I realize some people may feel perplexed, but yes, cookie recipes without eggs are a thing regardless of whether or not you’re a vegan.
When I bake from scratch, cookies are my tried and true. And when I bake cookies, I love to share.
So paying close attention to allergens is always top of mind. I am therefore constantly on the lookout for delicious cookie recipes that accommodate a variety of people’s needs.
Since I don’t have a lot of eggless dessert recipes in my ‘recipe box’, I asked some awesome food bloggers to share some favorites.
I don’t know about you, but when a list is too long, I find it overwhelming.
So, I pulled one together that is short and sweet (pun intended).
These eight recipes include a classic recipe or two, along with some original recipes. All of them are great recipes for cookies without eggs.
But, Wait! Why Would Non-Vegans Bake Eggless Recipes ?
When it comes to food allergies, most people talk a lot about nut allergies, but don’t often mention egg allergies.
Eggs, however, are one of the most common allergy-causing foods for children. While most children outgrow the allergy, there are some who don’t.
Not only are there egg allergies, but there are also people who have an egg intolerance. Egg allergies involve the immune system where an egg intolerance involves the digestive system.
Egg allergies may cause skin reactions (e.g., hives), breathing difficulties, runny nose, sneezing, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
People who have an egg intolerance may experience nausea, bloating, diarrhea, and even vomiting.
So, having eggless cookie options as part of your repertoire provides options for children and adults who may not be able to consume eggs.
How Are Cookies Without Eggs Different?
While I may have grown up baking from scratch, I was never one to question the ingredients or to play with substitutes until recently.
I started by using different types of flour, then graduated to gluten-free baking to see what worked and what didn’t.
Fast forward a handful of years and several completed reality baking shows series (thank you, Netflix!) where they talk about binding agents. It was then that I had a dual “Aha!” and “Doh!” moment.
What are binding agents, you ask?
In the simplest of terms: a binding agent is what glues it all together. An example of this is when a recipe needs you to roll dough balls with your hands. Without the binding agent, it would fall apart.
Eggs appear to be a basic ingredient since they’re typically used as a binder. There are plenty of other options, though, that can take the place of an egg.
If this is your first time baking without eggs, some alternative binding agents you find in recipes are:
- Wheat flour (white whole wheat or just whole wheat flour)
- Evaporated milk
- Guar gum
- Xanthan gum
- Psyllium husk
- Ground flax
If the list looks a little daunting, and you don’t have time to put in a lot of extra effort, start with the binding agents that you’ve used in recipes before.
For example, wheat flour, oatmeal, and milk shouldn’t cause too many hiccups. Then, the next time you try a new eggless cookie recipe, you can branch out into guar gum or xanthan gum.
What Baking Tools Do I Need For These Cookie Recipes?
Eggless cookie recipes don’t require special baking tools and the standard fare should be just fine.
If you’re itching to get started, however, make sure you have the following tools close at hand:
- a baking sheet (aka cookie sheet)
- parchment paper *
- small or medium mixing bowl *
- wire rack for cooling *
- cookie cutters
- an airtight container (for storing all of your delicious goodies)
- electric mixer (optional)
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What Basic Ingredients Are Used In These Cookie Recipes?
You may need to make a quick strip to the grocery store, if your pantry doesn’t already include the following dry ingredients:
Now, It’s Time To Start Baking!
This list of cookie recipes without eggs includes options for flavor preferences and when you’re short or time or feel like some leisurely baking.
Since I can’t bake all of these cookie recipes and bring them over for you to taste, this list is my attempt at taking out guesswork as best as I could.
So, I structured the list with three things in mind:
- the ability to see the cookie texture, shape, and size
- the ability to make time-based decisions on which recipes will fit in your schedule
- the ability to determine easily if you have the key ingredients on-hand or need to make a trip to the store before you can start baking.
When you click the “Read More” button for each recipes, you will be taken off the Create To Donate site to the recipe developer’s site. So, I recommend you read through the whole list first to get the best sense of what will work for your situation.
Which Cookie Recipe Will You Try First?
I hope that this list demonstrated that cookie recipes without eggs aren’t daunting at all.
In fact, they could be the perfect for a solo afternoon snack with a book and a cup of coffee or tea (no drama!). Or, you can make a bunch to include in an event or as part of your holiday baking!
Even better? You can use some of these recipes to host a bake sale for charity. More on that soon!
And if you want to keep the kids busy while you’re trying out these new recipes, have them make some colorful paper beads from junk mail.
Before you go, let’s talk taste preferences. Please leave a comment below and let me know, which recipe you’ll try first!