Maple-Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Credit goes to Dreena Burton, whose original version of this recipe is in her book, Livin’ La Vida Vegan!  These Maple-Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies are vegan, which means they are free of eggs and dairy.  The key ingredient is maple syrup, which along with the canola oil adds enough moisture to keep these cookies nice and chewy.

Maple-Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Maple-Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies
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A stir and bake chocolate chip cookie recipe without eggs or butter. Over the years I've experimented with different types of vegetable oil. I usually stick with canola, but these are also very good with coconut oil.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
  • 1 cup all purpose flour or whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract -- (1 to 2)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup pecans, toasted
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Stir together flour, baking powder and soda. Add sugar and salt and stir again.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine syrup, molasses, vanilla and oil.
  4. Make a funnel in the flour mixture and pour liquid into it. Stir to combine.
  5. Add chips and nuts and nuts, being careful not to overmix.
  6. Drop by large spoonfuls onto parchment lined baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes or just-set. Don't over bake.
  7. Remove from oven and place cookies on cooling rack.
  8. Serves: 8-12
  9. Note: These last a long time and taste great chilled.


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  1. Anna says

    Hi Elizabeth,You have a beautiful blog. I’ll have to put a link.I’d like to hear what you think of the cookies. I’m very happy to have found a relatively wholesome cookie that tastes so good.

  2. says

    Anna…as a maple lover and a lover of chocolate chip cookies, I am SO excited to see this recipe! The cookies look de-lish! elizabeth

  3. says

    Are we able to post today? Yesterday I tried several times and wasn’t able to :-(I wanted to tell you that being a former Texas girl, I love pecans too. I usually change any nuts in recipes to pecans. My parents (who live in west Texas) have 3 trees so most years I have fresh pecans to bake with. I’m going to have to try yesterdays recipe. It looked so good.

  4. Anna says

    Val, I used real maple syrup. These were not whack you over the head maple, but chocolate chip with a subtle maple aftertaste. If you love maple, then adding the extract is a good idea. I used whole wheat pastry flour and would probably continue to buy that kind of flour just to get the texture I got. She also says you can use spelt flour.

  5. val says

    I agree, I like your blog, elizabeth.anna,I made these cookies today and I think they are great! couple questions for you… I used real maple syrup and didn’t taste the maple flavor at all. did you? next time I will add 1 tsp maple extract. also, you mentioned using ww pastry flour. the recipe calls for plain ww flour… did you use the pastry flour? I used regular ww flour. I could taste the ww flavor but it didn’t harm the cookie at all. I loved the flavor. And the texture, as you said, was great. chewy but tender with a bit of a crust on the outside of the cookie. Thanks for posting this recipe!!

  6. val says

    thanks, anna. I do have the WW pastry flour and have used it a number of times in baking… it would be interesting to bake up another batch with that kind and compare it to the kind I made today. I would do it, but I am out of maple syrup.

  7. Lindsay says

    Made these tonight…very interesting. I think I slightly overbaked them (325 convection for 11 min) as there wasn’t much “chewy”. I liked the whole wheat texture, though was surprised that the dough didn’t hold together very well. It seemed a little crumbly when I put it on the cookie sheet, but turned out just fine. Overall, these satisfied my dessert sweet tooth. Hubby and I both had 3 and don’t feel badly at all! I will definitely make again! Thanks for being the brave one to try these out Anna.

  8. Anna says

    Lindsay, glad you tried them. It sounds like you might have overbaked them a bit, as they are supposed to be chewy. Could you your oven is running a little hot.

  9. Anonymous says

    Anna,These sound delicious. I may whip up a batch for Robert for Father’s Day. Thanks for introducing me to a great vegan cookie. Sarah

  10. Anna says

    Hi Sarah,I can’t wait to hear your report!Don’t overcook them. It really seems to make a difference in the texture.

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