Everyone loves Chocolate Chip Cookies, it’s been a staple at our house ever since I can remember. Of course everyone has their favorite recipe for chocolate chip cookies. I have to admit I’ve gone thru several over the years. But in recent years we’ve had to tweak our favorite recipe for my grandson Jett who is allergic to eggs, dairy, and nuts; all ingredients of the ever popular chocolate chip cookie. Of course the nut thing is the easiest one to deal with, just don’t add them to the cookie dough; the dairy and egg part proved a bit more challenging. After some trial and error and lots of reading, we finally came up with a recipe for Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies! One that everyone can enjoy!
Most people think, myself included, think that it’s easy to convert favorite recipes into vegan recipes by simple substituting the allergens with vegan products or omitting those that you don’t have a substitute for. This usually works out well so long as you know exactly which items to omit or substitute; you have to remember some ingredients have hidden allergens meaning unless you’re super vigilant you might miss. In this case the chocolate chips, it has milk a dairy product!
So what exactly do you substitute or omit to make Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies? In our case since Jett’s allergic to eggs, dairy, and nuts we must omit the nuts, that’s easy. Then we must substitute the diary (butter) and chocolate chips, then deal with the egg issue. Thankfully there are lots of vegan products that will work. We use Earth Balance Buttery Spread instead of butter and Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Mini Chocolate Chips instead of the regular chocolate chips like Nestles.
As for the egg we decided to simply just omit it, it works fine. (If you feel like you must substitute the eggs you could try using 1/4 cup applesauce per egg or 1 Tbl ground fllax seed dissolved in 3 Tbs Water per egg.) But honestly for Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies you can just omit the eggs, it works just fine.
So here is what you need for Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies!
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2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup Vegan Butter like Earth Balance Buttery Spread
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Mini Chocolate Chips
PREHEAT oven to 375° F.
Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt in small bowl.
Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy.
Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chips.
BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.