A dairy-free sugar cookie recipe that uses olive oil and apple sauce instead of butter. The result is the most delicious soft and chewy no butter sugar cookies that are sure to be a crowd pleaser !

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These Soft Olive Oil Sugar Cookies are my newest homemade sugar cookie obsession.

I have a feeling I will be making these dairy-free sugar cookies over and over and over.

They are pillowy, light, and chewy. They taste just like regular soft sugar cookies but with a lightened-up air to them. And they are simple and quick to make.

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My favorite sugar cookie recipe without butter:

These are hands down my favorite sugar cookies of all time because they are soft and chewy. They are also sugary, in the way that sugar cookies should be BUT they don’t have the heaviness that butter can add to cookies.

Seriously, they are light and airy and yet perfectly satisfying.

That is why I love making cookies with olive oil instead of butter. For example, these Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies are just the ultimate gooey, melt-in-your mouth cookie. And they taste better with oil than with butter in my opinion.

Ingredients needed to make these Soft Olive Oil Sugar Cookies:

  • all purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • olive oil
  • apple sauce
  • sugar
  • egg
  • vanilla extract
  • optional- coarse sugar to dunk the cookie dough into before baking

The ingredients are simple and easy. Just make sure you are using a light flavored olive oil, that is lighter in color. You could also use avocado oil if you have that on hand.

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How to make sugar cookies without butter:

It’s easy! What I love about this recipe is that it is a no chill sugar cookie recipe, which makes things much quicker!

To start, you mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in one bowl.

Then you mix the olive oil, sugar, egg and vanilla in another bowl with a hand-held mixer.

Lastly, you pour half of dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix. Repeat and mix again.

Then you take a small cookie scoop to gather the dough. A small cookie scoop grabs about 1 Tablespoon worth of dough.

Now, you could put the dough onto a cookie sheet OR you could grab some coarse sugar and dunk your cookie dough balls into it before putting them onto a cookie sheet.

Then bake!

How to decorate your cookies:

I love keeping this recipe plain. Sometimes if I am feeling fancy, I dunk the cookie dough in coarse sugar before baking.

BUT when I’m feeling really fancy, these cookies are GREAT with frosting.

If you want to keep the cookies totally dairy-free, you could use a dairy-free frosting like one from Simple Mills.

You could also use regular frosting if that works for you. Store bought or homemade frosting works great.

FAQs

  • Can you use olive oil in sugar cookies?
  • YES! As the whole recipe suggests, olive oil is a great fat replacement for butter here. Sugar cookies work great without butter.

    Can you make these sugar cookies gluten-free?

  • Yes, just make sure to use a 1-1 gluten-free baking flour.
  • Do you have to use apple sauce here?

    Yes, it helps with the texture of everything. However, if you can’t have apple sauce, you can try pear sauce.

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    Other from scratch olive oil cookie recipes you may enjoy:

    These Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies are the best gooey chewy chocolate chip cookies! You’d never know they were made with olive oil instead of butter!

    If you love chocolate, then you will love these Chocolate Chocolate Chip Sea Salt Cookies. It’s not for the faint of chocolate heart!

    A dairy-free sugar cookie recipe that uses olive oil and apple sauce instead of butter. The result is the most delicious soft and chewy no butter sugar cookies that are sure to be a crowd pleaser !
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    Soft Olive Oil Sugar Cookies (Dairy-free)

    Servings: 24 cookies
    Prep Time: 15 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 25 minutes

    Ingredients

    • 2 cups all purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup olive oil
    • 1/4 cup apple sauce
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • Optional- coarse sugar to roll the dough in before baking

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    • In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together with a fork.
    • In another bowl, mix the olive oil, sugar, egg, apple sauce and vanilla with a hand held mixer.
    • Pour half of the dry ingredients into the bowl of the wet ingredients and mix with your hand-held mixer. Add the other half of the dry ingredients and mix again. You may need to scrape the sides of the bowl as you do this.
    • Using a small cookie scoop, or a spoon, scoop out 1 Tbs sized balls of the dough and place on a cookie sheet.
    • Note: if you want to roll the dough in coarse sugar, do this prior to placing the balls of dough on a cookie sheet.
    • Bake for 10-12 minutes, then remove the cookies from the oven and let them sit on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before moving them to cool on a cookie rack.
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: olive oil sugar cookies