That’s right, chocolate chip cookie dough on a stick. No baking required. Freeze it, dip it in chocolate, and then… Danger, Will Robinson, Danger!… Wow, are these things good.
It all started last week when I asked Dan’s oldest son (let’s call him L-Train) what sort of treat he’d like for his birthday. Initially, he really wanted a cheese calzone and since I’ve made calzones a few times before, I said “No problem.” But then he said: “I want a cheese calzone just like the school cafeteria makes them.”
Whatchu talkin’ ’bout Willis?
I apologetically informed L-Train that I do not possess the Lunch Lady’s recipe so could not guarantee that the cheese calzone would be exactly the same as he has at school (by the way, this was all a week before school began so I guess he was feeling withdrawals after a long summer without his cheese calzone hot lunch).
Visibly disappointed, he considered the calzone issue. Then changed his mind and announced: “I want chocolate chip cookie dough” (his emphasis, not mine).
Me: Not cookies?
L-Train: “No… dough. I want to eat the dough.
Side note: L-Train has also asked me to not bake a pizza so he could eat the raw dough. I honestly don’t understand this obsession with raw dough. But sometimes it’s best not to ask why. For example, when a kid decides he has to microwave his ice cream until it is soupy because it tastes better, you just don’t ask why. If you do, your head may explode.
Anyway, I had to explain why eating raw eggs generally isn’t recommended (especially in light of recent headlines), but then told him that I would see what I could do. I mean, they make cookie dough ice cream, there had to be a recipe on the internet somewhere, right?
Personally, I prefer my cookies baked. I just love a good caramelized edge on a chewy cookie. Then again I do take my liberties tasting the cookie dough when baking cookies so maybe I can see L-Train’s point.
So yeah, I did it. I found a recipe and made frozen cookie dough in balls. Everyone loved them including the newly-minted 11 year old (I really hope 11 years old is a different experience for boys than how I remember it being. But then, I was an awkward kid).
Eventually, everyone went away to work and school and left me alone with a dozen or so cookie dough balls and… well… maybe no one will notice that they’re missing.
What you’ll need to make this cookie dough:
1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter.
1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/3 cup white sugar
Here’s the magic: instead of eggs, the cookie dough is bound together with Greek yogurt (1/3 cup)
And of course, chocolate chips. The real magic.
Also: 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
Let’s make some cookie dough!
Melt the butter and mix the sugars together in a bowl.
Whisk the melted butter into the sugar. It doesn’t look too pretty at this stage, but it all gets better very very soon.
Mix in the yogurt and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt. Then add the flour mix to the butter-yogurt-goodness. Yes. Goodness.
Stir in the chocolate chips.
Have a little taste, you know, just to be sure it tastes okay.
Then using your favorite cookie scooping method (this is my favorite cookie scoop) scoop out the dough onto a lined baking sheet. Stick the sheet in the freezer for at least an hour.
Before you stick the baking sheet into the freezer, you could stick each dough ball with a lollipop stick or toothpick. I did that, but some of the sticks didn’t stick. But it could work for you… try it. It does make a cute presentation.
After an hour or so, you could dip each of the dough balls in melted chocolate. You don’t have to, but you know you want to.
Let the chocolate dry and then eat them. After that, hide them or better yet, have someone else hide them so you won’t know where they are otherwise you may end up eating them when no one is looking. Not that I’d do something like that.
By the way, I put all of the extras into a zip-top freezer bag (I removed the sticks first since a lot weren’t staying put… they fit better in the bag that way anyway).
You know you want a bite…
Chocolate dipped cookie dough bites
adapted from Epicurious
1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter, melted
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt (or just a pinch if using salted butter)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup Greek yogurt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Optional:1/2 cup or more chocolate chips (to melt and dip the dough balls into)
- In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda and salt.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until well mixed. Beat in the yogurt and vanilla.
- Add the flour mixture to the butter-sugar mixture. Stir until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Using a cookie scoop or a couple of table spoons, scoop the dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment, wax paper or a silpat. Optional: Spear each dough ball with a lollipop stick, toothpick or small fork. (I used lollipop sticks but found they did not stay in very well).
- Put the baking sheet into the freezer until hard, about 1 hour.
- Melt the remaining chocolate chips in a small bowl in the microwave (stir every 30 seconds until they are all melted. It took me 2 minutes total but your microwave could take more or less time). Dip each dough ball in the chocolate and place them back on the lined baking sheet to dry.
- Serve cold and enjoy!