Classic Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

February 08, 2017

Vegan chocolate chip cookies, made with spelt flour and coconut sugar, that taste just like the sugar and butter filled cookies we grew up with.

These cookies are dairy, egg, and refined sugar free, and you don't need to mess around with flax eggs or any of that time consuming nonsense. They use spelt flour, coconut oil, and coconut sugar for a buttery, caramel-like flavour and have that perfect chewy centre and crisp edge. These cookies are my go-to for any sweet craving, and Graham goes nuts for them. We'll easily it a batch in one day (by we I mostly mean me. Zero self control) but they freeze spectacularly and taste great right out of the freezer, too. The original incarnation of these cookies was with olive oil and topped with sea salt, which I know is a little more refined, but who needs that shit with cookies.

Although it's a simple recipe, there are a couple of things to keep in mind for exact results. If you change some of the ingredients, the outcome will be slightly different - think puffier, or less crispy, for example. I recommend using full-fat coconut cream, taken from the top of a can of coconut milk, because it makes the cookies chewier and less fluffy. Other non-dairy milks result in a more cake-like cookie. That's the big one - but they'll still be good with other types of milk (I've even used water in a pinch). I know it's more sugar than I usually use in the recipes I share, but it's simply not that good without it, and you lose the crispy edges. Go for it, and just don't eat the whole batch in one sitting. And maybe walk a little further to make up for it. Using coconut oil instead of an oil that's liquid at room temperature also makes the cookies chewier.

These cookies are vegan, but I guarantee that if you feed them to non-vegans, they'll never know. My parents, in-laws, extended family, and friends have all demolished these cookies and asked for more. Seriously, two years of extensive testing. I 100% promise that these are excellent.

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Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes a dozen

1 1/2 cups light spelt flour*
3/4 cup coconut sugar
1/3 cup chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup coconut cream, from the top of a can of coconut milk
2 tablespoons maple syrup

1. Preheat the oven to 190C / 375F and grease or line a baking sheet.

2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the dry ingredients, including the chocolate.

3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, coconut cream, and maple syrup. Make sure the coconut oil is no longer warm, and then pour the mixture over the dry ingredients and stir to combine.

4. Measure out about two tablespoons of dough for each cookie, 6cm apart on the baking sheet. Press each cookie down slightly with the palm of your hand.

5. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes, then remove the pan from the oven and let the cookies cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan and cooling fully on a rack. They'll keep for 3-4 days in a sealed container on the counter, and freeze well.

1. I have made this recipe with all-purpose flour, and it turns out fine. If that's what you have, then go ahead and use it in place of the spelt.
2. Substitutions in this recipe can have very different results, especially in how much the cookies spread. See above for further information.

12 comments on "Classic Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies "
  1. Fingers crossed! I love your recipes xx

  2. This chocolate chip recipe looks awesome! What do you recommend for a sugar-free version? Can I substitute stevia for the coconut sugar?
    Thank you,

  3. Congratulations, Alexandra! Your new ebook looks fabulous and I can't wait to give these cookies a go! Sometimes a recipe is just worth waiting for... great things take time. :D Looking forward to diggin in!

  4. Your cookies look incredibly tasty! I have never baked with spelt flour before but may have to start after seeing how good these cookies look! :)

  5. Dairy, egg, and refined sugar free? I've never baked like that and I'm incredibly curious to give it a try because these cookies look AMAZING.

  6. Congrats on the e-book! Isn't it amazing how a seemingly "simple" recipe like chocolate chip cookies can take 2 years to get just right? I love that you use coconut sugar, which must add so much caramel flavour (without the work of having to make a caramel!).

  7. Beautiful cookies and congrats on the eBook! Sounds fabulously delicious and good for us! I love it!

  8. Good for you on creating a e-book! I hope it goes over well for you. I also applaud your use of spelt flour. For those who can tolerate some gluten, I'm glad to see people using this older grain.

  9. Mmm, this recipe is so good! Can't wait to try it once!

  10. Congrats on your ebook! These cookies look so amazing - I would love to make them for a potluck at work where there are a few people who eat vegan.

  11. I'm so happy I found your blog...such great content! Danke from a Canadian girl raised German ��

  12. Have made these at least 5 times since February. They are to die for. I have cut back a little on the coconut oil so they are a bit less 'oily'. A regular in my baking repertoire now.