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

JaneD11 month 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.

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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Tulkoju9 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!
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.
Nah, I meant the adult bees that get squashed in the handling and removal of the honey combs. I've watched some local beekeepers get honey. I'm not vegan or even vegetarian, but the vegans I've known personally have said they prefer not to eat honey because the bees sometimes get squashed, not because of any possibility of eating bee bits.

I'm not one to say what is or isn't cruel; I'm just repeating what I've been told about their reasoning.

On a side note, I make a killer aztec cocoa honey marshmallow from scratch.
I wonder if more insects are squashed during plant harvesting than honey harvesting.

Of course lots of the crops we eat are cultivated by poisoning countless insects, but I've never heard the vegan perspective on that, but I'd imagine the total death toll to be much higher, say, per calorie.
Honey is bee vomit so it sorta does count as an animal product. There are different kinds of vegetariansm, I don't eat meat but I do occasionally eay dairy products and eggs but vegans don't eat, or really even wear things that come from animals.

And I don't like honey because it is bee vomit :D
Domineke (author)  zascecs4 years ago
Many vegans avoid honey and even beewax-- no Burts Bee's chapstick for my vegan friend.
I respect vegans but how in the world can you live like that!!!!???? that is the hardest lifestyle because you only eat plants.
Most of the animals that non-vegans eat are vegan. They do fine with it. "Plants" still includes fruits, veggies, grains, legumes, etc. It can be hard to get into and stick with, but it's actually a lot healthier on a number of levels than eating meat and dairy (especially dairy).
i doubt not eating any meat can be healthy on any level
I agree with DavidRobertson. Humans really aren't geared for eating meat on a physical level, at least not a lot of it. I don't know all the health benefits, but ceasing to eat meat, dairy, and sugar appears to have stopped my grandmother's pancreatic cancer (5% survival rate normally) in its tracks. Meat is consumed so regularly by so many people because of exactly that. It's part of culture, it's easy to get, everyone is used to it. However, what everyone is used to is not necessarily a good idea. I'm sure you've encountered that before.
I can agree with you on that respect, an excess of meat is bad for you.
but the protein content of meat is just unbeatable, hence our lovely enzymes being able to break down the proteins into much needed amino acids, some of which we can only get enough of via different animal meats.
It is in fact only very recently we are able to live without meat- through our transportation systems crops containing most nutrients can be seen in local supermarkets.
kravel mr.space2 years ago
Your statement, that there are some amino acids which we can only get enough of through meat, is inaccurate. Amino acids are just building blocks; your body doesn't care where it gets them.
Meat does have extremely concentrated protein, which can be quite handy, I certainly agree there. However, as you say, it's broken down into amino acids - plenty of protein AND amino acids are available in nuts, seeds, and beans. The body really doesn't need to be fed just the right amount of just the right stuff. If it gets fuel that's close enough to what it needs, it makes up the difference. It gets used to what you feed it and adapts accordingly.
It is relatively easy to be a vegetarian now because of the availability of foodstuffs, you're quite right there. However, saying that it's only recently that people have been able to live without meat is really not right at all.
>> I don't know all the health benefits

I think it says it all right there, dispensing facts and coming to a conclusion based on ancedotal "evidence" and admittedly not knowing "all the health benefits" 

(btw I am happy for your grandmother, thats great news!)

nikolardo, it's great to be a passionate about something near and dear to you, but at least learn all the facts so you don't look like a tool by making statements like that. No offense to you meant, but try to get your information from other sources besides pro-vegan sources (and publicly edited wiki articles).

More importantly...
To assume that quiting meat based products stopped cancer "in it's tracks"  is quite ignorant to the actual disease of cancer. Not only that but it is highly irresponsible, maybe a few people with the same issue will stop eating meat, dairy and other foods which in turns starts causing them specific health problems... do you really want to be responsible for that?
You're absolutely right, I certainly don't have enough evidence to back up my argument, especially when it got sidetracked. What I can say is that it is not terribly difficult being either vegetarian or vegan - the hardest part is dealing with people who ask about it. Also, it's really not a new thing, and has been going on for quite some time.
I do doubt quite a bit that anyone would get specific health problems when dropping meat or dairy, unless everything else they eat is absolute junk. But, again, I really don't know, so I shouldn't've said it.
I'm sorry but I think you'll find that if you do some basic research you will discover that you are very wrong.
such as?
edsobo mr.space4 years ago
Plenty of people do it every day. It's not even all that difficult. It just takes a little bit of research and awareness about the things you're putting into your body.
I meant humans (omnivores) not eating meat cannot be healthy
There are vegetable sources of complete protein. (quinoa, for example) They're quite healthy for humans.

I think eating small amounts of meat doesn't have to be an environmental disaster. There are areas of land that don't grow a whole lot easily, other than grazing plants.

The key issue, of course, is that cheese is delicious. I don't eat it every day, but it would be a very sad life, indeed, if I could never have or serve any. It's my 3 year old's favorite food (although he also loves his peas, apples, beans, and spicy lamb curry)
Where is the scientific evidence to support what you just said? Oh, that's right, there isn't any... 

You know, I am all for live and let live, do what you want if it doesn;t effect me but when it starts crossing the lines of ignoring (or making up) facts, that's when I speak up.

Vegans can and do live pretty healthy lives, I am not debating that, but so do meat eaters (most of the rest of us). Excess of anything is unhealth, moderation in all things is the key.

This agenda of telling everyone how healthy vegans all are is just nonsense. Add to that the complete BS that we are not "made" to eat meat and that animals do fine being "vegans".. I just stop and say .. really? REALLY? This is how you guys justify your choices? By selective facts, misdirection and outright falsehoods?

I hope these cookies are great and I hope all vegans can enjoy them but keep your rhetoric to yourselves.  Please?
And on the dairy level - I don't have a link to post to the info, but the guy who started Eat Right America ( gave a couple presentations at my school, and during the second one, he mentioned that at one point, when he had (I think it was) 11 of the top nutritionists in the country in the same room together to talk, he asked them what one food would each one of them ban. Seven of them said "dairy," three said "milk," and one said "Oreos." Human milk is super-good for you if you're a baby. Drinking cow-milk, which is meant for cow-babies, is a relatively new addition to the human diet, and therefore not something the human body is really prepared to deal with healthily.
In addition to what Una said about diabetes: my grandmother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, which has about a 5% survival rate. It's one of the bad ones. She's old enough that treatment with radiation or chemo wasn't an option. She'd been off gluten for about a year, and after doing some reading she dropped meat, dairy, and excessive sugar. The cancer has stopped doing anything and she's feeling fine. Not a scientific study, by any means, but she was following examples she read about. I think that some of the unhealthiness of meat in the current era may be due to the way it's raised and treated, though - not just that it's meat.
Una gormly4 years ago
Rhetoric? Everytime there is a vegan recipe on instructables there is somebody who has to start mouthing about why vegans choose to eat what they do. If you want to eat meat eat it. if you don't then don't. Why must you all jump all over a person's choice. This is getting so old. Get over yourselves.

And by the way the American Diabetes Association says
"Eating right and exercising are the best ways for patients with type 2 diabetes to begin to treat their disease. This study shows that a low-fat vegan diet and a diet based on ADA nutrition recommendations can help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood glucose levels and lower their chances for heart and blood vessel problems. These improvements were greater with the low-fat vegan diet."

But then again they are mainly in the business of misinformation and rhetoric.
wow, Honey?
a friend of mines mom is vegan, and she has made the best food i have ever eaten anywhere in my life. and she doesnt look sick, she looks stronger than me and im a healthy dude!
but i would need to test the honey substitutes next to the organic honeys to see if i could hang, cant imagine life without honey on breads and biscuits
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