If you were to ask 20 Americans what their favorite type of cookie is, I’ll bet that at least 15 of those people would choose chocolate chip. For some reason, chocolate chip cookies are extremely popular in America. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever been to a party or event serving desserts where there weren’t chocolate chip cookies available. It is even estimated that 7 billion chocolate chip cookies are consumed in the United States each year, and that half of the cookies baked in American homes are chocolate chip. That’s a lot of cookies! Unfortunately, the majority of chocolate chip cookies consumed in the U.S. contain egg and dairy products, meaning they contribute to animal cruelty. In the dairy industry, cows are repeatedly inseminated in order to keep them pregnant and producing milk. Upon giving birth, the calves are ripped away from the mother cows, and either taken to be slaughtered for veal or to be used by the dairy industry, starting the cycle all over again. In the egg industry, hens are crammed into tight cages and forced to lay eggs repeatedly, which is extremely taxing on their bodies. Don’t be fooled by labels that say “free-range” or “cage-free” either; there is no such thing as an ethical egg. Every male chick born into the egg industry is tossed into a machine to be ground up alive at birth, because male chickens can’t lay eggs and are therefore useless to the industry.
If any of this information is shocking to you, then you may want to reconsider what’s on your plate. By avoiding the consumption of animal products, you can ensure that your dollar is not being used to support these cruel industries. However, going fully vegan all at once can seem terrifying or even impossible, which is why it’s okay to start with smaller changes. The first step is to choose one food that you consume regularly, and swap it out for a vegan version. If you live in America, then I’m willing to bet that chocolate chip cookies are a food that you probably eat on a somewhat regular basis, so why not start there? Vegan chocolate chip cookies are just as easy to make as the original version, and they taste exactly the same!
Chewy Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
The perfect recipe for chewy chocolate chip cookies... minus the butter, milk, and eggs. No animals were harmed in the making of this treat!
- 1 cup vegan butter softened
- 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup soy milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 10 oz chocolate chips dairy-free
Preheat oven to 350° F. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
Stir in the soy milk and vanilla. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and continue to mix for an additional minute.
Add the flour, salt, baking soda and mix until incorporated.
Use a wooden spoon to stir in the chocolate chips.
Use hands to roll dough into 1-2″ sized balls and place onto lined baking sheets. Flatten each cookie slightly.
Bake for 8-10 minutes, until edges of cookies begin to turn golden brown.
Remove cookies from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling completely.