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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Oven temp? looked but couldnt find it.

LouiseA26 days ago

how long does the dough last in the fridge?

Domineke (author)  LouiseA21 days ago

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

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.carone20 days 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.
Eibhlin922 days 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)  Eibhlin921 days 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.

TimH229 days 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)  TimH227 days ago

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

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)  ladyofthecake1 month ago
I'm so glad you liked them! My IG is soydominique. So nice to see a happy vegan community on IG :)
Tulkoju11 months 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)  Tulkoju1 month 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.52451 month 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).

PatriciaW11 month 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)  PatriciaW11 month ago

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

JessekaB1 month 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!

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

JaneD13 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.

Do not use Ghiardelli! I wrote to them and got their reply this morning. Here it is--

Dear Consumer,

Thank you for contacting Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. We appreciate
your interest in finding out about the ingredients in our products and
your interest in a dairy free product.

The 60% Cacao Baking Chips do contain milk fat and are not dairy-free.

At this time we do not
offer any "dairy free" products, but appreciate your interest in seeing
whether Ghirardelli offers one. Please reference the ingredient
information, on our packaging for any Ghirardelli
product that you are interested in, to determine if it is suitable for

Please know you are a valued consumer and we do appreciate your interest in our products.


Consumer Affairs Response Team

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this is perfect! I'm not vegan, but i was looking for a cookie dough recipe that would be okay to eat raw. I'm using it as a topping for frozen treats.
Ssslouter4 years ago
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vegetarians avoid meat. vegans avoid all animal products, including honey, eggs, and dairy.
umm... honey isn't an animal product, is it?
it comes from bees, which are animals..
But it's not like cows where they are milked... whatever. I suppose you're right...
I was recently surprised to learn that it's nearly impossible to harvest honey without killing some bees. I guess it's filtered mostly to get "bee parts" out of it.

I still eat honey (and eggs, dairy, and meat), but I can understand why some people would opt not to.
Perhaps you mean larvae? I've seen the trays of honeycomb beekeepers have, they can easily see all of the bees in the structure before they press it for honey. Now, some bees might get squashed in the handling and removal of them, but bees in the actual food? I can't imagine why. It's filtered to get out most of the wax.
Farmers rent portable bee boxes to help increase their yields by getting all possible pollination. So if a group of people believe the practice of beekeeping to be cruel, they would be supporting that practice and benefiting from it not only by eating honey, but also by eating herbs, fruits and vegetables (zucchini) that rely on pollination management, by which I mean placing a number of portable hives in each acre of land. This practice is, for some crops, vital, and practiced by organic and major commercial farmers ailke

If eating honey is cruel, isn't living in a house also cruel? Wild bees aren't down due to beekeeping, it's largely habitat destruction: where they used to live, we live. While a lot of bees are imported, bee keepers are called in by exterminators to remove hives from people's houses and garages. In other words, without a beekeeper to handle them and care for them, humans will kill bees. In an urban environment, the choice is not bee boxes or freedom, it is bee boxes or death. I suppose the idea is that interacting with bees is subjugating them, but we cannot help but interact with bees, and even vegans wouldn't let bees make a hive wherever the bees chose, inside of your car or in a daycare center would not be tolerated, for example.
As a vegan, I don't eat honey because it isn't made for me. Bees make it to feed their larvae. They don't make an excess. In commercial hives, they are given sugar water instead, which doesn't contain the nutrients they need.
Bees do absolutely make extra. Every animal that gathers for sustenance takes more than they need if they can find it. Beekeepers commonly create supercells attached to the hive, and the bees will create combs in those to store honey, not to use it. When the super cells are removed to harvest honey, there are no larvae inside.
Idun kravel2 years ago
Cute, but by that logic you wouldn't be allowed to eat most vegetables either. Carrots, onions etc. serve as energy storage for the plant and green leaves or sprouts where not made for you to eat either. You would probably only be able to eat a few types of berries and fruits that rely on animals to spread their seeds.
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