Salted Vegan Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies, crispy AND chewy!

Salted Vegan Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies, crispy AND chewy!

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Chocolate chip cookies, there are as many recipes as there are bakers and everyone has a favourite style. Some like big soft gooey ones, some like thin crispy ones, some like crunchy ones, some like cakey ones. I’ve tried a lot of chocolate chip cookie recipes and some I’ve liked and some I’ve been meh about. Because eggs contribute strongly to the “chewy” factor of cookies, hitting all the notes of a perfect cookie sans-eggs is a bit tricky.  However look no further, I’ve done it!! Enter delicious Salted Vegan Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies, 100% vegan and 100% delightful. These are great dunked in coffee (my preferred manner of cookie consumption), dunked in a ice cold glass of plantmilk, or just on their own. 

The flax egg lends the chewiness that is absent in vegan cookies and the cookie dough is just the right consistency for a traditional drop cookie

Vegan Drop Cookies

As these bake they spread out quite a bit. Once out of the oven, be sure to let them cool for about 2 minutes on the pan, otherwise they will be too soft to move. After that,  you must let them cool on a rack. These will firm up considerably as they cool.

Vegan Cookies right out of the oven
                                                                                      Fresh out of the oven….

These cookies are buttery and slightly crisp on the edges, and soft and melty in the middle. 

Gooey Chocolate Chip Cookies
                                                                    Just look at that ooey-gooey goodness….

If you decide you don’t want to add the salt on top, feel free to leave it off. However, be forewarned…. the sprinkling of salt lends a sophistication and specialness to the cookie that sets it heads and shoulders above any of its counterparts.

Salted Cookies
                                                                              mmmmm salted tops…

Once you make these cookies that are so very easy, you will have a hard time not making them I might have made several dozen of these over the past few days, I excused it as “blog research” but really….  let’s face it, it’s because I wanted more cookies!

These are best the day they are made, however the leftovers (if you have any) are great too. They lose their crispiness overnight, but if you want to restore it  you just need to throw them into a 300’F oven for 5 minutes and let them cool. I’ve also heard that storing cookies in a glass container helps preserve crispiness longer, I haven’t tried this. Because these are a crispy AND soft cookie, keeping them crisp is a challenge.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Crispy Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Calories 180 kcal


  • 1/2 cup vegan butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 flax "egg" In vegan baking, you can often substitute an egg with a flax "egg": You mix 1 tbsp ground flax with 3 tbsp warm water. Let stand for about 5-10 minutes, until it gels. This equals 1 egg.
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans optional, but recommended!
  • Coarse salt for sprinkling optional, but recommended!


  • Preheat your oven to 350'F
  • Cream together the butter and the sugars until fluffy.
  • Add in the flax egg and vanilla. Beat well.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until well combined.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips and chopped pecans.
  • In drop cookie style, drop heaping teaspoons onto a cookie sheet, about 2" apart.
  • Sprinkle tops with just a bit of coarse sea salt flakes (optional)
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the edges are just beginning to brown.
  • Let cool in the pan for 2 minutes and then transfer to a rack to cool.
  • Makes about 18-20 cookies.


1)In vegan baking, you can often substitute an egg with a flax "egg": You mix 1 tbsp ground flax with 3 tbsp warm water. Let stand for about 5-10 minutes, until it gels. This equals 1 egg.
2) These lose their crispiness overnight. They are still good when they are softer. However, if you heat them up in a 300'F oven for 5-10 minutes and let them cool, the crispiness will be restored.

If you make this recipe, please rate and comment below!  Thanks 🙂 

Plate of Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

8 thoughts on “Salted Vegan Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies, crispy AND chewy!”

  • I have these in the oven right now. The batter seems WAY too thick. To the point that I cannot even mix all the chocolate chips in. I followed the recipe, minus the pecans and I’m glad I did because I’d never have gotten them stirrd in. Is this normal?

    • Hi Sheila!
      Hmm, I haven’t had that particular problem with that batter and I’ve made them a ton of times (they are one of my family’s go-to cookies). I’m thinking about possible reasons for it being too thick. Did you use 3 tbsp of water for the flax egg? I hope your finished product turned out edible. You know how it goes with baking, it can be super finicky and things like altitude and humidity affect the craziest things. Maybe next time reduce the flour to 1cup or add in a bit more water to the flax “egg”.

      Thanks for the feedback, I really appreciate it! I’ll mull this one over for a bit and see if I can come up with another idea.

    • Hi Anu,

      So sorry for not responding sooner – I’m in the middle of a big move!

      I haven’t tried it with golden syrup, so I can’t really tell you how it would work. My guess is that if you were to try it you’d have to increase the flour? If you do try, please let me know – I’d love to hear how it goes!

      Thanks for the comment!

    • Thanks so much Kayleigh! (Sorry for the delay in approving and responding to your comment, I’m just finishing up a big move)

      I’m so glad you enjoyed these cookies! We love them too, I make them ALL the time! Thanks for the feedback 🙂

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