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.

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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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Amanda Samantha September 14, 2011

Made this last weekend and they were delicious! They taste so amazing, you would’t guess they are vegan.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 14, 2011

Thanks Amanda!

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Rachel October 10, 2011

Hi,
In your post you say to use white sugar.

Many times sugar products are NOT vegan.
http://www.veganproducts.org/sugar.html

The problem with white sugar is they sometimes use BONE CHAR from COWS (gross!) in the refining process. (on top of it probably being GMO, full of pesticides, herbicides, and a highly addictive cocaine like substance ::insert strange trying to laugh at something that is not really funny giggle here::

I have been researching lately about sugars and maple syrups. Unfortunately both are scarier than previously thought. Be informed about the brands you choose for both sweeteners. At least with sugar you can say it is vegan if it isn’t white.

My husband forbid me from researching about diet related stuff awhile back. I think I am remembering why… sigh.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 10, 2011

Hey Rachel, I’m aware of this and and only use organic cane sugar.

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Amy September 14, 2011

This might be a dumb question, but are dark chocolate chips vegan?

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Casi Leigh September 14, 2011

These are now bookmarked under my recipes tab with the label “BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe.” They were that awesome.

As always, so much gratitude for your brilliance!! :)

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Sara @MasPublicHealth September 14, 2011

Can’t wait to try this out. Thanks for your great vegan recipes!

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Jessica September 19, 2011

these are amazing… seriously. i also appreciate that it doesn’t make a million of them !! Just enough :)

i’ve been a lurker for a while — recently decided to put it all out there and these cookies are my first post !! pop in if you get a chance!!!

http://anoriginaltaste.blogspot.com/2011/09/recipe-best-vegan-chocolate-chip.html

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Kelsey September 20, 2011

Bookmarking!! I’m doing another “vegan challenge” soon, so these will be perfect. I like to share that not all vegan food is “weird.”

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Tiffany Lobner September 21, 2011

My mom made these cookies for our girls weekend on the coast and the cookies were so great! She didn’t have vanilla, so she used orange extract…and they were really quite good!

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Nannette September 25, 2011

I made these today and substituted applesauce for the earth balance because I can’t seem to find it at my local grocery stores. SO yummy!!! Thanks for sharing:)

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char @ char on a mission September 29, 2011

Ok I JUST put these in the oven, but it’s hard to even get that far when the batter tastes so good. My only complaint is that this recipe should make a million cookies…no exaggeration. I’m at least doubling this recipe next time I make it – my husband eats too fast for me to get to save any of these!!! :D

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Jeffie September 30, 2011

Dreena Burton’s chocolate chip cookies are my favorite. I make them all the time and the blackstrap molasses really add a nice buttery taste! Also gives it a kick of iron which, I love. These are some delicious looking cookies by the way :)

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Emily October 6, 2011

These are really THE BEST cookies. I’m making them for my scared-of-veganism coworkers and not telling them anything, and I bet they will eat them alllll and yearn for more and I will tell them to become vegan, because that’s where the best cookies are :D Thank you so much Angela! :D

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 7, 2011

:) GLad you enjoy the cookies Emily!

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char @ char on a mission October 9, 2011

I have a problem…I could bake these EVERYday. Seriously. I actually technically DO bake them everyday (if you count yesterday and today ;)). A funny thing is in my nutrition class at U of G, we were talking about foods to avoid while pregnant, and raw cookie dough was on there. I wanted to shout out, “not vegan cookie dough!” But refrained. Love them so, so much!

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Marianna October 13, 2011

how crucial is the wheat pastry flour? Could I use regular flour? Not even sure where to find that…

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 13, 2011

Yes I think all purpose flour should work

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Katrina October 20, 2011

I’m making my third batch of cookies since Sunday, this time a double batch to bring to some friends (and some to save for me!) These are the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had, and I’m so happy they’re vegan.

I did notice the were a little on the oily side for me the first time I made them, so I replaced two tablespoons of the EB with applesauce, and they were divine! The applesauce also acts as a binder, so the cookies aren’t as flat, but still spread out.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 20, 2011

Oh that’s good to know, I will have to try them that way!

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Marianna November 6, 2011

I can’t stop making these!!! I follow the recipe exactly, but for some reason mine don’t get thin. I thought maybe my baking soda was bad, but I used a new box and they still stay very compact. I also add the olive oil. Any ideas?

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Felicity Jones October 30, 2012

Mine don’t either, and I can’t figure it out :/ I love cookies when they’re flat & crispy. I pretty much followed this recipe to a T, except used regular whole wheat flour and silpat mats.
When I’ve researched how to get cookies to turn out flat and crispy, everything said to use a lottt of butter, which I’d rather avoid! I like to keep em healthy as a cookie can be.

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Hagen November 7, 2011

I just made these. i didnt have flax seed, so i used 1tbl flax oil with 3 tbl water and 1/2 tbl chia seed. also i left out the molasses because i didnt have any. they came out great, i can only imagine how good they will be when i use the extra ingredients that i left out. thanks :)

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ashlee April 30, 2012

I made these last night for my non-vegan husband who despairs at my constant less-than-successful attempts to make fancy vegan cookies. So I decided to get back to basics…two thumbs way up! These are delicious and easy and he ate half the batch before they were cooled :-)

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Stefanie May 10, 2012

Hi! Cute blog!
I just wanted to say that these are the best vegan chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made. So simple too! Thank you!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 11, 2012

So glad to hear that!

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Hannah June 1, 2012

I’m running to my kitchen right now to make them! Just finished making the homemade strawberry jam oat bars ! My house smells so good I could eat it!! Can’t wait to make these! :) I’ve been looking for a quick, easy vegan cookie for a while too, perfect timing!

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Hannah June 9, 2012

Where do you find the dark chocolate chips that don’t have milk products in it?! I have looked everywhere! I’m just dying to try this !!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 10, 2012

Look in the natural food section of your grocery store, that’s where I’ve had most luck. I just check the label as make sure there is no actual dairy in it. Many dark chips that are organic are also vegan. Sometimes you can even find them in the bulk bins too. Goodluck!

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Lauren June 18, 2012

Hi Angela!
I was looking for a good cookie recipe to bake and bring into work to share with my co-workers to show them how delicious vegan baking can be – and of course I started with a search on your recipage. Lucky me, this recipe popped up and I had everything in my kitchen, perfect! I got to work and whipped them up quickly. I actually refrigerated the batter and had to bake them later in the evening and they came out perfectly. This is the best chocolate chip cookie recipe ever!! I’ve been at work for only an hour and a half and they’re almost gone. People have also asked for the recipe so I’ve been raving all about you and sharing your blog. Thanks for all the work you do and all the recipes you share. You’re the best :)

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Liz June 21, 2012

I tried these, but used applesauce (unsweetened) instead of earth balance and oil and they turned out delicious! Thank you! I am new to the whole vegan thing, and I am learning…

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Megan August 3, 2012

Oh my! These are just yum. I looove the crispy-chewy texture!

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Manisha August 5, 2012

Was looking to try out a choc chip cookie recipe that was vegan as my brother has just become a convert. I am paleo type eater myself but these turned out great or either lifestyle. Crispy on the outside and a bit of chew in the middle. I my cookies seem puffy when taking out of the oven, I give the cookie sheet a good whack or two on top of the stove. They immediately obey and transform into a perfectly textured cookie with the perfect thickness. Not to mention it feels good to release a bit of of energy this way, esp since it is for a good cause. Try it. I used Spectrum organic palm oil shortening coz I’m trying to use up mine. I used coconut oil instead of olive. I try to stay away from soy. Next time I will try using all coconut oil/olive oil as I don’t care for the taste of palm oil. Baked for 12 minutes and cooled on cookie sheet.

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K August 12, 2012

just tried these!! (a little late, I know)
I subbed coconut oil for the earth balance, brown rice flour for the all purpose flour. Turned out great!!
I may try to do gluten free apf next time and see how it works!

AMazing recipe! Thanks again :)

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Kayla August 12, 2012

I just want to say I am LOVING your blog! I came across it tonight. I’m trying to eat a more “vegan” diet and I have nut allergies. Please keep up the recipes! It’s so hard to find yummy meals that don’t call for nuts.

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Monica Carten August 16, 2012

I made these yesterday and I really enjoyed the raw dough–no eggs to give me salmonella right?! Unfortunately, the cookies were good but I overcooked them and they are too crisp. I live in Denver, Colorado and routinely have to tweek baking recipes for the mile-high altitude. I increased the oven time as well as oven temperature–in retrospect I probably should have done one of these only. BUT they are still good just not soft and chewy on inside like I like–bring on the non-dairy milk for dunking or coconut ice cream–! humm how i’m thinking!!

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Rosa B. August 21, 2012

I made these last night and they’re hard to stop eating!!!

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Sibel August 22, 2012

It looks very yummy I will try it out tonight! However, I couldn’t understand what’s Earth Balance. I checked the website but there are no stores that sell these products here! :( What can I use as a substitute?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 22, 2012

Do you have any non-dairy margarine?

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Erica August 23, 2012

These were fantastic! I brought them to the Freshman Fair at my school and they helped me recruit a lot of people to our animal/human rights club! The non-vegans were all surprised by how good they were and I got a big hug from a senior who was vegan and unable to find anything else to eat.

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Kimberly August 30, 2012

Angela your recipes have helped me to successfully convert my carnivorous husband and picky three year old into fans of my Vegan cooking. Thank you! For these cookies would whole wheat flour work INSTEAD of pastry four? I couldnt find any in town….but I just ordered some on amazon. My kids are excited to bake cookies today…and I might be a little bit anxious to eat them. :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 30, 2012

Thank you Kimberly! You are too kind. :) As for the flour, whole wheat might result in denser or drier cookies. I would first try subbing 50% whole wheat and using all purpose for the other half. Let me know how it goes!

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Stacy September 13, 2012

I’m totally new to this so I’m sorry for being clueless, but I’ve seen that you list Earth-Balance in some of your recipes and I have no idea what that is. I clicked the link and it looks like Earth Balance is a brand that has a lot of different foods so I wasn’t sure what you’re using. Please tell me, these look delicious and I want to make them!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 13, 2012

Hey Stacy, I use the Soy Free Earth Balance in the tub. Hope this helps!

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Colynn September 13, 2012

OMG. These were soooo delicious! I put a scoop of Tofutti Vanilla Almond Bark Ice Cream in between two of them and ate it as a late night snack. ♥♥♥

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Lauren September 18, 2012

I just made these and OMG they’re so good! Thanks for another great recipe! I’ll be lucky if these cookies last until the end of the day!

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Aubrey Baar September 24, 2012

Hi! We LOVE this recipe!! I recently made some for a friend and they loved them too! She asked for the recipe and how many calories were in one? Do you know?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 24, 2012

Im sorry I dont have the info!

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Holly October 13, 2012

Just made these – they are delicious!! Thank-you for the recipe!

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Nina October 15, 2012

Can I use all purpose white flour or regular whole wheat flour? I don’t have any pastry flour on hand… Thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 15, 2012

I cant see why not :) Let me know if you try it!

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Niki October 19, 2012

Where do you find non dairy chocolate chips?!?! I’ve tried carob and I’m not really a fan..

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 19, 2012

many brands of dark chocolate chips are dairy-free. Just be sure to check the label first!

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Lisa October 23, 2012

Hi there,

By the way the cookies look yummy:)
I was just wondering what earth balance is so i googled it.
Which earth balance product does this recipie require?? Is it the shortening??

Thank you kindly,
Lisa

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 23, 2012

Hi Lisa, I think I used soy free in the tub, but Im sure their sticks would work as well. I just prefer the soy free flavour. Enjoy!

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Britny October 24, 2012

Every time I make these cookies they come out really runny :(. Should I add extra flour??

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