Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites (with vegan option)


I wasn’t always good in the kitchen, especially when it came to baking, did you know that?

chocolate chip cookie bites

I always loved dessert (especially chocolate chip cookies fresh from the oven) and really enjoyed the concept of baking my own but that concept took a long time to reach quality results.

I made huge messes, combined ingredients that had no business being thrown together and resorted to boxed mixes to save everyone from disaster (yet I still managed major disasters even with those mixes because I hated following directions — and still do).

At some point I got a little better at the baking thing. I actually think that my skills developed rapidly when I had my own kitchen and became in charge of my own mess.

I was responsible for cleaning up my baking disasters which meant I was much more mindful of what the heck I was doing.

Although there was a little mishap with the waffle maker from my wedding registry. It wasn’t my fault, I swear, but I recall lots of chocolate waffle batter oozing from the silly machine all over the kitchen counters and floor. The next thing I knew my ex-husband removed the waffle maker from my possession, discarding it in our garbage can outside which was due to be picked up any minute. My luck it was sanitation day. 

I really do think that I learned from all of my past baking experiences, what worked together and what I should never try again.

While I never had the Easy Bake Oven (I will never let my parents live that one down) I have figured out how to whip things up really fast and easy with minimal mess.

Last week I decided to remake last year’s lightened up chocolate chip cookies which was adapted from The Happy Herbivore’s Light And Lean Cookbook.


This time around (because I can rarely bake the same way twice) I baked the dough in my mini muffin pan rather than do the traditional drop on the cookie sheet method of making cookies which created these cute little chocolate chip cookie bites!

I used two types of chocolate chips – dark chocolate and milk chocolate — but you can use nondairy chocolate chips if you prefer to keep the recipe vegan.

I also made another batch with peanut butter which I highly recommend!

Either way that you make these chocolate chip cookie bites, they are super easy and chocolately without being over-packed with ingredients.

There is no butter, egg or oil and the sugar involved is minimal. They are not overly sweet but give you that chewy cookie feeling with big bites of chocolate flavor.


Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites (With Vegan Option)
Lightened up and super chocolately, these healthified chocolate chip cookie bites can be made vegan by using nondairy chocolate chips and nondairy milk of choice!
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened/natural applesauce (I used Trader Joe's Organic Unsweetened)
  • ½ cup coconut sugar (or light brown sugar)
  • ¼ cup milk of choice (I used organic skim milk but you can nondairy)
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • ½ cup (or more!) chocolate chips of choice (I used dark and milk - you can use nondairy chocolate chips)
  • ⅓ cup peanut butter (optional but recommended)
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and lightly grease your mini muffin pan.
  2. Combine sugar, applesauce, vanilla and milk in a bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cornstarch, salt and cinnamon.
  4. Add dry mixture to wet mixture and mix well.
  5. If using peanut butter, add to the bowl and mix.
  6. Fold in chocolate chips.
  7. Fill mini muffin cups a little over half way with dough and bake about 12 minutes (or until they are lightly brown/springy to the touch).
  8. Cool for a minute or two before transferring to a wire rack.

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Did you have an Easy Bake Oven?

Favorite kitchen gadget that you received as a gift/registry? I used to have a fondue set but I don’t know what happened to it!

Are you more creative when it comes to baking goodies or cooking meals?



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  • Susie @ SuzLyfe February 25, 2015, 6:45 am

    I wanted an EZ bake oven so bad. I would say that it would be tough to choose our favorite registry item because then I would have to choose for just about everything that we own! I do love my kitchen aid stand mixer, even if it hardly ever gets used…
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles February 25, 2015, 10:30 am

      I finally use that mixer after it sitting in the box for so many years.

  • Michele @ paleorunningmomma February 25, 2015, 7:03 am

    These look so so yummy! I never has an easy bake but my kids have one, and it’s quite the project! Honestly harder and a lot more annoying than baking real things, plus you have to purchase the mixes each time.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles February 25, 2015, 10:29 am

      You make a good point and made me feel better about never having that Easy Bake Oven. I just always wanted it as a kid!

  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables February 25, 2015, 7:33 am

    Yum! Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite 🙂 These little bites look awesome!

  • Taca @ A Side Of Dessert February 25, 2015, 8:04 am

    Oh WOW! These look amazing and so simple to make! I’m quite the opposite, I’m good at baking but when it comes to cooking….look elsewhere!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles February 25, 2015, 10:28 am

      I am much more creative with baking. Cooking for me is basically the same routine stuff but it works for me!

  • Sara @ Lake Shore Runner February 25, 2015, 9:26 am

    You didn’t have an easy bake oven?! I feel bad. Do they still make them?

    Also, these look like they bomb dot com. You know I will be making them after Florida! I love that PB is optional but recommended. You know I will be adding it!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles February 25, 2015, 10:27 am

      They do still make them! It’s sad that I didn’t have one, I know. My parents were convinced I would make some sort of mess (they were right).

  • Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine February 25, 2015, 9:40 am

    I think I am more creative when it comes to cooking. I still haven’t figured out how to make proper substitutions while baking. I also really hate measuring ingredients.
    My favorite kitchen appliance that I got at my bridal shower is my vitamix! I used to really struggle with my old blenders not being able to mix everything well but this gets everything blended well so quickly!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles February 25, 2015, 10:27 am

      Ugh, see, had I gotten married later on things like a Vitamix would have been on my registry too! But wait- because I was married in 2001, I was able to register at Fortunoff’s! It’s sad that people today can’t. Were you able to? I forget how long you are married but something tells me they had closed before your wedding.

      • Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine February 25, 2015, 10:33 am

        I just got married in 2012, so I think they were all gone by then. I don’t even think they had them outside of NY, right? We registered at Macys, Williams Sonoma, and Bed Bath and Beyond.
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        • The Cookie ChRUNicles February 25, 2015, 11:12 am

          Just here in NY but I thought that maybe if they were around you would have registered there anyway just because for local relatives and for the fun selection. I miss that store!

  • Sarah @pickyrunner February 25, 2015, 10:08 am

    Ummm okay YUM. I would definitely make these (well…I’ll let KBT know…). There aren’t any strange ingredients that I don’t like in them either which means they’ll be a huge hit. I love chocolate chip cookies, but I love them in muffin-ish form even more!
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles February 25, 2015, 10:25 am

      I think even you can make these! Ha. They are really easy and basically one bowl (you don’t have to mix the dry ingredients separately, just dump it all in). You can do it!

  • Miss Polkadot February 25, 2015, 11:08 am

    Definitely blame your parents for any and all kitchen mishaps because they left you Easy Bake Oven-less. We actually don’t seem to have these over here – at least that’s what a quick search told me – but even if they’d existed I’m pretty sure my mum wouldn’t have bought me one. At least she wasn’t able to stand up against the pear pressure of buying me Barbies 😉 .
    These bites sound amazing so let waffles be waffles: your baking talents are lying elsewhere producing just as delicious outcomes.
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    • The Cookie ChRUNicles February 25, 2015, 11:10 am

      Agreed about the Barbies! I had every Barbie there was to have and I loved them –and still would love to play with them today which I have a feeling you assumed about me anyway 🙂

  • Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 25, 2015, 1:05 pm

    I think the baking vs. cooking debate is pretty obvious for me — baking wins hands down. It’s not that I don’t enjoy cooking, but I just don’t have as much motivation to put a lot of effort into it, especially since I’m just cooking for me. Most of the time my meals end up being a mash of whatever I can throw together in less than 10 minutes 😛
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  • Lish February 25, 2015, 1:21 pm

    YUM! These sound quite delicious right about now!
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