the best vegan chocolate chip cookies

Vegan chocolate chip cookies | conifères & feuillus

Though I’m not vegan myself, I love this recipe as it uses aquafaba, otherwise known as chickpea water,  (or quite simply, the cooking water left behind from cooking chickpeas) instead of eggs. Since, I cook chickpeas at least once a week (chickpeas are a staple here), I almost always have chickpea water readily available. Vegan or not, it just makes sense to use chickpea water. It’s there waiting to be used! Why throw it out?Vegan chocolate chip cookies | conifères & feuillus

If you are skeptical of using chickpea water because of the taste, don’t worry, it will not impart any chickpea flavour to the final cookie. Out of curiosity, my husband did try this recipe using eggs (for the recipe below, you will need 2 large eggs). The result, only slightly different and very difficult to pick a winner between the two, even for my husband!Vegan chocolate chip cookies | conifères & feuillusVegan chocolate chip cookies | conifères & feuillus

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies (adapted from here)

(yields about 40 cookies using a 1 1/2 tbsp cookie scoop)

  • 225 g vegan butter at room temperature
  • 185 g raw sugar
  • 95 g  aquafaba or chickpea water, warmed
  • 320 g  white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tsp espresso powder (optional)
  • 150-200 g vegan dark mini chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  2. In a large bowl (or bowl of stand mixer), beat the butter and the sugar until well combined and smooth.
  3. Slowly add the chickpea water, beating as you go along. Beat until well combined and smooth and fluffy.
  4. In another bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and espresso powder (if using) until well combined.
  5. Add the dry mixture to the wet and mix until just combined.
  6. Fold in chocolate chips.
  7. Using a cookie scoop or two spoons, scoop balls onto a baking sheet. (I fit 12 cookies on a 11×16 inches sheet.) Using two fingers, slightly flatten each ball.
  8. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.Transfer to cooling rack and cool completely before storing in an airtight container for up to five days.

Note 1: You may use chickpea water from a can of canned chickpeas instead, but be sure to use a sodium-free version or as an alternative omit the salt in the recipe. I have never tried using the canned version so I can’t say for sure.

Note 2: When I make these for our home use, I use regular butter as that is what I always have readily available. They come out just as fine.


24 thoughts on “the best vegan chocolate chip cookies

    1. You’re welcome. As I mentioned to Rini, you won’t taste any chickpea taste in the cookie… but it is interesting to do a taste test with the chickpea water recipe vs the egg recipe.

    1. You comment just made me realize that I should have mentioned in the post that you won’t taste any hint of chickpea (I will add it… ) Yeah, you think chocolate chip cookies are holiday cookies?…. I thought I was going slightly off the beaten path here by giving these out this year.

    1. Thank you. Yes, I read about that as well but did not have any success with it. If you have any success with whipping it up, do share your findings. I would love to know what I am doing wrong.

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