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Ultimate Guide to Make the Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ultimate Guide to Make the Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

You're probably here because you've been trying to go vegan, but now you're missing gooey gooey chocolate chip cookies. Or maybe you just love chocolate chip cookies, because who doesn't?

For whatever reason, you're at the right place because this is the BEST vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe. Ever.

And there's no fancy ingredients or substitutions in this recipe. The secret is simplicity. They taste so great, no one could ever guess they're dairy-free and egg-free!

So if chewy, soft chocolate chip cookies are one of your favourite desserts, this is the recipe you'll want to save, share, bookmark, and make over and over for birthdays, celebrations, or just because!

Common questions about vegan chocolate chip cookies, answered!

1. What is the difference between all-purpose flour and maida?

All-purpose flour is a bit different from maida as it’s a mixture of hard and soft wheat flour with a higher protein content. Maida is soft wheat flour and thus contains a lower protein content. If you're looking to buy all-purpose flour, try the brand Josef Marc, which can be ordered online at amazon.in.

2. Do chocolate chip cookies need vanilla extract?

The flavour in this recipe mainly comes from the molasses in the brown sugar and the perfect chocolate-to-salt ratio. But if you want to give your cookies a slight flavour boost, don’t hesitate to add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.

3. Should you use chocolate chips or a chocolate bar for chocolate chip cookies?

This is entirely up to you.

Traditionally, chocolate chip cookies are made with chopped up chocolate for a few reasons. Not only will you get those big pools of chocolate, but you’ll also get tiny shavings of chocolate mixed throughout for the most chocolate-y experience! Chocolate bars also taste more homemade, as some chocolate chips have a waxy taste to them.

But some people prefer chocolate chips for convenience and a more even distribution of chocolate throughout your dough.

4. Can you use castor sugar in chocolate chip cookies?

Castor sugar can be used as a one-to-one substitute for the brown sugar in this recipe. What is the difference between castor sugar and brown sugar?

The difference comes down to the final texture and flavour. If you want an extra soft cookie, use brown sugar only. If you want a crunchier cookie, use castor sugar only.

This recipe uses both to get a perfect combination of both!

5. Should I freeze cookie dough overnight?

It's not required, but it will taste like magic the next day!

Before baking, just let the frozen dough thaw for a few minutes before scooping and baking. 

6. Is a silicon mat better than baking paper?

It depends how you look at it. In terms of saving on cost and waste, a silicon mat is better. 

Not only do they prevent burning, but they can be used hundreds of times, making them more environmentally friendly than baking paper!

7. Do cookies firm up when cooled down?

Yes, vegan chocolate chip cookies will also firm as they cool. The best time to take the cookies out of the oven is when the edges start to brown, and the top isn't shiny and slick like the dough. After cooling down completely, they will be super soft and delicious!

But if you want a more crunchy cookie, you can leave them in the oven for another minute or two until you clearly see the edges browning.

8. Should you weigh your ingredients with a scale?

Yes. Baking is a science, and every measurement needs to be as accurate as possible!

There is nothing more accurate than weighing each and every ingredient! Measuring equipment like cups and spoons varies more than you think, so it might be time to invest in a scale. 

9. What type of brown sugar will work?

Brown sugar that comes as a granule will not work. Check out Parry's brown sugar for the right consistency.

What is the difference between brown sugar and white sugar? The only differences is an ingredient called molasses! 

10. Is vegan cookie dough safe?

Yes! Since it is egg-free and dairy-free, you won't get sick after eating raw cookie dough. Yum!

Where can I buy vegan chocolate?

Vegan dark chocolate

  • Paul and Mike 99% dark vegan chocolate
  • 85% Aged India Single Origin dark chocolate

Vegan mylk chocolate

  • Anuttama vegan milk chocolate with jaggery and coconut milk
  • One Good Hazelnut bar (if you don’t mind a few times of hazelnuts, which would be DELICIOUS)
  • One Good Sea Salt and California Almonds bar (just reduce the salt by ⅛ of a teaspoon when you make the recipe)
  • Ask Foods dark chocolate. It tastes like mylk chocolate despite the ‘dark’ label!

Vegan chocolate chips

  • Kauma vegan milk chocolate couverture chips
  • Bloom chocolate chips
  • Ask Foods chocolate chips
  • Pink Harvest Farms Bean to Buttons baking chocolate chips

You’ll find more options on the market, but this is just to help you get started!

What can I add to chocolate chips?

Looking for a new reason to love chocolate chip cookies? Try these add-ins!

  • Dried fruits of your choice. There’s raisins, cranberries, and apricots for starters! Add ¼ of a cup to this recipe
  • Chopped nuts. Use almonds, cashews, roasted peanuts, or pistachios! Add 1 one to this recipe
  • Chopped mini salted pretzels! Add about ½ of a cup to this recipe
  • Oreos. Add about 10-15 chopped oreos to this recipe
  • Rainbow sprinkles! Add ¾ of a cup to this recipe Sweetened coconut shreds. Add one cup to this recipe
  • Oats. Add one cup to this recipe
  • Or, melt down some baking chocolate in a microwave and drizzle it over the top of freshly baked cookies!
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • About ½ cup of packed mint leaves, chopped. Who else is a fan of mint chocolate?

Our favourite add-in combination (pictured above) is chopped walnuts and orange zest. It’s absolutely heavenly, and we’ve added it into the recipe as optional if you want to take it up a few notches.

Ingredients

  • 100g One Good butter
  • 50g castor sugar
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 60ml One Good sugar-free mylk
  • 190g all-purpose flour
  • 2.4g baking soda
  • 3g salt
  • 135g chocolate, chopped
  • 75g walnuts, chopped (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • Zest of one large orange (optional)

Procedure

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, add brown sugar, castor sugar, and butter. With a hand mixer, mix for 1-2 minutes to cream the butter
  2. Add mylk and optional vanilla extract to the mixture and mix until fluffy
  3. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix for about 30 seconds or until combined
  4. Add chopped chocolate and combine with a spoon. If you want to make orange walnut chocolate chip cookies, add the chopped walnuts and orange zest at this step!
  5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put into the fridge for 30 minutes
  6. Preheat oven to 176C (350F)
  7. Take the dough out of the fridge and make small, 25g balls with your hands. Place each ball on a baking tray lined with either a silicon mat or baking paper about 3 cm apart
  8. Place the tray into the oven on the center rack and bake for 10 minutes. Rotate the tray after 5 minutes
  9. The cookies are done when they look slightly underdone, but they aren’t shiny and glossy like cookie dough. The edges will also start looking a little brown. This can take up to 15 minutes
  10. Cool them on a cooling rack and enjoy!

How do you store chocolate chip cookies?

You can store baked chocolate chip cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days, depending on the climate you live in.

If you want them to last longer, you can securely wrap them in plastic wrap and place them inside an airtight container in the fridge to extend the shelf life for a couple extra days.

If you want to keep them around for a while, you can store the dough or the baked cookies in the freezer for up to 6 months! You will just have to wrap them very well, as the cold air will completely dry them out. Just bake or microwave them to enjoy all over again!


What can you eat with chocolate chip cookies?

Allow us to provide two amazing ways to change it up:

  • A chocolate chip cookie mylkshake. Just throw 2-3 cookies, 1 cup of One Good Mylk, and 2 scoops of vegan vanilla ice cream!

  • An ice cream sandwich. Just add vegan vanilla or chocolate ice cream between two chocolate chip cookies. Yum!

Chocolate chip cookies go best with milk, tea, or coffee. We recommend adding some cinnamon to a cup of One Good Mylk, or having it with One Good Chocolate mylk (because what’s too much chocolate?)

If you loved this recipe, check out our vegan chocolate cake recipe, too! And let us know your favourite ways to enjoy your chocolate chip cookies below.

 

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