The Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

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The most delicious vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe. Perfectly soft, full of chocolate chips, and so simple to make.

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These vegan chocolate chip cookies are the ultimate vegan cookie.

The classic chocolate chip cookie flavor that you love, but made totally dairy free and egg free.

They stay soft even when cooled, and taste heavenly. This will be your go to cookie recipe!

vegan chocolate chip cookies stacked with the top cookie split in half to show melted chocolate

At the time of writing this post, I believe I have seven or more different chocolate chips cookie variations on my blog.

My husband says that these vegan chocolate chip cookies are his favorite recipe out of all of them and couldn’t even believe that they were vegan.

This recipe is what inspired me to make an equally delicious fall twist cookie – vegan pumpkin chocolate chip cookies made using this recipe as a base.

vegan chocolate chip cookies stacked with the top cookie split in half to show melted chocolate

How to make vegan chocolate chip cookies

Step 1: whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Set Aside.

Step 2: In a separate bowl, cream together the sugar, brown sugar, applesauce, vegan butter, and coconut oil.

What can I use instead of coconut oil?

If you do not want to use coconut oil, you can substitute olive oil, or more vegan butter in the same amount. Texture will vary slightly depending on which you use.

brown sugar and white sugar in a mixing bowl

How to replace eggs in vegan cookies

Traditional chocolate chip cookies use eggs, so to replace that this recipe uses a combination of baking powder and unsweetened applesauce, which ended up being perfect.

You don’t need any eggs or milk for these chocolate chip cookies and they are so rich and full of flavor that you wouldn’t guess they are vegan!

batter in a mixing bowl

Step 3: Add the dry ingredients to the wet and beat to combine. Fold in the chocolate chips.

The dough should be not too wet and not too dry at this point. It should not stick to your hands and easily form into balls.

Are chocolate chips vegan?

Not all chocolate chips are vegan. Many contain milk ingredients.

Be sure to buy chocolate chips that are dairy free. One of my favorite brands is Enjoy Life.

vegan cookie dough batter in a glass mixing bowl

Tips for baking your vegan chocolate chip cookies

Step 4: Use a mini cookie scoop to drop the batter onto a nonstick baking sheet.

After dropping batter onto the baking sheet, go back and roll each one with your hands to form a ball.

Step 5: Bake your vegan chocolate chip cookies for 10 – 14 minutes at 350 degrees. Right around 12 minutes is usually perfect for me.

You are looking for the top to no longer be doughy, but try to avoid over baking them.

Step 6: Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool on the pan for around 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

When the cookies come out of the oven, they will be puffed out, then after a few minutes they settle back down into a flatter shape.

If you are looking for a perfect every time vegan cookie recipe, this is it!

You simply can’t go wrong. And these cookies are still delicious the next day.

One of my favorite hacks for fast fresh baked cookies is freezing balls of uncooked cookie dough.

Simply roll the batter into balls, and place on a piece of wax paper inside of a freezer safe ziploc bag.

Once ready to bake, place the dough balls on the cookie sheet and bake from frozen. Just add a few extra minutes onto cook time.

vegan chocolate chip cookies stacked on a plate

Can you freeze cookies?

Yes, baked cookies also freeze well! Just place in an airtight container, or wrap each cookie in cling wrap for best freshness.

When you are ready to eat, just remove the cookie from the freezer and allow it to thaw, then enjoy!

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4.77 from 26 votes

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

By: Joy Shull
Chewy and rich, these classic vegan chocolate chip cookies will be your new favorite vegan cookie recipe!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 22 minutes
Servings: 32 cookies

Ingredients 

  • 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • cup brown sugar
  • cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup vegan butter, softened
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted**
  • 10 oz dairy free dark chocolate chips

Instructions 

  • Whisk all purpose flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder until combined. Set aside
  • In a large bowl, cream together sugar, brown sugar, applesauce, vegan butter, and coconut oil (see note about coconut oil below)
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet, and beat to combine
  • Fold in the chocolate chips
  • Use a mini cookie scoop or spoons to spoon batter on to a baking sheet. Roll each cookie into a ball
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 10 – 14 minutes, until the top is not doughy. Right around 12 minutes is usually perfect for me. The cookies will puff up in the oven, then flatten down once they cool. Allow cookies to cool at least 5 minutes on the pan, then transfer to a cooling rack

Notes

**Measure the coconut oil while solid, then melt.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g, Calories: 164kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 147mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 11g
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31 Comments

  1. Can I use just organic brown sugar instead of a mix of brown and white sugar? Can you substitute Canola oil for Coconut oil?

  2. I’ve tried a lot of cookie recipes both before and after becoming vegan, and these are by far the best I have ever tried! They are so soft even after a few days! My whole family loves them, thank you so much!

    I would also like to advise anyone thinking about making these to not overestimate the baking time, they will come out of the oven still quite soft on the top but will firm up a lot once they have cooled down! 🙂

  3. Hi—these cookies look great! I have a question about coconut oil—do you measure 1/2 cup in the solid form and then melt it,
    Or melt first & measure 1/2 cup in liquid form? I haven’t baked with coconut oil before and look forward to trying your recipe!
    Thank you!