Easy Vegan Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve never been a huge chocolate fan, but one thing I’ve always loved are chocolate chip cookies! They’re such a classic treat and I’m so excited to finally share with you my own version. These Vegan Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies are amazing! I let me dad test them out for me and he mentioned that they reminded him of Mrs. Field’s cookies, but BETTER! They’re thick, chewy and soft. What more could you ask for in a cookie?!

Easy Vegan Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

How to Make Chocolate Chip Cookies from Scratch:

Making chocolate chip cookies from scratch is a lot easier than you might think. To make these Vegan Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies, you’ll just need a few common ingredients that you probably already have on hand. Instead of using regular sugar, you’ll want to use brown sugar. Using brown sugar is how you’ll achieve perfectly chewy cookies.

To begin, you’ll start by preheating the oven so that it can be heating as you’re putting the dough together. The first step is to cream the vegan butter and brown sugar together until it appears whipped. Once you notice the whipped texture, you’ll add in the unsweetened applesauce, baking soda, sea salt, vanilla extract and flour.

Easy Vegan Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

You may notice that the dough will start to appear crumbly. This is totally fine! This is how you’ll know it’s time to add in the unsweetened almond milk to help combine the dough and bring it together. Finally, you’ll add in the chocolate chips. You can do this by hand with a spoon, or you can toss them into the mixer and let the machine do all the work. I opted for the latter!

Baking the Cookies:

Now it’s time to prepare your Vegan Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies for the oven. Grab a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper or foil. This will help to keep the cookies from being stuck to the baking sheet. I wanted large, thick cookies, so I used my 1½ tbsp cookie scoop and formed each cookie with two scoops of dough, placing them one on top of the other and gently pressing them down. Using this process will yield 6 large cookies. There will be a little left over cookie dough at the end. You can make one small cookie, or simply eat it! Again, I chose the latter!

Easy Vegan Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

Once the cookies have been placed on the baking sheet, they’re ready for the oven! Here’s where you get to customize your cookies a bit. Call me weird, but I enjoy my cookies just slightly underdone, so I like to cook mine for about 11 minutes. Cook them for 13-15 minutes for a cooked-through version. Still soft, chewy and delicious!

After they’re done cooking, remove them from the oven and bang them against the counter once or twice. This will encourage them to fall as they are likely a little puffy coming straight out of the oven. In addition, it adds to their overall look. I love a cookie with a wrinkle! Lastly, sprinkle with a few sea salt flakes and prepare to enjoy!

Easy Vegan Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

Are Chocolate Chip Cookies Vegan?

Most chocolate chip cookies are in fact not vegan. Traditional recipes use cow’s milk, milk chocolate chips, and eggs. What I love most about this recipe is that it’s completely simplified and accessible. No fancy ingredients and anyone can enjoy them. These Vegan Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies are completely dairy free and can be made allergy friendly by swapping out the unsweetened almond milk for another plant milk alternative.

Easy Vegan Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

Enjoy!

I know you’ll love these Vegan Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies! I never knew how much I needed the little extra sprinkle of salt on top until I made these! It really helps to bring out the sweetness and adds to the overall flavor.

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Easy Vegan Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies
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5 from 30 votes

Vegan Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Butter Cookies, Chocolate Chips
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 large cookies

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp vegan butter softened, NOT melted (I used Earth Balance)
  • ½ cup organic brown sugar packed
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose unbleached flour spooned and leveled
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • sea salt flakes for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened vegan butter and brown sugar on a high speed until it appears whipped (about 1½ minutes). I used a standing mixer, but you can also use a hand mixer as well.
  • Add in the unsweetened applesauce, baking soda, pinch of sea salt, vanilla extract and flour. Mix to combine.
  • Batter will be crumbly. To form dough, add in unsweetened almond milk and continue to mix.
  • Next, add in the vegan chocolate chips and mix into the dough.
  • Use a 1½ tbsp cookie scoop to evenly disperse cookies onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil for easy removal. To make large cookies (as pictured), combine two scoops placing one scoop on top of the other while gently pressing down. For smaller cookies, use one scoop.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Note: if making smaller cookies, you will need to reduce cooking time to about 6-8 minutes.
  • Once done, remove from oven and sprinkle with desired amount of sea salt flakes. Let cool for 5-6 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Please note, this recipe can easily be doubled if you’d like more cookies!
Also, if you don’t have regular brown sugar, you can also use light brown sugar as an alternative.

34 Comments

  1. CousinChloe

    5 stars
    This cookie is super yummy and has the perfect amount of salt. The recipe is easy to follow too. I legit have shared this recipe with all of my friends whether they were vegan or not! I honestly make a batch every week! Bye bye waistline! LOL

  2. 5 stars
    Omg, send haaalp bc these cookies are soooo good, I want to keep making them! First, I love how the recipe makes six large cookies, it’s the perfect amount for me, my hubby, and a friend or two (if they’re lucky). Second, I LOVE the flavor!! They’re delicate and buttery and that touch of salt at the end definitely takes them to the next level. I used a 1:1 gluten-free flour blend and they turned out perfectly (hubby and non-vegan friends approved!). Highly recommend! Will make again and again!

  3. 5 stars
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE chocolate chips when they have a hit of salt. They are so addictive.

  4. 5 stars
    Excellent! My aunt will be so happy I found this recipe just before her birthday! Lol

  5. 5 stars
    These cookies are amazing. The perfect crisp on the outside & chewy goodness on the inside. Few ingredients & easy recipe instructions. The best vegan cookie I ever made. Thank you 😊

  6. 5 stars
    Thick, chewy, and soft was the perfect way to describe these! Wow! Blew us away!

  7. 5 stars
    I love the sprinkles of salt on these cookies! With rich vegan chocolate chips, thesesL cookies are addicting!

  8. 5 stars
    I could eat these cookies all day long!! I didn’t realize vegan cookies could be so soft and delicious!!

  9. 5 stars
    I love chocolate chip cookies and will definitely have to make this for my family. I will also be sharing this with my vegan friends. They’ll love this!

  10. 5 stars
    These look INCREDIBLE! so soft and delicious! I love that they’re vegan. I can’t wait to try them out in my itch!

  11. 5 stars
    You definitely can’t tell these are vegan. The flavors were so amazing.

  12. 5 stars
    SO good. I am a baker, and my partner is vegan. I’ve been learning to make things we can enjoy together and these are fantastic!

  13. 5 stars
    that salt must elevate the flavor in these cookies 1000 times over. OMG I have got to try these!

  14. 5 stars
    Wonderful, easy to follow recipe with no strange ingredients, and oh my lord, the results are so delicious! They are so nice and chewy. Use more sea salt than you think you should…it really brings out the sweetness of the chocolate. My kids helped me make these, but next time I will double or triple the batch because between the 3 of us and my husband they were gone within 2 hours.

  15. 5 stars
    These are so good! Thank you for putting me on.

  16. 5 stars
    These are the best vegan chocolate chip cookies I have ever had! Also my kids love them!

  17. 5 stars
    Made these for my vegan BFF’s baby shower! She had to make me swear they were vegan because they were so good and taste so rich! Absolutely amazing.

  18. 5 stars
    I’m always amazed with what you can do with vegan butter! These look delicious and I love the addition of the salt for a little flavor contrast.

  19. 5 stars
    These sound absolutely amazingggg! I CANNOT WAIT to try these!!

  20. 5 stars
    Can’t wait to make this with my nephew!! You make it look so easy!

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  22. 5 stars
    These cookies were SO dang good! I don’t usually bake with applesauce, but it worked perfectly in here to make the cookies chewy and gooey. The sprinkle of salt is just perfect!

  23. 5 stars
    These choc chip cookies are sooo delicious and easy to make!! it’s a win-win!! 😍 this will be my go-to recipe from now on!!! LOVE THESE!! MAKE THEM!!

  24. 5 stars
    Delicious!! Only change is I added almond extract (obsessed).

  25. 5 stars
    So delicious made these for 4th of July and they were a hit!

  26. 5 stars
    First super successful cookies I’ve ever made- and they’re vegan! So happy with these! Soft, gooey, perfect!

  27. Hannah Goldberg

    5 stars
    Such an easy recipe to follow, simple ingredients, and WOW are these cookies good!! Buttery and soft, with that delicious salted finish… yummm! Go and make these cookies! They are divine!

  28. 5 stars
    These are incredible delicious and oh so soft and yummy! I am so glad I made this recipe and was perfect for me and my hubby! We subbed for gluten free flour same ratio and added some oat vanilla ice cream on the side….gurrrrrrllll when I tell you these were bomb!!! Thank you!

  29. 5 stars
    These cookies are just beyond good. I don’t think I’ll go back to any other recipe after making these!

  30. 5 stars
    So easy to make and soooooo good! This is my go-to recipe now.

  31. 5 stars
    I should not know this recipe exists! Just made these tonight and they’re DELICIOUS! My favorite thing about your recipes is that they’re small so I don’t overindulge. Most recipes make like 4 dozen cookies. I don’t need that in my house! These are nice and soft with a perfect hint of salt. Everyone in the house loved them. Thanks for sharing yet another great recipe!

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