Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are the best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies because they’re super soft and chewy, just like the traditional cookie. Soft, simple vegan cookies are made with lots of chocolate chips, guaranteeing chocolate in every bite. The flavor and texture combined with lots of chocolate chips make this the best cookie recipe ever!

A stack of vegan chocolate chip cookies, shows the top one with a bite taken out. There's a bowl of chocolate chips and more cookies cooling on a wire rack behind it.

I love a good chocolate chip cookie. Take, for example, my vegan M&M Cookies. They’re infused with chocolate chips and unreal candies.

In fact, making cookies was my very first baking attempt. Serving those cookies to my friends was the first time I got the thrill of hearing how much people loved something I made.

I’ve been hooked on baking ever since. Going vegan was a challenge to my baking skills, but I’ve mastered vegan desserts and even have a cooking school certification to prove it!

Yes, vegan chocolate chip cookie recipes are made without eggs or dairy. Does that seem impossible? If so, it’s only because that’s how you’ve always made them. It’s entirely possible to make delicious cookies without eggs or dairy.

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Baking the cookies until they are golden brown on the edges and just set, but still soft in the center makes the perfect chewy cookies
  • Adding cornstarch helps soften the protein in the flour, creating perfectly soft and tender cookies
  • Pressing chocolate chips into the top of unbaked cookie dough balls helps create bakery shop-like cookies.
Vegan chocolate chip cookies sit on a wire rack, after having just been removed from the oven.

Key Ingredients

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

  • Vegan butter — I have used both Earth Balance buttery sticks, Miyoko’s, and my own vegan butter.
  • Sugar — We’ll use both granulated and brown sugar. You can use light or dark, or make homemade brown sugar
  • Flavors — Using vanilla extract and salt enhances the flavor in these cookies.
  • Flax Egg — Either a flax egg or use a chia egg works great here
  • All-purpose flour — You can use whole wheat pastry flour (different from whole wheat flour). You can make vegan gluten-free chocolate chip cookies by substituting a high-quality gluten-free baking flour.
  • Leaveners — We’ll combine cornstarch, baking soda, and baking powder to make these cookies fluffy.
  • Chocolate Chips — Use your favorite Dairy-free chocolate chips.

Ingredient Spotlight

A pile of flour has been poured into a measuring cup.

The Best Flour for Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Because we don’t add eggs to vegan cookies, the balance of ingredients is important to get that chewy, delicious cookie texture. Adding a bit more all-purpose flour than a regular batter is a great way to allow the binding power of flour to create the perfect consistency for thick, chewy, and gooey chocolate chip cookies.

    If you’re wondering how to make chocolate chip cookies vegan, I’m here to tell you it’s easier than cracking an egg. Seriously!

    New to Vegan Baking?

    The idea of making cookies, cakes, or muffins without eggs or dairy can seem like a hill too tall to climb. But with the simple tips in my Guide to Vegan Baking, you’ll be baking like a vegan pro in no time!

    Several chocolate chip cookies on a wire rack.

    Storage Tips

    Store cookies in a sealed container for up to a week either on the counter or in the fridge. Or you can freeze these cookies for up to two months.

    One of my favorite things about making these cookies is the vegan chocolate chip cookie dough recipe itself. In fact, you can roll this edible cookie dough into balls and freeze them, and have a quick dessert of frozen cookie dough ball bites.

    Frequently-Asked Questions

    Can you eat raw cookie dough?

    Because there are no eggs in vegan chocolate chip cookies, you might think you could eat the dough raw without concern for the bacteria that might be present in raw eggs. However, there are concerns about raw flour as well. So, if you intend to eat the dough, simply bake the flour briefly to kill any bacteria that might be present.

    Is a store-bought cookie mix vegan?

    Many store-bought cookie mixes are not vegan, so be sure and check the label. I look for eggs, dairy, and lard. Those are clear indications that this is not a vegan-friendly cookie mix!

    Another great reason to bake without eggs is that you simply don’t need them! You can make absolutely stunning cookies without eggs.

      Marly’s Tips

      Use these expert tips to make this vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe perfect every time:

      • Sit vegan butter out 30 minutes to allow it to soften
      • Reserve some chocolate chips to add to the cookie dough balls before baking.
      • The mixture of sugar, fat, and air is perfect for this cookie dough.
      • Make cookies sugar-free by using Swerve granulated and brown sugar and Lily’s stevia-sweetened dark chocolate chips
      • Make-ahead tips: You can roll the cookie dough into balls, cover, and refrigerate for up to 3 days before baking.
      Several chocolate chip cookies are arranged near a bowl of vegan chocolate chips.

      More Vegan Cookies

      Do you love only the best vegan cookies? Me too! Here are some of the very best easy vegan cookies, all with different takes on the vegan chocolate chip cookie:

      A stack of chocolate chip cookies shows the top with a bite taken out, revealing lots of melty chocolate chips.

      Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

      Delicious Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies are soft and chewy, and lots of tender chocolate chips throughout. These cookies are perfect for dipping in almond milk!
      5 from 5 votes
      Course: Dessert
      Cuisine: American
      Prep Time: 10 minutes
      Cook Time: 10 minutes
      Total Time: 22 minutes
      Servings: 36 cookies
      Calories: 145kcal

      Ingredients

      • 1 flax egg
      • 1 cup vegan butter 2 sticks, softened
      • ¾ cup brown sugar
      • ¾ cup granular sugar
      • 1 tablespoon vanilla
      • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour + 1 tablespoon. Sift, spoon, and level to measure
      • 1 tablespoon cornstarch (optional)
      • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
      • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
      • 1 teaspoon salt
      • 1 ½ cups dairy-free chocolate chips

      Instructions

      • Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
      • Make the flax egg and set it aside.
      • Place the butter in a mixing bowl. Use either a handheld or stand mixer on medium speed and beat until light and fluffy. Add the sugars and beat again until light and fluffy. Finally, add the flax egg and vanilla and beat again to combine.
        Looking at a beater full of creamy vegan butter and sugar whipped together in a stand mixer.
      • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch (see note), baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir to combine. Pour the flour mixture in with the butter mixture. Stir to combine.
        Dry ingredients, like flour, in a glass bowl.
      • Add the chocolate chips and stir until combined. Be sure to cover the cookie dough when not in use to prevent it from drying out.
        Cookie dough in a metal mixing bowl with a blue spatula.
      • Drop by rounded spoonful about 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheet. (Or you can roll the cookie dough balls for more precise edges to the cookies). Bake for 9 minutes, (or up to 11 minutes depending on your desired final cookie texture). If you prefer chewier cookies, remove them at 9 minutes. If you prefer crispier, cook for a few minutes longer. See note.
        Looking down on a baking sheet with cookie dough balls ready to be baked.
      • Once the cookies are done, allow them to cool for a minute or two on the cookie sheet, before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
      • Store in a sealed container for up to a week either on the counter or in the fridge. Or you can freeze these cookies for up to two months.

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      Notes

      Regarding cornstarch, I have made this with and without the cornstarch and the recipe is fine either way. However, I like the addition of cornstarch as it slightly reduces the protein in the flour and makes for a more tender cookie.
      Regarding flour, I use primarily all-purpose flour. However, if you want to use whole wheat, use one of these three options: 1) do half all-purpose and half whole wheat; 2) use whole wheat pastry flour (this is different than whole wheat flour); 3) do half all-purpose and half whole wheat white flour. Either way, you may need to add another tablespoon of water.
      Assess your dough before baking. If the dough is too sticky, it means there’s not enough flour. Add a tablespoon or two of flour to get a thicker consistency.
      Baking Time: I recommend baking these cookies for 9 minutes in a preheated oven, then removing them and allowing them to sit on the baking dish for another 2 minutes. Because of residual baking, the cookies will firm up even after removing them from the oven. As a result, I find removing them at 9 minutes, creates a deliciously tender cookie!
      Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 161mg | Potassium: 83mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg

      The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

      17 Responses to Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

      1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyIrene Roux Reply

        I made the chocolate chip cookies for my daughter she is vegan and I have struggled making cookies that always came out flat but I tried your cookies and they were amazing soft in the center and crispy on the edges and my daughter and friends loved them!! Thank you for the best vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe and I am looking forward to trying more of your vegan recipes. They are definitely a 5 star recipe!!

        • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

          Hi Irene. I’m so glad to see you loved this recipe. It’s one of my go-to favorites, too!

      2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAlexa Reply

        5 stars
        These are my favorite cookies to make! I’ve made them many times and even my non-vegan family members love them!!

        • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

          Hi Alexa. I’m so glad you liked these cookies. They’re my favorites too, so that makes us two peas in a pod! 🙂

      3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyTf Reply

        Just made these using chia egg instead of flax. So delicious. I did a half batch because I only had half the butter and it turned out so nice and fluffy but chewy on edges. Very happy.

        • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

          Hey TF! So glad you liked these vegan chocolate chip cookies! It’s a favorite recipe of mine too!

      4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyTaylor Reply

        Hello,
        How much applesauce would I use to replace the chia egg? 🙂

        • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

          Hi Taylor. You should be able to use 1/4 cup applesauce to replace the chia egg. Test the batter. If it’s too dry, add a little more applesauce or water. If it’s too wet, add a little more flour.

      5. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKristi RImkus Reply

        Your cookies look just like the old standby Tollhouse cookies. I’ve passed the recipe along to my daughter. She’ll love it!

      6. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyReeni Reply

        5 stars
        What nice kids! And how sweet you are for baking them cookies. I bet they loved them!

        • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

          I love these kids next door. They are so cute. They’re very polite too and that is something to be noted. I’m really lucky to have such nice neighbors. I’m also lucky to have met such nice people like you. It makes all the work of blogging worthwhile! My best to you! Marly

      7. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlycitronetvanille Reply

        5 stars
        I need to explore more vegan cuisine, and those cookies look mouthwatering I think the kids enjoyed the cookies maybe more so than money. I hate to bring everything down to money.

        • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

          These cookies taste as good as they look. My favorite egg replacer is the apple sauce. I highly recommend it. I think I have used 1/4 cup. I would love to see any vegan entrees you decide to make!

      8. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyStella Reply

        5 stars
        Hey Marly, these look great, and I love the way you solved your dilemma. Your’e right! Children should learn the value of helping others (especially neighbors) without expectation.
        Hey, I was just thinking to post the recipe I developed for vegan chocolate chip, so I hope you don’t think I’m a copy cat (smile).
        By the way, thanks for that sweet question on my last post…

        • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

          What sweet question? Now I’m going to have to go back to your site and check it out!

          I don’t think you’re a copy cat – I can’t wait to see your recipe!

      9. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMonet Reply

        Don’t you just love ground flax seed? I just picked up a bag today at Whole Foods. I have been eating it with my oatmeal/cereal for quite awhile but just recently started adding it to my baked goods. So so yummy! These cookies look great, and I can’t wait to give them a try. As always, thank you for sharing Marly!

        • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

          Yes – it is really versatile. Do you buy the dark or the golden flax seed? We’ve tried both. I like adding it to baked goods just to try to help myself believe it’s healthy. Sure they’re cookies…but they’ve got omega 3 rich flax seeds!!!

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