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Applesauce Chocolate Chip Cookies (Vegan)

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Applesauce Chocolate Chip Cookies are the best vegan chocolate chip cookies ever! Made with real ingredients, without eggs and butter, and require no chilling time. What could be better!?

Stack of chocolate chip cookies on a plate

Every food blogger needs a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe in their recipe box, and I am so excited to share mine with you! These bakery-style chocolate chip cookies are thick and chock full of gooey chocolate with slightly crisp edges. In my opinion, it’s the perfect easy everyday chocolate chip cookie recipe. Being a chocolate lover, I am very critical and can be called a connoisseur in this department. 

So if I’m telling you they are that good, you won’t want to miss these! Just to prove to you about my chocolate obsession, I have found ways to add it into SO many of my baking recipes! 

This list goes on! If you follow me on Instagram you already know this 🙂

Inside shot of a vegan applesauce chocolate chip cookie with a bite taken out

What’s In Applesauce Chocolate Chip Cookies? 

Flour – For these cookies, I am combining all-purpose and whole wheat. You can also use white whole wheat flour or strictly all-purpose if you prefer. I haven’t tried using only whole wheat flour, but if you do, I recommend using whole wheat pastry flour.

Applesauce – For less added sugar, be sure to use unsweetened applesauce.

Brown Sugar or Coconut Sugar – The recipe calls for brown sugar, but you can also swap it for coconut sugar.

Coconut Oil – Don’t forget to melt it! You can sub regular butter if you are not vegan, or use a vegan butter as well.

Other Ingredients: Baking soda, baking powder, salt, vanilla extract, cornstarch, and chocolate chips 

Overhead shot of vegan applesauce chocolate chip cookies

What Does Applesauce Do in Cookies? 

Many people wonder how you can use applesauce in cookies, or why it doesn’t change the consistency. Here’s why. Applesauce is a great option to replace fat or portions of fat such as butter and oil. Applesauce can also be used in place of eggs in some recipes. 

Since applesauce contains so much water, it works great for keeping your baked goods nice and moist. 

Are These Applesauce Chocolate Chip Cookes Vegan? 

Yes! As mentioned above, I was able to replace the butter and eggs with applesauce and coconut oil. So, no dairy or eggs in this cookie recipe! 

Can I Use Homemade Applesauce? 

Absolutely! If you are a fan of homemade applesauce you can use the exact same amount when comparing to my version. 

Side angle shot of chocolate chip cookies on a cooling rack

Would You Recommend Freezing?

If you want to make an extra batch of dough and save for later you can definitely freeze them. Simply follow the instructions and instead of baking, freeze for later. Then before cooking them the next time, let them come to room temperature, then you can bake. 

When freezing in layers, just place parchment paper or saran wrap between so they aren’t stuck together.

Stack of chocolate chip cookies on a plate

Tips for Baking

  • Anytime I bake I always use parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. This means you can omit cooking spray and keep your cookies from sticking. 
  • When adding in your chocolate chips, be careful to NOT overmix.
  • Always allow the cookies to cool completely before storing them. After they finish cooking place them on a wire rack so you aren’t storing with excess moisture. 
  • For that perfectly chewy cookie, smack the pan on the counter a few times to release air bubbles. If you like them flat, remove while baking at the 7-minute mark & smack the tray on the counter a few times to make them fall, then repeat the process once they out of the oven.

I can’t wait to see what you think, these may be my new favorite cookie! Be sure to tag me on Instagram so I can see your cookies! 

Inside shot of gooey vegan chocolate chip cookie

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Applesauce Chocolate Chip Cookies

Applesauce Chocolate Chip Cookies are the best vegan chocolate chip cookies ever! Made with real ingredients, without eggs and butter, and require no chilling time.
4.76 from 37 votes
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 15 cookies

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups all purpose flour (can sub 1 cup all purpose and 1 cup whole wheat)
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/3 (100g) cup Coconut Oil melted
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar (can sub coconut sugar)
  • 1/3 cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 (175g) cup Chocolate Chips

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350F, and line a baking tray with parchment paper, or a silicone mat. Set aside.
  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt. Set aside.
  • Whisk together the coconut oil and sugar until combined. Add the applesauce, and vanilla, and mix until combined.
  • Add the dry ingredients, and mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Roll the dough into 1.5oz balls, and place onto the prepared baking tray. Bake for 10-11 minutes.
  • Allow to cool on the baking tray for 5 - 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Pro-Tip! For that perfectly chewy cookie, smack the pan on the counter a few times to release air bubbles. If you like them flat, remove while baking at the 7-minute mark & smack the tray on the counter a few times to make them fall, then repeat the process once they out of the oven.
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34 Comments

  1. Hi Elizabeth! Thank you for this amazing recipe. I made your former recipe with banana instead of applesauce and they turned out delicious! I am GF so I substituted the wheat flour with Bob’s Red Mill pancake mix but they had a powdery texture. What other substitutes would you recommend? Half oat flour, half almond flour? I am thinking of trying this next.

    1. Hi Monica! Thank you for the kind words! I haven’t made a GF version so to be safe I would say to use cup4cup. Do you have that? Oat flour and almond flour aren’t going to swap 1:1 for all-purpose flour.

  2. 5 stars
    So good! I used half wheat flour and I only had half the applesauce I needed so I used a apple, mango, carrot fruit pouch! They are amazing!!!

  3. Can you omit the butter/oil and substitute with the same amount of applesauce? Or what can you use instead of an oil?

  4. It was a very good recipe the only thing different I would do would be one of two things. Either reduce the chocolate chips by half a cup Or double the batter. Because there was a ton of chocolate chips more than was needed for this recipe. But other than that it was a very good recipe very tasty.

  5. 5 stars
    Just loved these! My son keeps asking for more! so fun to make and I feel healthier too 🙂 Again another great recipe from you! thanks

  6. 5 stars
    Love these cookies!! One of my go to recipes, I have made them several times already and will continue to make them. The texture is spot on!! Thanks and can’t wait for all your upcoming recipes!

  7. 5 stars
    As I was making these cookies my fiancé came over and was like “oh no “healthy” cookies…”. However, after one bite he was now saying “wow these are amazing!” I would definitely make again!

  8. 5 stars
    This is simply the best healthified chocolate chip cookie recipe that I have found out there! Even the dough itself tastes so similar to a standard chocolate chip cookie dough. This will definitely be a new go-to recipe for all the cravings!

  9. Hi! These look so great! Is there anything I can sub in for the coconut oil to lower the amount of fat in the cookies?

  10. 5 stars
    These are awesome cookies! I only had AP flour, but I bet the combo would be really good! Thanks for such a quick and delicious cc cookie recipe!

  11. 5 stars
    Made these exactly as instructed and they were oooh so good. Gooey chocolate and moist, everyone was eating them as they came out of the oven. I had to hide some for myself!! Awesome recipe, thank you!!

  12. 5 stars
    Oh my these are so soft and delicious!! You would never guess they’re “healthy.” Will definitely make them again!!!

  13. 5 stars
    These came out quite nice! Only used 120 grams chocolate chips; more than enough already. And next time I think I would sub 1/3 cup of coconut oil for applesauce. Quite oily. Make sure you bake on the middle rack, otherwise the oil seems to sink to the bottom of the cookie. With these modifications, will gladly make again. Quick and easy 🙂

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