The Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

By Alexandra Caspero on May 17, 2023

These really are the BEST vegan chocolate chip cookies. Slightly crispy on the outside and perfectly soft and chewy on the inside. With no weird ingredients, these chocolate chip cookies are delicious and easy to make!

These cookies! Wow– I’ve been on the hunt for the absolute best vegan chocolate cookie recipe and this is it. The texture and the flavor are both on point– slightly crispy on the outside yet perfectly soft and chewy on the inside.

These are bakery cookies– the kind of chocolate chip cookie that taste like they came from either your grandmother’s kitchen or your favorite bakery. Pillowy soft, with plenty of chocolate chip cookies, these are the vegan cookies I dream about!

I’ve got lots of cookie recipes on my website, and many with chocolate chips. Some are healthier, some have fun ingredients like tahini, but none are a classic chocolate chip cookie. These are. Vegan chocolate chip cookies without any weird ingredients– a must make.

Two Cookies On A Plate

Why this Recipe Works

The combination of softened butter and brown sugar helps with not only the soft, chewy texture of these cookies but also the flavor. You must use brown sugar for the best results. Cane sugar, coconut sugar, or the like will not work as well.

The flax egg and cornstarch act as an egg, binding all of the ingredients together and helping with the texture. I don’t recommend swapping in other egg options, like chia seeds for the flax seed. You can use other starches, like arrowroot, but don’t skip the starch.

Plate Of Cookies
  • Ground flaxseed
  • Vegan butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Flour
  • Cornstarch
  • Baking Soda
  • Chocolate Chips
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies On A Cooling Rack

Is Chocolate Vegan?

Most chocolate contains milk solids and, therefore, isn’t vegan. However, there are several chocolate chip brands on the market. Some are intentionally dairy-free, like Enjoy Life, while others are accidentally dairy-free, like Guittard.

If you want these cookies to be vegan, then you’ll want to ensure that you use a dairy-free chocolate chip.

Two Vegan Cookies On A Plate With Milk

How to Make These Chocolate Chip Cookies

Make a flax egg

Mix together the ground flaxseed and water in a small bowl and set aside to make your flax egg.

Cream the butter

Mix the butter and brown sugar together, either in a stand mixer or a bowl with a handheld mixer. Add the vanilla and flax egg and mix to combine. Batter For Cookies In A Mixer

Stir in the flour

Stop the mixer and add the flour. Sprinkle on the cornstarch, baking soda and salt on top of. the flour. Turn the mixer on low speed and mix until just combined. Creamed Butter With Flour

Add in the chocolate chips

Add in the chocolate chips to incorporate, either by hand or using the mixer. Bowl With Chocolate Chips

Roll the dough

Roll the dough into balls, about 1-2 tablespoons each. Place on prepared pans. Cookie Dough On A Baking Sheet

Bake and cool

Bake for 10 minutes (do NOT overbake), then remove and let cool on the pans for 5 minutes. Remove and finish cooling on a cooling rack. They will firm up as they cool. Cookies On A Baking Sheet

Tips for Success

I tested these vegan chocolate chip cookies with Miyoko’s, Earth Balance and Country Crock Plant-Butter. All of them work and don’t have a strong preference on brand. You can use whatever option is accessible and affordable to you.

I don’t recommend making other substitution changes, especially the brown sugar. It may seem like a lot of sugar, especially from a Registered Dietitian, but they are cookies! It’s OK to eat real cookies.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies On A Plate
Chocolate Chip Cookies On A Plate

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The Very Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category: baking, chocolate, cookies
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These really are the BEST vegan chocolate chip cookies. Slightly crispy on the outside and perfectly soft and chewy on the inside. With no weird ingredients, these chocolate chip cookies are delicious and easy to make!


  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category: baking, chocolate, cookies
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category: baking, chocolate, cookies
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 2.5 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter*, slightly softened to room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups non-dairy chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line two cooking sheets with parchment paper or lightly spray with oil.
  2. Mix together the flaxseed and water in a small bowl and set aside to make your flax egg.
  3. In a large bowl, using a handheld mixer or a stand mixer with a paddle attachment beat the softened butter and brown sugar together for 1-2 minutes until creamy.
  4. Add the vanilla and flax egg and mix to combine.
  5. Stop the mixer, add the flour then sprinkle on the cornstarch, baking soda and salt on top of the flour. Turn the mixer on low speed and mix until just combined.
  6. Add in the chocolate chips to incorporate, either by hand or using the mixer.
  7. Roll the dough into balls, about 1-2 tablespoons each. Place on prepared pans and bake for 10 minutes (12 minutes for larger cookies). DO NOT OVERBAKE. They will be barely golden around the edges, puffy and lightly colored.
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack. The cookies will firm up as they cool and become the most chewy chocolate cookies ever! Enjoy!

Notes

*These were tested with Miyoko’s, Earth Balance and Country Crock Plant-Butter. All work in this recipe!

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Meet Alex Caspero

Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, New York Times Bestselling Chef, and mom of two. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.

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