These Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies are deliciously rich, soft and chewy. They melt in your mouth, literally! Oh, and they are 1-bowl cookies, made with just 7 basic ingredients, and ready in under 25 minutes!
WHY MAKE THIS RECIPE
25-minute quick and easy recipe. Seriously, the easiest chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made. They can be made in one bowl, with no electric mixer. Using a hand or stand mixer makes the job easier, but if you don’t own one, a hand whisk, spoon or spatula will work as well.
1-bowl vegan gluten-free chocolate chip cookies. One bowl, a whisk and a spatula is all you need to make this recipe. In the recipe card bellow, you’ll find a list of equipment that basically makes your baking life easier but none of them are indispensable for this recipe.
The dough is freezer-friendly. Make the cookie dough, freeze it and you’re minutes away from a fresh baked batch of irresistible vegan gluten free chocolate chip cookies.
Oh, and if you’re a fan of easy and quick healthy cookies, check out those: Vegan Lemon Cookies, Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, Vegan Sugar Cut Out Cookies, Vegan Gingerbread Cookies.
INGREDIENTS NOTES AND SUBSTITUTIONS
Vegan butter. I typically use vegan butter made with olive oil or coconut. Margarine works great here too.
Gluten-free all-purpose flour. GF all-purpose flour is what I usually use here. If you don’t need to make them gluten-free, substitute GF all-purpose flour for all-purpose flour at a ratio of 1:1.
Apple sauce. You can either use Homemade Apple Sauce or store-bought. I always have jars of homemade apple sauce in my freezer, I make a double batch and freeze them in jars.
Brown sugar. I either use cane sugar, brown sugar or panela, what I have on hand. You can also use white granulated sugar if you prefer.
HOW TO MAKE THE COOKIES
- To make the cookies: preheat oven to 375ºF / 190ºC. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a bowl, mix butter and sugar until creamy.
- Add apple sauce and vanilla.
- Whisk well to combine the wet ingredients.
- Sift in the flour, baking soda and salt.
- Mix well to ensure all the ingredients are combined.
- Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Mix just until combined. Don’t over mix.
- Using a cookie scoop, scoop the cookie dough. Place each cookie scoop onto the lined baking sheet. Leave 1 inch between each one.
Bake for 10-14 minutes, until lightly browned on the sides. Remove from oven and let cool.
Baking time, oven temperature, ingredients, amount of fat and humidity are all important factors when it comes to get a soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie.
Higher temperature and shorter time in the oven makes your cookies softer and chewier, as it does using brown sugar instead or white sugar since the first has molasses in it, which translates into more humidity. Finally, the fat in the butter adds moisture to the dough and makes cookies more tender
Vegan cookie dough has no eggs, so it can be stored in the fridge, in an airtight container, for up to 1 week. You can also freeze the cookie dough, wrapped in plastic wrap and placed in a freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months.
Once the cookies have cooled completely, store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to a week
Once baked, allow cookies to cool completely. Place them on a baking sheet in a single layer, don’t overlap. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 1-2 hours. When the cookies are solid, transfer to an airtight container. I line the container with parchment paper and layer the cookies, separating them with sheets of parchment paper to prevent breakage.
MORE COOKIES TO TRY
Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Hand mixer or stand mixer
- Large mixing bowl
- Silicone spatula
- Cookie scoop (scoop diameter: 1.97 inch/5 cm)
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
For the Vegan Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
- ⅓ cup (1 stick) plant based butter, room temperature
- ½ cup light or dark brown sugar
- ¼ cup apple sauce, homemade or store-bought
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup Gluten-free all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup semisweet vegan chocolate chips
For the Vegan Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Preheat oven to 375ºF / 190ºC, then line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, or the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until soft and creamy, for 3 minutes.
- Add the apple sauce and the vanilla. Mix well to ensure all the ingredients are combined.
- Next, add the flour, baking soda and salt. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet until everything comes together. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula to make sure everything is mixed properly.
- Stir in the chocolate chips. Mix just until combined. Do not over mix.
- Use a medium cookie scoop (ice cream scoop) to scoop the cookie dough out into balls, placing them onto the lined baking sheet, at least 1 inch apart from each other.
- Bake for 10-14 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and the centres are still soft and not cooked through.
- Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
- Store in an airtight container for a week, at room temperature.
Since in our family we have people who must eat gluten free and avoid eggs, this recipe is a great find. Those tips about how to make the cookies come out soft or crisp are always so helpful, too.
Hi Beth, a good recipe with tips is something I also appreciate. Hope you have a chance to make it. Thanks so much for the comment!
Love how quick and easy these cookies are to make! I used normal flour as that’s what I had and am not on a GF diet. So tasty. As you suggested I put some dough in the freezer so I can make them again next week!
That is great to hear, Jacqueline! I am so glad that you love my recipe that much! Thank you so much for sharing and following along with me!
This cookie recipe is so amazing and so easy to make. My neighbor’s kid is gluten free and I always struggled to make a good GF cookie for her. This recipe is a keeper!
Hi Sandhya, your neighbor’s kid is going to love them, these cookies are irresistible. And, as you mentioned, they’re super easy to make! Thanks for the comment!
Hooray for one bowl recipes! I’m so glad I found this recipe, will be making it for a gluten-free friend of mine.
Thank you, Tristin! So happy to hear you enjoy the recipe! Thank you so much for commenting and following along with me
Many thanks for sharing this recipe. I am getting cookie hungry. I will try this very soon indeed.
You’re welcome Kate, I’m glad to know you like it! I would love to hear how it worked out for you
These cookies look delicious and amazing, I can’t wait to try them! Thank you for sharing your recipe.
You’re so welcome, Denise! And thanks for the comment! Let me know how they turn out when you try the recipe!
I can’t get enough chocolate chip cookie recipes, and this one looks perfect! Definitely going to give this a go tonight, thank you so much for the recipe! 🙂
You’re welcome, Cathleen! They’re one of my family’s favorite cookies. You can’t even tell they’re vegan Thanks for commenting!
Great recipe and a good tip for keeping frozen applesauce, I am going to start doing that too. I don’t eat vegan or gluten-free but I bake for a friend who is so this is going to be a great surprise for her.
Hi Jere, I always have frozen applesauce, it’s very handy. I’m sure your friend is gong to love these cookies. Let me know how they turned out for you if you try the recipe. Thanks for commenting!
I absolutely love when vegetarian and vegan recipes have the same flavor and texture as the original recipe. These were perfect! Thank you.
That’s where the magic is, to get a vegan recipe that’s as tasty as its non-vegan sister. Thanks so much for your sweet review, glad you enjoyed the cookies!
What a great and easy recipe to make with the family in such a short time. Next time, I will double it and freeze half of it; we are big chocolate chip cookie fans.
Hi, Silvia! I often double the recipe, I love to give them as gifts, everybody appreciates a sweet treat. Big chocolate chip cookie fans here too. Thanks for the comment!
I don’t know a single person that would not devour freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. These look like perfection. I bet they are so delicious. Perfect with my afternoon latte.
Thank you so much, Gloria! I’m super excited to hear that you like these cookies. And, yes, they are perfect with a creamy latte!
These are great looking vegan/GF cookies. They have a wonderful texture and the perfect amount of chocolate chips!
Hi Bernice, thank you! You’re absolutely right, even if you’re a chocolate lover like me, you’re going to really enjoy these cookies! I made sure to include lots of chocolate here!
My family leans towards soft cookies, and these look so soft and moist. How can you go wrong with both quick and easy?! I’ll be trying these this week, thanks for the great recipe!
Hi, AISilva! Thank you so much for your kind review. I’m thrilled to hear you are going to try the vegan chocolate chip cookies! Hope you like them!
Wow! These look absolutely moist, chewy and delicious! One of the things my mother made that I have the fondest memory of is her chocolate chip cookies. She used to spend the better part of a day making hers. Love that these come together so quickly and so easily!
Hi, Carol! What memories! I remember my mother’s cheesecake, it was the best. Thanks for sharing such sweet memories. And I’m so glad you love these cookies!