Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Get ready to fall in love with these vegan chocolate chip cookies! They have soft, chewy middles, crispy edges, and gooey chocolate in every bite.

Vegan chocolate chip cookies

These vegan chocolate chip cookies could give any cookies made with butter or eggs a run for their money. They’re lightly crisp on the outside and soft and chewy in the middle. Gooey, melty chocolate chips fill every bite, but even without them, these cookies would be delicious. The dough has a rich, warm flavor that’s perfectly accented by a pinch of salt.

These vegan chocolate chip cookies have become the first thing we make anytime we’re craving a sweet treat, and I’m SO excited that I’m finally sharing this recipe with all of you! Jack and I have had it on repeat for the last few months, and I think you’re going to love it. It calls for basic ingredients and takes under 30 minutes to make, but it yields really exceptional cookies. Even if you’re not vegan, you’re going to want to add it to your regular rotation.

Vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe ingredients

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ingredients

These vegan chocolate chip cookies start as you might expect, with flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Then, these key ingredients make them chewy, rich, and flavorful:

  • Brown sugar – Light or dark brown sugar will work here, but dark brown sugar adds a little something special. The cookies come out with a gorgeous golden brown color and a complex sweet flavor.
  • Coconut oil – My go-to substitute for butter in dairy-free cookie recipes, it makes these cookies moist and rich.
  • Vanilla extract – The chocolate chips may be the star of the show here, but we still want the dough to taste great! Vanilla extract gives it a warm depth of flavor.
  • Chocolate chips – As with homemade brownies, homemade chocolate chip cookies will only be as good as the chocolate in them. Look for good-quality dark chocolate chips for this recipe, such as Enjoy Life’s Dark Chocolate Morsels.
  • And last but not least…tahini! It’s the secret ingredient that gives these cookies their irresistible crisp/chewy texture.  I’ve made vegan chocolate chip cookies with peanut butter and almond butter in the past, and while the results have been delicious (see page 241 of Love and Lemons Every Day!), those recipes put the nut butter front and center. By contrast, the tahini totally blends in here. You won’t be able to taste it, but it’s what makes these cookies so darn good!

See the full recipe at the bottom of this post!

Vegan cookie dough in a bowl

How to Make Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Making this recipe is easy! Here’s what you need to do:

First, whisk together the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another. Pour the dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients, and use a rubber spatula to mix until they’re just combined.

vegan chocolate chip cookie dough

Then, fold in the chocolate chips!

Cookie dough in a mixing bowl

Use a two-tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop dough balls onto two parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, at 350 for 12-14 minutes, or until they’re lightly brown around the edges.

Finally, remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool for at least 10 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

cookie dough balls on a baking sheet

Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies Tips

  • Smooth/Runny tahini is key. This recipe works best with runny tahini that will easily mix with the other ingredients. Tahini brands vary widely in consistency, so look for one with a smooth, pourable texture. (I like Cedar’s, Trader Joe’s, and Seed+Mill.) If your tahini is too thick, add 2 to 3 additional tablespoons of water to get the dough to come together.
  • Don’t be afraid to chill the dough. By contrast, if your dough is too thin to scoop into balls, stick it in the fridge! Various factors can affect the dough’s consistency (the thickness of your tahini, the temperature of your kitchen, etc.), so don’t worry if the dough is too soft. Whenever this has happened to me, I’ve chilled the dough for just 20 minutes, and the cookies have turned out perfect every time.
  • Let them cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheet. Like in many vegan cookie recipes, these vegan chocolate chip cookies will be very delicate when you take them out of the oven. It’s tempting to reach for one right away, but if you let them rest for 10 minutes on the baking sheet, their texture will be better and their flavor will be richer. After 10 minutes, try one (or two), and transfer the rest to a wire rack to cool completely.

Vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

rate this recipe:
5 from 51 votes
Prep Time: 11 mins
Cook Time: 14 mins
Serves 24
Get ready to fall in love with these vegan chocolate chip cookies! They have lightly crisp edges, chewy middles, and plenty of chocolate in every bite.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil
  • cup tahini* (see note)
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 heaping cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until combined.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, coconut oil, tahini, water, and vanilla until smooth.
  • Pour the dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients and use a spatula to combine. Fold in the chocolate chips. Use a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop the dough onto the baking sheets. Bake, one sheet at a time, for 12 to 14 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for at least 10 minutes.

Notes

*Tahini brands can vary in thickness. If the dough is too thick, stir in 2 to 3 tablespoons water. If it’s not thick enough to scoop, chill it in the fridge for 20 minutes. (My favorite tahini brands are Cedar's, Trader Joe's, and Seed + Mill)

Adapted from Weeknight Baking, by Michelle Lopez

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  1. Emma
    09.19.2022

    Can I replace tahini with peanut butter? I love peanut butter cookies but can’t find eggless cookie recipe that has PB.

  2. Pamela Dennis
    07.26.2022

    5 stars
    Wow! These cookies are soooo good! I just made a batch, and didn’t tell my husband they are vegan. He said he likes them more that the old Tollhouse recipe.

    I’m taking a couple dozen to a meeting tomorrow — although I don’t really want to share them!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.28.2022

      Hi Pamela, I’m so glad they were a hit!

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