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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.

 
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Step 1: Ingredients and Important Notes

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

Ingredients:

  • 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

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

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 and Mix in Chips

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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.

Once it's all mixed, add in the chocolate chips and mix just until they're all through the dough.

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.

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HailiF1 month ago
Use brown sugar instead of raw and then add 1/2 cup of Apple sauce for a color taste and texture fix
ChrisD381 month ago

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.

IvanaI ChrisD381 month ago
They turn out pale but they taste great–you should give them a try instead of judging them by their colour
Maybe you shouldn't assume he didn't he eat them when he said they tasted cakey?? Kind of rude.
DannishaL1 month ago
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.
StacyA11 month ago

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!!!

AlanaB11 month ago

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

Trish642 months ago

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

SarahM192 months ago

Oven temp? looked but couldnt find it.

350 degrees Fahrenheit. Click to see all 9 steps, and it is in step 2
I fried mine in a pan like a egg they turnt out great!!!!
nikki7134 months ago
What is the oven temperature supposed to be? You don't have it listed. I'm assuming 350.
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.
nikki7134 months ago
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..
CyndikayM6 months 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

I did as well.

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.

SoW15 months 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.

LydiaT35 months 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)  LydiaT35 months ago
I recently flattened them out before baking them and they turned out more "cookie" like. That might help :)

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.clark36 months 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.
blackperl6 months 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 ?
goonmama7 months ago

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

Strephen7 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.chan7 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)!

ruthie8837 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.

LouiseA8 months ago

how long does the dough last in the fridge?

Domineke (author)  LouiseA8 months ago

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

LouiseA Domineke7 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.carone8 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.
Eibhlin98 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

Eibhlin

Domineke (author)  Eibhlin98 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.

TimH28 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)  TimH28 months ago

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

ladyofthecake8 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)  ladyofthecake8 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!
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