Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

vegan chocolate chip cookies
Modified from Isa Chandra Moskowitz's landmark recipe, these vegan chocolate chip cookies are easy to make and shear perfection.

Before going vegan about a decade ago, I didn’t know how to cook.

Or bake.

vegan chocolate chip cookies

I helped my mom in the kitchen occasionally growing up.  And by high school I could prepare a few recipes that required little more than chopping vegetables and trimming the fat off of chicken. 

(Something I don’t miss at all, and I swear contributed to my desire to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible until going plant-based.)

vegan chocolate chip cookies

Going Plant-Based

It was going vegan that inspired me to learn how to cook.  I had to learn how to cook if I was going to remain vegan and survive on more than raw vegetables and overpriced pre-packaged food.

Alicia Silverstone’s The Kind Life taught me about veganism [aff. link]. 

(Though I ultimately decided to be vegetarian, I still recommend Alicia’s book to anyone who wants to learn more about the shocking environmental benefits, health benefits, and simply the why’s and how’s of plant-based eating.)

But it was Isa Chandra Moskowitz who taught me how to cook and bake vegan.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

In her approachable, humorous yet knowledgable style, Isa’s cookbooks taught me invaluable tenents of vegan cuisine, including how to use such niche ingredients as miso paste and tahini (not so niche anymore), to how even the most seemingly un-vegan comfort food can indeed have a delicious, plant-based alternative.

One of the first Isa recipes that I made as an inexperienced vegan was her vegan chocolate chip cookies.  I’ll never forget how astonished I was to discover that a vegan cookie, with no butter or eggs, could taste so amazingly good.

Isa’s vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe was a landmark for me in another way: it was one of the first recipes I modified and experimented with.  The success of these modifications helped build the confidence I needed to eventually create my own recipes.

Over the years, I’ve made more changes to Isa’s recipe that, in my humble opinion, make Isa’s perfect vegan chocolate chip cookies even more perfect.  

Make Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies!

And that’s the recipe I share today.  Here’s my vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe, modified from Isa’s hallmark recipe that has doubtless inspired countless plant-based eaters over the years.

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Isa, thank you for all you’ve done, and continue to do—check out Isa’s new cookbook here—to make plant-based eating delicious and accessible to all.

vegan chocolate chip cookies

A Few Things

I’m a huge advocate of chopping up a chocolate bar and using the resulting chocolate chunks instead of chocolate chips in my cookies.

As in, I almost never use chocolate chips.  Read about the reasons behind my snobbery here.

vegan chocolate chip cookies

However. 

One of my favorite things about these vegan chocolate chip cookies is the fact that they come together in one bowl with almost zero effort.  In keeping with the ease of the recipe, I opted to use chocolate chips for the photo sesh cookies you see here.

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Yes, I do frequently make these cookies with chocolate chunks instead of chocolate chips.  But sometimes you need a delicious homemade cookie fast.  Using chocolate chips accomplishes this.  But feel free to use chocolate chunks.  They’ll make these vegan chocolate chip cookies slightly more time intensive, but even more delicious.

vegan chocolate chip cookies
5 from 4 votes

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Modified from Isa Chandra Moskowitz's landmark recipe, these vegan chocolate chip cookies are easy to make and shear perfection.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Cool Down5 mins
Total Time27 mins
Servings: 18 cookies
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Ingredients

For the wet ingredients:

  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • cup canola oil
  • ¼ cup almond milk, unsweetened or vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp corn starch
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

For the dry ingredients:

  • 1 ¾ cups flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup chocolate chips

Instructions

Mix the wet ingredients

  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together the brown sugar, sugar, canola oil, almond milk, corn starch, and vanilla extract.
  • Mix until the corn starch in completely dissolved, and the sugars have completely incorporated into the oil and almond milk. There should be no separation between the oil and the other ingredients.

Add the dry ingredients

  • Now add the flour, baking soda, and salt to the wet ingredients. Mix until almost completely combined, then add in the chocolate chips.
  • Stir the chocolate chips in until there are no more flour streaks and the chips have just combined.

Roll the cookie dough balls

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Take 2 Tbsp of cookie dough, and roll it into a ball. Repeat until you've made 4-6 cookie dough balls, and place them on a standard-sized baking sheet a few inches apart.
  • Press each dough ball down slightly with your hand, until each dough ball has spread to about 1 ¾ - 2 inches in diameter.

Bake the cookies

  • Bake the cookies at 375 degrees for 6-8 minutes.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven. The cookies will still look a little soft and be slightly golden brown.
  • Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for five minutes. This is an important step! Do not take the cookies off the cookie sheet until five minutes have elapsed. The cookies will continue to bake on the cookie sheet during these last five minutes.
  • Transfer the cookies from the cookie sheet to a serving plate. Bake the remaining cookie dough balls, if desired. You can also freeze them for later use.

Serve and enjoy!

  • Serve the cookies alone or with a glass of milk. Enjoy!

Notes

The recipe as written makes 12-14 cookies.
Though I recommend using 2 Tbsp of dough per cookie, this recipe can make 18-20 cookies if you make the dough balls smaller.  Use 1 heaping Tbsp of dough for each cookie, and bake for 6-7 minutes. 
This cookie dough freezes well. Simply roll the dough into balls before freezing. Then, let the dough thaw on the cookie sheet while the oven preheats for baking. Press the dough balls down as per the recipe instructions, and bake.
You can find Isa Chandra Moskowitz's original vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe here.
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6 Responses

  1. 5 stars
    I totally hear ya on the overpriced pre-packaged food thing. Whenever I walk through the store, I’m shocked at how much they charge for things that can be made at home. I appreciate you sharing this cookie recipe…you can’t ever have enough chocolate chip cookie recipes, and this one sounds like a winner!!

  2. 5 stars
    Made these for my vegan daughter on a visit home from college. She said they were the best chocolate chip cookies she’s ever had. That’s all I need to hear, my new go-to vegan cookie recipe, thanks!

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