Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Without Baking Soda or Baking Powder

How to make thick, chewy, decadent Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Without Baking Soda or Baking Powder!

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Without Baking Soda or Baking Powder. That phrase right there is completely something that I would have googled for or searched for in the middle of a snowstorm when I had neither in my pantry. Oh, it’s true! We went away for 4 weeks and after my Christmas baking I had neither one in my pantry. We have had such crazy weather here in Edmonton and the urge for some chocolate chip cookies hit when it was freezing cold and snowy. I was so tired after the 5 day drive home from the States that the thought of getting into the car in -30°C weather made me want to cry. So I threw caution to the wind and made them anyways.

So. Can you make chocolate chip cookies without baking soda or baking powder? Heck YAH you can and they are delicious!

Chocolate chip cookies on black cooling rack and on plate. Recipe without baking soda or baking powder.

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

So obviously you can tell from the photos that no one complained about them.  I mean, gooey chocolate, thick chewy cookies, they were amazing. I can actually hear you wanting to call BS on me and say ” Karlynn, there is NO way those thick cookies have no lift action ingredient in them.”  To that I would tell you that I have a secret weapon. A secret COOKIE weapon.

Stack of chocolate chip cookies

Those of you that have been here a while know that my Thick & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies are the most popular cookie recipe on my website.  To prove that point, my DAD makes them as his chocolate chip cookie of choice. MY DAD. That man is serious about his cookies so for him to have adopted my recipe as his go-to cookie recipe. He’s the cookie baker in the house & he’s so good at it that Mom happily handed the job over to him.

Top down shot of Chocolate chip cookies on black cooling rack and on plate

The secret to these is cutting the butter in half so that you get thicker cookies. Then you have to under bake them to get chewy cookies. I’ve explained the science to my sister and Mom almost every time we make chewy cookies.

Close up of Chocolate chip cookies showing the inside melted chocolate

As long as your cookies reach 165°F in the middle, you have killed all the bacteria in the raw eggs and you are fine to eat them. That’s all. There is no need to worry about your cookies if they are gooey in the middle. 

That’s another cookie secret. All you have to hit is that 165 °F and then your cookies are safe to eat. At that temperature they are so wonderfully ooey, gooey and chewy!

Hmm. I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it. Ooooey gooooey chewy.

Close up of Chocolate chip cookies showing the inside melted chocolate

Eh. I’ve hardly had any coffee this morning, bear with me.

So there are the secrets to making the chocolate chip cookies recipe without baking soda or baking powder. I can’t lie and say that they are as good as the ones using baking soda however since those are the BEST chocolate chip cookies, so there is no comparison. These cookies are seriously great and you won’t be wasting your ingredients on them, which is all that anyone really needs to know.

Happy baking! I hope that I’ve helped someone out with my answer to the cookie problem!

If you are looking for other cookie recipes try these:

Giant Bacon Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

The Perfect Stuffed Cookie Recipe

Thick & Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies



Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Without Baking Soda or Baking Powder

How to make thick, chewy, decadent Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Without Baking Soda or Baking Powder!
4.79 from 311 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt if using unsalted butter
  • 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat your oven to 350 °F.
  • Cream together your butter and sugar until it’s light and fluffy. Add in the eggs and vanilla, mixing thoroughly. Beat in the flour and salt.
  • When that is done, fold in the two cups of chocolate chips by hand, and prepare to put them on some parchment paper lined cookie sheets.
  • Drop by rounded teaspoonful onto the baking sheets.
  • Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes, until golden brown and slightly underdone. Cool on the sheets completely.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 146kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 93mg, Potassium: 76mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 95IU, Calcium: 15mg, Iron: 1.1mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

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  1. Keira Landers says

    Not too specific it said just put butter in but for beginners It could have made them think frozen butter was okay but it’s not so just add a temp but overall ended up gret3 stars

  2. Isa says

    They are REALLY good cookies! I was making them for a party and wanted them to still be warm so I was timing it with a little extra time left over and instead of it taking 8 minutes it took closer to like 35. I thought they were the same size as directed so I don’t know what happened. I will still make them again though.3 stars

    • Karlynn Johnston says

      I don’t think these would take 35 minutes, did you check your oven temperature?

  3. Delicious says

    They were so good! Just leave them in for a little longer and in the middle of the baking press them down just a little bit. This makes dough a good cookie for no baking powder or soda.4 stars

  4. Trina says

    well you did look up , “no baking powder, no baking soda” what do you rude ass ppl expect. Gourmet with no ingredients. 😂
    for what was used they weren’t bad. more like a soft chewy sugar cookie.
    and thank you for the recipe and your time.
    Not everyone can afford to buy 50 different ingredients for cookies. and the people who ate the cookies ate them ALL. 😀

  5. Kels says

    These cookie were great! I used cold butter to allow for some carmalization! Once baked 12-15 mins the cookies came out perfect crisp on the bottoms and chewy and a little doughy!

    Also if you guys are going to be so rude at least provide a little context not just these are trash. These cookies do not have baking soda or powder in them so you will not get the texture you are use too.

    As with most recipes you can add more vanilla or cinnamon or almond flavoring!5 stars

  6. Lauren says

    I actually really like this recipe. They are a bit doughy, but once cooled it makes for a cookie that stays soft!!5 stars

    • Bryan Pully says

      I’ve been a Chef for 29 years! These cookies are WONDERFUL! I was skeptical myself but having neither of missing ingredients in my house at the time I tried it anyway. We were blown away and ate every single one. As sow
      One said they were crisp on the bottom and chewy and gooey inside. It is my opinion that they are even better than the “real thing” the consistency was superb!5 stars

  7. ELIE JONES says

    absolutely disgusting i hated the texture and flavor.

  8. Keira says

    If you are drunk and out of ingredients they aren’t bad, otherwise just make a different recipe3 stars

    • Lola says

      i went to make cookies and didn’t have baking soda but just searched for a different recipe, they’re pretty good! they taste just like a cookie with baking soda/powder it’s just the texture that’s different. they’re very gooey and i even cooked them 5-7 minutes longer than the instructions say, i kind of like it though because it feels like i’m eating cookie dough without the worry of getting sick from raw egg3 stars

  9. Deja says

    WORST COOKIES EVER!!! they are so doughy and bland. Don’t ever pick up a measuring cup to bake again. wowww. i should’ve read the reviews beforehand. absolutely disgusting.1 star

  10. Brittney says

    I made these tonight and I think they were great and I don’t even eat sweets. I also used regular chocolate chips and salted butter. I also cooked them for 15 minutes instead of 8-10. The 10 minutes didn’t seam at all done.4 stars

    • Awful says

      Wow I wish I had read the reviews beforehand…this recipe is absolute trash1 star

      • Mona says

        Pretty good cookies overall, easy and quick to make but does seem to need more time for baking even if the oven is set to 350. The cookies don’t come out bland at all (the folks in the comments probably just lack tastebuds). I like to also add a bit of cinnamon to them because I’m a cinnamon enjoyer. Usually these cookies are devoured by the end of the day.

        – Yummy cookies
        – Not too time consuming
        – Doesn’t consume too much Ingredients

        – Takes a bit longer to bake than mentioned (I think this may also depend on oven brand or how old your oven is)

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