Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Always seek the advise of your doctor or allergist concerning food allergies. Also, check EVERY LABEL EVERY TIME.

I would suggest Enjoy Life Top 8 Allergen Free Chocolate Chips.


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Hi there Katrina fans! This is Dorothy, from Crazy for Crust, the dessert blog where I bake up lots of treats and serve them with a slice of my life.

I wish I could say I was super excited to be here today, but I probably speak for everyone when I say I wish Katrina could be here instead!

But anyway, because she’s not, you’re stuck with me. But don’t be upset – I’m super fun. I love crust – but I love sugar too. Allllll of it. I don’t think I’ve ever met a treat I didn’t like.

I mean, I’m all about buttery, rich, chocolatey things. Like….brownies. Or…brownies in pie. Or funfetti gooey bars.

But can you imagine what it would be like if you couldn’t just grab any old cookie at a party? I cannot imagine what it’s like to have food allergies.

One of my daughters little friends is allergic to dairy. For a baker…that’s kind of catastrophic, right? I mean all the good things have butter in them. Especially cookies!

So when my daughter has her friend over, I always try and make some sort of treat she can have.

FYI, my house is known as the “treat house”. Send your kids to me and I’ll send ’em home sugared up. With a bag for you!

That’s how these dairy-free chocolate chip cookies were born.

I pretty much substituted oil for butter in one of my favorite cookie recipes. I added brown sugar because I just love brown sugar in cookies.

Dairy Free Chocolate Chip Cookies (1 of 3)

These cookies were really good – even for the butter lovers. They were chewy and dense, like a cookie should be…just without any dairy!

Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Servings 3 Dozen


  • 3/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and/or silpat baking liners.
  • Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir and set aside.
  • Stir together oil and sugars.
  • Turn mixer (with butter mixture bowl attached) on low. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing completely. Mix in vanilla extract. Add flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until combined. Add chocolate chips and stir to combine.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 8-9 minutes (mine were one tablespoon sized balls and cooked in about 8 minutes). Let cool for 5 minutes, and then remove from pans to cool completely.

I hope you enjoy them, and I hope you’ll come visit me sometime at Crazy for Crust. I’ll talk your ear off and ply you with sugar.

Get well soon Katrina!

- Katrina

70 Responses to “Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies”

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — October 7, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Dorothy, so sweet of you to come over here to Katrina’s blog to support not only her, but those with a dairy allergy with your fabulous Dairy-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies! It is so important to be mindful of others and their dietary restrictions. (My blog is built on this philosophy.) Recently, I learned I have a severe allergy to dairy and am still recovering from it. It’s not fun. And, you’re right…it is pretty catastrophic for a baker…as I am one, too! Now, my focus will be adding dairy-free recipes to my blog as well as gluten-free and grain-free. By the way…Enjoy Life has a line of dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free chocolate chips! Yay. Thanks for sharing, my friend. And…more hugs and kisses for you, Katrina! XOXO P.S. Will pin to several group boards during peak Pinterest time. 🙂

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    [email protected] — October 8, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Dorothy, they are PERFECT! I, too, like to use Ghirardelli’s because they just taste so damn good! 🙂

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — October 8, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    I have been meaning to do cookies with oil instead butter! These look wonderful!

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      Dina Herron — April 14, 2020 at 6:40 pm

      Thank you so much for this recipe. I’ve been looking for dairy free options for my son who has a milk allergy. These are perfect. I have made them twice and both times were great. I do have to leave them in my oven about 12 minutes instead of the 8. I’m so happy I found cookies I can make for him to eat that does not sacrifice taste.

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    Christine — October 9, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Any suggestions to making these egg free? They look so yummy.

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      Kristy — April 18, 2018 at 2:21 am

      There is egg replacer

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — October 9, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Yayyyyy Dorothy! These cookies look fab-and love the dairy free-ness 😛

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    Nutmeg Nanny — October 10, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    These look like the perfect chocolate chip cookies 🙂

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    Shelly (Cookies and Cups) — October 11, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    I love having alternative recipes, this is great!

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    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — October 29, 2013 at 10:53 am

    perfect! I have been on the look out for some great, simple diary free treats for a friend. awesome!

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    Wendy Armitage — November 3, 2013 at 5:37 am

    I like how they are dairy free but my diet requires oil free as well (i’m on a low-fat/dairy free diet due to gallstones). What can I use as a substitute?

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    Candi — December 15, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Hey I have made these two times for my SIL who can’t have dairy. Absolutely perfect!
    My question is, can the dough be frozen???

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    Bethy — January 11, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Christine- I haven’t tried it my self but I’m pretty sure you could use flax eggs.

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    LoRena Mumaw — February 25, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Just letting those that can not have dairy know that Ghirardelli is not dairy free! Although it doesn’t contain direct dairy, it is manufactured on the same equipment as dairy containing products. For those who have severe dairy allergies, cross contamination is very important. always make sure you read your food labels properly and this includes kosher labeling.

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      Katrina Bahl — March 3, 2014 at 1:26 pm

      GREAT comment! My son has a peanut allergy and we are always very diligent about cross contamination too. Have a great week!

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      Patricia Gordon — April 17, 2017 at 4:58 pm

      I used enjoy life choc chips they are dairy, but and soy free!

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    Traci — April 8, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    I just made these tonight when I realized I was out of butter. These were delicious in a pinch, THANK YOU!

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    Michelle — June 7, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Very excited to come across this recipe. I have a dairy allergy- and am thrilled to try this tonight with my little girl. This will allow us Mommy/Daughter time while making a favorite treat of ours.

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    Tina — July 10, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I’m a new vegan but confused bc Ghiradelli brand, at least the 60% cacao brand that I’ve always purchased, says “milk fat” on the label. Milk fat is dairy free? Or were you possibly talking about a different type of their chocolate chips? Thanks!

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      Katrina Bahl — July 25, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      When in doubt I ALWAYS suggest calling the manufacturer to get their current info on allergens. Thank you!

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    Kim — July 28, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Tina- in case you see this- it’s the semi sweet baking chips by Ghiradelli. They do not contain dairy but the label states “may contain dairy”- I’m assuming because of the shared equipment, although I don’t know why they don’t just say that. I bought the chips yesterday and I’ll be making these cookies today!

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    Michelle — November 29, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    This recipe is NOT DAIRY free!!! This recipe contains eggs – Eggs are dairy! Very disappointed to see the header state dairy free,

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      dairy free mom — August 21, 2016 at 10:32 pm

      eggs are not dairy. dairy is anything that comes from a cow, milk protein.

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      Jack Fisher — July 8, 2018 at 11:00 pm

      No eggs are not dairy. They don’t come from cows or contain milk.

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      D — January 11, 2020 at 1:42 pm

      Eggs aren’t dairy

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    Amanda Tresnak — December 8, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    Ghirardelli semi sweet chocolate chips do not contain dairy. They are processed on the same equipment as other products that contain dairy, however the equipment is cleaned and flushed between changing product flavors. Ghirardelli is considered vegan by PETA, and was given a Libby Award in 2009. The “may contain dairy” warning is mostly for consumers who keep kosher. A little research goes a long way.

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    Amanda Tresnak — December 8, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    Michelle, a tip for finding a recipe with no eggs or dairy products, search for vegan chocolate chip cookies. Dairy free suggests that there are no lactose products.

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    MD — December 22, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Eggs are not dairy. You may be allergic to both.

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    Heathbarr — December 25, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Lovely cookies! A perfect balance of crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. We added a touch of cinnamon too, for a tiny holiday taste. I’ve mentioned them in my blog H in HK because they were so good!

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    Vicky W — January 30, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    I wanted to let folks that might be interested know that I used white whole wheat flour to make these and they were very good, I did have to add a couple of tablespoons of almond milk because of the whole wheat flour. They are a tasty compromise when I’m trying to be healthier. Thanks for the great recipe!

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    Janine — March 1, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Not sure what I did wrong. Dough was not combined and chocolate chip kept falling out of the dough.

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    Brian long — March 8, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    check the ingredients on the chocolate Chips, anything containing milk or milkfat Is NOT dairy free. Also, eggs are not dairy. A product cannot be considered vegan if made with eggs, but dairy only refers to a cow, not chickens. Cow eggs would be dairy……

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    Jen — July 27, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Shop rite semi sweet chocolate chips do not contain milk and are not produced on shared equipment. They have been my go to. Earths Balance makes a great line of milk free butter substitutes. They come in a tub and sticks which are great for baking if yiou want the consistency of softened butter vs oil. Thanks for the recipe. Can’t wait to try it.

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    Jeannette chau — August 13, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Thank you so much for making this recipe. I substituted the eggs for banana because my daughter cannot have eggs. She also has a sensitivity to dairy too. These are by far the best cookies I’ve ever ate. Almost like Mrs. Fields, so soft and melt in your mouth.

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    Lee — December 6, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    I also had trouble with the chocolate chips falling out of the dough – but the end cookies were really good. I think I will used fewer chocolate chips next time.

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    Hannah — December 19, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    I ended up making these gluten free by using gluten free flour instead of all purpose and I ended up not having quite enough oil so I added some coconut oil. They turned out really good! I did however have to add an extra egg since the dough was very crumbly from the gluten free flour. I have been craving a sweet treat that I could have that wouldnt make me feel sick and these I think are it!

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    Lauren — May 27, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    These are PERFECT. My only problem was the dough not binding the chocolate chips in very well, they sort of crumbled out. But it didn’t affect the taste or texture one bit. Excellent! For those that keep kosher like me and don’t like to bake margarine this is delicious. 👍🏽

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    lala — June 2, 2016 at 11:50 am


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    mea — June 2, 2016 at 11:56 am

    i can just tell that they are going yo be so good

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    Alyssa — June 15, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    These are PERFECT!!!! Thank you so much! I love this recipe!!

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    Cathy — August 1, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Since I was born I was allergic to dairy which was not something fun during parties so I would always search for some cookies or cakes recipes that I could make myself but I would always find recipes with only milk. So I just want to say that this really helped me and i will try to do it.
    Ps: it looks super delicious!!

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    Missy — August 20, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe! My 6 year old is allergic to dairy and he has Heiner Syndrome on top of it so we have to be super careful. This is my go to for chocolate chip cookies and people request I make them all the time because they’re that good! A suggestion for those that are questioning the allergy friendliness of the chicane chips, we use the Enjoy Life brand and they are free of the 8 most common allergens and taste really good. Happy baking!

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    Andrea — August 23, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    I just tried these cookies. They are so good. I was scared about not using butter but it worked. I’m really struggling with the dairy-free lifestyle (I love cheese more than anything) and these made me feel like I can actually tackle this. I halved the recipe just to try it out, and added a splash of almond milk. The few people I love enough to share these with loved them and were mad I didn’t do a full batch. Thank you!!!

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    Andrea — August 23, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Forgot to add that I also had a problem with the dough being a bit crumbly and the chocolate chips falling out, which is why I added the almond milk – it helped.

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    [email protected] — September 12, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Ghiradelli chocolate is not dairy free. It even states this on the package. Enjoy Life chips are a better alternative.

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    Sue — September 20, 2016 at 12:19 am

    I was pleasantly surprised when I baked these cookies for someone who can’t eat dairy products. The consistency of the dough was very thick, so I thought the cookies might be dry. They were not. They turned out very good, and I recommend this recipe.

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    Anna — September 25, 2016 at 1:47 am

    These cookies are amazing I am unable to eat dairy and have been looking for a lactose feee chic chip cookie recipe and I have finally found it, thank you!! I used dark brown sugar as this is all I had in the cupboard and used sunflower oil and whole wheat flour they turned out perfect the only thing I will change next time is to add less choc chips. Thanks again I can enjoy choc chip cookie again. 🙂

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    Desi — October 8, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Thank you for these! New to dairy allergy with my 6yo. We have dairy free chocolate chips, but a lot of recipes I have looked at contained things I didn’t have in my house. This is perfect. A big batch of chocolate chip cookies is going to make our day.

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    Alison — October 12, 2016 at 4:35 am

    This recipe does not make 36 cookies!

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    Stephanie — November 19, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    Unfortunately the Ghiradelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips aren’t dairy free, they contain Whole Milk Powder. Sad face! I’m sure these cookies are good though!

  43. #
    Blayr — November 23, 2016 at 6:12 am

    I made these and used coconut oil instead of the vegetable oil- and added a splash of almond milk to the batter and these turned out awesome!!! Thank you for posting this recipe 😀

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    Chrystal — December 7, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    let me start off by saying amazing recipe. They were soft so soft and moist. Secondly the only reason I tried a recipe with no Dairy it was because I had no butter and I had very little milk and my daughter who is 4 just had to have a chocolate chip cookie so I went to Google and I found this recipe I got worried at the end of the recipe, because I ended up with a cornmeal like texture so I thought I did something wrong I didn’t mind it just needed more moisture so I added about what little milk I had about half a cup and it began to look like dough I also added 1tsp salt, 1 tsp baking powder, Andi don’t regret the come out they are the best cookies I have had in such a long time. Yes I defeated the purpose of no dairy but regardless this is a WINNER!

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    Evelina — January 24, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    These really are delicious cookies. I’m so happy I found a dairy free chocolate chip cookie my kids can enjoy. It’s so easy to make. Mine need to bake for 11 mins. These are my go to cookies.

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    Janna — February 13, 2017 at 8:17 am

    I wanted to make these as a special treat for a friend of mine who suffers from lactose intolerance.. I bought the Ghiradelli brand chips as you suggested. In the list of ingredients it states that it contains whole milk powder. How can they be dairy free?

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    Ashleigh Minty — February 13, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    I just tried these today as my son is allergic to dairy. Delicious cookies! The vegetable oil made them so moist and the dairy free chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life brand mini chips) were so tasty. Thank you!

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    Katie - Old World Taste — February 14, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    These are amazing! I’ve made these twice in the last month. They are chewy and delicious and not greasy like other recipes I’ve tried. Thanks again.

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    Areema Sweeney — April 2, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Just a heads up Ghiradeli are no longer Dairy free 🙁 but I’m gonna give this recipe a shot with enjoy life!

  50. #
    Cyndi — June 7, 2017 at 1:24 am

    As of December 2016 Ghirardelli Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips are no longer dairy free. They changed the recipe and it now uses milk.

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    Carolyn — June 18, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    I use the semi sweet chips at Trader Joes. They are dairy free. The chunks are not dairy free. I substitute butter with coconut oil.

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    Carolyn — June 18, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Andrea. I too struggled with suddenly becoming lactose intolerant. You can eat the aged 2 year cheese with 0% sugar. Lactose is aged out.

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    Ashley — September 5, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Not only are they delicious, but they look amazing too. Thank you so much for this recipe! Best dairy free cookies I’ve found (son has allergies).

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    Jordyn — April 15, 2018 at 2:16 am

    For me they only made 11 😂! These cookies are fonomanal!

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    MomOf3LittleGirls — April 25, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Made these for my 3 year old little girl who cant have the dairy. She loves them. No one notices the different. Amazing Recipe 😋

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    Kari — May 9, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Just made these for myself and my kids that all struggle with dairy protein allergy and they came out magnificent! We used enjoy life chocolate chips and a cookie scoop so we had to bake for 12 minutes and they all came out perfect! It made 36 cookies! I will be saving this recipe for sure! Thanks so much!

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    Jack Fisher — July 8, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    No eggs are not dairy. They don’t come from cows or contain milk. This recipe is not vegan but is dairy free.

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    Heather — August 15, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    We needed to add 2 tbsp of almond milk since my 4 year old did the flour measuring and the dough was a bit dry. Turned out great though!

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    Mary Ann P Brady — September 3, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Ghirardelli semi sweet chocolate chip list of ingredients state it contains whole milk powder the 60% cacao bag reads it contains milk fatalso that it may contain milk not f out vegan diet reason but for milk allergy reasons

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    Jessica Hartnell — October 19, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    These are amazing! Great with Gluten free flour, definitely a hit in my house, used coconut oil instead!

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    Kristen — November 11, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Very disappointed. Did everything as stated, subbed 2 ener-g eggs bc of egg allergy which work with all other recipes and the mixture is so dry! I can’t even form a cookie!

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    Kelly — September 16, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Ghiradelli semi-sweet chips still have milk, perhaps not at the time of this post- but they have whole milk powder in the semi-sweet chips. I’m not laying blame on the author.

    Please, when baking for people with allergies check labels carefully.

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