Vegan Tollhouse Cookies

I have had the Tollhouse chocolate chip cookie recipe memorized since I was ten or so.  I’ve tried other recipes, and I really don’t think any one of them makes a cookie that compares to this classic.

One year at summer camp, we had a competition with another cabin to make the better chocolate chip cookie without a recipe.  I was entirely confident in my ability to bring my team to victory because I knew exactly how much flour, sugar, butter, etc. to use.  My certainty waned when we were told there were no measuring cups at our disposal.  It turned out to be a narrow victory, after the counselors told us that ours was slightly more “edible” than the other team’s cookie.  Oops. I guess I’m not as good at eyeballing measurements as I am at memorizing the numbers.

I wanted to bake something to bring to my coworkers tomorrow, and I didn’t feel like making it complicated or running out for special ingredients.  I had a tub of Earth Balance in the fridge and decided to just veganize the whole recipe instead of adding eggs.  The cookies turned out absolutely beautiful, and they’re equally as delicious.


– 1 cup Earth Balance or other butter substitute, room temperature

– 1 tsp. vanilla extract

– 3/4 cup organic (vegan) white sugar

– 3/4 cup brown sugar

– 2 flax “eggs” (2 tablespoons ground flax + 5-6 tablespoons warm water; let sit for 5 minutes to thicken/gelatinize; fresh ground flax works best)

– 1 tsp. salt

– 1 tsp. baking soda

– 2 1/4 cups flour

– 1 package dairy free chocolate chips (I used this brand, from Whole Foods)

1. Preheat oven to 375 F

2. Cream butter, sugars, and vanilla together until incorporated

3. Add flax “eggs” to butter mixture and beat together

4. Combine four, baking soda, and salt; stir together

5. Add flour mixture to butter mixture about 1/4 cup at a time

6. Drop cookies by spoonful or roll and place onto baking sheets lined with parchment.  I used about 1.5 tablespoons of cough per cookie

7. bake for 9 to 10 minutes, until golden brown

Flax “Eggs”

Along with the gorgeous bay area weather today, these cookies took me right back to summer camp, though they’re far beyond just “edible”.


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