Chewy Miso Chocolate Chip Cookies
These Gluten-Free & Vegan Miso Chocolate Chip Cookies will make your mouth water! The addition of miso to the cookies adds such a delicious, subtle umami flavor that will have everyone wondering what exactly is making these cookies extra tasty.
I’m a pretty major cookie monster. Not a week goes by where I don’t make some sort of gluten-free cookie or vegan cookie. I simply can’t get enough, and I almost always have some sort of cookie dough in the fridge. I also have an entire chapter dedicated to cookies in my cookbook! So, you could say I’m pretty into cookies.
I’m always excited to add a new favorite to the list, and these miso cookies immediately shot to the top of the favorites list as soon as I took a bite. You may be wondering why the heck someone would add miso to cookies, and let me tell you: you want to try it.
Why add miso to chocolate chip cookies?
Adding miso to cookies is an unexpectedly delicious addition. Miso, a traditional Japanese ferment made with soybeans, has a distinctly delicious savory, umami flavor. You likely know it from things like miso soup. But it also works so well as a salt substitute in these cookies. Miso also pairs exceptionally well with dark chocolate.
I use a miso that I got at the Hollywood Farmer’s Market, from the company Omiso. It’s a small-batch, local miso, but you can absolutely use one from the grocery store. I recommend using light-colored miso, like white or yellow, which has a more mild flavor than the bolder red miso.
It adds a little something something you can’t quite put your finger on but is truly exceptional. It’s one of those you have to try it to believe it kind of things. Miso in baked goods has been trendy for a few years now, so I’m not the first to come up with this idea (and unfortunately I don’t know who is), but I can’t believe it took me so long to try it!
Do they need to be vegan?
Nope! I prefer making vegan cookies because I follow a primarily plant-based diet…and because without eggs in the dough, you can eat the raw dough 😜 YUM! But if you don’t follow a vegan diet, you can absolutely make these with a regular egg. You can also swap the coconut oil for butter if preferred.
Can I freeze these cookies for later?
Yes, absolutely. They can be frozen after baking, but I prefer to freeze the cookie dough so you can have freshly baked miso cookies on demand.
- Scoop cookie dough balls onto a baking sheet and place in the freezer until firm, about 1 hour.
- Once frozen, transfer to a freezer-safe zip bag. Freeze for up to 6 months (though they’re best before 3 months).
- When you’re ready to bake, you can bake straight from frozen, but add an extra minute or two to the baking time.
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Miso Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Chill Time: 1 hour
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
- Yield: 12 to 20 cookies 1x
- Category: Cookies
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
These Gluten-Free & Vegan Miso Chocolate Chip Cookies will make your mouth water! The addition of miso to the cookies adds such a delicious, subtle umami flavor that will have everyone wondering what exactly is making these cookies so extra delicious!
- ½ cup (100g) refined coconut oil, softened, similar in texture to softened butter, can also use butter (vegan or dairy both work)
- ⅔ cup (96g) coconut sugar
- 1½ tablespoons white miso paste or other light miso
- 1 large egg or flax egg, room temperature or for vegan/to eat the dough, use a flax egg: mix 1 tablespoon flax meal + 2.5 tablespoons water and let gel for 10 minutes before using
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 2¼ cups (220g) blanched almond flour
- 1 cup (6 ounces) dark chocolate chips, I used Raaka Maple Dark Chocolate Discs, use code BAKERITA20 for 20% off
- Flaky sea salt, to sprinkle on top, optional
- Mix together the coconut oil, coconut sugar, and miso paste until smooth. Add the egg or flax egg and vanilla extract and stir until smooth.
- Add the almond flour and baking soda to the wet ingredients. Mix until well incorporated. Fold in the chocolate.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour (or up to 48 hours). You don’t NEED to refrigerate the dough if you don’t have time, but it’s recommended for the best flavor and texture.
- When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350ºF. Use a cookie scoop (using this size will give you 12 cookies, using this smaller size will give you about 20) to form cookies and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet; press down slightly. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt if desired. Bake for about 10 or until just beginning to turn golden brown around the edges.
- Store leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator up to 3 days.
You can find miso in the refrigerator section of your grocery store. I recommend a white or yellow miso for this recipe. To keep these soy-free, use chickpea miso.
Keywords: miso cookies, chocolate chip cookies, white miso
These are my FAVORITE cookies EVER. So so so delicious. If you’re on the edge of whether or not to try these… DO!
So so glad you’re loving them, Elizabeth!! What a compliment :D
These are literally amazing. The miso adds another level of flavor that makes these cookies special. They have turned out a little softer and chewier for me than the traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe (even after chilling the dough), but I think the combination of the texture and subtle umami/saltiness is what makes them addictive for me!
So so glad you’re loving them, Rachel!!
These are the best gf cookies I’ve ever had and they were so easy to make. We still had a couple left after 4 days and they were still just as good as when I made them and so soft! I highly recommend trying these cookies.
So glad you’re loving them, Leia!! One of my favorites too :D
Do not hesitate to make these!!! They are amazing. I used real butter and egg for mine.
Thanks for the feedback Tammy!! So glad you loved them :)
I love the flavor. They came out softer and more cakey than I like. I even measured the flour by weight. Anything I should try to get them a little crispier on the outside. Increase the baking soda perhaps?
Hi Kerri, these cookies are definitely on the softer side. More baking soda won’t make the cookies crispier and the miso adds a little extra moisture here which definitely contributes to the softness. You can try reducing the water in the flax egg by a tablespoon or so and see if that helps!
Hello, this recipe is amazing! Can I substitute almond flour with oat and coconut flour? I find almond flour too be too heavy to digest. Thanks!
Coconut flour isn’t a great sub since it’s so absorbent — about 3x as absorbent as almond flour. Oat flour is more absorbent than almond flour too (just not quite as dramatically) so you’d want to go with about 1 1/2 cups to 1 3/4 cups — I haven’t tested to be able to recommend the perfect amount. I hope this helps!
I substituted 1:1 GF flour (only 2 cups) and they came out super dry. Still cake like for sure but just really crumbly. I’ll have to try again with almond flour. But the miso taste is still top notch!
Hi Lana, yes 1:1 flours can vary widely with ingredients and additives which is why I always recommend following the recommended flours for the best results. Glad they still tasted good, and hopefully, you’ll have a chance to try them as written soon :)
Wonderful cookies!! I love the flavor of the miso and I like how soft they were. I would probably bake them for 2 minutes longer next time just to get slightly crispier edges, but otherwise they’re perfect. I brought them to a birthday event and they were devoured! Thanks for the recipe.
Thanks so much for sharing your feedback, Madeline! So glad you loved them :)