Cookies via Nick’s Mom: Vegan Chocolate Chip
Story time: I started baking about 10 years ago when I was in middle school and quickly became obsessed. I can’t remember what my first solo baking adventure was, but I do remember the first thing I ever really loved baking: chocolate chip cookies. My love for chocolate chip cookies has stretched through my decade of baking, across countless mixing bowls, hot ovens and varying recipes, landing on my latest obsession: Vegan Chocolate Chip.
If you had told me a year ago that I would be writing about vegan chocolate chip cookies, I would have laughed in your face, but you gotta believe me – this is a recipe worth trying. It came to me via my brother in law Nick’s mother, Deb. Nick is mostly vegan and Deb is a great mom who didn’t want him to go cookie-less for Christmas so she made him these amazing cookies. When he brought them to our house I immediately fell in cookie-love and was in utter disbelief that they were vegan. In fact I was so enamored with these tiny bites of joy that I demanded the recipe (which you can find at the bottom of this post) several times over the course of three days.
The reason people (obviously me included) balk at vegan chocolate chip cookies is that they just sound gross. To many of us the word “vegan” plainly translates to healthy…. and who wants to eat a healthy chocolate chip cookie?? Thankfully, this cookie does not taste healthy, but rather chewy, chocolatey and delicious.
The recipe contains one of my favorite chocolate chip cookie ingredients: vanilla pudding mix. I’ve seen it in one or two recipes I’ve tried over the years and I really do think it’s the secret to this cookies’ success! The pudding mix adds a sweetness and creamy smoothness to the cookie dough that you will die for.
The rest of the ingredients are pretty basic. With the exception of Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks instead of butter and applesauce instead of eggs, it’s just another chocolate chip cookie recipe.
For me, hardest part was finding chocolate chips that don’t contain dairy. The first time I made these, they were just for my non-vegan coworkers and me so I used mini semi sweet chocolate chips. The next time I made them, they were for my sweet friend Sarah. Sarah is actually vegan, so I was serious about finding dairy free chocolate chips. I ended up buying bittersweet chocolate chips from Whole Foods, which were processed in a facility with other milk products, but didn’t contain milk themselves. I may have not needed to go all the way to bittersweet, but I’m really glad I did! The darker chocolate made the cookies so much richer and the contrast with the sweet dough was awesome.
Anywho, I’m pretty sure they passed the vegan test because Sarah liked them!
Honestly, I’m pretty sure they pass all tests. Everyone I’ve given these cookies to has raved about them. Seriously, whether you’re vegan or not, give these cookie’s a try. I have a feeling you’ll fall in cookie-love, too.
wishing you the best in your food adventures,
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies via Nick’s Mom
(makes 4 dozen)
2 1/4 c all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 c vegan margarine
3/4 c brown sugar
1/4 c white sugar
1 (3.4 oz) package Jell-O brand instant vanilla pudding
1/4 c unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 c chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together the flour and baking soda, set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the margarine, brown sugar, and white sugar. Beat in the instant pudding mix until blended. Stir in the applesauce and vanilla. Blend in the flour mixture. Finally, stir in the chocolate chips.
Drop cookies by rounded spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Edges should be golden brown.