Chewy Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

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(Updated: July 19, 2017)
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5.0

Amaaaaaaazing

I made an account just to rate this recipe. These cookies are amazing!!!!!! I changed a few things: Swapped the regular flour to whole wheat, the sugar and the molasses to organic turbinado sugar and the butter to melted coconut oil with some water. So so so good and chewy! I made them to my nephew, sister and her husband (all omnivores) and they all loved it! Definitely a hit!

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Oh my goodness!

I rarely take the time to write reviews (seems like there is always something else to do), but I HAD to stop and comment on this recipe. My son has milk/egg allergies. We are always looking for good vegan recipes. This is the best cookie we have had in a long time. It is pretty unusual for us to like vegan over non-vegan, but my husband and I agree these win hands down. And I have never made a cookie that is better on day three, but these seem to improve over time! I baked the second and third batches for only 14 minutes since the pan was already hot. Wow. It's so hard to eat just one!

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Amazing

I've been vegan since April and I have tried a lot of cookie recipes but they always ended up more cake like than cookie. These were truly delicious and chewy!! Great job :).

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Amazing!

These cookies are delicious! Everyone I've made them for loves them!

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Love!!!

Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for this recipe! My son has dairy and egg allergies and this cookie is perfect. It's actually better than my old recipe with eggs and butter. That is hard to come across! I did find out that there is a difference in the taste using regular ground flax and golden ground flax. Golden is definitely better. Thank you thank you for this recipe!

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This is the one!

Only variation was to reduce the baking time to 12.5 minutes, perfect recipe. Cookies still soft the morning after baking. My allergy challenged Greenly gave her stamp of approval. Awesome taste!

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Perfect cookies!

These cookies are the best vegan chocolate chip cookies out there! Literally everyone I gave these to loved them and they couldn't believe they were vegan! I did lower the amount of sugar to 1 full cup and they still tasted perfect! Thanks for the recipe

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Amazing!

These cookies are amazing. You are totally right about the molasses and cinnamon...I've started adding a touch of molasses to other cookie recipes to get that same flavor. Has anyone had any luck making this recipe gluten free?

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5.0

Amazing!! Better than the "real" thing! Even my non-vegan friends thought they were great! I had almost given up on vegan baking until I made these! Thank you!

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So yummy!

Seriously the best vegan chocolate chip cookies I've ever made/tried

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PERFECT

How have I been a sweet tooth vegan for 8 years and only just discovered this site/ these cookies!!?

These are PERFECT.

Previous cookies I have tried have been quite 'cakey' but these are just as described. Soft, chewy and cookie perfection.

Thank you for sharing this recipe x

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I make these with Maldon salt flakes on top and they are a real crowd pleaser. (^_^)

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Substitutions I made

I used 3/4 cup olive oil instead of vegan butter, and tripled the flax and reduced the sugar to 1 cup, and rolled them in shredded coconut and was pleased.

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The Closest I've Come to My Favorite Non-vegan One

in fact, i'm not sure i could tell a difference between these and my non-vegan favorites in a blind taste test. this is the perfect dough to eat with a spoon. thank you for this!

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someone come take these away from me...

Made these with Regular Vegan Butter, vegan white chocolate chips, and macadamia nuts. and now i need to join some sort of 12 step program, cuz i can't stop. My house has always been food central for my family. no one was ever afraid to be my guinea pig. until i started cooking cruelty free. it was actually really difficult to regain the confidence of those who usually just enthusiastically gobbled up whatever i made. this recipe is like ammo in the battle against nervous grimaces and upturned noses.

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Amazing

Awesome recipe! Instead of flax, I used standard oats that I ground with a coffee grinder. Came out better than any other vegan cookie recipe I have tried to date. Thank you very much

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a keeper

I love these! Will definitely be adding to the recipe box! I love the addition of the cinnamon and molasses....makes a tasty, chewy cookie. And thanks fie the previous comment on using coconut butter/oil...I used Earth Balance and a little grape seed oil, and a mix of organic spelt, rice and white flour and they turned out wonderful. Thanks!

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Delicious!

These cookies have an incredible flavour! I love the little bit of cinnamon - they're not "cinnamony" per se, but it does give the flavour added depth without being in-your-face.

I usually bake with coconut oil and coconut palm sugar, so those were the only modifications I made to suit my dietary preferences. The first time, I hadn't read any comments so I just substituted solid coconut oil for the vegan butter, and the dough was super crumbly and dry. I managed to make it work with a bit of water added but it wasn't perfect (but they tasted SO GOOD that I had to try again). This time, I used melted coconut oil, and went by your suggestion (in the comments somewhere) of using 11 tablespoons of oil + 3 tablespoons of water. The dough was a completely different story! It held together beautifully like "normal" cookie dough, and flattened a little in the baking process (though I ended up helping the dough balls a bit by flattening them with a fork).

Thanks so much for this recipe, I know it's going to be a standby in our house!

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Question about the sugar

Hi! This recipe looks absolutely delicious and I'm so excited to try it. I just have one question about the sugar and molasses. I have brown sugar on hand but no molasses, so I was wondering if I could just use the same amount of sugar called for in the recipe, substituting with brown sugar and leaving out the molasses? If I use brown sugar instead should I still add some molasses? Thank you!

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Great question Felise! I actually have this grand plan to not have any brown sugar in my kitchen, and to use granulated white sugar with molasses so I can dial in exactly the right amount of chewiness and/for flavor complexity I need according to the task-at-hand. You should theoretically be able to do it the other way around: with brown sugar and no molasses, but since I don't know the exact amount of molasses in 1 1/2 cups sugar, it would be difficult to see if it would work exactly the same.

The long answer: Basically, molasses is extremely important in chocolate chip cookies (and some other cookie varieties) because it determines the chewiness of the cookie and lends background flavor notes, not necessarily perceived as "molasses like". Molasses consists of long, sticky sugars that hold onto water, hence the gooeyness, so this would also effect the way your cookies spread during baking too. This is because as molasses holds onto the water, it's less likely to evaporate during baking, thus making your cookies remain in a liquid state longer. The longer your cookies remain in a liquid state during baking, the more they'll spread flat. So molasses is used to "tune" many cookie recipes for optimum flavor, texture and shape.

The short answer: you could probably get away with brown sugar but the cookies wouldn't turn out exactly as designed. Good luck!

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Amazing flavor!!

These cookies are the best. My husband begs me to make them, he even offers to help!! That should speak for itself!! I have a question though. What adjustments would I need to make to do cookie bars instead?

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So glad you like the cookies Jenna! And if the husband offers to help, that's a good sign. I don't even offer to help my wife when she makes these (although I should). Great question about the bars. I don't think the dough would need to be altered, just the baking time. You might want to also bake at 325F for a little longer to make sure they bake evenly. Good luck!

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Seriously...the best chocolate chip cookies!

I've fooled so many people by making these. People do not know they are vegan because they are so good!! Pair this with some nondairy ice cream or just by themselves, freshly out of the oven...omg droooool. So good!! Such a great find and I'm never searching again for another chocolate chip cookie recipe!

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So glad these cookies worked out so well for you theyummybunny! Out of all my recipes, these get made the most in my house. Glad they're fooling people in your neck of the woods!

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Best kid/allergy friendly recipe

Thank you for posting this recipe. My child is allergic to both eggs and dairy, so finding a decent yet simple chocolate chip cookie recipe has been a challenge. We have tried many recipes and this one is by far a favourite with the entire family.

Also, The first time I made this I didn't have molasses on hand, so I used 3/4 caster sugar and 3/4 dark brown sugar, and the cookies turned out lovely and chewy.

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Thanks brittmarie! Brown sugar is just white sugar with molasses added so it probably gave you about 3/4 teaspoon molasses in the recipe. So glad the cookies worked out so well for you!

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(Updated: December 07, 2013)
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5.0

Scrumptious!

These are the best vegan cookies i've ever made. Thank you! I've always been disappointed with the lack of chewiness in the other recipes i've tried. These were delicious, and so, so satisfyingly chewy --you'd never know i'd nearly blown it completely, having A) misjudged the amount of baking soda and been forced to scoop out an indeterminate amount of excess from a mound of flour, and B) realized at the last minute that i was out of the most important ingredient contributing to chewiness: molasses! I replaced it with a 1/4 c of shredded coconut and crossed my fingers. The result was hands-down delicious and, thankfully, idiot-proof.

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That's great that the cookies still turned out chewy for you even though you ran out of molasses SheraPop! Shredded coconut sounds like a great addition. Thanks for sharing!

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Amazing!!!

Thanks Mattie! These cookies were absolutely amazing! I followed the recipe exactly as written with no substitutions except I baked them only about 13 minutes since I think my oven runs hot. They came out perfect. Since this recipe makes more than I could (or should!) eat, I froze them for over a week, defrosted them, and they still have a great chewy texture, almost like I had just bought them from a store or bakery. I am a new vegan and this was my first attempt at vegan baking and am so glad I found this site. I will be making the flaky vegan pie crust next, and can't wait to see how it comes out. Thank you again!!!

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So glad the cookies worked out veganlasvegas! I frequently freeze cookies too to keep me from eating them all as soon as they come out of the oven;)

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These are so easy and yummy! I made them for a second time today and and covered a few Oreos in the dough and they came out so good.

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Pardon me Elizabeth but did you say you covered a few Oreos in the dough before baking?! That's genius! I can't wait to try that. Thanks for sharing and I'm so glad you like the cookies!

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Best vegan Choc chip ever! Posted my pic! Hope it helps others see how it comes out!

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So glad you liked the cookies Katy! Thanks for the awesome pic!

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(Updated: September 08, 2013)
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5.0

Fantastic!!!!!

Everyone that tried these loved them! They stayed fresh for three days until we finished them all. :) No one could believe they were vegan! I used half all purpose and half wheat flour, and added walnuts. Thanks for the awesome recipe!!

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So glad these cookies worked out so well for you Amys! Thanks!

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The BEST cookie!!

OMG!! I stumbled onto your recipe because I have been in search for a really good chocolate chip cookie...this is it!!! Well, I have to admit, I did some variations because I didn't have all of the ingredients, but this cookie is boss! I used spelt flour, coconut oil, and maple syrup. These came out so good :-) We're scraping off the last remnants stuck to the parchment paper now. I never write reviews, but I had to for this recipe...absolutely terrific...great job Mattie.

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Thanks so much cerabear! So glad these chocolate chip cookies worked out for you and it's great to know you had such great luck with spelt flour.

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Really Good

So, I'm currently obsessed with Whole Foods vegan chocolate chip cookies. I'm not vegan and I'm no longer a vegetarian but I'm still into making either vegan or vegetarian at least 2 times a week. when I made them, I ended up using Truvia baking sugar, and I think that might have screwed me up, I didn't realize I had raw organic sugar in the cabinet till after I added the sugar. My cookies didn't flatten, so when I put the second batch in the oven, I flattened them myself. They were good, and I want to try to make them again with the correct sugar. I wonder if my blackstrap molasses gave it a weird flavor, because I feel like it is lingering in my mouth. So this recipe deserves 5 starts because it's perfect, I'm to one that probably messed it up. Haha I can't wait to make them again.

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Hi Michelle! Sugar type is actually a super important factor in the way cookies flatten. It sounds crazy but it's because cookie dough is extremely rich in sugar compared to other doughs. This sugar liquifies during baking and contributes to the water soluble water content of the cookie. The sugary dough is then hygroscopic which means that it really likes to hold onto water and not allow very much of it to be baked off. As you probably know, more water means more flattening, less water means less flattening.

Molasses also plays a role due to it containing polysaccharides (long chain sugars) that hold onto water more, preventing it from being baked off. Molasses also is acidic which can increase leavening, which also tends to decrease flattening in a cookie. So cookies are a balancing act in regards to flattening. I haven't worked with Truvia but I'd guess that it's probably different in the way it works with water compared to granulated sugar enough to cause of your lack of flattening. I use the molasses so you don't have to go out and buy brown sugar. Molasses or brown sugar increases chewiness and adds a flavor complexity that I don't find off base but who knows. Every one is different and it could have caused your flavor woes.

I just had the vegan Whole Foods cookies this weekend and they're awesome! So chewy! Thanks for the feedback!

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Delicious!! I did it with half wholemeal/half all-purpose flour and it worked fine!

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