Your eyeballs won't pop all the way out of their sockets and you certainly won't sprout blue fuzz all over your body, but you'll know just what goes through the Cookie Monster's brain when you sample one of these vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies.
These are truly the BEST vegan chocolate chip cookies. They are barely crispy around the edges but mostly soft and chewy, and they are studded with enough chocolate chips to make you go om nom nom nom.
I shared this recipe with you a few years back and so many of you have loved it and tried it. I've updated the post for you with more detailed instructions and also added a few new photos, including some taken by Jay who's turning out to be quite the food photographer.
Is chocolate vegan (and where can you find vegan chocolate chips):
Lucky for us vegans, the answer to that question is a resounding yes.
The chocolate chips you'll find on store shelves is usually not vegan because many contain milkfat. But there are many varieties of vegan chocolate chips that are now available (white chocolate chips are harder to find though).
Usually you have a better chance of finding dark chocolate chips that are vegan, although semisweet chips are quite easily found too.
I usually buy my vegan chocolate chips from Whole Foods or Amazon, which has a wide variety. Costco, for a while, offered big bags of Kirkland semisweet chocolate chips that were not labeled as vegan but were so accidentally, although I haven't been able to find them at the store for a couple of years now.
Here are some other brands that offer vegan chocolate chips: Enjoy Life, King David, California Gourmet, Nestle's Simply Delicious and Chatfield's. These can change -- Ghirardelli, for instance, offered semisweet chocolate chips in the past that were vegan, but then went and added milk to them -- so be sure to read labels when you buy.
Tips and how to make chocolate chip cookies
- These cookies require just eight ingredients, and molasses, which is optional. And they're so easy to make, a kid could do it. They are drop cookies, so you just need an ice cream scoop of a spoon to drop them on the baking sheet. Or, for a nicer shape, you can roll them up into balls. They'll spread nicely while baking into perfect rounds.
- These cookies are perfect with unbleached flour or with whole wheat pastry flour -- I make them with both -- and for some added complexity and even more flavor you can sub out a half a cup of the flour with almond flour.
- I use avocado oil in these cookies, because it's a healthy fat and flavorless. But I've also made these with olive oil and with coconut oil. Olive oil is great, but coconut oil tends to add a stronger flavor I am not crazy about. You can also just use an equal quantity of vegan butter.
- The applesauce subs for some of the fat you might have added to the recipe, and it gives the cookies even more flavor and tenderness.
- These cookies, like I said above, are crispy and golden around the edges and soft and chewy at the center. But the texture of chocolate chip cookies is a matter of much debate and preference. I found this great NPR article that talks about the science behind baking your chocolate chip cookie to the exact texture you like: it's an informative -- and delicious -- read.
Ingredients for vegan chocolate chip cookies
- Flour, all purpose or whole wheat pastry flour: Whole wheat pastry flour makes great, and healthier, cookies. Use all purpose if you'd rather.
- Almond flour (you can simply replace with unbleached all purpose flour or whole wheat flour if you don't want to use this)
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Coconut or olive oil or any vegetable oil. I have made this with diffrent
- Applesauce: Applesauce helps make these melt-in-the-mouth tender.
- Vanilla extract: For a lovely, wholesome flavor.
- Cane or turbinado sugar
- Molasses (optional, but nice). I love the richness molasses adds to these chocolate chip cookies.
- Vegan Chocolate chips. See section above on vegan chocolate chips for more details, brands, etc.
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour (or whole wheat pastry flour makes a great, and healthier, substitute.)
- ½ cup almond flour (superfine)
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- ¾ cup applesauce
- 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 ⅓ cup turbinado sugar or vegan cane sugar
- 1 tbsp molasses (optional)
- 1 ¼ cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a bowl, mix the all purpose flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- In a larger bowl, whisk together the oil, applesauce, vanilla, sugar and molasses.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix with a spatula until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Refrigerate the cookie dough for 30 minutes to an hour. Prepare three cookie sheets by lining them with parchment paper.
- Scoop balls of the cookie dough onto the baking sheet using an ice cream scoop. You should get about 20 cookies.
- Bake each batch of cookies in the oven for 16 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
- Let the cookies cool on the sheet or on a wire rack. Remove with a spatula to serve.