These Vegan Chocolate Cookies are packed with natural cocoa powder and chocolate chips for the best, rich chocolate flavor. They’re seriously some of the best cookies I’ve ever had! Make these double chocolate cookies in just 25 minutes!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Perfect for chocolate cravings. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you know that a chocolate craving can hit at any time. You won’t regret having a batch of these double chocolate cookies in the kitchen and can even freeze a stash for emergencies!
- Made from simple ingredients. Like most of my vegan desserts, these vegan double chocolate chip cookies are made with easy to find ingredients. You’ll need just 8 main ingredients, plus chocolate chips.
- No stand mixer required. If you don’t own a stand mixer or an electric hand mixer, don’t worry! You can make these vegan chocolate cookies in a large bowl with a spatula or whisk.
Key Ingredients and Substitutions
- Vegan butter – For these double chocolate cookies, you’ll need softened vegan margarine or vegan butter. If needed, you can try a softened coconut oil (not melted coconut oil!). And if you don’t love the flavor of coconut, use refined coconut oil.
- Sugar – The best way to sweeten these cookies without overpowering the flavour is by using white sugar. If needed, you can try another granulated sugar such as light brown sugar or coconut sugar. These sugars are bolder in flavor, but shouldn’t add too much excess moisture to the batter.
- Non-dairy milk – Any non-dairy milk will work, but when possible, go for an unsweetened plant milk. If it is heavily sweetened or contains a strong vanilla flavour, it will change the flavour of your chocolate cookies. I often use unsweetened almond milk, soy milk, or oat milk.
- Flour – In most of my recipes, I use all-purpose flour. It’s really easy to work with, is affordable and most accessible. Since publishing this recipe, I’ve had readers share luck using a gluten-free flour blend. You may need to add additional milk, but it should work out! Avoid using single gluten-free flours such as almond flour or oat flour. These flours cannot be substituted cup for cup.
- Dairy-free chocolate chips – You can use any chocolate chips of chocolate chunks of choice. Semi-sweet chocolate chips and dark chocolate chips are often accidentally vegan and dairy-free.
How to Make Vegan Chocolate Cookies
- Combine the butter and sugar. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the vegan margarine and sugar until combined and fluffy. I usually do this using a spoon, but you can also use an electric hand mixer if desired.
- Add the milk and vanilla. Pour in the non-dairy milk and vanilla extract and stir again to combine.
- Combine the dry ingredients. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and a pinch of salt.
- Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Stir to combine until a thick cookie dough forms.
- Fold in chocolate chips. Finally stir in the vegan chocolate chips to your personal taste (there’s no such thing as too much chocolate!).
- Roll into cookie dough balls. Using a large spoon or cookie-scoop, roll the cookie dough into 1-2 tablespoon sized balls. Space them evenly on a nonstick baking sheet. You should be able to make about 15 cookies.
- Bake. Bake the vegan double chocolate cookies for 9-10 minutes or until puffy.
- Cool and enjoy. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack to cool completely. Enjoy!!
Ideas for Serving
As with any of my Vegan Cookie Recipes, it’s always a good idea to eat at least 1 or 2 cookies while warm and gooey with your favorite plant-based milk. They’re perfect for after dinner snacking, bringing to potlucks, gifting to friends, or baking during the holidays.
You can also take two cooled vegan chocolate cookies and add a scoop of ice cream between them to make your own double chocolate cookie ice cream sandwiches!
How to Store
These vegan chocolate cookies are best stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days. If you baked these cookies in the summer months or your home is really warm, they can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Vegan chocolate cookies can also be frozen before or after baking.
- How to freeze cookie dough – Make the cookie dough and scoop the chocolate cookie dough balls onto a baking sheet as if you were going to bake them. Once all the cookie dough is formed into balls, place the baking sheet in the freezer until frozen solid. Transfer the frozen cookie dough balls into a freezer bag or tightly sealed container and freeze for up to 2 months. Bake from frozen for 1-2 minutes longer until baked to your desired crispiness!
- How to freeze baked cookies – Allow the cookies to cool completely on your cooling rack. Once cooled, transfer the cookies back to the baking sheet and stick the sheet in the freezer and freeze until solid. Then transfer the cookies to a freezer bag or container. To thaw, allow the cookies to set at room temperature until softened again and enjoy!
How do you know when double chocolate cookies are done?
When these vegan chocolate cookies are ready, they will be slightly more golden on the outer edges and nice and puffy. As with most cookies, they will look slightly underbaked when ready because they continue to firm up after being pulled from the oven.
Why did my cookies bake up thin and flat?
If your cookies are spreading too much, my recommendation is to add at least 1/4 cup more all-purpose flour. This can also happen if you live in a hot or humid climate. If your cookie dough seems warm, place it in the fridge for about 30 minutes before scooping into dough balls. This will help prevent over spreading.
Can I make this cookie dough in advance?
Yes! If you’re making these cookies for a special event or holiday and want to prep them in advance, you can make the cookie dough batter up to 48 hours in advance and stick it in the fridge tightly covered. Then bake these vegan chocolate cookies straight from the fridge and enjoy!
Similar Vegan Cookie Recipes to Try Next
- Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Pistachio Cookies (Vegan)
- Easy Vegan Oreo Chocolate Chip Cookies (Dairy-Free!)
- Vegan Hawaiian Black Salt Caramel Cookies
- Chewy Coconut Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- Chocolate-Dipped Almond Butter Cookies