Lenten Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

I have tried a dozen lenten (non-dairy) chocolate chip cookie recipes with no luck. FINALLY I found one that is kid tested and approved (by my kids at least).  So I am sharing this recipe with all of you and I hope you and your family enjoy them as much as we do!

Lenten Chocolate Chip Cookies


  •  1 1/2cups margarine
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice (i’ve also used vanilla almond milk & coconut milk)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips (Ghirardelli semi-sweet are lenten)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Cream shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. Slowly add orange juice, cream well, then add vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, then fold in the chocolate chips.
  3. Drop by teaspoons on cookie sheets. Bake at 350°F degrees for 8-10 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Let cool 5 minutes before removing from cookie sheets. Serve with ice cold glasses of almond milk.

Recipe yields approx 6 dozen delicious cookies.


6 thoughts on “Lenten Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

  1. My husband found your blog for me. I’ve only been an Orthodox Christian for two years. I’m 56 now and the mother of 4 adult children. I have 2 grandsons. I’m so happy to have this choc. chip cookie recipe for fasting days. God bless you!

  2. I just made these after finding your blog the other day and my husband and I think these are the best chocolate chip cookies we have ever had…Lenten or otherwise. We are newly Orthodox and fasting can be a struggle, but these definitely will make it easier 😉 The Lord bless you!

  3. These are absolutely delicious! I just made them and I have to say I think these might be the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever eaten. I used the OJ and can’t taste oranges, but it blended into the rest of the flavors. I also used Ghirardelli Chocolate Dream semi-sweet chocolate baking chips – they are non-dairy so this is completely lenten. They taste too good to be eaten during fasting times – that’s how good they are. Thank you for posting this – Many Blessings!

    1. I’m so glad you liked the recipe! My boys enjoy them more than non-fasting ones, too! I can’t even remember the last time I made regular ones! 🙂 Blessed Nativity season to you, Carole!

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