The World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

There is nothing like starting a post with an outlandishly bold claim.

Is there any truth to it?

Yes–and I can only say that because this is not my recipe! (Not that I’m ever bashful about talking up my own creations ha!)

See, this recipe comes from my mom, and they really are the best. You may remember me talking about this before here.

If you want proof, just check out the original recipe I copied down a few years ago.

Okay, you caught me; I named the cookies. But still.

Given their glory, I knew at some point, I would have to veganize these babies.

Side note: Does anyone else dislike the term veganize? I use it, but it sounds like something terrible. Terrorize. Victimize. Veganize. I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me?

But I digress.

Because my brother and his girlfriend are visiting this weekend, I decided it would be a great opportunity to give the recipe a whirl. (Obviously, I’m into baking for others….And for myself!)

Nothing says welcome like a plate of homemade cookies.

But before I share the recipe, I must tell you that this is a bit of an aberration for me. See, I didn’t healthify it. No agave or brown rice syrup, no oats or dried fruit, no whole wheat or spelt four.

I added the one cup of crisco, Paula Deen-style. ;)

I definitely cringed a little lot packing the (plant-based) lard into the measuring cup, but my goal was to stay as true to the recipe as possible; the only change I made was replacing the eggs with flax eggs.

I’m adding this disclaimer not because I feel guilty at all; these ingredients are not a part of my regular diet so I certainly don’t feel bad when I splurge.

But–for my new readers in particular (hi!)–I want to make it clear that I’m a firm believer that “healthy” desserts can taste decadent and delicious; there is no need to compromise. And I strive to show just that with many of the desserts I’ve shared on my blog. They’re not “good, for a healthy dessert.” They’re good. Period.

While these cookies are amazing, I do believe there are chocolate chip cookies out there sans white flour and crisco that would also make you swoon. And make your body happy too. Maybe one day I’ll try my hand at a batch. (In the meantime, I’ve heard good things about Katie’s “Not Guilty” Chocolate Chip Cookies.)

But today’s recipe is about happily enjoying a childhood favorite in honor of my my brother and Briana’s visit. :)

So, temporarily forget what I said in this post, and try these!

The World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Courtesy of my mom!

  • 1 cup crisco shortening
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed (not light brown)
  • 2 flax eggs (each egg is 1 Tbs ground flaxseed mixed with 3 Tbs warm water)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • roughly two-thirds a bag of chocolate chips (or to taste)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 385 degrees.

2. Haul out your Kitchen Aids or hand mixers, my friends (or prepare for an arm workout). Beat the sugars and shortening until well-combined.

finally getting some action!

2. Add in the “eggs,” one at a time as you mix, followed by the vanilla.

3. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, salt, and baking soda. (Confession: sometimes we skip this step so as not to dirty another bowl.) Add dry ingredients slowly. Mix until combined.

4. Mix in the chocolate chips.

5. Place dough in big spoonfuls on a cookie sheet. Flatten slightly (I use the bottom of a cup, wetted to it doesn’t stick).

6. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool. (Confession: sometimes I bake for 8 or 9 minutes because I like my cookies soft and dough-y.)

Enjoy!

Makes about 20 to 24 cookies, depending, of course, on how monstrous or petite you make yours.

These turned out so well! I was thrilled. Not quite like the way my mom makes them, but then again, I’ve never been able to replicate hers precisely before. (What’s your secret, Mom??)

The World’s Second Best Chocolate Chip Cookies does not have the same ring to it, though, does it?

So delicious.

As I’ve said before, being a vegan doesn’t mean you have to give up the foods you’ve always loved. Case in point.

It’s a beautiful thing.

Anyone who says veganism is boring, always healthy, or restrictive should realllllly have one of these cookies. Just sayin’.

I’m happy to share. :)

And as my mom always did, I stored the leftover dough in the fridge. This way we could have freshly baked cookies (read: spoonfuls of cookie dough) whenever we wanted. ;)

[For my cookie dough lovers out there: Skip the cookies and make my chocolate cookie dough balls instead!]

On that note.

I’m off to prep for Dave and Briana’s arrival! And perhaps bake an even fresher batch…

Any Memorial Day weekend plans? 

What’s your favorite unhealthy indulgence, dessert-wise? Spill it. We all got ‘em. ;)

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17 responses to “The World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Awww you’re so sweet to mention me! And wow, I love your last photo. Looks so yummy!!

  2. MOM

    They look and sound delicious, sweetie!! I’ll try the flax seed eggs next time!

  3. czechvegan

    Love this recipe!! Yes, “veganize” sounds pretty terrible, but I also sometimes use it, because that´s what we do – we veganize the unvegan recipes…well sounds like a chemistry or something :)
    We don´t celebrate Memorial Day, so no plans for me. But maybe I will have my own little celebration with something sweet like those choco chips:)

  4. Sometimes, you just have to give in.. and don’t ever feel guilty about it! Those looks so good.
    (I’ve tried Katie’s healthy cookies.. they are a winner.)
    My family’s choco chip cookie recipe growing up included instant pudding mix. Now that I’m thinking about it, I’m going to have to try and make that without the “instant pudding” (/ instant heart attack.)

  5. I knew as soon as I read your title that the cookies would not be healthy – haha :) But that’s okay!! Sometimes the “world’s best” anything deserves the real recipe. I don’t think there would even be any cookies if I made those because the batter would be gone before making it to the cookie sheet. :)

    • hahah that’s so funny! :) and I agree with you. there are times when I just don’t want to healthify a food–especially when it’s a family recipe that was my fave growing up!

      With that said, the wheels are already turning on how I would do things differently next time. I love kitchen experiments!

  6. Loving those cookies, chocolate chip are my favorite! My plans include heading out to the Keys :D

  7. if these are truly the best then im ALL OVER IT!

  8. These cookies indeed look like as if they are the world’s best chocolate chip cookies. :)

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