I'm calling these "Perfect" because on my first attempt at making these, they came out looking professional and tasting amazing! They are so delicious and rich, you can't help but be happy after nomming.
If you follow the recipe and use dairy-free chocolate chips, these double chocolate chip cookies are vegan! Vegan means no animal products: no eggs, no cow's milk. And while a lot of baked goods have some sort of egg replacer (like Ener-G Egg Replacer, applesauce, banana, flax seeds, etc), this recipe has no egg substitute so they are super easy and you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry!
Perfect Vegan Double-Chocolate Chip Cookies
Preheat oven to 350° F.
2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. white sugar (or raw sugar)
1/3 c. cocoa powder
pinch of cinnamon (optional)
1/2 c. canola or vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. non-dairy milk (like soy milk) or water
2/3 c. chocolate chips*
Mix it all up and form into balls using your hands. The dough was a bit clumpy for me, so rolling with my hands was the best way to get smooth, even cookies.
Bake for about 10 minutes at 350°. Let the cookies rest a couple minutes on the pan before removing them so they don't fall apart.
*Make sure your chocolate chips are vegan. It's easy to just grab chocolate chips that are made with cow's milk. Avoid ingredients with the word milk in them (milk chocolate, milk powder, milk, milkfat). Also avoid casein and whey.
Cocoa butter is not from animals, and neither is soy lecithin, so don't worry about those!
There are a lot of specifically vegan brands out there, but a brand that I know is carried in many grocery stores and superstores like Wal-Mart and Target is Ghirardelli.
Ghirardelli Chocolate Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Chips appear to be vegan, although the label does say "Manufactured on the same equipment that also makes products containing milk" but personally I would still buy these despite the warning. To each his own.
Another option is to just grab one of those fancy chocolate bars with a high cocoa (or cacao) percentage. The higher percentage, the less likely it is to have milk (but double-check). Chop up your fancy chocolate bar and use it as chocolate chips!
This recipe is based off of Happy Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies.