The Best Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie. Period.

By Bianca Alexander

Believe it or not, going vegan doesn't mean you have to give up your favorite comfort foods, including desserts. But what – you may ask – are sweets without milk, butter and eggs? As a record-holder among family and friends for making the best chocolate chip cookies, I too was skeptical. That is, until I found this recipe for the fluffiest, moistest, most buttery-tasting and good for you vegan chocolate chip cookie. Now, my friends love my cookies even more. Don't believe me? Try it for yourself:

Gather the dry stuff

1 1/4 Cup organic all Purpose flour*

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/8 tsp sea salt

Gather the wet stuff

1/2 Cup organic brown sugar

1/4 Cup organic white sugar (sugar in the raw also works)

1 Stick (1/2 Cup) of Earth Balance

2 TBS ground flax (yes, these cookies are also good for you!) mixed with 3 TBS of warm water. Allow to sit for 2 minutes.

1 tsp vanilla extract

The best part

1 Cup vegan dark chocolate chips (Also good for you! Dark chocolate contains antioxidants).

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees**

1. Sift your dry stuff.

2. Get all your wet stuff together, then whisk or mix your wet stuff thoroughly with a spatula. (Do not beat)***.

3. Mix your wet stuff and dry stuff together. (Again with a spatula, not an electric mixer)***

4. You should have a nice stiff mousse-like dough.

5. Mix in your vegan chocolate chips.

6. Form your cookie dough with wet hands**** and place (with a good amount space between them) on a greased cookie sheet.

Bake for 20 – 23 minutes at 300 degrees until golden brown.

If you have a good sense of smell, and like your cookies moist and chewy, use my trick of taking them out of the oven just after the first hint of chocolate chip cookie hits the air. Be sure to let them cool fully before serving, ideally 10 minutes. Share with a loved one, and enjoy!

*Plain flour can also be substituted with almond flour, for a denser, moister cookie, or gluten-free flour, for a flakier cookie)

** Lower cooking heat allows the cookie to bake even evenly and stay chewy.

*** Electric mixer makes the dough too fluffy, mixing by hand allows for the right consistency to achieve the proper balance in your end result.

**** Forming with your hands ensures a uniform cookie.

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