Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

The BEST vegan chocolate chip cookies recipe! These easy cookies are soft, chewy, and packed with chocolate chips. Everyone will love them!

Vegan chocolate chip cookies

Everyone who tries these vegan chocolate chip cookies loves them. It’s not hard to see why. They’re lightly crisp on the outside, soft and chewy in the middle, and packed with gooey chocolate chips. I think they’re the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve tasted, vegan or otherwise!

And these cookies aren’t just delicious—they’re also easy. You can whip them up with basic ingredients in less than 30 minutes (no chilling required!).

I’ve been making this vegan chocolate chip cookies recipe for years, and it’s still one of my favorite treats. I hope it becomes one of yours too!

Vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe ingredients

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make this vegan chocolate chip cookies recipe:

  • All-purpose flourSpoon and level it to avoid packing too much into your measuring cup.
  • Baking powder and baking soda – They help the cookies puff up as they bake.
  • Brown sugar – Light brown sugar and dark brown sugar both work well here.
  • Coconut oil – Virgin coconut oil will give the cookies a light coconut flavor, whereas refined coconut oil will have a neutral taste. If you prefer not to use coconut oil, you can substitute melted vegan butter. Because vegan butter is generally salted, you should then reduce the salt in the recipe by half.
  • Tahini – The secret ingredient in these vegan chocolate chip cookies! Similar to eggs (or flax eggs), it helps bind the cookie dough together. But as a bonus, it adds rich flavor too.
  • Water – For moisture.
  • Vanilla extract – For warm depth of flavor.
  • Chocolate chips – I love dark chocolate chips here, but feel free to use semi-sweet if you prefer! And if you don’t have chocolate chips handy, a chopped chocolate bar or chocolate chunks will work instead. See my favorite brands of vegan chocolate below.
  • And sea salt – To make all the flavors pop!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Where to Find Vegan Chocolate Chips

Heads up: not all chocolate chips are vegan. Check package labels when you shop to make sure you buy ones that are 100% dairy-free.

Thankfully, high-quality vegan chocolate chips are becoming more and more widely available. Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Morsels are my favorites. You can find them online, at Whole Foods, and in many other major grocery stores.

Another great option is to use chopped vegan chocolate instead of vegan chocolate chips. Tony’s Chocolonely, Divine, and Endangered Species are just a few major brands that make excellent vegan chocolate bars.

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, make the cookie dough. Whisk together the dry ingredients in one bowl and the wet ingredients in another. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and use a rubber spatula to mix until they’re just combined.

Folding chocolate chips into vegan cookie dough

Then, fold in the chocolate chips!

Mixing vegan chocolate chip cookie dough in bowl with spatula

Next, shape the cookies. Use a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop dough balls onto two parchment-lined baking sheets. Leave about 2 inches between cookies. They’ll spread a little as they bake!

Then, bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, in a 350°F oven for 12 to 14 minutes, or until they’re lightly brown around the edges.

Remove the cookies from the oven. Let them cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Enjoy!

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.
  • Chill the dough if you need to. 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. 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 cooling rack.

Storage

These vegan chocolate chip cookies keep well in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

They also freeze perfectly. Let frozen cookies thaw at room temperature for about an hour, or quickly defrost them in the microwave.

How to Freeze Cookie Dough

You can also freeze the raw cookie dough balls! Bake off a few at a time so that you can enjoy a freshly baked cookie whenever you’re craving one.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Use a 2-tablespoon cookie scoop to portion the dough onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Freeze the cookie dough on the baking sheet for 2 hours, or until firm.
  • Transfer to an airtight container or bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Bake the frozen cookie dough balls according to the recipe. No need to thaw first!

Vegan chocolate chip cookies recipe

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

rate this recipe:
4.96 from 61 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
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

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. Susie
    05.08.2024

    5 stars
    I have been looking and looking for a recipe that uses Tahini and coconut oil so I made these cookies this afternoon! Your recipe is outstanding! I substituted the 6 tbsp. of water for 6 tbsp. unsweetened applesauce as I needed to use it up. So healthy and so delicious. Your advice to use a heaping cup of chocolate chips is a must from your recipe YUM! Thank you and just to mention I adore all of your other savory recipes too. 😋

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      05.10.2024

      Hi Susie, I’m so glad you’re loving the recipes! Glad the cookies were a hit too 🙂

  2. Charlotte
    04.26.2024

    Haven’t tried making yet – but curious about any make ahead/freezer options? Once the dough is formed, could you put in the freezer?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.27.2024

      Hi Charlotte – yep, you can!

  3. Kristin
    03.12.2024

    4 stars
    Hi!!! I love this recipe for the lemon cookies!! I make it all the time. I am curious. What would be the best way to make these chocolate chip cookies gluten-free? Could I use almond flour or would it be better to use a one-to-one gluten-free flour?

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      03.15.2024

      Hi Kristin, I’m so glad you love the cookies! The best way to make this recipe gluten-free would be to use a 1-to-1 gluten-free flour blend. There’s also an almond flour chocolate chip cookie recipe in Love & Lemons Every Day if you happen to have a copy!

  4. Susan
    02.12.2024

    3 stars
    While ok these cookies do not seem like traditional chocolate chip cookies. They were cakey and thick – not thin, crispy and/or chewy. I would not make them again.

  5. Lynda
    02.04.2024

    5 stars
    I just made these and they are incredible. I didn’t have regular tahini but I did have chocolate tahini (Soom Dark Chocolate Tahini with Sea Salt). I wasn’t sure about this, but as you said, once it cooks, you can’t taste the tahini and in this case, my cookies were like double chocolate chocolate chip. Since the tahini already had salt, I reduced the salt in the recipe by half. Turned out great. Thank you!

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      02.09.2024

      Hi Lynda, I’m so glad you loved the cookies. The addition of the chocolate tahini sounds AMAZING!

  6. alex
    12.23.2023

    hi! I’d love to try these but I don’t have tahini, if I leave it out and chill the dough if it’s not thick enough would that be ok? or do you recommend any substitutes?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.24.2023

      Hi Alex, I often use almond butter instead of tahini and add a little water if the dough is too thick. Hope that helps!

  7. K
    08.12.2023

    Can I substitute maple syrup for the brown sugar?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      08.14.2023

      No, dry and wet sugars aren’t interchangeable without altering other ingredients in the recipe.

  8. Wendy Edwards
    04.04.2023

    5 stars
    Been vegan for 13+ years & counting. Best CC cookie recipe I’ve tried, hands down. This is a keeper. Thank you!

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      04.07.2023

      Hi Wendy, I’m so glad you loved the cookies! They’re one of our favorites too.

    • ~Gökçen
      05.15.2023

      Hello~
      I really liked your vegetarian cookie recipe. It looks delicious!(/•w•\)
      I want to try this at home but can I do without coconut oil?
      You also said on the blog that you can use chocolate or brownie, but is there a difference in taste🍫
      Also in the pictures the cookies look very tasty.
      i will try soon🍪

      • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
        05.19.2023

        Hi, you could substitute vegetable oil for the coconut oil here. We like to use dark chocolate chips in this recipe.

  9. Linda Preston
    03.31.2023

    Love this recipe! Can these cookies be frozen? Thanks

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      03.31.2023

      So glad you enjoyed them! Yes, these cookies freeze perfectly.

  10. Claire
    02.10.2023

    can I use 1/2 teaspoon salt instead of 1 teaspoon? Thanks

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      02.16.2023

      Hi Claire, we like the salty/sweet balance of 1 teaspoon, but if you want to use less salt, you can!

  11. Alenna
    01.04.2023

    Thank you so much for this recipe , love these cookies!! Have you tried making these with a coconut or oat flour ?

  12. Kate
    12.10.2022

    5 stars
    Ohmygosh WOW! I am in cookie heaven. This recipe impressed me so much with how light and fluffy the cookies came out with such a classic chocolate chip cookie flavor. This is probably the best chocolate chip cookie recipe I’ve ever made plant-based or not. (side note – I used whole wheat pastry flour in place of all purpose flour and they came out perfect). THANK YOU!

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      12.16.2022

      Hi Kate, I’m so glad you loved the cookies!

  13. 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.

  14. 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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