Vanilla extract needed in chocolate chip cookies?

Is it necessary to add vanilla when making chocolate chip cookies?
Will it make a difference in taste if left out?

I am allergic to vanilla...:(

Thanks!

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sdebrango
sdebrango October 22, 2011

In my opinion you can leave it out and the difference in flavor will be negligible. Vanilla always adds to the flavor but in this case leaving it out will be fine and you probably would not notice any difference.

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wssmom
wssmom October 22, 2011

I agree with sdebrango, it can be left out; that being said, i often substitute bourbon or run for vanilla in baking.

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Lilly Lafontaine
Lilly Lafontaine May 4, 2013

Imitation vanilla. It's like margarin only with vanilla instead of butter. ( Sorry, that's a bad example of something it's like )

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ATG117
ATG117 May 4, 2013

I don't think you can taste vanilla in chocolate

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Maedl
Maedl May 4, 2013

Try adding another flavoring instead of vanilla. You could use grated orange peel or a bit of finely chopped candied ginger.

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