Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

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On Friday, I posted this little teaser on my OSG Facebook wall…

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I wrote, “Starting the long weekend off right!”

Chocolate Chip Cookies & almond milk > Beer

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Then you begged and pleaded for the recipe and I left you in agony for 6 days while I was busy dipping these cookies in almond milk and slathering crusty, day-old bread with roasted tomato pesto.

I don’t consider myself to be a mean person, but after reading that I guess I am pretty twisted and cruel!

May I repay you in cookies, perhaps?

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve made a few vegan chocolate chip cookies on the blog and these are my favourite and easiest cookies to date. Best of all, the dough is thrown together in less than 5 minutes.

print this recipe!

Adapted from my previous versions here and here.

Yield: 12-14 large cookies

Ingredients:

  • 7 tbsp vegan butter + 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (or 1/2 cup vegan butter)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cane sugar (or use white)
  • 1 flax egg: (1 tbsp ground flaxed mixed with 3 tbsp water)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

 

1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, mix together the flax egg and set aside.

2. With an electric mixer or in a stand mixer, beat the Earth Balance until fluffy. Add the brown sugar and cane sugar and beat for 1-2 minutes until creamy. Beat in the flax egg.

3. Beat in the remaining ingredients and fold in the chocolate chips.

4. Shape balls of dough and place on the baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes (or up to 14 mins on a Silpat mat). Allow to cool for 5 mins. on the baking sheet and then transfer to a cooling rack for another 10 minutes.

Note 1) For a crispier cookie edge, use 7 tbsp Earth Balance and 1 tbsp olive oil. I preferred cooking them this way. They also spread out a bit more. Alternatively, for a softer cookie, use 1/2 cup Earth Balance and no oil.

Note 2) As suggested by Ashley, to retain the crispy factor of the cookies place them in the freezer after cooling in a container or baggie. It was the only method I tried that kept the crispiness of the cookies! Simply thaw on the countertop.

 

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The dough tasted so amazing I almost considered not baking the cookies!

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These are definitely the best vegan chocolate chip cookies I’ve made on the blog. They are chewy with a lightly crisped outer crust and they are quick to throw together.

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As I typed this post Eric leaned over my shoulder and said, “First, you torture your friends on Facebook and now you torture me because we have none left!”

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And then he looked at this picture below and said, “Whoa, creeper hand.”

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You see what I have to deal with? ;)

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Have a great Wednesday Thursday!

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Holly @ The Runny Egg September 8, 2011

These look incredible Angela!!! I so want a cookie right now :)

I also wanted to tell you that a close friend of mine is slowly switching over to becoming a Vegan and I pointed her to your site for great recipe ideas — she is loving it so far!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 8, 2011

Thank you Holly! I hope she likes the recipes :)

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grace b September 8, 2011

It’s rainy and gross and I have a huge to-do list.

I shall be making these! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 8, 2011

hehe ;)

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape September 8, 2011

These look absolutely amazing!!

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Alex @ Raw Recovery September 8, 2011

I am REALLY excited to try these. I think you have the best cookie recipes around! Your snickerdoodles..omg. My dad has challenged me to make a better chocolate chip cookie recipe than my sister (who is considered the baker in the family) so I’m thinking/hoping these will take the prize!

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Megan @ The Detoxinista September 8, 2011

Oh, yum! These look like amazing cookies. Chocolate chip is my very favorite flavor, so I’m bookmarking these!! I hope I have an excuse to bake soon. ;)

Good to know about the molasses tip! I love chewy cookies.

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Carina@veggiegourmetkitchen September 8, 2011

The only thing preventing me from biting into my laptop is, that I made some cookies today as well. Puh, good timing!

I never baked something vegan, but I’ll give these a try!

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Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes September 8, 2011

Yummy! Want to make these right now and it’s only 9 am…
Thanks for the recipe!

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 8, 2011

Between this and Emily’s recipe the other day, I really want some chocolate chip cookies now! I made choc. chip dough balls before I left for a work trip this week, I’m kinda hoping there’s a least one left when I get home tonight now! (highly doubt it)

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Ashley September 8, 2011

One thing I haven’t attemped to make GF yet are cookies. Last night all I wanted was a choco chip cookie and now I think I might cry. ;) These look amazing!

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Heather (heathers dish) September 8, 2011

2 words: yes please :)

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jenny September 8, 2011

Ok…I use a similar recipe but my cookies never turn out that crispy looking. What is your secret?? Those are the most beautiful cookies EVER!!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 8, 2011

they weren’t that crispy, just a tiny bit. But after I put them in a container they got soft! Any idea on how this can be prevented?

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Alexis @ hummusapien September 8, 2011

Those cookies are picture perfect! you’ve inspired me to run to whole foods and get some chocolate chips!!

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Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 8, 2011

Those cookies look absolutely delicious! I’d make them, but then I’d end up eating all of them since I have no one to give them to! dangerous…

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Andrea B. @ Vegvacious September 8, 2011

I love baking a batch of cookies on a cold dreary day —- walking into a house smelling like fresh baking is a total “mood booster”… and so is having chocolate chip cookie dough to eat :-D I haven’t had a lot of success with vegan cookie recipes, so I’m looking forward to giving these a try!

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Cait's Plate September 8, 2011

I’m DYING over these pictures!!

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Nicole @ PancakesandPilates September 8, 2011

These look incredible Angela! Recently I’ve had quite a few banking flops due to my over eagerness to make things healthier. These are my next baking project, for sure! They look perfect and I’m making no changes. Thanks so much for sharing. PS I don’t think you’re cruel for sitting back and eating these cookies or yummy homemade pesto. You’re just human :)

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Ashley September 8, 2011

These look amazing. Must make these for the weekend! We have this huge event here in Reno– the Great Reno Balloon Races– so we’re getting up bright and early at 4:30 Saturday morning for them! Maybe I’ll bring these along, with some steaming mugs of coffee!

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Cat @Breakfast to Bed September 8, 2011

I am just going to make these and eat the dough. Yep.

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Tichina September 8, 2011

I know one thing…I’ll be starting off this coming weekend the right way like you did!!… Actually maybe I’ll just pretend and “start” the weekend on Saturday and Sunday too? :D

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Emily Malone September 8, 2011

As soon as mine are all gone (which will be today…) I am going to make these. YUM! They look crunchy!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 8, 2011

heh great minds think alike. You’d think I was pregnant or something! lol ;)

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Moni'sMeals September 8, 2011

Isn’t this all we need in life! So simple but yet does so much for the soul!

I love ingredients and hope to make them, I have far too many cookie recipes myself, they are my abolute favorite thing. :)

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Jennifer September 8, 2011

Yum!! Question for you: I’m not a huge fan of the flavor of molasses, does including it give the cookies a strong flavor or is it pretty mellow? I would like to keep the chewiness. Thank you!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 8, 2011

nope you can’t taste it…it’s an optional ingredient too! Not sure how much it really changes the outcome. I’ll have to try it without next time.

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Becca September 8, 2011

Yeah, I was wondering how that teeny-tiny amount of molasses can make that much of a difference in the cookie’s texture…?

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Brittany *Sparkles* September 8, 2011

Mmm I love some chewy cookies these look great!

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Kate September 8, 2011

these look great. wanted to note that i made your “perfect veggie burgers” over labor day weekend and they were perfect in deed. a HUGE hit – for me, the vegan of the family, and for everyone else! the recipe was perfect – we did ours on the grill. thanks for the great recipe!

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Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner September 8, 2011

YUM!! these cookies really do look sooo good!

In regards to storage… i know for soft cookies, it helps if you put a piece of apple in the container with the cookies, to keep them soft. For crisp cookies, it’s important to have a loose fitting lid so moisture isn’t trapped.. but I’m sure you knew that :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 8, 2011

Oh wow no I didnt know that! Thanks for the great tips :)

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suzanne September 8, 2011

For soft cookies you can also put a piece of bread in your storage container – it absorbs the air

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Sonia (the Mexigarian) September 8, 2011

Cookie Monster had the right idea. I haven’t made cookies in ages. Must make cookies this weekend.

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Lauren at Keep It Sweet September 8, 2011

These cookies look amazing, I must try them!

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Leah September 8, 2011
Heather @ Get Haalthy with Heather September 8, 2011

What a tease! Those look so good. Do they really flatten out that much when baking?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 8, 2011

Yup!

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Amber K September 8, 2011

They look delicious! I love the molasses trick. I can never seem to make an awesome chewy cookie, I hate crisp/crunchy cookies.

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suzanne September 8, 2011

These look amazing – and I am so excited to try the pesto this weekend! I have recently been using coconut oil in many of my old cookie recipes – WOW – SOOOOOOO good! Am interested to look into the soy free earth balance too – haven’t seen that.
Thanks for another great post!

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Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) September 8, 2011

I’m happy to see that I’m not the only one mixing up my days of the week! I love knowing that tomorrow is Friday….. I just seem to keep forgetting hahah :)

These cookies look awesome.

What is that orange mat you bake them on?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 8, 2011

It’s a Silpat mat. I actually preferred them on just parchment paper though as they get a bit crispier spread out more.

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Ashley September 8, 2011

Yumm these look outstanding! As for how to keep the crispy part of the cookie, I think the only way you can really do that is by freezing them immediately after they’ve cooled. Then when you thaw them, eat them shortly after thawing. Moisture in food likes to equilibrate so the harder parts become softer, and the softer parts become harder resulting in a product that has even moisture distribution (given enough time).

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 8, 2011

Oh wow another great tip! Thank you :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 9, 2011

Just wanted to let you know I tried the freezer method and it WORKED!!!! Hands down the best method I tried. This is life changing, thank you. ;)

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Ashley September 12, 2011

Yaey I’m so happy it worked for you! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 12, 2011

:) I’m updating the directions with your suggestion!

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Kiah September 8, 2011

I am so with you on the choco-chip>beer bandwagon!

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Jennifer C September 8, 2011

I CANNOT wait to make these. my daughter cannot have any dairy so I wanted to give her a treat and these look DELICIOUS!!!!

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Ellie@fitforthesoul September 8, 2011

whoaa-a-aaa-a that’s crazy good loooking cookies right there~and who knew 1/4 tsp molasses (only) could make such a big difference?! I love learning little tidbits like that!

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Alexis September 8, 2011

I was so excited to see you on the UoG website & had no idea you were an alumni! Go Gryphons! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 8, 2011

Glad you saw that!! It was weird seeing myself on there!

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Ana Maria September 8, 2011

I was so excited too! :D

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Anna @ The Guiltless Life September 8, 2011

Um – YUM! Cookies are my one sweet weakness. My college roommates called me the Cookie Monster because I would never eat anything sweet (I can’t handle sugar really) and then a cookie would show up and I would grab it before anyone could see.

I still can’t handle sugar but these are very low in sugar already and I can probably just use stevia or another replacement instead of the brown sugar. Thanks for the recipe!

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Anna @ The Guiltless Life September 8, 2011

It’s now on my Pinterest board of recipes to make… ;)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 8, 2011

Thanks for the pin :)

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Jenn September 8, 2011

I haven’t had any appetite in weeks (blaming it on relationship stress) and living off of green monsters because I have to eat something. I think these cookies might have fixed that. Not healthy, but whatever gets me eating again right?!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 8, 2011

Hope you feel better soon Jenn!

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