We’re often torn between posting “classics” VS posting some extravagant shit that has more in common with fine dining restaurants than vegan food blog fare. Our creative turn happened over time because we got tired of eating the same shit over and over again. You might be thinking “but you live in LA—the most diverse vegan city in the world—how could you possibly get bored?!” And I’ll tell you: everyone’s copying each other. I love an all-American burger as much as the next white boy raised in the suburbs, but I don’t need another vegafied Big Mac or pile of In-N-Out style fries.
Calm down Ryan, where were you goin with this rant? Oh right—to justify why we’re posting a classic recipe that’s been done a million times. The answer is simple: the vegan cookie game is weak. A cookie that’s lightly crisp, perfectly chewy, soft in the middle, and buttery with layers of sugary depth throughout cannot be achieved using bananas, applesauce, or agave. If you’re making something vegan, it’s going to take everything in your culinary arsenal to pull it off. That’s why we’ve curated a vegan dough that results in perfect cookies every time. What you add to the dough’s completely up to you, but I think it’s time we make up for the dry, crumbly, and bland disks vegans have been passing off as “chocolate chip cookies” for years.
Before we send off you off to meet your chocolate-studded soulmates, let’s talk science stuff!
- Combining brown sugar and white sugar creates an optimal texture, as brown sugar ups the moistness while white sugar encourages crispiness. Since we’re not going for brittle hockey pucks, we’re using two parts brown sugar and one part white sugar. The molasses from brown sugar also adds depth of flavor, which will accentuate the chocolate.
- VeganEgg by Follow Your Heart is the best, most accessible egg replacement we’ve found to date. While it works wonders, JUST Egg is expensive and difficult to find in small cities. However, if you dig JUST Egg, you can use it in place of VeganEgg.
- Espresso powder is included to heighten chocolate’s chocolately-ness, giving them an irresistible lingering taste that’ll keep you coming back for more. It does NOT make these cookies taste like coffee! Its caffeine content is also negligible, so unless you’re extremely sensitive, you won’t feel a thing.
- Baking soda makes flatter, crispier cookies, instead of the round, cakey cookies that baking powder produces.
- I don’t have a solid explanation for this, but I’ve never had good results using the melted butter method. They always come out greasy, plump, and cakey that way. The creaming method, on the other hand, gives us exactly what we want, and it’s easier too!
- Baking at 375 degrees, as opposed to 350, instills the cookies’ exterior with a pleasant crisp before the interior gets a chance to overcook. The higher heat also caramelizes the sugars, which adds more flavor.
- Sea salt flakes on top… well, do I really have to explain this one? Sweet and salty is the jam. If you disagree, don’t add salt on top. But if you’re a cultured individual who appreciates layers, I know what you’re gonna do.
If you couldn’t tell, it’s the little things that count with cookies. The slightest miscalculation, ingredient swap, or temperature difference can result in sub-par cookies. So, you know, bake with care, guys.
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Hopefully maybe probably not our last chocolate chip cookie recipe.
Perfect Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies!
Lightly caramelized bottoms, soft & chewy interiors, brown sugary depth, and melty chocolate chips throughout make these the vegan chocolate chip cookies of your dreams.
- 112 grams (½ cup) Melt Organic vegan butter
- 96 grams (½ cup) brown sugar
- 48 grams (¼ cup) vegan-friendly white sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon packed VeganEgg powder by Follow Your Heart*
- 1 tablespoon cold water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ teaspoon espresso powder
- 180 grams (1 ½ cups) flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ cup 50-65% chocolate chips
- Large sea salt flakes, for topping
- Pre-heat oven to 375° F, line two cookie sheets with parchment paper, and position both of your oven racks towards the center of your oven.
- Sift flour and baking soda together into a medium mixing bowl. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together VeganEgg powder, cold water, vanilla, and espresso powder until smooth. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand-up mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large mixing bowl with an electric hand whisk), beat brown sugar, white sugar, salt, and ½ cup of Melt Organic butter together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping down the sides at least once throughout.
- Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat in the egg mixture until smooth. Add in the dry ingredients all at once, beat on low until incorporated, then boost the speed to medium until smooth, scraping down the sides once halfway through.
- Add in chocolate chips and mix on medium speed for about 15 seconds or until they’re evenly distributed.
- Scoop out a 2 oz (~¼ cup) portion of dough, form it into a ball, place it on prepped cookie sheets, and flatten lightly. Repeat for rest of dough.
- Ensure the cookies have at least 2 inches of space between them as they’ll spread out during baking; about 5 per sheet.
- Place pans in oven (one on lower rack, one on upper rack) and bake for 6 minutes. Remove from oven, switch and rotate pans (thus ensuring even cooking), and bake for 3 more minutes.
- Note: when they come out of the oven, the middle will be gooey; that’s okay because they’ll firm up as they cool. If the center is cooked through when they come out, they’ll be overcooked once they cool.
- Transfer parchment paper directly to a cooling rack until completely cool; about 30 minutes. Enjoy while fresh or store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to three days!
*VeganEgg and water can be replaced by 2 tablespoons of JUST Egg.