The BEST Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

The BEST Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies @ #vegan

We made it!!!! We are in AMERICA!

I almost can’t believe it.

Somebody pinch me. I must be dreaming!

The BEST Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies @ #vegan

Ahhhhhh, it’s such an amazing feeling to be home and surrounded by family. Walkin’ on cloud 9 over here :D

Too bad it’s all going to come to a screeching halt when Dave goes back to Germany to get ready for his deployment… Oh well. We won’t dwell on such things. I get a whole week and a half with him in America and I am certainly going to make the most of it. SO! All happy thoughts!!

The BEST Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies @ #vegan

Happy thoughts such as these cookies….

OH. My. Goodness.

I have been searching and searching for a vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe to rock my world and take me back to non-vegan bliss. I’ve been through about five various recipes that I’ve found online and each one left me with cookies that were spread too thin or far too greasy or much too sugary. Nothing that really hit home for me. So, what do you do when you can find a recipe you like? You make your own!

These are PERFECT vegan chocolate chip cookies. I would even go so far as to say that they are the BEST I have had. Just perfect.

Now that doesn’t necessary make them healthy… they do use white granulated sugar and regular, white all-purpose flour. But! You can aways try to tinker with them to suit your own healthy desires. Next time I am going to try some whole-wheat pastry flour in place of the all-purpose myself.

The BEST Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies @ #vegan

Do you see that beautiful cookie crinkle? See how they are thick and chewy??? They don’t spread out super thin OR leave a large grease layer on your baking tray OR taste super candy sweet.

They are good. SO good.

The BEST Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies @ #vegan

Notes: If you don’t have tapioca starch you can use cornstarch or arrowroot starch. If you want to avoid starch altogether, you can omit it. They just won’t be as thick and chewy- they will spread a bit more. No molasses? Use all brown sugar instead of white (equal parts).

4.3 from 3 reviews
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
Serves: 2 dozen
  • ½ cup Earth Balance or coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons non-dairy milk
  • 2 teaspoons molasses
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon, optional
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca starch
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped nuts, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking soda, cinnamon (if using) salt, and tapioca starch; whisk to combine. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together melted Earth Balance or coconut oil with sugar until it becomes creamy and smooth, about 1½ minutes. Whisk in milk, molasses, and vanilla until well combined.
  4. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture; stir with a spatula until flour is almost completely absorbed (dough will be thick). Add in chocolate chips and nuts (if using) until just combined.
  5. Drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoonfuls on baking sheets, at least 1 inch apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges turn golden brown. Allow to cool 2 minutes on baking sheet before removing to cool on a wire rack.



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  • Anika August 24, 2014, 8:48 pm

    I have a question, what should I do if the cookies are not flattening. Does that mean they’re too thick? What have I dont wrong!

  • lmachell August 27, 2014, 10:51 pm

    Add more milk if they don’t spread enough. Just a tablespoon or two should be enough to make a difference.

  • Jen June 29, 2016, 1:08 pm

    I heard that vegan cookies usually don’t spread so you have to flatten them before you bake. Or do what Imachell said somewhere in the comments, add one or two tablespoon of milk =)

  • Raechel Ferguson August 27, 2014, 7:05 pm

    I just made these and they are by far the best vegsn cookie recipe I’ve found! Thanks so much!! Oh I added shredded coconut too and it was great!

  • lmachell August 27, 2014, 10:47 pm

    YAY! That makes me sooooo incredibly happy to hear :) And shredded coconut would make a wonderful addition!

  • Susan August 29, 2014, 11:55 am

    Do not use Ghiardelli choc chips. They are NOT vegan. Here is their reply–
    Dear Consumer,

    Thank you for contacting Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. We appreciate your interest in finding out about the ingredients in our products and your interest in a dairy free product.

    The 60% Cacao Baking Chips do contain milk fat and are not dairy-free.
    At this time we do not offer any “dairy free” products, but appreciate your interest in seeing whether Ghirardelli offers one. Please reference the ingredient information, on our packaging for any Ghirardelli product that you are interested in, to determine if it is suitable for you.

    Please know you are a valued consumer and we do appreciate your interest in our products.


    Consumer Affairs Response Team

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  • Christina September 23, 2014, 8:11 pm

    Hey there Susan! The reasoning they say this is because they use a shared processing facility that processes other foods which contain dairy. They are hesitant to say “dairy free” in case someone with a severe allergy has a reaction to a product they deemed dairy free due to shared equipment. I work in this industry, it’s all about liability. :)

  • Jenna marie January 28, 2015, 12:51 am

    These are delicious !

  • Liv July 6, 2015, 1:40 am

    The title is 100% accurate. Just made a half batch and wolfed down two before the pan was even cool, so of course I’ll be making more. Good vegan baked goods are hard to come by, and these cookies just made my day! Thanks!

  • lmachell July 21, 2015, 10:14 pm

    That is so wonderful that you enjoyed them! I am very happy to hear that :)

  • daisy July 8, 2015, 6:25 am

    Are these better of you refridgerate the dough first? I do that with alot of recipes, am so keen to make these!:)

  • lmachell July 21, 2015, 10:13 pm

    I do that with a lot of recipes too! It will work great for this one as well.

  • Sarah January 2, 2017, 3:12 am

    I baked these yummy cookies. They were really good. I made 22 cookies! I used Earth balance butter instead of coconut oil. I left out the cinnamon and the nuts. I used tapioca flour instead of all purpose white flour for gluten free reasons. I also used almond milk. I added in enjoy life mini dairy free chocolate chips. They were very good cookies. This is the only vegan recipe that worked for me so far. The last were a flat gooey mess! I really love the taste of these cookies, but I would the texture to be more solid and less squishy next time. Any tips? How long do cookies have to cool? :)