If you love cookies, but don’t love the process, you’ll love how simple this easy vegan chocolate chip cookie skillet recipe is to make!
Whether you just one to make one giant cookie, maybe you are camping or you want to throw dessert on the grill, this vegan chocolate chip cookie skillet is absolutely incredible.
Your mouth will literally start to water as the smells waft throughout your house.
As you cut into it you will be shocked that you just made this. Yes, you used a recipe, but you did it. You made an absolutely delicious vegan cookie skillet!
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VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOK SKILLET INGREDIENTS:
Below are notes about the ingredients before we get into the full recipe located lower in this post on how to make these vegan cookie skillet:
- Vegan Butter – When making cookies, butter is the fat needed for a chewy texture. But beyond that it also helps act as a leavening agent, provide moisture, and a soft texture.
- Brown Sugar – there is molasses in brown sugar that helps with both moisture and chewiness of the cookies which is why you usually see it added in addition to just normal sugar
- Vegan Cane Sugar – Cane sugar is what we are using for sweetness and moisture. If you want to learn more about why your sugar may not be vegan, you can learn more by clicking on the link.
- Applesauce – Fruit puree, like applesauce, is a great way to replace the eggs that are in traditional cookies.
- Flour – A must need! We used all-purpose flour here.
- Vegan Chocolate Chips – There are more and more options available now! We like doing a mix of dark and semi-sweet
SUBSTITUTIONS AND VARIATIONS:
- Vegan Butter – The flavor that you get from using vegan butter can’t be found otherwise; however, you can still have a great vegan skillet cookie by swapping the vegan butter for a neutral oil like vegetable or refined coconut oil. If you are oil free, you could replace with more applesauce; however,
- Sugar – While we haven’t changed it up, you could use coconut sugar or date sugar, maybe swap some for maple syrup or date syrup.
- Applesauce – You can use any fruit puree besides apple sauce. Just be mindful of the taste difference. Flax egg could also be used.
- Flour – A gluten free 1:1 blend can be used instead.
- Vegan Chocolate Chips – You could only do semi-sweet or even through in some white chocolate chips or a crushed up bar.
TIPS ON HOW TO MAKE THE BEST VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE SKILLET RECIPE:
We list a ton of tips in this post and highly recommend that you read each one if before you cook your skillet cookie; however, if you want the short version here’s some easy tips on making the best vegan chocolate chip cookies recipe.
- Preheat the oven before you start making your dough
- Measure all your ingredients accurately
- Make sure you evenly press out your dough into your skillet so it bakes evenly.
- Don’t make substitutions unless you are aware of the changes it will make to your cookies
- Watch your cookie skillet in the oven as all oven temperatures are different you may need to pull out your cookies earlier or leave longer
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON HOW TO MAKE THE BEST VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE SKILLET:
Whether you have a gluten allergy or dairy or another Top 8, you will be happy to know that you can make these completely free of top allergens.
For the vegan butter, we would recommend using a soy free vegan butter, like Earth Balance soy free in the red tub or Flora Plant Butter.
For gluten free, we have had the best of luck with King Arthur Measure for Measure flour.
Yes! Let cool completely, cut slices and then place in an air tight container on the counter for up to 5 days. Alternatively you can cover with foil and leave in the skillet.
Of course. Freeze the batter in an air tight freezer container or bag for up to 3 months. When you are ready to make your vegan chocolate chip cookie skillet, let dough thaw completely. Then, proceed with instructions. If still cold if many take additional time in the oven.
Absolutely! While chilling dough isn’t needed for this recipe, if you wanted to make the dough ahead, but not ready to make, just cover the bowl and place in the fridge up to a week.
It does take chilled cookie skillets longer to cook so check after the recommended baking time and you may need an additional few minutes to finish.
Yes. The key is making sure that you have a steady heat to your skillet and it’s a medium sized fire that’s not too hot.
Yes! You want medium heat, about 325 degrees F. And then cookie for the same amount of time.
We highly recommend that you reheat by slicing a pie out of your pan and microwaving until cooked through (about 30-90 seconds depending on slice slice). If you don’t have a microwave, you can reheat in the oven at 325 degrees F for 5-7 minutes.
ARE CHOCOLATE CHIPS VEGAN?
Traditionally, milk chocolate chips are not vegan; however, many dark chocolate chips can be vegan.
The main ingredient that makes a cookie not vegan is either milk or whey (whey powder). If those ingredients are not included in the ingredient list, then the chocolate chips are likely vegan.
You could also make your own vegan chocolate chips by following a homemade chocolate recipe and then piping chips instead.
WHERE DO YOU FIND VEGAN CHOCOLATE CHIPS?
If you are looking to just find vegan chocolate chips in the store, then you can absolutely find them. They are actually getting easier and easier.
One of our favorites is Enjoy Life, and they can be found in most grocery stores, Target, Walmart, and stores like Whole Foods and natural grocery stores. They are Top 8 Allergen Free and do not contain and dairy or eggs making them completely vegan.
Wal-mart also now carries their own Great Value Top 8 Free chocolate chips that are vegan friendly.
Stores like Whole Foods will also have a large variety of other vegan chocolate chips like Lilys or Chatfields.
CAN I EAT THIS COOKIE DOUGH?
Many people believe that since there’s no eggs in the dough, that they could just eat the dough; however, flour is actually more a risk for salmonella poisoning than eggs.
For that reason, we do not recommend eating this dough.
However, we do have an edible vegan chocolate chip cookie dough that you can eat. As well as a gluten free edible vegan chocolate chip cookie dough.
WHAT ARE OTHER AWESOME VEGAN COOKIE IDEAS THAT I SHOULD MAKE?
Whether you are doing a cookie exchange or you just want to switch up and make a new vegan cookie recipe, we have you covered.
We have over a dozen vegan cookie recipes that you can find when you click on our best vegan cookie recipes roundup.
We have everything from the salted caramel cookies, as well as things like:
- vegan snickerdoodles
- vegan classic sugar cookies
- easy vegan peanut butter cookies
- vegan oatmeal cookies
- and more!
Just click here.
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Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet
- Heat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Add warm, melted dairy free butter, brown sugar and cane sugar to a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until well blended (about 3-5 minutes)
- Add the applesauce and vanilla and mix until combined.
- Stir in the flour, baking soda, and salt, with a spatula just until combined. Gently stir in the chocolate chips.
- Press the cookie dough into a 10’’ or 12’’ cast iron skillet (or a regular, oven-safe skillet would work).
- Bake for 28-35 minutes or until it looks just barely golden. Don’t over-bake it, especially since it will continue to cook in the hot skillet when you take it out of the oven.
- Allow to cool in the skillet for at least 20-30 minutes before cutting.