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These Vegan Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies are thick, chewy, crispy and loaded with flavour. Made with a secret ingredient, these cookies easily come together in 20 minutes and no mixer is required! (Nut free, Oil free + Gluten Free Option).

vegan chocolate chip cookies on a white plate with flakey sea salt

Gosh JOLLY. I love cookies.

Somehow, I never get tired of cookies. I’m pretty sure cookies are my favourite thing to recipe develop and bake. Literally, no matter how many batches I make I still crave them daily. I guess thats why I’m always experimenting and testing cookie recipes.

But you guys, todays cookies aren’t just mind blowing, they’re LIFE CHANGING. These are probably my favourite chocolate chip cookie recipe, to date…

Okay thats kind of pushing it because I claimed these to be the best vegan chocolate chip cookies (and they are) BUT these brown (coconut) butter cookies are defiantly my current favourite.

So, imagine this: a perfectly baked thick and chewy cookie with *actually* crunchy edges, studded with dark chocolate and an incredible depth of nutty flavours. This is cookie perfection, people.

Get your aprons on, let’s bake!!

brown butter chocolate chip cookie ingredients


Here is what goes in these amazing vegan brown butter chocolate chip cookies:

  • Browned Coconut Butter: the MVP ingredient in this vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe! It’s actually VERY easy to make and inexpensive if you make your coconut butter in a blender. My boyfriend and dad didn’t even know the base was coconut because by browning it, it takes on a whole new different flavour– kind of sweet and nutty. It’s truly magical, please make it.
  • Maple Syrup: holds these cookies together while also making them chewy.
  • Coconut Sugar: pairs so well with the browned coconut butter (think caramel-y flavours) but brown sugar can also be used.
  • Aquafaba: i’m convinced that aquafaba is what makes cookies chewy but you can substitute it for 1 flax egg or a plant based milk.
  • Almond Flour: gives these cookies that extra buttery flavour.
  • Spelt Flour: can also use all purpose flour, gluten free all purpose flour or oat flour for gluten free (see notes).
  • Corn Starch: helps these cookies bind and keep their thick texture while creating the crispy edges.
  • Chocolate Chips: love using a mix of chocolate chips, mini chocolate chips, chopped chocolate bar and chocolate chunks for textural reasons.
  • Baking Staples: plus you will need some vanilla, baking powder, baking soda & salt.
step by step how to make vegan chocolate chip cookies

How to Make Vegan Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies come together in just 20 minutes! I don’t know if you know this but faster cookies = best cookies. This is actually facts.

Here’s a quick run down of how easy and simple it is to make the cookie dough, though:

  1. Mix the wet ingredients
  2. Fold in the dry ingredients
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips
  4. Scoop out the dough and BAKE

Let them cool on the baking sheet (like 2-3 minutes) but not for too long because they continue to bake on the hot pan and the moisture underneath will cause them to get soggy. Transfer them onto a cooling rack and let them cool that way. Or, be impatient and gobble them up warm. They are a little more fragile warm but to be honest, delicious.

Ouu, also don’t forget the flakey sea salt. I mean its optional… but also kinda not.

I love a un-fussy cookies, they just make me love ’em more.

vegan chocolate chip cookies on a cooling rack

Tips to Vegan Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Slightly Warm the Wet Ingredients: this will make mixing the browned coconut butter and other ingredients easier to combine.
  • Place Cookie Dough in the Fridge: not essential, but depending on how cold your ingredients and kitchen is, you may want to place the cookie dough into the fridge to prevent overly flat cookies.
  • Crispy vs. Chewy: the sweet spot for crispy edges and chewy middles is around 11-12 minute baking time. For crispier cookies, bake for 13-14 minutes. For soft and chewy cookies, bake for 9-10 minutes.

How to Make These Cookies Ahead of Time

You can make the cookie dough in advance and refrigerate it for up to 2 days. I scoop balls of dough onto a baking sheet and freeze them until they’re solid. Then I transfer them into freezer safe bags or containers and store them in the freezer. When ready to bake, put the frozen cookie dough onto a cookie baking sheet and let them sit at room temperature while you pre-heat the oven.

How to Store Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Room Temperature: Keep cookies in a container without fully closing the lid on the kitchen counter for up to 3 days.
  • Freezer: Put the baked cookies onto a cookie sheet and place into freezer. Once frozen, transfer to freezer safe bags or containers and place back into the freezer for up to 2 months.
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I hope you guys try and love these vegan browned butter chocolate chip cookies as much as we do!! Is it kind of mind blowing that these cookies are kinda healthy too? Made without any refined sugar, theres no added oil or butter and they’re eggless too. They are seriously cookie perfection and will complete your life, I promise you.

So now that you have your weekend baking plans set….

brown butter chocolate chip cookies with a bite

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brown butter chocolate chip cookies with a bite

Vegan Brown “Butter” Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Author: Lisa Kitahara
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 16 cookies 1x


These Vegan Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies are thick, chewy, crispy and loaded with flavour. Made with a secret ingredient, these cookies easily come together in 20 minutes and no mixer is required! (Nut free, Oil free + Gluten Free Option).


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  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F (180 C).
  2. Into a large bowl add in the melted browned coconut butter, maple syrup, coconut sugar, aquafaba and vanilla, and stir until combined. 
  3. Add in the almond flour, spelt flour, corn starch, baking soda and baking powder and fold it into the wet ingredients until just combined. Then fold in chocolate chips (this will finish off mixing the dry ingredients in and prevent over mixing).
  4. Use a medium cookie scoop and portion out around 16 servings onto a cookie baking sheet.
  5. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Rotate the tray at 6 minutes to encourage even baking. 
  6. Let them cool on the tray for 5 minutes. Then transfer to a cooling rack and let them cool for another 8-10 minutes before eating. 


  • *Aquafaba Substitute: 1:1 plant based milk
  • **Spelt Flour Substitute: Can also use all purpose flour or buckwheat flour. 
  • For Gluten Free: use 1:1 gluten free flour blend or 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp oat flour. 
  • Helpful Equipment: mixing bowl, spatula, cookie scoop, cookie baking tray, silpat, parchment paper
  • Nutritional Information Disclaimer: Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated on an online tool (Cronometer). 
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Category: sweets
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: vegan, gluten free


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 165
  • Sugar: 11.5g
  • Sodium: 99mg
  • Fat: 8.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.4g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2.7g
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 20.6g
  • Fiber: 2.6g
  • Protein: 2.6g
  • Cholesterol: 0

Keywords: vegan chocolate chip cookies, vegan brown butter, coconut butter cookies


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I'm Lisa, a home cook, recipe developer and founder of Okonomi Kitchen. Here, you'll find a mix of classic and modernized Japanese recipes, and creative, plant-forward meal inspiration using seasonal ingredients. I hope to share more about Japanese cuisine and culture through food and recipes.

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  1. So good! Highly recommend oat flour – I would not recommend buckwheat, it makes it dry and changes the whole cookie!