Simple soft and chewy vegan chocolate chip cookies

  • Preparation: 10-15 minutes
  • Cooking: 12-15 minutes
  • Serves: 12

For me, the perfect cookie is slightly crispy on the outside yet soft and chewy in the centre, sweet with a slight hint of saltiness, and of course lots of chocolatey chunks. I have made many cookies during my time as a baker and tried various recipes, all producing a slightly different result. One of my favourites happened to be from a recipe book I got with an issue of the BBC Good Food Magazine.. sometimes the best recipes come from the most unexpected places!

I have done much research into what makes the perfect cookie and today I am sharing with you a vegan version. I have developed this recipe so that it is super simple with no fancy or hard to find ingredients- everything you can pick up at your local shop.. except for perhaps flour, which seems to be in high demand at the moment!

Vegan chocolate chip cookies

Here are a few tips for making the perfect soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies:

1. Slightly melt your butter or fat, but make sure it isn’t too warm or the sugar will start to dissolve in it before the cookies hit the oven, making them spread too thin!

2. Use light brown sugar over caster (or white) sugar. This is much softer and moister and will help give the cookies a rich golden brown colour.

3. Use self raising flour or add a raising agent, to give the cookies an extra lift and prevent them from being too flat.

4. Substitute 2 tbsp of the flour for cornflour (or cornstarch) which will prevent the cookies spreading too much and give them a softer texture.

5. Add a pinch of bicarbonate of soda as this gives rise to a slightly crispier cookie, and increases the rate of browning as water evaporates more quickly. Be careful not to add too much or your cookies will have a salty/chemical taste!

6. Don’t over mix your flour. Just like with cakes, over mixing will result in a tough cookie.. and nobody wants to be confronted with a tough cookie right!?

7. Add a little golden syrup or maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt for extra flavour.

8. Throw in LOTS of chocolate chips.. that one was obvious right?!

 

Happy baking!

Ingredients

  • 100g vegan butter or margarine
  • 100g light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp golden or maple syrup
  • 150g self raising flour minus 2 tbsp
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • Pinch of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100g vegan chocolate chips

Equipment

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Sieve
  • Two large baking trays
  • Baking parchment/paper

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Method

  • Step 1.

    Slightly melt the butter so that it is very soft but not runny or too warm
  • Step 2.

    Add the sugar and beat together with a wooden spoon until light and fluffy
  • Step 3.

    Stir in the golden syrup
  • Step 4.

    Sift together the flour, cornflour, bicarbonate of soda, and salt, then add to the other ingredients
  • Step 5.

    Carefully combine all the ingredients until the dough starts to clump together
  • Step 6.

    Stir through the chocolate chips and vanilla extract
  • Step 7.

    Divide the mixture into balls using your hands and place on the baking tray lined with parchment.. press down slightly to flatten a little
  • Step 8.

    Place the trays of cookie dough in the fridge for 20-30 minutes until firm, and pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees centigrade, or gas mark 3/4
  • Step 9.

    Bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes until they are golden brown
  • Step 10.

    Remove from the oven, allow to cool slightly, and enjoy!

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