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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies With Maple & Olive Oil

January  6, 2019
Photo by Ty Mecham
Author Notes

These cookies were born out of a dessert craving at 7 a.m., on a weekday. Chocolate cookies for breakfast, I reasoned, should make a few ingredient concessions to appear moderately virtuous. I started with Ovenly's Genius recipe for vegan salted chocolate chip cookies, and tweaked it, trading neutral oil for olive oil (one of my favorite baking tricks), and swapping out white and brown sugar for maple syrup and coconut sugar to mirror my typical breakfast choices. I added a tiny bit of molasses to replace the brown sugar–flavor I missed from traditional chocolate chip cookies, and switched out the chips for chunks, for bigger pools of melted chocolate (though you could use either, of course). The Ovenly recipe has you refrigerate the dough for at least 12 hours and up to 24 hours before baking, and you could absolutely do that here for even better flavor (flour hydration, and all that)—but you can also bake these right away, because cookies for breakfast wait for no one. —Ella Quittner

  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 13 minutes
  • Makes 24ish cookies, give or take a few (depending how much batter you eat!)
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons (272 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon (6 grams) baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (6 grams) kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup (102 grams) extra-virgin olive oil with a nice, mild flavor (avoid ones with a strong peppery flavor)
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (180 grams) maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon blackstrap molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (24 grams) coconut sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups (252 grams) dark chocolate chunks (note: use a vegan brand if you want to keep these fully vegan)
  • 1 tablespoon flaky salt
In This Recipe
  1. Heat the oven to 375F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, baking powder, and kosher salt to combine and get rid of any flour lumps.
  3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together olive oil, maple syrup, molasses, vanilla, and coconut sugar until fully combined and smooth—the mixture will look like slightly loose caramel. Add the dry ingredients and chocolate chunks, and use a wooden spoon or spatula to gently combine from the bottom and sides until there are no visible streaks of flour, but then stop. Over-mixing will make your cookies less tender. (Note: If you'd like to hydrate your flour as the original Ovenly recipe recommends, stick it in the fridge, covered, at this point for 12 to 24 hours. Or you can bake these right away.)
  4. Grab a tablespoon or a scoop and divide the dough into heaping tablespoons, spaced out about 2-inches apart onto the baking sheets, with flat bottoms and domed tops; you should get between 24 and 26 portions. Sprinkle a little pinch of flaky salt over the top of each cookie.
  5. Bake for about 13 minutes, until they’ve spread slightly (but they won't spread much) and there are slight striations starting to form around the edges—they won’t look fully done, don’t worry! Take them out of the oven and let cool a few minutes before attempting to move; they’ll firm up as they rest.

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Ella Quittner is a contributing writer and the Absolute Best Tests columnist at Food52. She covers food, travel, wellness, lifestyle, home, novelty snacks, and internet-famous sandwiches. You can follow her on Instagram @equittner, or Twitter at @ellaquittner. She also develops recipes for Food52, and has a soft spot for all pasta, anything spicy, and salty chocolate things.