Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies: the easy sweet baked treat for every occasion

Total time: 20 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 12 people
By Cookist

These easy-to-make vegan chocolate chip cookies are just as delicious as regular ones. Made with vegan chocolate chips, plant-based butter, and plant milk, these vegan cookies boast the same chewy on the inside with crispy edges texture, and sweet chocolate flavor as classic chocolate chip cookies.

They're so easy to make – it takes less than 20 minutes to prep and bake vegan chocolate chip cookies. You can even customize your vegan cookies with irresistible vegan additions like dried fruit, chopped nuts, or candied zest!

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Ingredients

Making vegan chocolate chip cookies is very similar to making regular chocolate chip cookies. Use room-temperature ingredients to ensure your cookie dough easily comes together – this will prevent you from overworking it.

First, you need flour, baking powder, and baking soda for the dough, plus sugar to make the cookies sweet. This recipe calls for equal amounts of white and brown sugar, which gives a perfect balance between crisp and chewy.

Instead of butter and eggs, you'll need plant-based milk and plant-based butter to give the cookies their richness.

Finally, don't forget the vegan chocolate chips! Be sure to buy vegan chocolate rather than regular chocolate.

Are Chocolate Chips Vegan?

Because chocolate chips contain milk solids, they're not vegan. That said, there are loads of wonderful vegan-friendly chocolate chips available. Just check the label before you make your purchase.

How to Make Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

To make homemade vegan chocolate chip cookies from scratch, start by lining your baking tray with parchment paper and preheating your oven to 350F. Cream the white sugar, brown sugar, and plant-based butter together in a bowl. Once smooth, add in the plant milk and vanilla extract. Sift the flour into the sugar mixture followed by the rest of the dry ingredients. Mix well, then fold in vegan chocolate chips.

Scoop out a heaping tablespoon of dough and roll it into a ball. Put it onto the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough, and make sure you leave some space in between the cookies. If you want to make 100 percent sure your cookies don't spread out and become flat, refrigerate the cookie dough for at least 30 minutes before baking.

Bake your cookies for 10 to 11 minutes. They should be slightly crisp around the edges. Take the cookie sheets out of the oven and let the cookies cool before digging in.

Tips for the Making the Best Vegan Cookies

If you don't want to use plant-based butter, use room-temperature coconut oil.

Put your cookie dough in the fridge for at least half an hour before baking the cookies to prevent them from spreading too much.

For a crispier cookie use all white sugar. For a softer, more flavorful cookie, use all brown sugar.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies Variations

Jazz up your vegan chocolate chip cookies with tasty add-ins. Use oatmeal, chopped nuts, and dried fruit like cranberries, cherries, raisins, desiccated coconut, or orange zest in your cookies.

You can also add pureed fruit or nut butter for ultra tender moist cookies. Pumpkin puree and applesauce are fantastic options.

Use gluten-free flour to make gluten-free vegan cookies, or swap out the sugar for erythritol to make keto cookies.

How to Store Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Keep your vegan cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. Store them longer in the freezer – they'll last about 6 months.

Can You Freeze Vegan Cookie Dough?

Absolutely! However, vegan chocolate chip cookie dough tends to dry out more quickly than regular cookie dough. If you plan on freezing your cookie dough, thaw it and use it within one week.

White sugar
1/3 cup
Brown sugar
1/3 cup
vegan butter, softened to room temperature
1/3 cup
unsweetened plant-based milk
1/4 cup
pure vanilla extract
1 tsp
All-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups
Baking soda
1/2 tsp
Baking powder
1/2 tsp
1/4 tsp
vegan chocolate chips
1 cup


Preheat your oven to 350F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Beat white sugar, brown sugar, and plant-based butter in a bowl. Mix in plant milk and vanilla. Sift the flour into the sugar mixture. Add baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

Mix well to combine.

Add in vegan chocolate chips.

Mix well until combined.

Scoop out a heaping tablespoon of dough. Shape the dough into a ball and place it on the baking tray. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Bake for 10 to 11 minutes, until lightly golden and crisp at the edges. Remove from the oven and cool completely before serving. Enjoy!

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