Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are one of my all-time favorite childhood bakes. I have fond memories of baking tray-loads of them with my childhood best friend and devouring some while watching romcoms. Years later I wondered what that magic recipe had been that we’d always used. I scavenged old scribbled notes and crumpled, grease-stained recipe printouts in mounting desperation until ultimately coming to the same realization that Monica did in the Friends episode “The One with Phoebe’s Cookies” (season 7, episode 3): It was the recipe on the back of the packet of Nestlé Toll House chocolate chips (which my friend used to bring back from Canada) – none other than the revered recipe of Ruth Wakefield, owner of the Toll House restaurant in Massachusetts, who is said to have invented the chocolate chip cookie recipe back in 1939.

And so I set about veganizing it for the perfect plant-based classic chocolate chip cookie. Initially I kept the flour-sugar-butter ratio and simply replaced the two eggs with two tablespoons of aquafaba. I found the result delicious, but excessively buttery and sugary. My second batch, the final recipe, was made with slightly less sugar and butter and a tablespoon of plant milk to help it all come together. Result? They taste just like the coveted cookies of my childhood and I am so happy to have them back in my life! They also have the perfect chocolate chip cookie texture – slightly moist and super soft on the inside.

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes: ca. 8-10 cookies

Ingredients

  • 150g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground vanilla bean
  • 85g whole cane sugar (I used this one; it has a slightly caramelized taste)
  • 85g plant butter, melted (I use Flora Plant, unsalted)
  • 2 tbsp aquafaba*
  • 1 tbsp plant milk (I used oat milk)
  • 40g chocolate of choice (I used 78%), in chunks

Optional: chopped nuts (e.g. macadamia, peanuts, pecans, walnuts), cranberries or raisins, etc.

* Aquafaba is water drained from a tin of beans – commonly chickpeas, but other neutral-tasting beans work. I used the liquid that I’d saved from a can of butter beans I’d used the day before. I’d recommend saving the water whenever you use chickpeas or butter beans, so you have some available if needed. You could also freeze it in an ice cube tray. Alternatively open a new tin and save the beans for making hummus, a stir-fry, etc.

Method

  1. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, vanilla and sugar in a bowl while you melt the plant butter on medium low heat.
  2. Stir the wet ingredients (plant butter, aquafaba and plant milk) into the flour mixture until all is well combined. Add in the chocolate chunks and nuts, etc., if using. Note that if the butter is quite warm the chocolate chunks may start to melt – let the dough cool or place in the fridge, if that is the case, before adding the chocolate.
  3. Ideally, let the dough chill for a good 30 minutes to an hour, as this will result in a better cookie texture (less spreading in the oven). Alternatively you can easily prepare the cookie dough hours or even a day or two in advance.
  4. Once ready to bake, preheat the oven to 190°C (non fan) and line a baking tray with baking parchment. Shape the dough into ca. 8 even-sized balls, which you then flatten slightly into a more disk-like shape. Leave enough room around each cookie for it to spread while baking.
  5. Bake in the oven for ca. 10-12 minutes (they should be slightly golden yet still soft) and leave to cool slightly on the hot tray for at least 2-3 minutes. Picking them up right away (very tempting, I know), may cause your cookie to crumble.

Enjoy! 

Feel free to tag @blueberrysmiles22 if you share your creations on Instagram, so I can share in the joy 🙂

My favorite way to enjoy these is with a milky rooibos tea.

5 thoughts on “Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Hey Celine. Your classic chocolate 🍫 chip cookies 🍪 look super! I have got some moo free chocolate chips to be used and your recipe would be perfect for this! Thank you very much and definitely will tag you into my bakes using your recipes.
    Hope you and your other half can come back, to London to a food lifestyle event soon. It will be so nice to meet in person and I am friends with your friend Amy L.
    Best Wishes Sophs and my dog 🐶 B says woofs and stay safe ☺️🤟👩🏻‍🍳

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