Introduction: Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies That Happen to Be Vegan

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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!

First, here is a cautionary note:

1) These cookies will look very pale when done compared to normal golden brown chocolate chip cookies. If you do try to achieve that golden color, the cookies will burn and then be flavorless. Don't worry, they will taste great even if they look somewhat peculiar! They are fool-proof as long as you don't leave them in the oven too long.

Step 1: Ingredients and Important Notes

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Serves: Approximately 2 dozen (26 teaspoon scoops of dough)


  • 2 1/4 cups unbleached flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 3/4-1 cup of vegan chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup raw sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil or vegan margarine, melted and cooled slightly (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.

Step 2: Mix the Dry

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Then, in a large bowl, mix:

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • What-ever-makes-you-happy cups of chocolate chips (I add them in at this point because it feels less laborious once the dough gets thicker and stickier when the dry and wet are combined. Sometimes I don't even add chips to this recipe!)

If you REALLY like cinnamon, add the full teaspoon. If you'd like a milder flavor do 1/2 teaspoon.

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and set the bowl aside.

-Why did this hole in the middle?
Later, you will be pouring the wet ingredient into this hole. Digging this hole in the middle of the ingredients will make enveloping the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients later much easier.

Step 3: Mix Wet Ingredients With Sugar

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In a medium size bowl whisk together:

  • 3/4 cup vegan 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)

Tip: If you want your cookies more cake-like, add a little bit more liquid (i.e., more soy milk, almond milk, or water).

Step 4: Pour Wet Into Dry

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Pour the wet ingredients into the hole you made earlier in the dry ingredient's bowl.
Mix it well with a spatula, but do not overwork the dough. Not overworking the dough means it will not get too thin.
Tip: Remember to scrape the bottom of the bowl for dry ingredients you might miss.

Step 5: Spoon Dough Onto Baking Sheets

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Spoon dough onto ungreased cookie sheets in tablespoon scoops.

Step 6: Bake the Cookies

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Bake the cookies at 350 F for 10-18 minutes. It will all depend on your oven!

Step 7: How to Tell the Cookies Are Done

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They don't get very dark unless you use brown sugar, but will get a little brown on the very tops and bottoms.

The cookies are done when they seem a little bit softer than you would want them to be. They will significantly harden up once they cool.

If they do not look done, check the cookies every 2 minutes until they are to your liking.

Step 8:

Step 9: Take Them Out of Oven

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Once the cookies are done baking, take the sheets out, one at a time, using your oven mitts. Set the sheets on a stable counter.

Move the cookies onto wire cooling racks with a spatula.

If you do not have a wire cooling rack, like myself, you can use wooden cutting boards.
I decided to use wooden cutting boards because wood is not a good conductor of heat. The method has worked just fine.

Note: If the cookies start to crumble when you to begin to transfer them to the cooling rack or wooden cutting board, let them sit on the sheet for 2 more minutes

Step 10: Enjoy!

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Lastly, make sure you get someone to wash the dishes, because you'll be busy eating the cruelty-free sweets of your labor.


HailiF (author)2015-06-28

Use brown sugar instead of raw and then add 1/2 cup of Apple sauce for a color taste and texture fix

silm (author)2017-04-24

I made it and my family really like cookies.

bluebell101 (author)2017-01-21

Great recipe! I used Molasses Unrefined Sugar for depth of colour, olive oil and gluten free flour. They are awesome, dark brown and a slight caramel flavor.

elinesa (author)2016-10-18

I made these last night. The only thing I changed was to sub 1/4 cup of sugar with brown sugar. Thought it would impart flavor and color. They came out like bland bread biscuits with chocolate chips. :(

michaelnj (author)2016-10-11

I made most of my doughballs smaller than usual. This gave me enough for 24 small cookies and about 6 "normal" sized ones. The small ones did not flatten when baked the way I am accustomed to with cookie dough. The changes I made were: 5/8 cup sugar, +2 tsp chocolate powder. Compared to other cookie dough recipes, I find this recipe a bit on the dry side. For health-conscious people (as many vegans are), you might also find this recipe overly sweet. Still very tasty comfort food.

acer8123. (author)2016-10-09


Step 2 has a picture of you pouring the chocolate chips into the dry ingredients however you said to add the chocolate chips once the dough has been worked thoroughly. Which one is correct?

Domineke (author)acer8123.2016-10-09

Thank you for noticing that! I just updated considering the confusion. I personally like to add them with the dry because it's less work than combining them later on. But, I also don't like chocolate chip so I often leave them out completely.

KylieB19 made it! (author)2016-09-18

I made these with brown sugar and i added shredded coconut. They are delicious!

JenniferChauLam (author)2016-07-15

I made this recipe, and I LOVE IT! Thank you for you you and your friend to share this :3

CatA6 (author)2016-05-05

I used pumpkin puree instead of oil, coconut sugar and brown rice flour and they turned out PERFECT. Thank you for this easily tweakable recipe. :3

ShirinE1 made it! (author)2016-04-26

unfortunately, mine did not come out like the pictures. this is the first time I made vegan cookies.
I'm pretty sure I overworked the dough, because I basically had to work the flour and chocolate chips in with my hands.
also, I didn't flatten them since the picture looked like balls, so they came out like big balls of bread, and also tasted and felt like bread.

I really appreciate the way the recipe was set up though with pictures and instruction etc.

I just messed up is all.. I made another batch of cookies with a different recipe ask I did flatten those so they looked like cookies but the batter was super dry and cruelty and so where the cookies- dry. I wonder if these all just need more oil...? or an egg replacer??

LionsDen22 (author)2016-03-21

The texture did end up being almost raw feeling for me...still tasted good so I'm not complaining!

sidneym123 (author)2016-03-21

I just made these cookies and they were amazing! I made a couple changes to the original recipe after looking at some comments. Used brown sugar instead of the raw sugar, I poured in some hemp seeds for some more healthiness and you can't see or taste them! I also flattened the cookies slightly. These cookies taste best right out of the oven.

redlester69 (author)2016-03-15

I just made these. They tasted a bit bland. Any tips?

RichardV27 (author)2015-12-22

Ingredient mixing instructions? Baking temperature?

MaxB37 (author)2015-12-18

I would not make these again. I brought them to a holiday party potluck, and they were not good. The complaints that others have in the comments are all accurate; pale, cakey, not such good flavor. People at the party were not impressed. It was definitely not a good thing when facing the increased scrutiny of bringing a vegan dessert in the first place.

Hope you didn't get the salt and sugar mix up.

Deva of prayze (author)MaxB372016-01-03

Mine have always been a big hit with everone. Maybe it's your technique that's all wrong. Could you have overworked the dough?

animevegandanceforlife made it! (author)2016-01-30

I added a little more soymilk and I thought that it would make the cookies softer, it did but not the kind of soft that I wanted. But, it tastes real good and when my parents saw it, they thought that I took it out early, but I didn't and they said that they were good even though they are meat eaters. I'm technically the only vegan in my family.

The missing cookie is the one I ate to test. Delicious!

Calibound26 (author)2015-12-20

Thank you so much for this recipe! I have been using it at every function I go to and they are a hit!

lisamarie.woodrich (author)2015-03-07

I made these and they were- eh. Not bad but not great. They look pale/ raw and the texture is kind of spongy/ eggy but oddly crunchy at the bottom. I think my downfall may have been I used coconut oil and vanilla soymilk maybe the combo is something to be desired? Idk.

I used olive oil and dark brown sugar and almond milk, plus i press them flat to spread them out so the dont get too fluffy.

Domineke (author)MelodyA32015-11-22

Yes. Flattening them out really help you manipulate whether you would like a "cakey" or crunchy cookie. Brown sugar is wonderful.

ChrisD38 (author)2015-06-01

I made these and they came out extremely PALE and I found that if I left them longer in the oven they still did not turn the preferred color for chocolate chip cookies. They are cakey and definitely won't be a go-to recipe for me. Now I have to go soak and scrape my cookie pan. I don't recommend this recipe.

ChloeV3 (author)ChrisD382015-11-05

hmm would have been good if you had of posted then a preffered recipe link.. cos im going to make these because i cant be bothered searching around for another one :D maybe ill have better success. wish me luck.

IvanaI (author)ChrisD382015-06-12

They turn out pale but they taste great–you should give them a try instead of judging them by their colour

DannishaL (author)IvanaI2015-06-19

Maybe you shouldn't assume he didn't he eat them when he said they tasted cakey?? Kind of rude.

ConSinCon (author)2015-10-26

I was hoping these would have turned out & would have been yummy. Sadly the mix was very dry and wouldn't stick together. I ended up adding more almond milk. I don't have any hope of them being any good. I followed the step right to the letter. Not sure why mine came out so dry.

EmmaT5 (author)2015-08-07

I've been making these cookies for about a year and I LOVE THEM!!!! I noticed you changed things about the recipe recently within the past few months. I really loved the old recipe and I never copied it down for myself. Could you repost the old recipe or email it to me? I miss those original cookies and don't love the new tweaks you made as much :(

DannishaL (author)2015-06-19

This has to be one of the worst chocolate chip cookies recipes I've ever made. I should've read the other comments before wasting my ingredients. My cookies were nearly white as ghosts and were very bland, even with the cinnamon. I thought using Silk (original) cashew milk would've made them sweeter and tastier but it didn't. Also, I used baking sheets to line my pan and they managed to stick to the sheets!! I was shocked.

If the only good part of a chocolate chip cookie is the chips, something is very wrong. I think I'll be looking elsewhere for a vegan cookie recipe, if not just go with buying vegan cookies at my local market.

StacyA1 (author)2015-06-09

These are the most delicious cookies you would never know they were vegan. My 12 year old daughter made them first and when everyone raved we made more! They are a little lighter in color then regular chocolate chip cookies but otherwise they are great!!!

AlanaB1 (author)2015-06-05

Rotating from "vertical" to "horizontal" is not 180 degrees Hahahahahah. It's 90 degrees and will definitely not cook them evenly ?

Trish64 (author)2015-05-31

Excellent! Super easy and very tasty. Whole family requests these.

SarahM19 (author)2015-05-03

lilli.harris.75 (author)2014-12-14

Oven temp? looked but couldnt find it.

350 degrees Fahrenheit. Click to see all 9 steps, and it is in step 2

Strephen (author)lilli.harris.752014-12-30

I fried mine in a pan like a egg they turnt out great!!!!

nikki713 (author)2015-03-13

What is the oven temperature supposed to be? You don't have it listed. I'm assuming 350.

alicia.batmann (author)nikki7132015-03-18

350 degrees Fahrenheit is right, but it does say it. It's the first item in step 2 of the full instructions. Just click on the link to all 9 steps.

nikki713 (author)2015-03-13

I just made these and I would said they're just okay. They turned out more cake like than a cookie. They don't change shape hardly at all. I was looking to put these as a topper on cupcakes which I guess will still serve the purpose. Not sure what could have been done differently..

CyndikayM (author)2015-01-30

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

I did as well.

SoW1 (author)2015-02-16

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.

LydiaT3 (author)2015-02-02

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)LydiaT32015-02-02

I recently flattened them out before baking them and they turned out more "cookie" like. That might help :)

courtn3y.clark3 (author)2015-01-03

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.clark32015-01-26

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.

blackperl (author)2015-01-04

Made these today and they are absolutely delicious !!! A big thumbs up from all my boys and so easy to do. Thanks for sharing ?

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