It’s a win when you find cookies without palm oil. If you’ve ever been on the quest for baked goods without palm oil ingredients, you know it’s a challenge.
Usually, the less chewy the cookie, the better the chance it won’t contain palm oil.
While these cookies are all crunchy, they are still filled with excellent flavor and mouth-feel texture.
To the best of our knowledge, after cross-referencing their ingredients against hundreds of names of palm oil derivatives, these cookies do not have any palm oil ingredients.
We have reached out to these packaged cookie companies to confirm. We update this list regularly.
Cookies without palm oil ingredients
Pepperidge Farm Farmhouse Thin & Crispy Cookies
I am loving Pepperidge Farm now that I know they make palm oil free cookies. Their Thin & Crispy line is available in these flavors, and they are all made without using palm oil ingredients:
- Milk Chocolate Chip
- Toffee Milk Chocolate
- Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
Usually, just one flavor of cookie will be palm free (if you can find them at all). The fact that Pepperidge Farm makes all four of these without palm oil is amazing.
We bought the Milk Chocolate Chip, and they taste fantastic.
They are filled with rich chocolate chips and have the look of bakery cookies. They are about two and a half inches in diameter.
These cookies contain real ingredients, including Chocolate, Flour, Butter, Sugar, Brown Sugar, Cage-Free Eggs, Baking Soda, Vanilla Extract, and Salt.
MI-DEL Gluten-Free Cookies
These cookies don’t contain palm oil ingredients AND are gluten-free.
- Arrowroot Animal Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Cinnamon Snaps
- Flavored Ginger Snaps (in California)
- Ginger Snaps
- Gingerbread Men
- Pecan Cookies
They are crunchy and will satisfy your cookie craving.
I’ve never had a gluten-free cookie until trying the Chocolate Chip flavor. They tasted great.
These are about one and a half inches in diameter.
All of MI-DEL’s cookies are 100% peanut free as well.
Pepperidge Farm Chessmen Butter Cookies
Hooray again for Pepperidge Farm! Months ago, I bought a winter holiday version of these Chessmen cookies when I saw they were palm free. I bought them again. They are made without artificial flavors or preservatives.
These are tasty butter cookies usually available with a printed design for the season.
My family loves these cookies.
MI-DEL Simply Mi-Delicious Cookies
This is a great brand to support if you are looking for cookies without palm oil.
Their Simply MI-Delicious line of cookies are 100% palm oil free. They contain organic enriched wheat flour and organic cane sugar.
It’s awesome MI-DEL makes so many cookies without palm oil.
- Chocolate Snaps
- Honey Grahams
- Original Ginger Snaps
- Original Flavored Ginger Snaps (in California)
- Lemon Snaps
- Vanilla Snaps
- Gingerbread Men
(Their “Organic” Ginger Snaps do contain palm oil. Therefore, be sure to buy their Simply MI-Delicious line. It doesn’t say “organic” on the front of the package.)
They use whole grain and don’t contain artificial ingredients or preservatives. They are Non-GMO Project Certified.
Erin Baker’s have confirmed all of their products, including their cookies, are palm oil free.
- The Original Breakfast Cookie
- Oatmeal Raisin
- Double Chocolate
- Banana Walnut
- Peanut Butter
- Carrot Cake
- Caramel Apple
- Peanut Butter Chocolate
- Fruit & Nut
- Breakfast Cookie Minis
- Double Chocolate
- Peanut Butter
- Oatmeal Raisin
In addition to making gluten-free breads and snacks, they make these gluten-free cookies without palm oil.
- Butter Cookies
- Shortbread Cookies
Market Pantry Animal Crackers:
One would think all animal crackers would be safe, but they’re aren’t. Even the organic animal crackers at Costco are not.
However, this brand from Target is palm-oil free. They don’t contain artificial flavors, colors or high fructose corn syrup.
I’ve been buying these for months, and while they are somewhat plain — as most animal crackers are — they make for a great school snack.
These aren’t true cookies but are similar enough that we are including them in this list.
Avoid their filled varieties but most of their original — smaller — grahams are made without palm oil.
- Chocolate (Be sure to avoid the Chocolately Chip flavor which contains palm oil.)
- Birthday Cake
We found more brands which we will be researching and will hopefully be adding to this list soon.
Always check ingredients
Companies sometimes change their formulas and use palm oil ingredients because it’s a cheaper oil and it remains semi-solid at room temperature.
As an example, my son used to be able to eat original Oreo cookies safely until they changed their ingredients to include palm oil.
Also, often we assume organic products are made without palm oil but that is not always the case.
Palm oil ingredients in cookies
Whether you buy pre-made cookies from a grocery store, a bakery, Target, Walmart, or from Costco, they will likely have palm oil.
Many times you will see in the ingredients the word “palm,” which makes it easy to avoid them. Examples include:
- Palm oil
- Palm kernel oil
- Vegetable oil (Palm)
So it’s easy to avoid products when you see palm-. Examples are palmitate and palmitoyl. However, also learn to look for laur-, stear-, and glyc-, as they are usually made with palm oil ingredients.
Cookies without palm oil
It’s so great to have chocolate and non-chocolate cookie options available. There are recipes for homemade cookies without palm oil.
But often we don’t have time to make cookies from scratch. It’s great to be able to buy prepackaged cookies free from palm oil.
You may be avoiding palm oil because of environmental concerns or because of a palm oil intolerance.
According to the World Wildlife Fund, palm oil is now in up to 50% of products on supermarket shelves.
Buy cookies without palm oil
After learning more about palm oil and how increased demand is causing environmental concerns, as a family we are working to eliminate products with palm oil from our home.
Palm oil makes our son sick with allergy-like symptoms so we are avoiding it completely.
If you are trying to live without palm oil, see our lists of:
Check ingredients for cookies without palm oil
Verify labels as manufacturers change ingredients. As of this writing, these cookies are made without palm oil or any palm oil ingredients and derivatives.
A representative from Pepperidge Farm replied with a personalized, lengthy email to my specific questions about palm oil and palm oil derivatives in their cookies above.
What he said holds true for all products in all categories:
“Product recipes change frequently and ingredients are periodically added and replaced. This makes it difficult to maintain an updated list of products that either contain or lack a particular ingredient.”
So while they may change in the future, these cookies above are a good place to start when you are looking for palm oil-free options.
If you know of other packaged cookies without palm oil, please list them in the Comments so we can add them to this list. Thank you!
It’s important we support these lines of palm-free cookies.
We are not medical professionals. This is not meant to be medical advice. Please consult with your physician. Use this information as a starting point. Read all labels at the point of sale.