Chocolate Chip Cookies Without Baking Soda or Powder

There are few things as good in life as the smell of freshly baked cookies. Or the taste of a crumbling chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven and straight into your mouth!

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If you are anything like us, then having a chocolate chip cookie recipe in your repertoire is a kitchen essential, but most of those recipes tend to include some sort of leavening agent such as baking powder or baking soda.

Baking soda and baking powder are essential ingredients for most baking, especially if you love to make quick breads and cookies. However, you can also make delicious sweet treats such as chocolate chip cookies without baking soda or baking powder. It helps to know how baking soda and baking powder work, and exactly what they are.

Baking powder is made using cornstarch, sodium bicarbonate, and cream of tartar. Note that sodium bicarbonate is simply baking soda. Baking powder is a chemical leavener that makes the cookies rise and be puffy. When you mix it with liquid, a chemical reaction occurs. 

All you need is cookie dough balls, a cookie sheet, maybe some white chocolate chips or chocolate chunks, and melted butter and you're store for some chewy goodness.

Sometimes, we can forget to pick these up at the store, as they are not things that we use that often.

This is why it is so important that you know exactly how to make chocolate chip cookies without baking soda or baking powder, so that you can enjoy these delicious baked goods without that extra trip to the grocery store!

Making the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Without Baking Soda

Homemade is always the best. Why purchase cookies from a store that are dried up, hard, and you do not know what is in them? With a homemade chocolate chip cookie recipe, you can enjoy cookies fresh out of the oven, made with only the best, real ingredients.

What is even better is that you can customize your chocolate chip cookies to your preferences. Why not use white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips or even a mix of both?

In addition, you can alter the sugar for softer, or crispier cookies, depending on what you prefer. You can even use gluten free versions of the ingredients to suit various dietary needs. The options are endless!

With our handy chocolate chip cookies recipe, you can learn how to make the most delicious, crispy on the outside, yet soft on the inside chocolate chip cookies that you have ever had!

So, read on for some of our top tips, and our step by step guide of how to make chocolate chip cookies without baking soda or baking powder.

Our Top Tips for Making Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

We like to think of ourselves as cookie experts. We’ve eaten enough of them to be! We also love baking cookies, for that soft center and deliciously crunchy exterior, filled with chocolate goodness, what’s not to love.

Therefore, we feel confident in giving you some of our best tips for making the world’s most perfect chocolate chip cookies!

One of the most important things that you will have to keep in mind is to not soften the butter too much, or completely. You have to use chilled butter, that is still a little firm, or your cookies may not turn out as good as you hoped.

This may seem obvious, but you should also pay close attention when you are measuring out the flour. Use the right amount, as too much will result in hard cookies that you could break a tooth on, but too little flour will leave you with paper thin, unsightly cookies.

Also, use as many chocolate chips as you like, the more the better! You can also use various different types of chocolate chips for a more bursting variety of flavors. You will also need to choose your sugar wisely.

Although some people prefer white sugar, this will give you much crispier cookies, whereas brown sugar will create soft cookies. Whichever one you choose depends on your preference, and how you want your chocolate chip cookies to turn out.

Keep in mind that you will not want to overbake these cookies, so stick to the recipe and follow the baking time! You do not want burnt cookies!

Things to Avoid When Making Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you want to make the perfect chocolate chip cookies without baking soda or baking powder, then there are a few mistakes that you will want to avoid!

For instance, this recipe works best with cold ingredients, so using warm butter or a warm egg can leave you with not so great cookies, which nobody wants to happen.

Therefore, you will want to use cold butter and a cold egg, mixing together in a cold bowl for the best results, and perfectly browned and crispy cookies.

In addition, one of the best pieces of advice that we bestow upon you is to avoid overmixing! This can make your cookie batter too overdone, and you could end up with seriously flat and lackluster cookies.

Another mistake you are going to want to avoid is not using a preheated oven, or using the wrong temperature. You should always ensure that your oven is preheated perfectly before using, as this will give you the best results.

Finally, double check that you have measured out your ingredients correctly, and you are using the accurate amounts, as one simple mistake can throw off the whole recipe! With a few of these pieces of advice in mind, you can’t go wrong!

How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookies Without Baking Soda or Baking Powder

If you are ready to make the best chocolate chip cookies, without using any leavening agents, then you are in the right place. With our step by step guide, you can be a pro baker in just a matter of minutes!

The first step is to gather all of your ingredients. For this recipe to work, you are going to need 1 egg, ½ a cup of butter, ½ cup of sugar, 1 cup of chocolate chips, 1 tsp of vanilla and 1 cup and 2 tbsp of all purpose flour.

These will most likely all be things that you have hanging around in your pantry, so there is no need to worry about rushing to the store to find them!

Once you have all of your ingredients, you can then preheat your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit, and line a cookie baking sheet with a little parchment paper.

Then, with a mixing bowl, you are going to need to beat the butter and the sugar together as best you can. As this recipe needs cold butter, it may not combine as well, or create that fluffy texture that you are used to, but this is normal due to the temperature!

Once the butter and sugar is mixed, add the egg and vanilla extract, and beat them together until they are combined. The next step is to fold in the all purpose flour, until the mixture is completely combined together. Once that is done, you can fold in the chocolate chips.

Then, with a rounded tablespoon, or a small ice cream scoop, you can scoop up the mixture and drop onto the lined cookie baking sheet.

Next, place the cookies in the oven and bake for about 10 minutes until golden brown and a little crispy around the edges! Take them out of the oven, and leave to cool before serving, and enjoy your delicious chocolate chip cookies. 

Chocolate Chip Cookies Without Baking Soda or Baking Powder

Make the perfect chocolate chip cookies without baking soda or baking powder in minutes!
4.72 from 128 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 14 (1 cookie each)
Calories 127 kcal


  • 1 large egg (cold)
  • ½ cup of butter (cold)
  • ½ cup of sugar (white or brown)
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup and 2 tbsp of all purpose flour


  • First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Then, line a cookie baking sheet with some parchment paper.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until mixed. This will not turn fluffy as normal because the ingredients are cold.
  • Next, add in one egg, and a little vanilla extract, and beat together until combined.
  • Then, fold in the flour until mixed, before then folding in the chocolate chips.
  • Using a rounded tablespoon, you can then drop the cookies onto a cookie baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely before serving up.


Calories: 127kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 33mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14g
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