These are honestly the best vegan chocolate chip cookies ever made with SIMPLE ingredients that you won’t even know are vegan! Just one bowl and easily gluten free, these crispy edge and gooey center vegan chocolate chip cookies are for all eaters!

vegan chocolate chip cookies

Why these are the best vegan chocolate chip cookies:

This is quite literally the only vegan chocolate chip cookies recipe you ever need. Why? Because these vegan chocolate chip cookies truly taste like the best chocolate chip cookies, vegan or not. Much like the fan favorite vegan cookies (and one that made it into my first cookbook!), vegan double chocolate chip cookies, absolutely no one will know that these cookies are dairy free and eggless.

We’re talking gooey, chocolatey, melt-in-your mouth, chewy yet soft, downright irresistible chocolate chip cookies. Trust me, these vegan chocolate chip cookies taste just like traditional, making them perfect for any eater, vegan or not. You have the crispy edges with a molten center that make these chewy cookies taste just like classic chocolate chip cookies. You’ll never know this is a vegan recipe!

However, they’re undetectably:

  • Eggless
  • Dairy free
  • Easily gluten-free
  • Refined sugar free
  • Nut free
  • Soy free!

Plus these vegan cookies are so easy to make. We’re talking 1 bowl and ready in as little as 25 minutes. 

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Are vegan chocolate chip cookies easy?

Short answer: YES, vegan chocolate chip cookies are honestly easier than regular.

Plus these vegan cookies are made with the simplest ingredients, including applesauce and coconut oil!

vegan cookies on parchment paper

Simple Ingredients:

To make the best vegan chocolate chip cookies ever, you’re going to need a few specific ingredients:

  • Organic flour (or a 1-to-1 gluten free blend): you can make these vegan gluten free chocolate chip cookies just classic vegan chocolate chip cookies! Or if you don’t like gluten free flour blends, you can also try my vegan oat flour chocolate chip cookies!
  • Vegan butter or Coconut oil: this basically replaces butter in your classic cookie recipe.
  • Unsweetened applesauce: the secret ingredient to making these vegan cookies irresistibly gooey and perfect! It might sound weird to make vegan chocolate chip cookies with applesauce, but trust me this is the key. Make sure there is no added sugar here because these cookies definitely are sweet! You can also use flax eggs here (just ground flaxseed mixed with water), but I personally don’t like the texture, and prefer the applesauce.
  • Granulated sugar and brown sugar: You can also use coconut sugar here entirely for a refined sugar free vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe . It really reminds me of brown sugar in cookies.
  • Chocolate chips: I use Pascha Chocolate stevia-sweetened chips for a low sugar chocolate chip that’s also dairy free. You can also use dairy free chocolate chunks, such as the ones by Enjoy Life! Alternatively, you can chop up a vegan dark chocolate bar instead of using chocolate chips.
  • Dairy free milk: this is optional, but I find it helps to mix the dough together! You can use your favorite non-dairy milk here.
  • Vanilla extract: Just a teaspoon goes a long way! You can also use vanilla powder for an alcohol free sugar free vanilla option!
  • Hand mixer: this ensures that the applesauce, coconut oil, and coconut sugar get mixed and combined properly
  • Bowl: these are one bowl vegan chocolate chip cookies!
  • Silpat or parchment paper: this ensures that the cookies don’t spread too much. We’re not chilling the dough, which makes cookies made with coconut oil spread easier (otherwise they just don’t!), but we don’t want them spreading too much!
vegan chocolate chip cookies on parchment paper

Overview: How to make Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies from scratch

For the full written instructions and ingredient measurements, see the bottom of this post in the recipe card. You can also hit the “jump to recipe” button at the top of this post! Here, we’ll go over a brief overview of the steps, along with providing visuals for a better understanding of the recipe.

What I love about this vegan cookie recipe is that it’s not far off from making regular chocolate chip cookies, even the gluten free version.

So if you’re a home baker just transitioning to more vegan baking, this recipe will be a piece of cake for you!

  1. Whisk: In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. This will be the flour mixture.
  2. Cream: In a medium bowl, add in the vegan butter or coconut oil (not melted coconut oil!). Cream the butter until fluffy. Then add in the applesauce, coconut sugar, and vanilla extract, using a hand mixer again to mix together. You can use either a stand mixer or an electric mixer here.
  3. Fold: Then sift in the flour mixture (flour, baking soda, and sea salt), and use a rubber spatula the ingredients together until you get a thick batter, like below. You can also add in the optional tablespoons of dairy free milk, such as soy milk, almond milk, or oat milk, here to help with mixing.
  4. Mix in the chocolate chips: Then chill the dough for 30 minutes. If my kitchen isn’t humid at all (and quite cold-especially in the winter!) then I can actually just bake these cookies without chilling the dough. However, in the spring and summer months, I find I definitely need to chill the dough. The dough should be “scoop able” almost like ice cream from the freezer but not quite as hard.
  5. Use a cookie scoop: You’ll next scoop the cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheets. If you don’t have a cookie scoop, you can also use a tablespoon or even a small ice cream scoop. I use a medium cookie scoop.
  6. Bake the cookies: Place the baking sheet into the oven, and bake! After the cookies are baked, let them sit on the cookie sheet for a few minutes to set. This is because the vegan cookies are slightly delicate at first! Then you can transfer them to a wire rack to full cool and sprinkle with a little flaky sea salt!

It’s important to note that the baking time for these cookies will largely vary based on your kitchen and oven temperatures. Not every oven works the same, which is why it’s crucial you judge the readiness of the cookies based on how they look in your oven, and not necessarily by what the clock says.

how to make vegan chocolate chip cookies


My dough is really sticky- help!

Not a problem at all- you can simply chill the cookie dough for 30-45 minutes. This sometimes happens if we haven’t used truly room temperature vegan butter (you should aim for 65F in your butter!).

How long to bake cookies:

I find that baking these cookies at a 350F for just 10-12 minutes will give the cookie a nice crisp outer edge, and a soft and chewy center. However, I never follow cookie baking times in recipe cards. The reason being? You should always judge the cookies by how they’re baking in your own oven. So for me, 10-12 minutes is perfect. For your oven, it might be 13!

Baking times will vary based on your kitchen and oven temperatures. This is due to different oven fans and how they work, whether your oven is new or old (older ovens run cooler, so be sure to use an oven thermometer!).

Make sure you watch your cookies and bake according to your own oven. Look for the crisp slightly golden brown edges, and allow your cookies to rest after removing them from the oven.

Are chocolate chips vegan?

A common misconception is that chocolate is not vegan, when in reality, there are many chocolate brands out there that are vegan!

For the cookies in the photo, I used a mixture of a vegan chocolate bar that I roughly chopped, along with vegan chocolate chips that I placed into the cookie after baking.

You can go the 100% route, which I personally love because I just love the flavor and strength of 100% cacao, so try out Pascha Chocolate Chips if you’d like! They’re made with only cacao butter and cacao powder, making them vegan chocolate chips! Pascha also has a wonderful stevia-sweetened chocolate chip, which I just love.

Tips for making the perfect vegan cookies:

Make sure all ingredients are room temperature! If your applesauce is chilled and the coconut oil or vegan butter is room temperature, it will cause the oil to split and yield messy cookies.

Spoon and level the flour: too much flour will result in cake-y cookies. Be sure to spoon and level your flour, NOT scoop!

Make these gluten free: I’ve tried them using gluten free 1:1 baking flour, and they work perfectly!

Need lower sugar? No problem! Reduce the sugar content by 25% for an even healthier vegan chocolate chip cookie!

Look for crisp edges: don’t worry- they’ll still be safe to eat if the center is still soft in the middle! Leaving them slightly golden and soft in the middle directly after baking will allow for the perfect texture. Just allow the cookies to cool for 15 minutes so that they firm up!

Using regular sugar will yield a lighter looking cookie

Use a cookie scoop for perfectly shaped vegan chocolate chip cookies!

Many people try not to eat regular cookie dough, as it contains raw eggs. However, vegan cookie dough is also tricky, as it contains raw flour. Flour can be a sneaky source for E. Coli so it’s best to not eat raw cookie dough, vegan or not!

That being said, if you’re by chance using heat-treated flour, then your vegan cookie dough can be safer to eat, much like edible cookie dough!

How to store these vegan cookies

For storage tips, you have a few options for both baked cookies and cookie dough: room temperature, fridge, and freezer:

Room temperature: Store the cookies at room temperature on a plate and wrapped in plastic wrap or in an airtight container. They’ll last for about 5 days at room temperature.

Fridge: Store the cookies in an airtight container (this will keep them from drying out). They’ll last for about 7-8 days, depending on how cold your fridge is.

Freezer: Store them in a plastic airtight bag or container for up to 3 months.

If you decided to make the cookie dough but not bake the cookies just yet, you can store the cookie dough wrapped in plastic wrap for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

I recommend pre-scooping them into cookie dough balls for an easy fridge-to-bake method. However, you can also store the whole cookie dough in the freezer.

Just let the cookie dough thaw for about 2 hours before scooping!

vegan chocolate chip cookies

You are just going to LOVE these vegan chocolate chip cookies. They’re seriously just so easy to make, and an absolute crowd pleaser for both kids and adults.

Enjoy, and happy baking!

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Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten Free!)

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Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten Free!)

BEST Ever Easy Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever Made (Gluten free!)

  • Author: thebananadiaries
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 18 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These vegan chocolate chip cookies taste just like classic chocolate chip cookies! Plus they’re so easy and easily made gluten free! Perfectly chewy center with crispy edges for the perfect vegan cookie recipe!


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 3/4 cup (180 g) all purpose flour or gluten free 1:1 baking flour or oat flour mixed with 1 tbsp arrowroot starch, sifted and spoon & leveled
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup (113 g) vegan butter or coconut oil, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) organic granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup (85 g) unsweetened applesauce or dairy free yogurt, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 23 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk, room temperature, as needed
  • 1 cup (170 g) vegan chocolate chips*

Instructions

  1. Prep: Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, and measure out all ingredients.
  2. Whisk: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt. Set aside.
  3. Make the dough: In a large bowl, add in vegan butter or coconut oil and use a hand mixer to cream for 3-5 minutes, until whipped. Then add in the applesauce, sugars, and vanilla. Use a hand mixer to beat the wet ingredients together until completely combined. Sift in the flour mixture. Use a rubber spatula to fold together.  Stop just before all of the flour is mixed in. 
  4. Add in the chocolate chips: Fold in chocolate chips. Add in dairy free milk by the tablespoon if your dough needs a bit of help incorporating.
  5. Chill: Chill the dough for 30 minutes. While the dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 350F. 
  6. Bake: Using a cookie scoop, and roll about 1.5 tablespoons of dough per cookie for regular sized cookies, or 3 tablespoons of dough for large cookies onto the sheet. Place into oven and bake for 10-12 minutes (my oven, I bake them exactly 11 minutes each time for large cookies) or until the edges are lightly golden and are “set.” The middles shouldn’t be dough-y looking, but if they’re still soft, that’s perfectly fine.
  7. Cool: Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes. This allows the cookies to firm up to hold together.
  8. Enjoy: Sprinkle with extra sea salt and enjoy! Store these cookies at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 4 days, a week in the fridge, or a month in the freezer.

Notes

Baking times: baking times will vary based on your kitchen and oven temperatures. Be sure to watch your cookies and bake according to your own oven. Here is an excellent post on how to tell if cookies are undercooked, done, or overcooked

Refined sugar free: swap in coconut sugar for both the sugar and the brown sugar.

Vegan Chocolate Chips: I recommend Pascha Chocolate. They are my favorite vegan chocolate chip brand, and have a variety of chips: both stevia-sweetened, regular sugar, and 100%!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 167
  • Sugar: 18.3 g
  • Sodium: 160.7 mg
  • Fat: 6.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 26.9 g
  • Fiber: 1.2 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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