Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Cookies | The Minimalist Vegan


If you’re after a vegan gluten-free chocolate cookies that’s gooey on the inside and nice and crispy on the outside, you’ve come to the right place! 

These cookies are pure chocolatey goodness without the use of wheat, butter, milk and eggs. Who would’ve thought!?

The decedent addition of chocolate chunks makes these cookies rich, fudgy and perfect. If you don’t usually enjoy gluten-free cookies, trust me, you won’t even notice that you’re not using regular flour. They’re that good.

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As much as cookies seem like a straightforward recipe to create, there are a few things that need to be considered when crafting a new one from scratch:

  • What’s the consistency of the cookie? Chewy, soft, fluffy, crunchy, crispy?
  • How much do you want them to spread? E.g. smaller cookie with more volume, or a flatter larger cookie.
  • The temperature of the ingredients. Are some ingredients cooler or warmer than others?
  • To refrigerate and/or freeze the cookie dough or not and for how long?
  • The temperature of the oven.
  • Baking duration.

Cookie dough on parchment paper

This is what your cookie dough should look like before you pop them into the oven to melt down and go all crispy and soft. It’s a slightly wetter dough, but don’t worry, it will work beautifully! 

Regardless if you’re vegan, gluten-free or neither, this will quickly become your favourite vegan chocolate cookies recipe. 

Some tips to help you make these cookies

I’m sure that all the chocoholics out there (like myself), are cheering! Here are a few tips to help you get the best results:

  • You can use both block chocolate and chocolate chips in this recipe. The only difference is that chocolate chips are designed to hold their shape, even after they’re baked. In comparison, chocolate bars will melt much easier and create that pool of melted chocolate in every bite. 
  • The chocolate you use will also determine how sweet your cookies are. The darker the chocolate, the more bitter the chocolate is. I used a 55% cocoa chocolate for this recipe, making the cookies quite sweet. If you’d prefer a less sweet cookie, go for a 70%+ chocolate. Just make sure you read the ingredients to confirm that it’s vegan. 
  • If you know that your oven runs a little hot, be sure to adjust the temperature about 10 degrees less to get the same/similar result to mine. 
  • Please be aware that the smallest change to this recipe will give you a different cookie—and is why I have made this recipe mainly with metric measurements. This will provide you with the best result every time. 
  • Please don’t skip the cooling time in the fridge. The cookies will not turn out the same!

Vegan chocolate cookies on baking tray

Perfect holiday cookies

These dairy-free chocolate cookies are perfect for the holidays as it meets all dietary requirements being:

  • Refined sugar-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Egg-free
  • Nut-free

They’re also easy to make in a larger batch by just doubling the recipe. So there’ll be plenty for everyone! I mean, who doesn’t love chocolate? 

They keep well in an airtight container for up to 5 days, which makes them a simple but perfect make-ahead treat. 

Chocolate cookie close up

Super easy to make gluten-free cookies

These cookies don’t require any creaming (vegan butter or softened coconut oil and sugar beaten together), making them so much easier to put together. I’ve tried to make them as approachable as possible.

So even though you can go wrong and not get the same cookies like mine, I’m pretty confident in saying that they’ll still taste pretty amazing regardless. 

The reason I used the 1-t-1 baking gluten-free flour from Bob’s Red Mill is that it’s been created to make baking gluten-free easier and just as delicious. You’ll know that they’re slightly underbaked if you get a little bit of a rice flour taste.

Not a worry, just pop them back in the oven for a couple more minutes to crisp up on the outside, and the taste will go away! Magic 🙂 Don’t worry, you’ll still have a gorgeous chewy and soft centre. 

Vegan chocolate cookie broken in half

Other chocolate recipes

If you love this recipe, you’ll also love these:

  1. Classic Vegan Chocolate Cake
  2. Fluffy Vegan Chocolate Mousse
  3. Almond & Choc Chip Vegan Blondies
  4. Vegan Chocolate Brownies (Candida Diet Friendly)
  5. 3-Ingredient Chocolate Puffed Rice Slice

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Wet ingredients:

Dry ingredients:


  • 100g chocolate chunks
  • Salt flakes


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together all the wet ingredients for around 1 minute until well combined.
  2. Add in the dry ingredients and mix together. Don’t overmix.
  3. Fold in the chocolate chunks and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. 15 minutes before you take the cookie dough out of the fridge, preheat the oven to 180C (350F) and line two baking trays with unbleached parchment paper.
  5. Once the cookie dough is ready, remove from the fridge and using a spoon, scoop out round balls and place onto parchment paper. See image above for size and shape.
  6. Sprinkle a pinch of flaked salt on each ball.
  7. Place in oven and bake for 16-18 minutes. Mine takes 18 minutes to create that nice crispy edge and gooey centre.
  8. Leave on the baking tray to cool completely.

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