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Easy and delicious vegan chocolate chip cookies – gooey, crunchy, soft and so easy to make epic vegan cookies!
Cookies have always been one of my favourite things to bake in the world – everyone loves cookies. Whether it’s shop bought digestives (which I would call a biscuit, but whatever) or the complete opposite with my NYC chocolate chip cookies, cookies are epic.
I love a shop biscuit/cookie/anything whether it’s just funking it into my cup of tea, or using it for a biscuit base to a cheesecake, and I think everyone will agree that we as a world adore them. They are easy to eat, sweet and delicious little treats!
Vegan chocolate chip cookies
On the other hand, I LOVE making them. I have so many delicious cookies recipes on my blog, but so far… none were naturally vegan. I have had so many requests for a vegan cookie recipe, that I thought it was about time! This recipe is as close to my other recipes as it can be, but veganised!
I based this recipe on the NYC Cookies, and switched as little as possible so that they were as similar as possible. There are so many ways of making something vegan if you are switching ingredients that this was quite easy!
I started by switching the butter to vegan butter.. I prefer using block type butter, even when vegan baking, so I used stork block (not the tub kind). I find it better than the spreadable kinds which can be very soft – but both work really well!
For the egg, there are a few methods. You basically need something that will switch out the liquid part of the egg, to help bind the cookie dough. As it’s only one egg in the cookie it is quite easy. You can use an overripe mashed banana, apple sauce, or anything similar – but fitting to my vegan cake recipes, I used vegan milk!
The other ingredient that you need to think about changing is the chocolate. Some chocolates that you buy in the shops are naturally vegan, but they are nearly always dark (unless you look specifically for dairy free/vegan chocolate) – so if you like dark chocolate then you are fine. However, I used the Galaxy vegan chocolate orange because we all know I love chocolate orange.
Other vegan ingredients
The other ingredients in the cookies should (but please make sure to double check if you have allergies!) be vegan. Flour, baking powder, bicarbonate, salt, sugars and vanilla is all the other bits you need! I have not tried these vegan cookies gluten free yet as well, but I would say it’s an easy switch to gluten free flours, with a bit of xantham gum!
You combine the vegan butter and sugars like normal, until they are combined. Add in the dry ingredients, and mix again! It will be quite a crumbly dough, but then gradually pour in the milk, whilst mixing, and make it into a lovely cookie dough!
Add in the chopped up chocolate, and then portion. I made 12 cookies out of this batch (at 80g each) but you can make them smaller (less baking time) or larger (longer baking time).
To get a crunchy cookie, you need to bake for slightly longer, but the inside will always be soft and delicious in this type of cookie! I love it that way, it’s 100% my favourite cookie. I hope you love this recipe – and if you try and of the other vegan substitutions then let me know in the comments!! x
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 125 g Vegan Butter
- 175 g Light Brown Sugar
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 300 g Plain Flour
- 1 + 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
- 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
- 300 g Vegan Chocolate (chips/chopped)
- 75 ml Vegan milk (I used almond)
- Add the vegan butter, sugar and vanilla to a bowl and beat until creamy - I use my stand mixer with the beater attachment!
- Add in the plain flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, and salt and beat until combined.
- Gradually add in the vegan milk until the cookie dough is formed.
- Add in the vegan chocolate and mix until distributed well!
- Portion the cookies - I do 80g per cookie for 12 cookies and lightly rolly into balls of dough. Put them in the freezer for at least 30 minutes, or in the fridge for an hour or so!
- Whilst the cookie dough is chilling, preheat your oven to 180C Fan, or 200C regular! If your oven runs hot, go for 160C-170c.
- Take the cookies out of the freezer/fridge and put onto two large lined trays - I do 6 per tray.
- Bake the cookies in the oven for 10-11 minutes. Once baked, leave them to cool on the tray for at least 30 minutes, as they will continue to bake whilst cooling!
- Instead of Milk you can use
- 1/2 medium banana, mashed
- 1tbsp flaxseed with 3tbsp water
- 4tbsp applesauce
- And there's so many more...!
- These are best eaten on the day of baking, but can be revived by microwaving for 15-30 seconds, or putting into a hot oven for 2-3 minutes!
- You can freeze the raw cookie dough easily, and bake from frozen if you don't want to bake the entire batch - they will take 12-13 minutes from frozen.
- Once baked, these will last for 4-5+ days!
- If you want a lovely texture - you can add in 1 level tbsp of cornflour, and take out 25g of the flour!
- White granulated is a good substitute for the light brown soft sugar, or dark brown soft if you want a more caramel flavoured cookie!
- If you want to make smaller cookies (60g) - they take about 9 minutes to bake!
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