Did you know you can use avocado in place of oil in baked goods? These double chocolate cookies use avocado instead of oil for a deliciously fudgy texture.

avocado cookies

It all started with these avocado muffins. It was the perfect way to use up a leftover avocado that was on the verge of being thrown out. When you buy a whole bag, sometimes it’s hard to use them all up before they go bad, so I started using them in baking recipes. They’re such a perfect, healthy swap for butter or oil, so I decided to turn them into a cookie!

Chocolate Avocado Cookie Ingredients

  • Avocado– The avocado makes these cookies super moist, without the need for any oil!
  • Egg– The egg helps these cookies bind together.
  • Vanilla– A little vanilla extract adds sweetness.
  • Coconut sugar– I used coconut sugar, but you can substitute for brown sugar, if you prefer.
  • Salt– A pinch of salt enhances the sweetness.
  • Baking soda– Baking soda helps with leavening and browning.
  • Whole wheat pastry flour– I like using this type of flour because you get the health benefits of whole wheat flour but with a softer texture. If you don’t have this, you can use all purpose flour.
  • Cocoa powder– This adds the chocolatey flavor.
  • Chocolate chips– Obviously the more chocolate the better! If you wanted to keep this recipe dairy free, be sure to use vegan chocolate chips.
avocado cookies

Substitution Ideas

  • If you don’t have coconut sugar, you can substitute it with light or dark brown sugar.
  • If you don’t have whole wheat pastry flour, you can substitute with all-purpose flour.

How to Bake with Avocado

Avocado can be a great substitute for oil or butter in certain recipes. Be sure to blend the avocado completely, as you don’t want any visible pieces in your cookies. You want to use a ripe avocado, as it will be softer and easier to blend. Do not use an avocado that is overly ripe or mushy. Overly ripe avocados will give your baked goods an off flavor, and you may taste a bit of a banana flavor.

avocado cookie dough in a food processor

Essential Tools for Baking Avocado Cookies

Unlike most cookie recipes, this recipe does require a food processor or blender. You’ll need to blend the avocado, egg, vanilla, and sugar until completely mixed. You don’t want any visible pieces of avocado. This can be done in a food processor or blender. I have the Cuisinart Elite 14 Cup Food Processor which is incredible, but if you’re looking for a cheaper option, the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Duo Food Processor is great for a budget friendly option! You can also make this in a blender, but it might take a bit more time to blend.

I prefer to use a rimmed baking sheet for baking cookies. These help ensure even baking. To prevent sticking, line the baking sheet with parchment paper or use one of these silicone baking mats. A cookie spatula can also come in handy! These small, thin spatulas make it easy to lift cookies off of a baking sheet or to get brownies out of a cake pan.

It can also be helpful to have an oven thermometer to be sure your oven is calibrated. You may be surprised that your oven runs much hotter or much cooler than you thought! This can be a very handy tool if you do a lot of baking.

Tips for the perfect avocado cookies

  • Do not over bake these cookies. It can be hard to tell when they’re done since they’re already dark in color but follow the bake time. If possible, use an oven thermometer to ensure your oven temperature is accurate!
  • Make sure your cocoa powder isn’t lumpy. It can help to sift it into the batter, so you don’t have dry lumps of cocoa powder.

Avocado is an excellent source of healthy fat, and whole wheat pastry flour is a good source of protein and fiber. While these are still a treat, you can feel good knowing that there are some hidden benefits in these cookies!

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Chocolate Avocado Cookies

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 1012 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Description

These chocolate avocado cookies are made without any butter or oil, but they’re just as rich and chocolatey as a classic cookie! Try this healthy recipe for a tasty dessert.


Ingredients

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  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted and peeled (about 1/2 cup mashed)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar) firmly packed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour or all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup mini-chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Move your oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a food processor, combine the avocado, egg, vanilla, and sugar. If you don’t have a food processor, you can use hand mixer, but be sure to blend until the avocado is completely smooth.
  4. Stir in the salt, baking soda, flour, and cocoa until there are no streaks.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips until combined.
  6. Drop rounded tablespoons onto the baking tray, leaving 2 inches between cookies.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Do NOT over bake them!
  8. Remove from the oven and let them cool for 1 minute, then transfer to a cooling rack.

Keywords: Avocado Cookies

cookies on a cooling rack

How to Store Avocado Cookies

Once the cookies are completely cool, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. You can also store these cookies in the freezer for up to 1 month. Keep in a zipper-top freezer back then let them thaw for 30 minutes at room temperature before eating.

inside of cookie

Looking for other ways to bake with avocado? Try these chocolate avocado muffins!

chocolate muffins

What’s your favorite kind of cookie?

This post was originally published in June 2014. Updated February 2020.