looking for a great lasagna recipe, I have one to die for and I will share it. Dori Schultz

  5. These are delicious I loved that they had the same taste as if they were made with brown sugar although they were a little bit too sweet and too gooey for my taste I will definitely make these cookies again

  6. This recipe is amazing! I found that if you brown the butter before adding it to the mix, it gives the cookies that caramel-y flavor that you’re missing from the lack of brown sugar. Thanks for posting!

  7. I needed to go to a bake sale (wearing masks of course! ☺️😉) and these were perfect for my little ones! Sold them all and put some smiles on people faces!

  8. This cookie recipe is so amazing, I didn’t find any brown sugar or molasses in the store near me, so I just put in white sugar, and for the added color I put in some cocoa powder, I also substituted the chips for rough shopped dark chocolate, but it came out amazing, the proportions were accurate, and the texture is just to die for, thank you so much, I think this will be my standard cookie recipe from now on.
    note: If you want a cookie that is flat, dense and chewy in the middle, do the tray drop method, every 4 to 5 minutes pick up the tray and drop it, it’ll prevent the cookies from rising, thus creating a chewier denser cookie.
    Thank you for the recipe and may you have a nice day.

  9. About a month ago I tried a different chocolate chip cookie recipe with brown sugar and the cookies were terrible. Now I’m out of brown sugar and thought maybe I should try a new recipe without it. This recipe is awesome I ended up with 26 cookies. I used 2 cups of flour instead of 2 1/4, a 1/2 tsp of baking powder and a pinch of salt. They did rise a tad bit, but after looking at the reviews, I’ve learned a new trick for that. I did melt my butter just a little and that did make them fluffy. They were also chewy in the middle and crispy around the edges. My family killed these cookies in one night there are only 5 left.
    Thanks so much for this recipe. It will be my go-to from now on!

  10. I really wanted some cookies and i did not have brown sugar so I started looking and I found this thanks for the recipe the cookies are AMAZING! 100% you should try them

  11. I had been trying to find a great chocolate chip cookie recipe that wasn’t too complicated but still tasted amazing, and I’m happy to say this is THE ONE! Thanks, I know I’m going to be making this for a lifetime 🙂

  12. I’m about to make these cookies and so glad cookies exist without brown sugar. I am not wanting to get back out to the grocery during these busy times. Can’t wait to try them. 😊

  13. I made these cookies because I was hungry and they where sooo good! One tip is I needed to keep mine in the oven for a little longer then 12 min closer to 15-17 min to get them crispy but still good recipe! Will be making again

  14. I read that brown sugar is actually not that healthy for you. So, when I had the craving for chocolate chip cookies, I searched for a recipe that did not require it. I found this one, tried it, and OMG, they are amazing! My in-laws love them too. Thank you for posting this! Will be using this recipe for years to come!

  15. I LOVED these cookies! They had such a great flavor, and were the best cookies I have ever made! My friends and family ate it all in one night. Thank you!

  16. thank you! im 12 and my mom and dad aren’t at home most of the time. and my sister is very mean. I started looking for things I could do and I found this. not gonna lie, these are the best cookies I’ve ever made. thank you so much 😀

  17. Just made this recipe with my daughter (spur of the moment, had everything but brown sugar)…they are GREAT! Haven’t made chocolate chip cookies from scratch in years – these are so delicious. Thank you for putting this out there!

  18. AMAZING🤩 me and my cousin made these and they are delicious!!!!!! We had no brown sugar left! Perfect solution❤️👏

  19. WAY BETTER then the other top ranking recipe. Won’t use that one again. Thanks for sharing! These were so good and turned out perfectly!

  20. These are the best cookies I have ever made. My parnets love them, My friends love them and they are just super good. I want to sell them because they are delicious.

  21. These cookies turned out great! Our area has been having some issues keeping both brown and white sugar in stock at grocery stores due to a strike at the sugar refinery. I didn’t have white sugar during the holidays, but even now that the strike is over, there hasn’t been brown sugar on the shelves for several weeks! I needed to bake chocolate chip cookies without brown sugar and your recipe did not disappoint!

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