The best vegan chocolate chip cookies

Hi guys πŸ™‚ How’s your day going? Thank you for all of the lovely comments this morning πŸ™‚ You always make my day so much happier <3 Thank you for all of the content ideas, too! Some of you will be getting treats in the mail when I make them πŸ˜‰

When I was little, I remembered my mom making the most perfect chocolate chip cookies. I would make myself sick eating dough, and even sicker because I’d have to have one fresh out of the oven, too.

When I got older and asked her for the recipe, she said β€œyou know, it’s the one on the back of the chocolate chip bag”

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Even single time I tried to make them, they were a legendary fail. No matter what I did, they didn’t taste as good as hers and were flat cookie pancakes.

The commander’s wife also makes AMAZING chocolate chip cookies. Light, fluffy, chewy, chocolaty foodgasms. Before leaving, I told her that I’d drive back to Valdosta if she would make me cookies πŸ˜‰ You can imagine my chagrin when she told me that she too follows the yellow bag recipe.

Needless to say, I’ve had chocolate chip cookies on the brain and have been wanting to make my own, fail-free vegan version. Today has also been a sweet tooth kinda day… I had a chocolate chip Larabar because it was the only thing with chocolate in the house.


It didn’t help that I’ve smelled like a baked good all day today.


When I woke up from my afternoon siesta and still smelled like a cinnamon bun, I’d had enough. I stumbled to the car with disheveled hair and got the supplies.

And then this happened.


Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes 12 large cookies


-1/2 C canola oil

-1/2 C soy-free Earth Balance, room temperature

-1/2 C organic white sugar

-3/4 C organic brown sugar, lightly packed

-1 t vanilla

-1 flax egg: 1.5 T milled flax dissolved in 3 T almond milk

-2 1/4 C spelt flour (305 g)

-1 t baking powder

-1/2 t baking soda

-1/2 t cinnamon

-1/4 t sea salt

-1 C chocolate chips- more or less. In my case, more πŸ˜‰

1. Make the flax egg and set aside

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Lion King bowl is optional πŸ˜‰


(Hakuna Matata.. what a wonderful phrase)

2. Preheat the oven to 350.

3. In a mixing bowl with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and add the oil, vanilla and sugars. Mix well to combine and add the flax egg.

4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, sea salt and cinnamon.

5. In batches, add the flour mixture to the butter/oil/sugar mixture.


6. Add in the chocolate chips and mix well. Then add some more chocolate chips.


7. Test some dough to make sure it tastes ok πŸ˜‰

8. Grease two cookie sheets with nonstick spray and make cookie patties with the dough. There should be twelve-ish. Leave them lots of space in between because they’ll expand while cooking. The dough will feel a little greasy- just roll with it πŸ˜‰

9. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 and leave the cookies on the sheets for 3 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.

Toll who?

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  1. Lana Wilson on October 18, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    OMG!! I’ve been wanting to make a vegan version of chocolate chip cookies for forever and this looks perfect!!! I had to made chocolate chip cookies last week and opted for the regular version because I was in a time crunch and couldn’t find one I liked.
    Could someone who doesn’t eat healthy and really likes sweet treats enjoy these too??

    • Fitnessista on October 18, 2010 at 6:57 pm

      yes! my cousin was moaning and ooh-ing with me πŸ™‚ they’re so buttery, slightly crunchy on the outside, chewy and moist in the middle

  2. Heather (Heather's Dish) on October 18, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    yum! i always had that same issue—who knows why moms seem to make the best cookies?!

  3. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on October 18, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    OH my goodness… fabulous doesn’t begin to describe what you’ve created there. The Lion King bowl cracks me up though. My sister and I had the whole set of those when they first came out!

    • Fitnessista on October 18, 2010 at 6:57 pm

      hahah so did i! i was excited to see them in my cousin’s cupboard πŸ™‚

    • Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers on October 19, 2010 at 11:32 am

      we had them too!!!

  4. Michelle C on October 18, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    mnnnnn. You know i’ve tried the flax egg thing a bunch and it never works right for me! Those look delish though!

    • Fitnessista on October 18, 2010 at 7:02 pm

      it works a little better with almond milk than water- have you tried it that way??

  5. Nola on October 18, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Ah, and you’ve reminded me of one of the best parts of being vegan: no raw egg salmonella worries! My mom was never too concerned, but I know others that were….

    • Fitnessista on October 18, 2010 at 7:07 pm

      yes! when i told my cousin we could have as much dough as we wanted and not get sick, it was an excited moment πŸ™‚

  6. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on October 18, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    The cookies sound great, but I also love the looks of the philosophy stuff! I haven’t been to Sephora in ages and I am definitely lusting after some cinnamon scented products! πŸ™‚

  7. Kristina @ spabettie on October 18, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    YUM !! sometimes a warm chocolate chip cookie is the only thing that will do… these sound SO good right now…

  8. holly @ couchpotatoathlete on October 18, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    You have a Pumba bowl — I am so jealous πŸ™‚

    I also am a Tollhouse recipe user. Every time I have made them people ask for the recipe. Your mom and I must have the same baking skills.

  9. Whitney on October 18, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Yum! I’ll be making these this weekend! I’m assuming the chocolate chips are dairy free?

  10. Savvy on October 18, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    There’s nothing optional about the lion king bowl πŸ˜‰ I remember eating off those! I’m pretty sure my mom still has the set at the old fam residence, haha.

    I’m going to be taking a trip to the grocery store for choc chips and to sephora for some body wash; I’m down with smelling like a cinnamon bun!

  11. gigi on October 18, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    those look delicious!

  12. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe on October 18, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Those look fantastic. I apparently really need to start buying spelt flour. A lot of vegan and gluten-free recipes use it and I wanna be able to make these cookies!

  13. Alison (Ali on the Run) on October 18, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Yum! A tip for the Larabars: They’ve even better if you microwave them for 20-30 seconds, then eat them out of a bowl with a spoon. Bonus if you put some ice cream on top. Tastes like a brownie πŸ™‚

  14. Matt on October 18, 2010 at 8:01 pm


  15. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on October 18, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Mmm mmm. Love it.

  16. Moni'sMeals on October 18, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Now those are some cookies I think we all will try! Thank you!!!!
    I liked the story too about you always trying to make the cookies off the Toll House bag with not the best success(I can relate)…Only Mom’s and Grandma’s have their special touch don’t they.:)
    These however look truly perfect.:)

  17. Krystina (Organically Me) on October 18, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    I WANT THESE NOW!!! So delicious looking/sounding.

  18. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on October 18, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Yay, I got my wish for more recipes!! haha Can’t wait to try this out!

  19. RhodeyGirl on October 18, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    They look yummy! The ones I finally successfully made are the Ghirardelli back of bag recipe (which is pretty much the same as the Toll House one!)…

    It took me like 8 tries in the last few years but I finally figured that I can only put 1 tray in at a time and I must leave the butter out for a long time to soften!

  20. Shanna, Like Banana on October 18, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    This post reminds me of the Friends episode when Phoebe makes her Grandma’s cookies (who was Nessley Tooolhouz) haha

  21. Lisa on October 18, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    MMM! Love chocolate chip cookies.

    I am obsessed with that philosophy stuff. Every single one smells good. I want to eat them! haha

  22. Lauren on October 18, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Gotta give into those cravings. Nothing beats a warm chocolate chip cookie. Vegan or not!

  23. Caitlin (EatFeats) on October 18, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    What a wonderful plate!

    I too love those body washes, but I always want to eat it instead of use it to bathe. I’d also be curious to try the recipes that come on the bottles and see how they turn out!

  24. Alyssa on October 18, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Same exact childhood for me– getting sick on cookie dough but then HAVING to have a cookie too. And of course- it was the Tollhouse recipe!!
    PS I now have Hakuna Matata stuck in my head πŸ™‚

  25. Pure2Raw Twins on October 18, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Chocolate chip cookies are Michelle and I’s all time favorite go to dessert!!! We have been trying to perfect our gluten free vegan cookies, and I think after about 20 recipes or so we got it πŸ˜‰ Yours look great!!! HUGS

  26. Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) on October 18, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    The same convo happened between me and my mom! I asked her a few years ago for her ‘secret’ chocolate chip cookie recipe and she said it was just the back of the Tollhouse bag.

  27. Amber B on October 18, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    My Nanny (grandma) claims to use that recipe too, but mine always come out not looking or tasting anything like hers!!

    One “back of the package” reciped I have had success with is the chocolate cake and chocolate icing on the back of the powdered cocoa box!! I only made it once though–I ended up in a situation like the Sex & The City scene where Miranda continues to eat the cake after she throws it in the trash and eventually had to pour soap on it!! lol, though I wasn’t eating it out of the trash, I just couldn’t stop!!

    I’m craving chocolate now, good thing tomorrow night is dessert night!! πŸ™‚

  28. Mary @ Bites and Bliss on October 18, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Ahh I remember buying logs of cookie dough and eating it throughout the day. Good times, good times πŸ˜›

    Those cookies look so good! Even better that they’re vegan πŸ™‚

  29. Jaclyn on October 18, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Yum. I want one.. or two, now. No, noooooowwwwwwwww πŸ˜€
    THose look delishhhhhhhh!

  30. Stefanie @thenewhealthy on October 18, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Yum!! I think eating the cookie dough is the best part of making cookies! But then I usually end up with only about 2 actual cookies after all that munching! πŸ™‚

  31. Allison @ Food For Healing on October 18, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    oh yum!! AND vegan, very nice

  32. Brittany @ Bee Louise's Bites on October 18, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Those look fantastic…are they chewy?!

  33. Laughter-Loving Stacy on October 18, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Wow. Just… wow.

    <3 cookies. yummmmm

  34. Emily @ Emilyeatsclean on October 18, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    I am having a chocolate craving right now like nobody’s business! Those cookies have me drooling and I have all the ingredients BUT the chocolate chips!! πŸ™

  35. Jessica@tastyandtrim on October 18, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    I’m definitely craving chocolate chip cookies now! Those look SO yummy. I wish I were home from school so that I could whip some up! Looks like I’ll have to bake some this weekend πŸ™‚

  36. missy on October 18, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Hi G,
    Im also vegan and we LOVE the cherrybrook ccc’s and we use the hand mixer to whip them up and bake them on a baking sheet and they come out fluffy and perfect everytime~~

  37. Rachael on October 18, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Chocolate chip cookies compliment chilly weather perfectly, and I appreciate a good vegan recipe for them! My dairy allergy usually makes me unable to sample what I bake for my omnivorous household, but these would be welcome by all!

  38. Sana on October 18, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    I am sure yours are soooo amazing! I love the cow girl cookies frm Liz Lovely! They taste like raw cookie dough!

  39. Liz @ BLog is the New Black on October 18, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Oh, yum… now it’s 11:15 and I want cookies!

  40. carpensm on October 18, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    OMG You just passed on that craving! Just like that! I’m not craving both those delicious looking cookies and my mom’s homemade cookies! YUM! I love that the recipe only makes 12 though…I could half it and then if things got “messy’ it wouldn’t be the end of the world πŸ˜›

  41. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on October 19, 2010 at 12:13 am

    I would make myself sick eating dough too!! Actually is there anyone alive who actually hasn’t done that?! If so, I wanna meet them!

    When my grandma died, the choc chip cookies of my childhood died too. Hers were never a real recipe, a pinch of this, a dash of that, and towards the end she was blind. Truly cooking by FEEL! She would feel the dough and could in her blindness just add whatever was needed. A gift…but anyway, not even my mom can replicate grandma’s recipe but my mom’s are still awesome.

    I LOVE that you made a VEGAN version…omg bless you!!!!!!


  42. Kate @ Ordinary Girl, Extraordinary Journey on October 19, 2010 at 12:57 am

    Mmmmm these sound super delicious!! Love that you used the Lion King bowl!

  43. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' on October 19, 2010 at 1:00 am

    My mom used to make me chocolate chip cookies, too– she SAID they were the “Tollhouse recipe,” but hers never tasted very good, so I thought the Tollhouse recipe must have been bad. Then years later, when I was in college and baking my own cookies for the first time, I decided to try the Tollhouse recipe for myself! Holy cow, they tasted amazing!!

    I called my mom and told her I made the Tollhouse cookie recipe, and it was awesome– and I didn’t understand why hers didn’t taste the same! You know what she told me? “Oh, well you probably measured the ingredients. I just eye-ball it.” Ha ha. πŸ˜‰ Guess my mom never learned that you actually need to MEASURE when it comes to baking!!

    Glad you had success with your vegan version! They look delicious! πŸ˜€

  44. Terry on October 19, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Have you had a chance to look at She is gluten free and uses almond flour and her ccc are so good! They are not vegan, but you could probably do the “flax egg” in the recipe. The pancakes with the almond flour are soo good and the almond flour is high protein. Anyhow, since you and almonds get along so well, thought you might want to check it out!

    • Fitnessista on October 19, 2010 at 9:08 am

      i’ll definitely check it out! almonds and i are very good friends πŸ™‚

  45. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on October 19, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Haha this reminds me of that episode of Friends where Phoebe thought the recipe was from some French lady named Nestle Tollhouse (said in a French accent)! πŸ˜€

    • Fitnessista on October 19, 2010 at 9:09 am


  46. rachael (peace, kale, and yoga) on October 19, 2010 at 7:50 am

    Those loook delicious! If I wasn’t at work I would be making cookies now, even though it isn’t even 8 a.m.

  47. Felicia (A taste of Health with Balance) on October 19, 2010 at 8:01 am

    i mean, im pretty sure the only reason why these came out so good was because you used the lion king bowl. hahah πŸ™‚
    these look great gina! so glad you’ll be posting more recipes!

  48. Katy @ a shot of life on October 19, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Mmmmm these look awesome! I’ll definitely be trying them out! Glad to know someone else is still using the Disney bowls… in my house it’s Pocahontas πŸ˜‰

  49. Kyla on October 19, 2010 at 9:51 am

    my mouth is drooling right now.

  50. Beth @ DiningAndDishing on October 19, 2010 at 10:24 am

    hehehe, this totally reminds me of that Friends episode when Phoebe and Monica spend forever trying to master Phoebe’s grandmas recipe from her friend “Nestlay Toolhouuse” πŸ˜€

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