Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate, Cookies, Desserts, Vegetarian

The Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies have soft chewy centers and slightly crispy edges. These vegan chocolate chip cookies call for zero funny ingredients and instead rely on nut butter and coconut oil to give them their wonderful, delicious texture.

overhead shot of cookies on a cooling rack

I have made A LOT of chocolate chip cookies over the years. I get a lot of requests for veganized recipes of some of my baked goods. But I’m going to be honest: I’m sort of intimidated by vegan baking. That’s why I’m SO excited to share these perfect Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies. They truly are amazing.

As much as I would love to take credit for them, I cannot. They come from my good friend, WEEKNIGHT BAKING!! WOHOO! It comes out today. And the premise is brilliant.

weeknight baking cookbook

close up of chilled cookie dough

Ingredients You’ll Need for Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. All-purpose flour. These require the standard flour!
  2. Baking powder and baking soda. Baking powder gives them some lift and baking soda allows them to spread a bit and have nice color.
  3. Kosher salt. This gives the cookie a balanced taste.
  4. Coconut oil. Most cookies have some form of fat (usually this is butter). This coconut oil gives this cookie its moisture, texture and richness.
  5. Creamy almond butter. This also contributes a bit of fat and flavor to the cookies. Surprisingly they don’t “taste” like almond butter.
  6. Water. The water thins the almond butter out and adds a bit of mixture.
  7. Vanilla extract. Vanilla always gives cookies a lovely hint of flavor.
  8. Dark brown sugar. As a result, the brown sugar will provide the cookies moisture, sweetness and flavor.

raw cookie dough balls on a baking sheet

How to Make Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Mix the dry ingredients together: all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. In another bowl, add the melted coconut oil, creamy almond butter, water and vanilla extract.
  3. And then, mix in the brown sugar.
  4. Add the dry ingredients. And then, mix it all in until you no longer see any speckles of flour.
  5. Pour in the chocolate chips and mix.
  6. Chill the dough. If the dough is super soft, you can refrigerate the dough for 1 hour. As a result, they won’t spread too much.
  7. Bake the cookies! 

baked vegan chocolate chip cookies on a baking sheet

Where Can I Buy Vegan Chocolate Chips

Chocolate is inherently vegan. But most chocolate chips we use for baking and eating has a bit of milk in it. Hence the reason why it’s called “milk chocolate” or “semi-sweet.” So you’ll need to seek out vegan chocolate chunks/chips OR, as Michelle advises, use a vegan chocolate bar. I went for vegan chocolate chunks I had in my pantry already.

Of course, if you’re serving non-vegan friends, then use whatever you like.

angle of chocolate chip cookies on a cooling rack

How to Freeze Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough For Later

I’m convinced that you haven’t experienced true joy in life if you don’t know the feeling of having frozen cookie dough your freezer. It’s an amazing feeling because it truly means freshly baked cookies are mere minutes away. Here’s how to save them for later:

  1. Scoop the dough out and place on a baking sheet, making sure they’re about 1-inch a part.
  2. Place them in the freezer for about 30 minutes. As a result, their outside will be solid and won’t freeze adhered to each other.
  3. Then transfer the super cold cookie dough balls to a freezer-safe bag or container.
  4. Label the container with the date and the type of cookies they are (so you don’t forget)
  5. Stick ‘em in the freezer and that’s it!

I also have a whole post dedicated to the subject matter if you need to read something a bit more lengthy.

Here’s a link to Michelle’s book, Weeknight Baking, and blog, Hummingbird High! 

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Looking for more dessert recipes? Here are some of my other favorites: 

Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

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5 from 16 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Serving Size: 16 cookies
Calories: 89kcal
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies are gooey, chocolate-y with the perfect texture. These vegan cookies are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces vegan chocolate chips or from a bar, (at least 70% cocoa), if from a bar, chopped
  • 2 cups (9 ounces/250g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup (3.15 ounces) unsweetened creamy natural almond butter
  • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) water
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups (9.35 ounces) tightly packed dark brown sugar

Directions

  • Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two half sheet pans with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, almond butter, water, and vanilla until smooth. Add the sugar and whisk until combined. Add the dry ingredients and mix with a rubber spatula until just combined. add the chopped chocolate and mix until evenly distributed throughout.
  • Use a 3-tablespoon cookie dough scoops to portion the cookie dough into balls and place them at least 3 inches apart on the prepared sheet pans. If the cookie dough seems too soft to scoop, refrigerate for about 45 minutes to an hour. Bake one pan at time for 12 minutes, until the edges have set but the centers are still gooey.
  • The cookies will look puffed when you pull them out of the oven, but will fall and crack into the perfect cookies as they cool. Cool the cookies on the pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes, or until the edges and bottoms of the cookies feel firm to the touch. Repeat with remaining cookie dough balls (or freeze it to bake later). Serve warm or at room temperature. Top with flaky salt, if you like. The cookies can be stored, in an airtight container at room temperature, for up to 3 days.

Notes

Coconut Oil:
These cookies need to be made with coconut oil. You can use traditional coconut oil, which gives these cookies a tropical flavor, or refined coconut oil, which lets the almond and chocolate flavors shine.
Different Nut and Seed Butters: 
This recipe will work with different nut butters. Try it with tahini or peanut butter! 
Equipment:
Baking Sheets | Medium Cookie Scoop | Stainless Steel Bowls | Stand-up Mixer 
CourseDessert
CuisineAmerican
Keywordbest vegan chocolate chip cookies, vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe, vegan chocolate chip cookies
Serving: 16g | Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 120mg | Potassium: 38mg | Sugar: 16g | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
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  • Reply Maddi June 7, 2020 at 11:56 am

    5 stars
    So. I love this recipe. However, I am a modifier, and tend to modify to my taste/liking.

    First time I made these I used vegan butter. Came out fine. A few weeks later, I decided to try again. This time using only whole wheat flour and browning some miyoko’s butter to add some depth of flavor. Little did I know I had actually doubled the butter…but by golly, they may have actually been better. Not better for you, but they are cookies.

    So, vegan butter seems to work fine (for me), whole wheat flour is a go, and if you feel like browning the butter a little, or, maybe, doubling it…go for it!

    • Reply Maddi June 7, 2020 at 11:57 am

      Oh, and I used non dairy milk in place of water, too!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme June 10, 2020 at 9:56 am

      Awesome!

  • Reply Ryan May 4, 2020 at 4:53 pm

    5 stars
    This recipe is stolen gram for gram from America’s Test Kitchen: Vegan for Everybody with no mention or credit to them. It’s a gem, but credit to them would be appropriate. Your friend appropriated them.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme May 4, 2020 at 6:11 pm

      hi ryan! i believe she gave credit to them in her cookbook. i also believe she said she adapted it a bit changing the baking soda/salt and brown sugar.

  • Reply Autumn May 1, 2020 at 9:53 am

    5 stars
    Tried these last night and they turned out amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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