Classic Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies (1 Bowl)

Classic vegan chocolate chip cookies sprinkled with sea salt

Good news: After lots of testing (10 rounds!) we cracked the code for the ultimate classic vegan chocolate chip cookie.

It’s buttery, salty-sweet, studded with melty chocolate chips, crisp on the edges, and tender in the center. Swoon! Plus, it’s made in just 1 bowl with 9 simple ingredients. Let us show you how it’s done!

Chocolate chips, brown sugar, flax eggs, all purpose flour, cane sugar, vegan butter, salt, vanilla, and baking powder

We’re no strangers to chocolate chip cookies (exhibits A, B, C, D, E, & more). But what we were missing on the blog was a classic, not gluten-free, chocolate chip cookie. Not anymore!

Bowl of brown sugar, cane sugar, vanilla, flax eggs, and cubed vegan butter

How to Make Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

To “veganize” classic chocolate chip cookies, the main ingredients to swap out are eggs and butter. We opted for flax eggs as a binder because they tend to work well in cookies and are easily accessible. And for butter, we went with vegan butter for a classic buttery taste. We also tested with coconut oil, but it’s more finicky, leads to issues with spreading, and yields oily cookies.

For dry ingredients, we kept it classic and accessible with all-purpose flour and baking powder for leavening. And for sugar, we included both cane and brown sugar. The addition of brown sugar adds a slight caramelly flavor.

Bowl of vegan chocolate chip cookie dough

To infuse these cookies with maximum deliciousness, we included generous doses of vanilla, sea salt, and chocolate chips. The result is gooey, sea-salty, chocolaty goodness in every bite!

Balls of chocolate chip cookie dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet

We hope you LOVE these vegan chocolate chip cookies! They’re:

& Perfectly decadent!

They’re the perfect treat when you’re craving the comfort of a more classic-style cookie. Enjoy with a glass of dairy-free milk, made into an ice cream sandwich with vegan ice cream, or with your favorite latte (try our pumpkin spice or mushroom-infused options).

Sprinkling sea salt over warm chocolate chip cookies

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

Tall stack of vegan chocolate chip cookies

Prep Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Cook Time 15 minutes

Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Servings 20 (Cookies)

Course Dessert

Cuisine Vegan

Freezer Friendly 1 month

Does it keep? 5 Days

  • 2 batches flax eggs (2 Tbsp (14 g) flaxseed meal + 5 Tbsp (75 ml) water as original recipe is written)
  • 1/2 cup packed organic brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter, room temperature (we prefer Earth Balance // 1 stick = 1/2 cup or 112 g)
  • 2-3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 heaping cup unbleached all-purpose flour (1 cup + 2 Tbsp as original recipe is written*)
  • 1 tsp sea salt (plus more for topping)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips (we prefer Enjoy Life)
  • Preheat to 375 degrees F (190 C) and line 2 large, rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.

  • In a large mixing bowl, prepare your flax eggs (flaxseed meal + water) and let them gel for 5 minutes. Add in brown sugar, cane sugar, vegan butter, and vanilla (start with lesser end of range, and add additional 1 tsp for stronger vanilla flavor if preferred). Mix with electric mixer until creamy and pale in color (see photo) — ~ 1 minute.

  • Add flour, salt, and baking powder and stir by hand with a wooden spoon until fully combined. Fold in chocolate chips until just combined.

  • Put the bowl of dough in the refrigerator to chill for 40 minutes.

  • Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator and begin scooping dough in 1 ½ Tbsp scoops (we like this scoop) onto prepared baking sheets. Space cookies 2 inches apart to account for spreading. Bake cookies on a center rack for 12-15 minutes or until edges begin to turn golden brown. Option to sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt or Maldon salt while still warm for extra flavor contrast and texture.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes on the tray before enjoying! Perfect with a glass of dairy-free milk or a latte.
  • Store leftovers covered at room temperature up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 1 month. Enjoy at room temperature for best texture.

*You can scoop the dough and freeze it for future use; to bake, just place frozen cookie scoops onto a prepared baking sheet and bake at 375 F (190 C) for 12-15 minutes.
*Prep time includes chilling dough.
*If multiplying/shrinking the recipe, adjust flour accordingly based on 1 heaping cup = 1 cup + 2 Tbsp.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Serving: 1 cookie Calories: 145 Carbohydrates: 19.2 g Protein: 1.5 g Fat: 8.3 g Saturated Fat: 3.5 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.2 g Monounsaturated Fat: 2.1 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 191 mg Potassium: 15 mg Fiber: 1.6 g Sugar: 11.8 g Vitamin A: 0 IU Vitamin C: 0 mg Calcium: 20.4 mg Iron: 2.1 mg

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