Deceptively Delicious Vegan Chocolate Cookies

READY IN: 38mins
Recipe by Bethlehem

I adapted this recipe for one of my students who is Vegan. Surprisingly, they were a huge hit with everyone! Besides the amazing taste, they’re much healthier than most cookies.

Top Review by brownie.addict

OH MY GOD! THESE ARE AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't know why this recipe doesn't have more reviews!
I'm a huuuge chocolate-cookie/moist-fudgey-brownie addict! You won't believe that these are vegan! They taste sooo DELICIOUS!

Here are the few additions I added to the recipe:
To the *dry mix* I added:
1 tsp baking power
2 packs of vanilla pudding mix (I made sure they were vegan)
1 tsp cinnamon

To the *wet mix* I added:
1 tsp vanilla

I also incorporated a lot of dark chocolate chips! And instead of pressing down the rolled balls into flattened cookie shapes, I left them as balls and baked them that way. When they came out of the oven they were super soft and moist/gooey inside. Once cooled, they hardened. SO DELISH!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 14 cup applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 34 cup sugar
  • 3 -4 tablespoons water
  • 14 teaspoon salt
  • 12 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup flour
  • 13 cup cocoa
  • 34 cup dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate chips (Ghirardelli makes some)


  1. Cream applesauce, oil, sugar and 1 T water.
  2. Mix in remaining 2-3 T of water and beat well.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients.
  4. Add to applesauce mixture and mix until combined.
  5. If applicable, add chocolate chips last.
  6. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour.
  7. Preheat oven 400°F and grease a cookie sheet well.
  8. Make approximately 24 balls (or you can do drop cookies).
  9. Bake for approximately 8 minutes—they should be very puffy. Be careful not to over-bake as they will become quite hard when cooled.
  10. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet, they will fall considerably due to the lack of egg.

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