The Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Everything you want in a chocolate chip cookie —crispy on the outside, chewy in the middle, and with puddles of gooey dark chocolate.

the best vegan chocolate chip cookies

I’ve been working tirelessly on this recipe trying to nail down the perfect chocolate chip cookie minus the eggs and dairy. After the seventh and final test…I did it.

I wanted a cookie that wasn’t too soft, but still retained its integrity. I wanted it to be chewy and crispy, but not flat as a pancake or as crisp as a cracker.

The edges are perfectly crispy, center is chewy and soft, and every bite comes with gooey dark chocolate.

the best vegan chocolate chip cookies

The secret to these cookies and why they will be your new go-to?

Melted butter

I’ve tested this recipe with multiple measurements of room temperature butter and although they yielded a delicious cookie the texture wasn’t chewy or crispy enough. Adding melted butter added moisture to the cookie and when the dough is refrigerated overnight it adds chewiness to the final product.

Brown sugar and regular sugar ratio

Dark brown sugar is the key component to achieve a chewy cookie. It’s because it holds high hygroscopic characteristics. In other words, it has a high ability to hold water yielding a moist cookie with a chewy texture.

Dark chocolate

Chocolate chips won’t cut it for this recipe. If you’re looking for those gooey puddles of rich chocolate then you’ll want to roughly chop up a quality dark chocolate bar. HIGHLY suggest this above any other options.

Vanilla extract

Yes, this recipe calls for 2 tsp of vanilla extract, and yes it makes a difference. What’s with all these recipes calling for 1 tsp? Vanilla extract adds so much flavor to cookies!

the best vegan chocolate chip cookies

Refrigeration

If you really want a high quality, rich chocolate chip cookie you must refrigerate it overnight.

This is key for a chewy and very flavorful cookie.

Once the batter is done, portion it out using a cookie scoop on to a lined baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Once you’re ready to bake it in the morning evenly space out the dough and bake away.

You will be baking at a higher temperature, but this will allow the cookie to get perfectly crisp on the outside.

the best vegan chocolate chip cookies

These Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies are…

  • Crispy and chewy
  • Filled with pools of dark chocolate
  • Simple and easy
  • Dairy & egg-free
  • Oh so delicious

5 from 2 votes
the perfect vegan chocolate chip cookie
The Perfect Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Refrigeration
8 hrs
Total Time
8 hrs 25 mins
 

Everything you want in a chocolate chip cookie —crispy on the outside, chewy in the middle, and with puddles of gooey dark chocolate.

Course: Dessert
Keyword: cookie recipe, vegan chocolate chip cookies
Servings: 16 cookies
Author: Taavi Moore
Ingredients
  • ½ cup melted + 1 tbsp room temperature vegan butter
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup cane sugar
  • 2 tbsp non-dairy milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 4 oz. bittersweet (60-70%) chocolate bar, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugars using a handheld mixer until smooth. Whisk in the non-dairy milk and vanilla extract.

  2. Add flour, baking soda and powder, and salt. Combine on low speed until a soft dough forms. Fold in chocolate. Use a small cookie scoop to portion out dough on to a lined baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.

  3. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Evenly space out cookie dough on to two lined baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes. They will look slightly underdone in the center, but that's ok. They will set more at room temperature. Allow cooling on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.

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2 Comments

  1. Giorgia
    January 4, 2021 / 5:35 pm

    Hi!!! What a beautiful recipe! One question : do you flatten the cookies with your palm before pitting them in the oven? Or just leave them ball-shaped and they flatten themselves once in the oven? Thanks

    • healthienut
      Author
      January 4, 2021 / 9:25 pm

      Great question, Giorgia! No you don’t need to flatten them before they go in the oven. They will flatten while baking 🙂

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