When you’re making cookies, do you find it really hard not to continually “sample” the dough? Me too. I probably end up with far less cookies than I should simply because I can’t stop eating little bits. By the time the cookies are baked and I only eat one, I’m feeling pretty good about myself because I’ve only eaten one! Never mind how many cookies all that dough added up to… Right?
Although there are many of us in the world who couldn’t care less about the “don’t eat raw batter” warning our parents always gave us, you can push that tiny bit of guilt you might have out of your thoughts and feel even better about eating an entire batch of dough by following this super simple recipe.
There are absolutely no eggs in this recipe, and there are also no leaveners, so you couldn’t even bake this cookie dough if you wanted to. Even more reason to eat all of it raw!
This recipe is very easy: I simply took the classic Nestlé Tollhouse recipe for chocolate chip cookies that’s printed on the back of every bag of chocolate chips and left out the eggs and baking soda. See? Easy. I replaced the semi-sweet chocolate chips with mini semi-sweet chocolate chips because I figured they would work better. Also… More chips per bite, and I’m not sure I know anyone who could argue with that.
One thing you will want to keep in mind, however, is that since you’re going to be using melted butter, you’ll have to wait until your dough is cool enough to add the chips so they don’t melt as well. I melted my butter and then let it sit for about 5 minutes before I added it to all of my dry ingredients so that it wasn’t too hot.
You’re also going to chill your dough before you start rolling it into balls, just to make sure everything is nice and sturdy. Once you’ve formed dough balls, you’ll refrigerate or freeze them again (depending on what you want to do with them, see notes at the bottom of the recipe) before adding any kind of chocolate to the outside.
Leave them naked, dip them completely in chocolate, drizzle them with chocolate like I did, sprinkle crushed nuts or candy on top of them instead of sprinkles… Get creative. Seriously, these little cookie dough bites are so versatile and can be jazzed up however you see fit. You could even roll them into teeny tiny bits and throw them in some ice cream! Oh man, now we’re talking.
Whatever you decide to do with your edible cookie dough, please know I cannot be held responsible for the increase in your cookie dough consumption. I’m merely showing you that you don’t need to be afraid of cookie dough anymore… And if that’s going to be a problem for you… I’m sorry I invited you to my recipe. But not really.
Happy dough eating, my friends!
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 6 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 6 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅔ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Chocolate (white, dark, milk, or semi-sweet) for decorating (approximately 2 ounces for drizzling, 8 ounces for dipping)
- Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
- In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter. Allow to cool for 5 minutes. While it cools, prepare your dry ingredients.
- In a medium sized bowl, toss together the flour, salt, and both sugars. Add vanilla extract to butter, stir it around, and then add your slightly cooled butter to your dry ingredients. Stir with a spatula until completely combined. Mixture will be crumbly, but add your mini-chocolate chips and stir well until distributed evenly. You may need to use your hands. Refrigerate dough for 10 minutes.
- When dough has been chilled, form dough into balls about 1 Tablespoon (1 ounce) or ½ Tablespoon (1/2 ounce) in size (or desired size) and place on prepared baking sheet. Freeze or refrigerate your dough balls depending on what you would like to do with them (see notes below).
- While dough is chilling, break up chocolate into a microwave safe bowl and melt in 20 second increments, stopping to stir, until completely melted.
- To drizzle chocolate, add to a decorating bottle or a zip top bag with the corner snipped off. To completely coat in chocolate, place dough ball in the center of the bowl and cover with chocolate using a fork. When dough ball is covered, lift out with fork and tap the stem of the fork lightly on the side of the bowl. Place covered dough ball on baking sheet. Add sprinkles, nuts, chopped candy, etc. while chocolate is still wet. Store bites in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
If you are simply drizzling your cookie dough balls, you only need to refrigerate them for 10 minutes.
Decorate with sprinkles, chopped nuts, chopped candy bars, chocolate chips, etc.
Feel free to leave the cookie dough balls plain.
Prefer your cookies baked? Try some Brownie Cookies!
Or keep with the no bake idea and go for some Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites…
Of course, there’s always the classic BAKED…
…and then in HUGE CAKE FORM!
QUESTION: What’s your favorite cookie?