With a new year comes all kinds of resolutions for eating better and smarter. Even with healthy changes, I still want a little sweet treat after dinner, especially after a long day at work. After months of experimenting, I’ve created the perfect, single-serving indulgence: edible cookie dough, that won’t totally kill your healthy new diet!
When I was a kid, I loved when my mom made cookies, because that meant I got to pick little bits out of the bowl before it got washed. Who doesn’t love eating raw cookie dough? Sometimes, I even asked to make cookies because I secretly just wanted to eat the cookie dough. Please tell me I’m not the only one who used to do that. Sorry, Mom.
Turns out, eating raw cookie dough isn’t the best idea because of the raw flour and eggs. Now, some really smart people figured out that making cookie dough safely edible will make lots of people happy (and lots of money, let’s be real).
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Edible cookie dough has become a trendy treat in the last couple of years. Chattanooga even has a couple of shops that sell cookie dough sundaes like ice cream. Edible cookie dough is made without eggs, so you don’t have to worry about any crazy health concerns when treating yourself. Gone are the days of sneaking bites of raw cookie dough from the bowl while Mom isn’t looking. Or maybe people still do that, too.
Mostly Guiltless Edible Cookie Dough
Single-serving desserts are ideal when I want to satisfy my sweet tooth, but don’t need or want to make a whole batch of cookies or brownies. I’ve also tried some of the doughs from the trendy shops, but they’re almost sickly sweet, even without additional toppings or mix-ins. This recipe is the solution. It makes the perfect amount to enjoy after dinner, or a little bit at a time throughout the week. And it’s on the “healthier” side since it’s not loaded with sugar, so you won’t feel as guilty making and eating it.
I’d been messing with this cookie dough recipe for several months, trying to get the right texture, consistency, and cookie dough “feel.” The final version I’m sharing today is made with nut butter instead of oil, butter, and eggs, and you can use pure maple syrup instead of brown sugar if you’d like. It just won’t have quite as much of a “cookie dough” taste or texture. I’ve also used coconut sugar, and the taste is pretty close to “real” cookie dough.
You can also use whatever kind of flour you desire; I’d be careful with coconut flour, though, since it’s highly absorbent. I’ve used regular AP flour, gluten-free flour blends, and almond flour, all with similar success. (Read more about coconut flour here.)
Keep in mind, though, this is not a “healthy” dessert, and should not be treated as such. It’s just healthier compared to other options, and still delicious.
Here’s how to make my mostly guiltless edible cookie dough!
Grab a spoon, because you’re gonna want to make this one right now.
You will need:
- Nut butter
- Mini chocolate chips
- Sugar or pure maple syrup
- Pinch of salt
- Splash of milk
- Dash of vanilla extract
To make it, just mix everything together in a bowl and dig in! You could even chill it in the fridge for 15 or so minutes so it’ll firm up.
That’s it! So easy, so delicious—and not terrible for you!
Did you enjoy this? You might also like:
- One-Bowl Funfetti Blondies
- Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Cheesecake Brownies
- Homemade Vanilla Extract
If you liked this, check out my friend Caroline’s single-serving mug brownie recipe, too!
This post and recipe were updated January 2022.
Edible Cookie Dough (Mostly Guiltless)
- 2 tbsp nut butter
- 1-2 tbsp brown sugar (or pure maple syrup, or coconut sugar)
- pinch salt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1-2 tbsp milk
- 1/4 cup flour of choice
- 1 tbsp mini chocolate chips
- Add nut butter, brown sugar, and vanilla to a small bowl; mix well.
- Add flour and salt, and mix again. You can add a splash of milk if it's too thick.
- Stir in chocolate chips. Enjoy!
- OPTIONAL: Chill for 20 minutes before enjoying