I’m one of those people who will curse you into the fiery pits of Hell if you trick me into thinking an oatmeal-raisin cookie is actually chocolate chip. No excuse of “The light is bad” or “I could have sworn the chips were on the left side of the container” will save you. Consider yourself condemned to roasting.
That said, it should be obvious that a chocolate chip cookie recipe is taken pretty seriously in our household. While we were happy to learn that Oreos are accidentally vegan, it’s essentially impossible (at least, at the moment) to find a chip cookie in regular grocery stores that satisfies the Vegan Requirement.
I tried several chocolate chip cookie recipes before giving up and adapting my own. Most contained canola oil, which always leaves the cookies feeling greasy, or Earth Balance. I don’t care for the taste of EB in the large quantities required to make cookies. So, what was a girl to do?
Coconut oil to the rescue! The fat in coconuts is saturated. Unlike fat from animal sources, it is a “medium chain” fatty acid, meaning it is more readily absorbed by the body to be used for energy, rather than stored in your adipose tissue for later use. How cool is that?
Without any further ado or boring factoids, lets get down to business.
- 1/2 C coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 C firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 C soy or coconut milk
- 1 T vanilla
- 2 C all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 bag (10-12 oz) vegan chips or morsels
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a large bowl, whisk coconut oil, sugar, milk, and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and soda, and salt.
Stir dry ingredients into the wet just until incorporated, then fold in the chips.
Use a 1T cookie scoop to measure the dough and drop onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Use the back of the scoop or the palm of your hand to gently flatten the cookies.
Bake 10-15 minutes, until edges look firm and are starting to turn golden.
Let cool on cookie sheet 1-2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.