Salt-Kissed Chunky Peanut Butter Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on September 2, 2010

Good evening!

Our friend Dan’s birthday get together is tomorrow night and I got this great idea to make Dan healthier vegan chocolate chip cookies. You see, Dan is a great guy and he deserves only the best on his birthday. He also loves my vegan baked goods.

Little did I know that my quest to bake a delicious vegan chocolate chip cookie would take 5 trials! Oye. However, I do not go down without a fight. If it takes 5 trials of taste testing cookies, I will roll up my sleeves and dig in. Someone’s gotta do it.

I started with a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe that one of my family members gave me years ago. I decided it was time to veganize this baby! Out went 1 egg, 1/2 cup butter, and a cup of sugar.

See ya, won’t miss ya, I said.

For some reason, I decided I would also turn this recipe into a s’more cookie. I was feeling a bit crazy and delirious, clearly…

Trial 1:

The S’more sandwich.



It tasted good, but it was nothing to write home about.

Back to the drawing board!

Trial 2:

The S’more Cookie


Oozing with vegan marshmallows, it was good, but not great. Nor amazing.


Trial 3:

Vegan Chunky Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies


Whoops. It got a little crowded in there! ;)


I was sick of the s’more cookies and decided to go back to the classic chocolate chip cookie with a nut butter twist. This version tasted phenomenal, but the cookie was a bit thin for my liking.

I was now on a quest to plump it up!

Trial 4:

The thicker chocolate chip cookie


Too thick and cake like. :(

I am now weak. It feels like I have been in the kitchen for days on end. My throat is dry.

This is what happened when I added a chia egg (1 T ground chia + 3 T water) and a bit more flour. Interesting, but much too muffin like in texture and not crispy at all.

I need the crisp factor!


Trial 5:

The Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie…with a twist!

I said a little prayer for this batch. My golden hairs were turning grey. Something had to give….


[This recipe is BACK after popular request!! Sorry for the inconvenience guys!]

Salt-Kissed Chunky Peanut Butter Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 1 + 1/4 cup whole grain spelt flour* (see note below)
  • 1/4 cup organic sugar
  • 1/4 tsp fleur de sel (or reg. salt)
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1.5 tbsp cacao nibs (optional, but they add crunch!)
  • 3-4 tsp non-dairy dark chocolate chips
  • 1.5 tbsp chunky peanut butter
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3.5 tbsp canola oil
  • Fleur de sel, for garnish
  • Turbinado sugar, for garnish (optional)



  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray  with oil. In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients (spelt flour, baking  soda, baking powder, fleur de sel, sugar).
  2. Whisk together. In a medium  sized bowl mix all wet ingredients (peanut butter, maple syrup, oil.  vanilla). Mix well making sure the PB is thoroughly mixed in.
  3. Now add  wet to dry and stir. Mix with hands if necessary until fully  incorporated. Stir in cacao nibs and chocolate chips. Wet hands and  shape small cookies about 1.5 inches in diameter and place on baking  sheet.
  4. Bake for just 10 minutes. Remove from oven and place on cooling  rack after a couple minutes. Cool for 10 minutes. Makes 14 medium sized  cookies.

See this post for my favourite chocolate chip cookie recipe!


Happy Birthday Dan. If we eat all of them before tomorrow night, this post is proof that the thought was there anyways. ;)

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holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 2, 2010 at 6:13 pm

You can send those “bad” cookies to me! :)

Happy Birthday Dan. If I baked those cookies for you they would be long gone by tomorrow!


Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 2, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Angela, you’re genius. Pure genius. I love all your recipes and this one’s no different. PB..chocolate..cookies?! Heck yes please!! :D

And happy birthday, Dan!


Meredith September 2, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Mmm those look delish! The “flops” don’t look half bad either:)


Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] September 2, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Oh, how I miss the rain. It’s high 90’s today! Enjoy : )


OSGMOM September 2, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Holy Yum! I wish I was there to have one or two or three :)


MoniMeals September 2, 2010 at 6:19 pm

THey Look Great! You had me on the the first one…a smore sandwich…sold! but then the chunky peanut butter chocolate chip cookie… I am sold as well! You needed a litttle taste tester! :) I wish I could reach in and have one. :) Looks perfect to have with the little rain (drizzle) and some warm almond milk or tea, I agree. Great touch with the turbinado sugar


Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 2, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Peanut butter and chocolate… you can’t go wrong there!


Tasha - the clean eating mama September 2, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Fantastic as always! I am always on the hunt for vegan cookies!


Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty September 2, 2010 at 6:25 pm

I think this must be the reason your recipes are always SO good!! I would have given up way before you did!! And now you have all those dangerous cookies lurking in your kitchen.

Good perseverance Ang!! teehee!!

They look amazing!


Emily September 2, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Those look amazing!! I have been looking for a vegan recipe for chocolate chip cookies lately and I think I may have found the one :) Thanks so much for all your hard work and trials !!


Maissa September 2, 2010 at 6:40 pm

This guy is getting bookmarked. Now I know what I’m making the next time I want to bake. I love that it doesn’t ask for any complicated ingredients. Built to be vegan from the ground up with no replacements.
Thanks for sharing these!


Cara September 2, 2010 at 6:43 pm

I am sure all the trails were worth it, those look fabulous.
If only I could bite into one right now!


Rachael September 2, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Fleur de sel is one of the most amazing baking additions I’ve come across – I love the bit of salt with the sweet, and it makes for excellent lemon-tinged sugar cookies!


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 2, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Wow… these are dreamy. Love salt + sweet.


Jen September 2, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Those all look delish! And I swear, Hamilton is the only place in Southern Ont. that didn’t get rain today…I’d like a break from this humidity; please send rain stat!


Kristina @ spabettie September 2, 2010 at 6:55 pm

I love topping my brownies and cookies with a little sea salt… YUM

You have my address, right?? I’ll take those s’more cookies off your hands – I’m generous like that :)


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter September 2, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Omigosh those look to die for! I just tried out your mushroom pizza today by the way. It was phenomenal. Here’s the link:


Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow September 2, 2010 at 7:04 pm

You my dear a fabulous and true baker!!! Five trials..impressive! ;) and they look delish!

Those will be on my upcoming treat for a rant day


Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine September 2, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Angela- you are UNSTOPPABLE!
I am making these tomorrow. I would make them tonight but I don’t have chocolate chips and I have had too much wine. The cookies must wait.
PS- Thank you so much for your mushroom post!! Mushrooms have been the one food I do not like for such a long time. I have recently (as in last month) started warming up to them, and I love what you did!


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2010 at 10:03 pm

I used to HATE Portabellas! Now I love all mushrooms.


Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) September 2, 2010 at 7:12 pm

I love cookies with a little bit of saltyness! These look great – I don’t know how you made it through 5 trials, I would have called it a day after just two!


Julie @SavvyEats September 2, 2010 at 7:14 pm

This recipe looks perfect. I need to make these soon!


Stefanie September 2, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Dan is one lucky guy to have a friend like you. Those cookies look yummy. :) I would have never thought to add cocao nibs to add crunch.


The Wife of a Dairyman September 2, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Looks good! ….I would probably substitute butter in mine ;)


Mimi September 2, 2010 at 7:19 pm

A little bit of salt on something sweet makes all the difference. Everyone always asks me what my “trick” is!


Tina September 2, 2010 at 7:29 pm

I don’t think you can get better than fresh baked goods for a gift. Especially for a guy! Great idea.

And I hope you got to enjoy one yourself with a glass of almond milk and relaxing, just listening to the rain. :)


Maria @ Oh Healthy Day September 2, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Dan is one lucky guy. And so is whoever gets to eat all the “duds”.


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2010 at 10:02 pm

i’ll pawn the duds off on friends…hahah


Heather @ Side of Sneakers September 2, 2010 at 7:30 pm

1. I love how dedicated you are to making the best cookie, no matter how many trials.
2. The final product sounds & looks delicious!


Devyn September 2, 2010 at 7:31 pm

OMG. This post made me crave a cookie so bad and I never really crazy cookies or desserts. I HAD to get a spoon of salty peanut butter haha, but the craving was not resolved! I may have to bake…


Rhea (Greek Feaster) September 2, 2010 at 7:33 pm

What a sweet friend you are! The cookies look great- I love salty and sweet. Example: I would love to make a cocoa-based cookie with pretzel bits :D


Maddie September 2, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Wow those look delicious! Thanks for the recipe. I have to bake a dessert for a cross country running party tomorrow and was looking for something new. Who doesn’t love peanut butter and chocolate chips?


MJ September 2, 2010 at 7:35 pm

They look delish! Though I wouldn’t mind the recipe for the s’more cookies. please.


Bridget September 2, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Mmmm cookies! This recipe looks fabulous! I’m guessing that I could use coconut oil in place of canola oil. Think that would work?


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2010 at 9:57 pm

I thought about that too…Im not sure how it would change the cookie but might be worth a shot!


Wei-Wei September 2, 2010 at 7:38 pm

What happened to Trials 1-4?! Are you going to eat all of them? Heh. Awesome. I think I’ll try this recipe, but I don’t have any chocolate chips… maybe I’ll just add some walnuts for crunch! Thanks for sharing! (I love your resolve. I think I get mine from you. :D)


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Will be bringing them to the party


betsy September 2, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Hi Angela. Those cookies look awesome. I have a question for you about Green Monsters. I have finally gotten hooked on Green Monsters, so much that I drink one EVERY day. I love them!!! I put 2 huge handfuls of spinach in with some other ingredients. What I am wondering is if you can eat(drink) too much spinach. I have read conflicting things about the absorption of Iron and Calcium when too much spinach is consumed. What do you know about this and what do you think. I feel like my skin is so much softer and less dry. My hair and nails have improved. My energy is up. These things are amazing. I just want to make sure they are ok to drink daily.
Thanks for introducing me to these and all the great recipes you blog about .


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2010 at 10:00 pm

I have read that it is a good idea to mix up and ‘rotate’ your greens. Like any other veggie, this is a good idea. I try to mix up the greens in my smoothies whenever I can…sometimes I use kale, spinach, chard (ew), or other random greens I find in my CSA. I think it is always a good idea to not reply too heavily on one type of vegetable because that might mean we are missing out on other nutrients. :)


MarathonVal September 2, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Those first two trials look good to me… I made s’mores bars this week, I love that flavor!


Andrea September 2, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Beautiful cookies! I can’t believe you persevered through all the trials, but at least you had some good cookie-fuel for all that time slaving in the kitchen! :)


Gina September 2, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Those look awesome! Thanks for doing all of the trial work for us so we don’t have to ;)


Heather (Heather's Dish) September 2, 2010 at 8:12 pm

i love vegan cookies for the sole fact that i can eat it all before it’s baked. what’s better than that?! besides these cookies anyway :)


Kristy September 2, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Those cookies look amazing!! They def wouldn’t last long in my house! :)


Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl September 2, 2010 at 8:23 pm

I have a feeling I would be pretty happy if my cookies turned out half as good as your “bad” cookies! They all look delish and I’m sure would have no problem being devoured ;)


Gree September 2, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Wow, those look absolutely delicious, I love the addition of the salt!


Allison September 2, 2010 at 8:33 pm

I made peanut butter chocolate chip cookies today too!!!!! But i made mine softer and chewy:):) I definitely whould have given up after 1 or 2 trials lol thats why you have the bakery:):)


Teri [a foodie stays fit] September 2, 2010 at 8:34 pm

oooh, yummy! I can’t believe how little sugar you had to add to them! Impressive!


lindsay (goodiesgalore) September 2, 2010 at 8:35 pm

you are a nut!


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 2, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Why thank you


Liza (Health Nutting) September 2, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Oh my! Those look absolutely ridiculously insanely good!
I have just recently understood how vitally important and amazing sea salt is in sweet baked goods– YUM!


Olya September 2, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Yum! I’m going to make them right now. I find making yummy baking is a great insentive for my hubby to do the housework. Today I asked him if he would like me to bake some cookies and he can vacuum the house. Or I can vacuum… It didn’t take him long to decide ;)))


Gina (@ Looking Forward) September 2, 2010 at 8:47 pm

I totally had a dream last night that I was trying to create a delicious new healthier cookie recipe, but alas…you did it for me!!! Can’t wait to try these out!


Jolene ( September 2, 2010 at 9:08 pm

I am fascinated by how you come up with recipes like this – impressive!!


lisa September 2, 2010 at 9:10 pm

haha I HATE when I try the same recipe over and over with new modifications, with great hopes and then once its bake. disappointement. I mostly feel bad for wasting ingredients, ya know? But…
those look DELICIOUS! I never saw turbinado sugar. looks so tempting to eat as is!! haha :)


Sana September 2, 2010 at 10:05 pm

I feel like you need to be super determined to make magic happen in the kitchen! I would have quit after trial #!!!!


Caitlin (EatFeats) September 2, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Oh my goodness you are a baking phenomenon! Five trials–that is amazing! I admire your patience and creativity!


Candice @ ChiaSeedMe September 2, 2010 at 10:20 pm

These look awesome!


Chelsea at Striking Balance September 2, 2010 at 10:37 pm

Everytime I think you can’t post a better recipe, you come back with more! These look great, and I have almosttt all of the ingredients on hand. Yum!


Kris September 2, 2010 at 10:54 pm

YUM!!! I will make these and freeze them for the boys! :-)

You are so thoughtful!!!


Kendall September 2, 2010 at 11:11 pm

Let me know if your hiring a taste-tester soon. I think I would be perfectly qualified for the job! :)


Erika @ Health and Happiness in LA September 2, 2010 at 11:22 pm

Uhh… I kind of wish I had not read this post. Because now I really, really want cookies.


[email protected] September 2, 2010 at 11:25 pm

Wow, those look a.mazing. Five trials, that’s dedication!


Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 2, 2010 at 11:48 pm

I love all things sweet and salty! Those look scrumptious. :)



[email protected]:// September 3, 2010 at 12:26 am

You are crazy lady to bake 5 trials of it. You must freeze the others I’m guessing. They all looked really good to me.


Marina September 3, 2010 at 1:54 am

I would go crazy with baking so much cookies!
What did you do with the “failed” ones? :)


[email protected] Bean to Runner Bean September 3, 2010 at 3:24 am

awwww bless you! so many attempts! you really are a baking queen!! thanks for sharing the recipe. as with most of your recipes i’ll be adding this to my “to do” list!!


Heidi - Apples Under My Bed September 3, 2010 at 3:47 am

Hi Angela!
Firstly, I love your gorgeous blog.
Secondly, these cookies look amazing! Just what I have been after. Here in Australia we don’t often combine peanut butter & chocolate, not to the same extent as it is revered in the US. I love it though – the sweet/salty flavour combination, just beautiful! :)
Heidi xo


Olya September 3, 2010 at 4:05 am

Hi again! I came to complain. I made this cookies 2 hours ago and… they lasted about 10 min (My hubby had 6!! of them). And then he said that it’s not enough and I have to make them again.. right now!

Angela, because you make such a beautiful food I’ve got to work harder in the kitchen ;))) Thank you very much for all your hard work and wonderful recipes.


Lisa September 3, 2010 at 6:13 am

I would eat every single one of those cookies! Looks delicious! I love the salty and sweet combination!


Kristy September 3, 2010 at 7:18 am

Okay – those smores cookies things are clearly the way to my heart :-) and yes yes yes! Finally a fellow slightly salted chocolate chip cookie supporter!


Halley September 3, 2010 at 7:19 am

5 batches of cookies?! That takes devotion and will power!! Glad you finally nailed your recipe, but if I were you I would have settled with #2 or #3 for sanity sake.


[email protected] ReshapeYourLife September 3, 2010 at 7:23 am

All of those look delicious! I really want to try a vegan baking recipe and see if the boy notices a difference… He’s such a skeptic about stuff like that.

I have already switched to earth balance and he doesn’t know the difference! Maybe I should try cookies next?


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 3, 2010 at 7:34 am

I wish I had your patience in the kitchen! 5 trials of cookies must have taken forever! At least the outcome looks amazing though. :D


Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 3, 2010 at 7:40 am

Already bookmarked. Always on the lookout for a fun new vegan cookie recipe!! By the way, I just got caught up on your old posts and loved the scrapbook idea…so sweet! Happy Friday!!


Wanda September 3, 2010 at 8:27 am

I love your blog. I have a real sweet tooth but I eat healthy. When I need something sweet I always go to your recipes. Thanks so much.


Laura (spokesnoats) September 3, 2010 at 8:58 am

Wow, that is some serious determination! I give you super props :)


Fallon September 3, 2010 at 9:05 am

Oh yum!!! Barney butter would be amazing in these cookies.


Fanta September 3, 2010 at 9:23 am

Is it possible to substitute organic sugar or tubinado with sucanat? Or are they the same thing? :S

Signed – New to baking he he


Lauren @ 40Apples September 3, 2010 at 10:04 am

Great cookie post!! A.) it’s about cookies, and B.) it’s honestly fascinating to see how a REAL baker tests ingredients and develops a recipe! Your final product looks incredible. Although I’m sure I would’ve loved trials 1 – 4 too! :)


Corey @ the runner's cookie September 3, 2010 at 10:14 am

Wow, Angela you have so much patience and have the baking skills I wish I had!! The cookies look awesome. Every trial means something learned, right?


Jen September 3, 2010 at 11:15 am

These look amazing. Could you substitute another flour that is gluten free? I can’t have spelt….?


Amber K September 3, 2010 at 11:17 am

Those all look great!


Kaitlin With Honey September 3, 2010 at 2:40 pm

The final result looks SO good. Sooooo good!


sassy molassy September 3, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Ooh, this recipe looks amazing. I recently made some far too fluffy cookies. Next time, less flour!


gia September 4, 2010 at 2:25 am

The s’more chocolate chip cookies look delicious and the thick chocolate chip cookies look very tasty. :)


AGS September 4, 2010 at 1:06 pm

I am very impressed with your tenacity. I would have given up at batch 1. . . Dan is one lucky guy.


Julie @SavvyEats September 4, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Just made these. SO GOOD.


Angela (Oh She Glows) September 4, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Glad you like them!!


Brooke September 25, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I have made those cookies three times in the past two weeks! My husband and I are addicted. Last time I put in some chia seeds and forgot to add the chocolate chips- they still turned out!


Nasim October 5, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Yum! Yum! and Yum! Just made these and already devoured 3 of them! I believe these will fuel me for my run today!


Robyn October 7, 2010 at 10:48 am

I made a batch of these cookies yesterday for my healthy-food-opposed boyfriend and he decided these are the best cookies ever! I of course didnt tell him they were vegan until after he professed his love. I only hope due to sucessful recipes like these he will keep trying these healthier foods.

And yes I know cookies aren’t really “health foods” but trust me, for this guy, it’s a start!!

Again thanks for sharing these amazing recipes. I haven’t made one I haven’t liked!


mountain girl October 16, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Wow, you are not kidding, are you? That’s tenacity! Thanks for sticking this recipe out…so we can all enjoy it! Looks great!


Laura October 23, 2010 at 3:14 am

I just made these, wow, yum, thank you :)


Cathy @ What Would Cathy Eat? July 28, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Hi Angela. I’m very late to the party here, but just wondering if you’ve tried them with other flours. I don’t have spelt but am thinking of running out for some. I definitely want the crisp factor, and have been frustrated with soft vegan cookies lately. Thanks!


Analuna April 11, 2014 at 9:54 am

These were AMAZING! I made them with coconut oil instead of canola and they turned out great. I also doubled the batch but only got about 20 cookies out of it. I think I made them too big- I didn’t realize they would spread so much! They were a huge hit though and people didn’t even realize they were whole grain or vegan! Thanks for all the fabulous recipes.


elizabeth May 31, 2014 at 4:15 pm

i love your blog! and i have a question – i tried making these cookies twice…both results taste good, but the cookies don’t really melt in the oven – they stay in pretty much the same shape they were when i first mold them. since you tried several times to make the perfect cookie i don’t want to stray too far from the measure on any of your ingredients. do you have any suggestions?


Angela (Oh She Glows) June 2, 2014 at 11:10 am

Hey Elizabeth,
usually when cookies don’t spread out it’s a result of too much flour or not enough liquid. You could try decreasing the flour by a couple tablespoons and see if that helps? I’ll have to revisit the recipe again as it’s been a while! Thanks for trying them out.


Selayna January 19, 2015 at 10:37 am

I’ve been desperate for good vegan chocolate chip cookies, and these were phenomenal! My dough was a bit too dry/crumbly for the cookies to hold their shape, so I added one tablespoon of Almond Milk, and they turned out perfectly :) Thank you for sharing this recipe.


Britta March 14, 2015 at 9:20 am

I tried to make these cookies today but somehow the dough remained crumbly even though I added more of the liquid ingredients. I managed to form balls but they did not spread at all in the oven. Do you have an idea what went wrong?


Eris May 28, 2015 at 1:52 am

Hey Angela, i pretty much tried most deserts on your website, this one didnt turn out well. my favourate is toffee bar. my cookie didnt flatten at all. they stay in ball shape. the only change i made was using coconut oil instead canola oil. any reason?


Mary January 12, 2016 at 4:24 pm

First of all, I am not a vegan by any means. I came across this recipe and thought I’d give it a shot. I had to make a couple minor changes based on what I had on hand (sub spelt for 1 cup all purpose + 1/4 cup whole wheat, and reg semi-sweet choc chips). I didn’t think the cookie was going to hold up as the batter was pretty crumbly. They also didn’t spread out when they cooked for me. But they did stay together, and I gotta say…I was blown away! These were delicious! Definately making these again! Thanks for the great recipe!


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