These heart shaped chocolate chip cookies are dairy-free and made from scratch. They can be made with or without cookie cutters! This gives you the flexibility to make big, giant heart shaped chocolate chip cookies or smaller bite-sized ones. They are so chewy and easy to make in one bowl!
These dairy free chocolate chip cookies are the perfect Valentine's Day dessert. There's no better time to make heart shaped cookies than in February! You might want to try these raspberry white chocolate cookies, too, since they are also super festive.
Why You'll Love These Cookies
- Easy to Make - This cookie recipe can be made easily in just 30 minutes.
- One Bowl Cookies - These are one bowl chocolate chip cookies which makes them so easy to make, and means less cleanup for you!
- Dairy-Free - These chocolate chip cookies are dairy-free and can also be made gluten-free, if desired.
- Made from Scratch - Homemade cookies made from scratch are so much better than store-bought cookies. Plus, they have healthier ingredients!
- Customize the Size - Since you can make these heart shaped chocolate chip cookies without a cookie cutter, you can make them any size. Big, giant, and small heart cookies are possible-- get creative or make all sizes!
You need less than 10 ingredients to make these cookies.
Here are some important notes on a few of the ingredients, with tips for substituting ingredients and making gluten and dairy free chocolate chip cookies.
- Cane Sugar - Cane sugar is minimally refined, but you may substitute granulated sugar with good results.
- Coconut Sugar - This unrefined sugar provides a "brown sugar" taste to the cookies. You can substitute with light brown sugar if you don't have coconut sugar.
- Vegan Butter - I like using Earth Balance butter, but any dairy-free butter works!
- Flour - To make gluten and dairy free chocolate chip cookies, substitute white whole wheat flour with gluten free 1:1 flour with xanthan gum.
- Eggs - I have not tested these cookies without eggs, but if you try using flax eggs, please let me know how they turn out so I can offer advice for other readers.
- Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips - I like using semi-sweet chocolate chips. Dark chocolate chips are also easy to find dairy-free.
These Valentine's Day cookies are so easy to make in just a few quick steps.
STEP 1: Preheat the oven and prepare a baking sheet. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large, rimmed baking pan (12 x 16" is best) with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Grease it lightly with non-stick cooking spray.
Step 2: Cream butter and sugars. In a large mixing bowl, use an electric hand mixer to beat the vegan butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, usually 2-3 minutes. Then add in the eggs and vanilla extract and mix at medium-high speed until smooth.
STEP 3: Add dry ingredients. In the same bowl, add in the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix on low speed until just combined. Don't overmix!
STEP 4: Fold in chocolate chips. Mix until the chocolate chips are evenly distributed throughout the dough.
STEP 5: Transfer to baking sheet. Add all of the chocolate chip cookie dough to the prepared baking sheet. Use a spatula, knife, or your hands to spread the dough into an even layer, covering the entire pan.
STEP 6: Bake. Bake the pan of cookie dough for 20-22 minutes. It will spread against the edges of the pan and become golden brown on top.
STEP 7: Cut cookie shapes. Once baked and cooled, use heart-shaped cookie cutters to cut out heart shaped chocolate chip cookies from the pan. Don't do this when the cookies are warm, or they might crumble. Peel off the foil from the bottom and enjoy!
TIP: Want to make heart shaped cookies without a cookie cutter? Read the next section in the blog post for two easy, alternative ways to make heart shaped cookies.
Heart Shaped Cookies Without Cookie Cutters
If you don't have any heart shaped cookie cutters, that's okay! You can shape the cookies a couple of different ways without cookie cutters:
Molded Chocolate Chip Cookies - This method involves molding the cookie dough into heart shapes before baking. First, chill the dough for 20-30 minutes to make it easy to work with. Then take 1-2 tablespoons of cookie dough and flatten it on a baking tray, molding it with your hands into a long and skinny heart shape to allow for spreading while baking. Be sure to leave one to two inches between each cookie on the baking sheet so they don't morph together as they spread.
When the cookies are warm out of the oven, gently use the back of a spatula or knife to further define the heart shape. Then let them cool on the pan for 5 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.
Cut Out Chocolate Chip Cookies - You can also make heart shaped cookies without cookie cutters by using a knife to "cut out" the chocolate chip cookies. Follow the instructions as outlined above, spreading the chocolate chip cookie dough into a rimmed baking pan. After baking, nstead of using cookie cutters to cut out the cookies, use a sharp knife to cut heart shapes by hand.
Be sure to cut the cookies while they are still slightly warm to make it easy. Try cutting out some small, large, and giant heart shaped chocolate chip cookies so you have a fun variety! Once cool, use a spatula to remove the heart shaped cookies from the pan.
Expert Baking Tips
- Properly measure flour - It's best to weigh your flour in grams to ensure you're using the correct amount. You may also use the "spoon-and-level" method, spooning your flour into a measuring cup and leveling it off with a knife.
- Use room temperature butter and eggs - Set your vegan butter and eggs out on the counter 2 hours before baking, if you can. This makes the butter easy to cream, and the eggs will emulsify better with the dough, creating a chewy texture.
- Chill the dough if hand-molding the cookies - If you're molding the cookies by hand before baking, chill the dough so it's not so sticky. This makes it easier to work wtih.
- Let cookies cool before removing from pan - Let the cookies cool in the pan before removing them, or else your hearts might not hold their shape properly.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out the chocolate chip cookies from the pan once they bake. This is the easiest and fastest way to make heart shaped chocolate chip cookies.
Yes! If you don't have a heart shaped cookie cutter, you can shape the chocolate chip cookie dough into heart shapes before baking. I recommend chilling the dough for 20-30 minutes first so it is easier to work with.
You can make heart shaped cookies, heart shaped brownies, blondies, hand pies and pie crust shapes. These are just a few ideas on what to make with heart shaped cookie cutters.
If you don't have a heart cookie cutter, you can use a sharp knife to cut the cookies into heart shapes by hand. This takes a bit longer, but still works well. It's best to cut the cookies while they are slightly warm in the pan rather than waiting until they are completely cool.
Absolutely! You can use your hands to mold the dough into a giant heart shaped chocolate chip cookie before baking or use a knife to cut out a giant chocolate chip cookie from the pan once it bakes.
Storing And Freezing
Store the chocolate chip cookies in an airtight container on the counter for 5-7 days. They can also be kept in the fridge. Try reheating them for 5-10 seconds in the microwave to enjoy a soft, warm cookie.
To freeze the cookies, place them in an airtight container in the freezer for 2-3 months. Let them thaw at room temperature for at least an hour before enjoying again.
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Heart Shaped Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 12 x 16-inch Baking Sheet or 10 x 15-inch
- 1 Large Mixing Bowl
- 1 Electric Hand Mixer or stand mixer
- 1-2 Heart Shaped Cookie Cutters optional
- 1 cup vegan butter softened
- ¾ cup cane sugar
- ¾ cup coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 ¼ cups white whole wheat flour or gluten-free 1:1 flour with xanthan gum
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ¾ cups dairy-free chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 12 x 16-inch rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, use an electric hand mixer to beat the vegan butter, cane sugar, coconut sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth. Add the eggs and mix at medium-high speed until well-combined.1 cup vegan butter, ¾ cup cane sugar, ¾ cup coconut sugar, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, 2 large eggs
- In the same bowl, add in the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix on low speed until a thick dough forms. Then fold in the dairy-free chocolate chips until evenly distributed throughout the dough.2 ¼ cups white whole wheat flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 ¾ cups dairy-free chocolate chips
- Add the cookie dough to the prepared baking pan and spread it around so an even layer covers the entire pan.
- Bake for 20-22 minutes or until cooked through and golden brown. Let cool in the pan at least 15 minutes before cutting with cookie cutters.
- Use heart-shaped cookie cutters or a sharp knife to cut out cookies from the pan, being sure to remove the foil or parchment paper from the bottom. Enjoy!