Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies that Happen to be Vegan

For a class party, a vegan friend brought freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. Once only gooey crumbs were left, she told the class they were vegan. People looked shocked to find out that vegan cookies could be so delicious. And, when I asked her for the recipe, I found out they were also super easy to make with "normal" ingredients. You won't have to hunt through specialty stores for some obscure ingredients while your stomach is begging for cookies. So even if you’re baking-challenged, and have only a few ingredients in your cupboard, you can easily have a bellyful of cookies in about half an hour. Or, because this recipe does not use eggs, you could safely gobble up a bellyful of cookie dough in even less time!

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Step 1: Ingredients and Important Notes

Picture of Ingredients and Important Notes
Serves: Approximately 2 dozen (26 teaspoon scoops of dough)

2 cups unbleached flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
3/4 cup of vegan chocolate chips
3/4 cup raw sugar
1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil or vegan margarine (depending on your preference)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup soy milk, vanilla soy milk, almond milk, or water (depending on your preference)

-About the chocolate chips: I used semi-sweet chocolate chips. My vegan friend has told me that many semi-sweet and dark chocolate chips in baking aisles are vegan. Just make sure to check the ingredients because many popular baking chips do have milk fat. You could also use carob chips, but I know fewer people prefer those to semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips. You could also skip the chips. I actually prefer chip-less cookies, and know that these cookies are also delicious without the chips!

Cooking Supplies:
large bowl
medium bowl
measuring cup
measuring spoons
whisk or silicon spatula (for mixing)
baking sheets
oven mitt

Bake time: 9-15 minutes; will vary depending on your oven. My oven takes 12 minutes to bake these cookies.

-Why I use a silicon spatula: I use a silicon spatula because it mixes the liquid ingredients and dry ingredients even better than a whisk with this particular recipe. If you only have a whisk, that is fine, but the dough might get caught and you will have to constantly pick it out. If you only have a whisk, I could recommend using  your hands.

Read before starting:
-Do not grease the baking sheet. There is enough oil in the batter.

-It is ideal that the ingredients are room temperature for baking, but it's not necessary.

-Do not put the cookie sheets on the stove while the oven is hot. This will cause the sheets to heat, and the cookies will bake unevenly.

-These cookies do not spread much while baking, so feel free to place them close together on the baking sheet.

-Do not leave them in too long. These cookies will come out soft, but they will harden when they cool. Because they come out soft, a friend told me she has accidentally burnt them before.

-Lastly, always remember to have your oven mitt handy.
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SoW116 days ago

I'm having my baby shower this upcoming weekend and a few of the people invited are vegan or nut/diary free so these will be perfect treats to share with them. I am also making a vegan cake with chocolate frosting.

LydiaT31 month ago

Made these last night, used only 1/2cup sugar and kept some of the dough to put in soy ice cream (worked really well!! Added some peanut butter too -best cookie dough ice cream omg.) The baked product is kind of half way between a cake and a cookie, still nice but I might reduce the liquid next time for a more cookie like consistency :)

Domineke (author)  LydiaT31 month ago
I recently flattened them out before baking them and they turned out more "cookie" like. That might help :)
CyndikayM1 month ago

well, tried this recipe, taste very good, except my cookies even after 15 min. Of baking at 350 degrees were very light in color. Did anyone else have this issue? I feel because of this they don't look to appetizing on plate, so I switched out raw sugar for brown sugar, and that did it, beautiful golden brown cookies, that not only look good but taste as good as they look ! Thankx for the recipe, happy camper here in Fresno

Am I able to sub the wheat flour for gluten free? Would it make the consistency different or would I have to add any other ingredients? I know that sometimes if I use the gluten free flour it changes the recipe a bit.

Domineke (author)  courtn3y.clark31 month ago
That's true. Honestly, I've never tried that. I've made other cakes and things like that, but I haven't really adjusted the recipe. I've just gone along with it and noticed that the texture was different—not bad, just different.
blackperl1 month ago
Made these today and they are absolutely delicious !!! A big thumbs up from all my boys and so easy to do. Thanks for sharing ?
goonmama2 months ago

I'm eating the first one now and will definitely be making these again soon. Thanks for the great recipe!

Oven temp? looked but couldnt find it.

I fried mine in a pan like a egg they turnt out great!!!!
Strephen2 months ago
Wowie these cookies are yum. I used milt in place of the liquid. I also added red pepper flakes for a kick. They were HOT!!!!!!
memmae.chan2 months ago

Holy toledo. These are the BEST chocolate chip cookies I have ever eaten. I am on my second batch now and use carob chips and flax milk. They are so incredibly delicious! Thank you for this recipe... we were so glad to have found a completely vegan cookie that we all enjoy (even the omnivores in our family)!

ruthie8832 months ago

I am making them today, Christmas! Merry Christmas everyone. Started to read the comments and had to stop. Not sure why people that are not vegan, vegetarian, are leaving critical comments.

LouiseA3 months ago

how long does the dough last in the fridge?

Domineke (author)  LouiseA3 months ago

I'm actually not sure. I would guess about a week just to be safe.

LouiseA Domineke2 months ago

alright :) thanks

These were so amazingly delicious! Transitioning from vegetarian to vegan so this was my first try at vegan baking! Made them with my 3 year old who couldn't stop "tasting" the dough as we made them (so nice not worrying about her eating raw egg! ) The texture was different than what I am used to but I didn't mind at all, they were simply delish!

Domineke (author)  brianna.carone3 months ago
Knowing this made baking vegan easier for you makes me happy. I made these yesterday for Friendsgiving & my friends loved them too. I definitely indulge in getting to eat the dough before baking & sharing though.
Eibhlin93 months ago

Hi and thank you , I have made these a good few times and have loved them. I want to sent some in the post from Ireland to California to my daughter who is vegan and I am wondering what is their shelf life.

Thank you


Domineke (author)  Eibhlin93 months ago

Hi. I think that'd be a great idea. I usually eat these so quickly, I don't know how long they last. The longest I've had them in the house was a week and they were just as great.

Wish I could be of more help.

TimH23 months ago

I've made this recipe numerous times because there are a bunch of people with vegan diets in my school and church community. Everyone- even the people who aren't vegan- say these taste much better than plain chocolate chip cookies. I think they're soooo awesome. Thanks so much for posting the recipe.

Domineke (author)  TimH23 months ago

Aw, thanks. I'm glad people enjoy them. They're so simple to make; that's why I like them :)

ladyofthecake3 months ago
I just made your cookies!!They are awesome! We posted them on IG @comfortingvegan we want to tag you :) do you have an IG?
Domineke (author)  ladyofthecake3 months ago
I'm so glad you liked them! My IG is soydominique. So nice to see a happy vegan community on IG :)
Tulkoju1 year ago
My daughter and I have made this recipe numerous times! We love these cookies! And so does every one else I serve them too! I use coconut oil and almond milk. Also, I replace 1/3 of the flour with a ground nut/seed mix. Also, if you really love chocolate, melt some chocolate into the oil to make Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies!
Domineke (author)  Tulkoju4 months ago

Awesome suggestions! I don't personally like chocolate chips so I might just melt some chocolate like you suggested. Thanks!

ok, so I've made them and sampling one now - almost completely cool. They taste very nice but the texture is very cakey - I was expecting (and hoping) more gooey. Did I bake them for too long?

Domineke (author)  miranda.morris.52454 months ago

No, that's typical for them. Usually to make them the least cakey though, just put the minimum or a little less than the instructed liquid (i.e., soy/almond milk).

PatriciaW14 months ago

I'm sorry, I must be blind…I have looked and looked and I can't find what temp to bake them at?

I did them at 325. I used 3 different pans. The ones that were on the bottom rack took a little less time, than the others - 13-15ish minutes. I didn't want them to get rock solid, so as soon as the bottoms were done enough to lift em off the sheet, I took them out. Best part about vegan baking is not having to worry about getting sick even if they are slightly underdone. These are delicious!

Domineke (author)  PatriciaW14 months ago

Ha, you're not blind. I put 350° Fahrenheit, but I bolded it now. Sorry for the trouble.

JessekaB4 months ago

I just put these puppies in the oven. I did a mashup of two recipes to make these mint chip cookies. Wasn't sure what temp to bake em at, so we'll see how it goes!

JessekaB JessekaB4 months ago

ohhh...mmmm. yum. thank you :)

JaneD15 months ago

Trader Joe's chocolate chips are vegan. I should clarify, their regular sized chocolate chips are vegan, but if you get the larger chips, they have milk in them so be careful & look at the ingrediant list.

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Good Grief ericasommers. They are vegan, they put that statement on to protect themselves from folks like you. They don't add milk or milk products to this item.

& I'll second what Sophieneechan said.

To be nice, that is ridiculous. If it were true, I could not eat anything I make in my mother's kitchen - as she makes tons of non-vegan things in it. "May contain traces of" is just to make sure that anyone who are hyperallergic are aware that even though it has not been added to the product, and the equipment is not necessarily the same (and they do wash their equipment) it is just that it is made in the same facility, and there MAY be traces of it that could potentially harm someone with a severe allergy. It is still vegan. (This coming from a "true" vegan, and backed up by the vegan society of my country.)

Hi - baking them now - I set my oven to gas mark 4 - hope that's about right? I don't see a temperature mentioned in the recipe. Looking forward to them! ;)

mmmmmmmm,....your vegan cc cookies look really yumm!

I am trying to go vegan so I thought id try this recipe since I wanted some cookies.I didn't have any vegan chocolate chips so left those out and used coconut milk with cocoa powder and they are so nice.thank you if vegan baking is this nice Iit makes it much easier to make the switch.

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