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3 Recipes for 4-Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies

IMAGE SOURCE: SHERI SILVER
IMAGE SOURCE: SHERI SILVER

Dietary and allergy restrictions can pose a real challenge when it comes to baking. I mean, how DOES one bake without butter, eggs, and flour? And yet, throughout the year — for class functions, family gatherings, and holiday parties — requests are respectfully made for baked goods made without one (or sometimes all) of these ingredients.

Fortunately, we now have access to all kinds of substitutions: from gluten-free flours and baking mixes, to egg replacers and non-dairy versions of butter, milk, and cream. There are nut butters of every kind and even vegan chocolate chips!

The thing is, the typical home cook may have one or two of these items on-hand (especially if a family member has a food allergy), but probably not all. So what’s a baker to do?

I’ve rounded up three easy, one-bowl, four-ingredient recipes for everybody’s favorite treat — the chocolate chip cookie. I made all three recipes in under an hour (and oh my, did my kitchen smell divine!), using items I always have in my pantry and fridge.

4-ingredient chocolate chip cookies
Image Source: Sheri Silver

Even better? They can all be tweaked from the original recipe, to adapt to specific dietary needs or restrictions (suggestions for how-to are listed below).

4-ingredient chocolate chip cookies
Image Source: Sheri Silver
4-ingredient chocolate chip cookies
Image Source: Sheri Silver

These recipes will be your go-to when special requests are made, or even if you just want to get a batch of cookies into the oven (and into your mouth!) quickly, and with minimal fuss or mess.

Sound good? Let’s get started!

4-Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies

Variation #1: gluten-free, dairy-free

These were my personal favorites. The peanut butter flavor was not nearly as overwhelming as I thought it would be, and the texture was at once crispy, yet crumbly. Without a speck of flour, I have no idea how these held together, but you would never know that these were completely gluten-free. This recipe is a keeper for sure.

4-ingredient chocolate chip cookies
Image Source: Sheri Silver

Makes: 2 1/2 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup peanut butter (can substitute any nut butter)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (can substitute dairy-free chips)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Line one or two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Mix all ingredients (except the chocolate chips) in a bowl, either by hand or using a mixer. Then fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Drop batter by tablespoons onto your prepared baking sheet(s). Bake for 10-12 minutes or until bottoms and sides are golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Variation #2: dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan

These were the furthest from the traditional, given the oats and bananas, and without the use of flour. I was skeptical about the texture, given that there was no butter or eggs, but they were surprisingly tender. As for the flavor, they were more like a chocolate chip granola bar than a cookie, but if you have a vegan — or someone with a dairy, egg, or gluten sensitivity in your life — this is a great recipe to have on-hand!

4-ingredient chocolate chip cookies
Image Source: Sheri Silver

Makes: 1 1/2 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 1/2 cups oats (can substitute gluten-free oats)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (can substitute any nut butter)
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (can substitute dairy-free chips)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Line one or two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Mix all ingredients (except the chocolate chips) in a bowl, either by hand or using a mixer. Then fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Drop batter by tablespoons onto your prepared baking sheet(s). Bake for 10-12 minutes or until bottoms and sides are golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Variation #3: gluten-free, dairy-free

This was the clear winner according to my husband and 6-year-old — they LOVED them. The use of boxed cake mix (as well as the eggs) made these cookies as close to traditional as you can get in four ingredients — both in taste and texture. I was pleased to discover that they were not cloyingly sweet, and they were very tender. The fact that these can go dairy and gluten-free will make them the perfect treat to bring to classroom celebrations.

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4-ingredient chocolate chip cookies
Image Source: Sheri Silver

Makes: 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix (can substitute a gluten-free and/or dairy-free mix)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups chocolate chips (can substitute dairy-free chips)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Line one or two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Mix all ingredients (except the chocolate chips) in a bowl, either by hand or using a mixer. Then fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Drop batter by tablespoons onto your prepared baking sheet(s). Bake for 10-12 minutes or until bottoms and sides are golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
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