Edible chocolate chip cookie dough balls with sprinkles?! Yes, please!
Everyone loves cookies!
My daughter saw the idea for edible cookie dough on TikTok recently and has since been making these like it’s her job! They make a great snack and a fun activity for kids.
Can we all agree that pretty much everyone loves cookies? And for those who also love to bake them, it can be so tempting to spoon that batter right into your mouth before it even has a chance to hit the oven! Cookie dough is rich and delicious without even needs to be baked!
That’s why these cookie dough balls are an awesome and easy no-bake snack or dessert.
But you make be asking…
Is this edible cookie dough recipe safe to eat?
Glad you asked. This particular recipe is. Normal cookie dough is not.
This recipe for cookie dough is meant to be eaten and not baked. So it’s just a little bit different than regular cookie dough but tastes just like the real deal. So…
What’s the difference between edible cookie dough and regular cookie dough?
Here’s what’s different about edible cookie dough vs. regular cookie dough:
This cookie dough is egg-free.
You have probably been told that raw eggs are not safe to consume so neither is raw cookie dough. It’s sad but true. Raw eggs can pass along salmonella, making you really ill.
Normally you add a few eggs to cookie dough so that when the cookies bake and expand, they hold together and don’t crumble. However, since you’re not baking these, you don’t need the egg! The butter is sticky enough to hold these ball together.
Awesome, so since this recipe uses no eggs, are we good to go here? Not quite.
Raw flour is not safe to eat.
There is a lesser known issue with eating raw cookie dough and that is the fact that you would be consuming raw flour. Raw flour can contain E. Coli which can also make you sick.
Luckily, there’s an easy fix to this. As long as you heat up flour to 160˚you can eliminate any potential contamination. I do this by microwaving raw flour in a bowl for about 1 minute and 15 seconds, in 15 second intervals to stir in between, ensuring the heat is evenly distributed.
So, as long as you heat-treat your flour to 160˚, it is considered safe to eat.
What does edible cookie dough taste like?
If you’re a smart rule-follower, maybe you’ve never tried cookie dough in its raw state and you’re wondering what it tastes like!
Well, edible cookie dough has all the flavors you know and love about baked chocolate chip cookies but the texture is different. These dough balls are dense yet are soft and buttery. They crumble as you bite them and melt in your mouth! I personally love the tiny bit of crunchy you get from the sugar grains. In a nutshell: delicious!!
What kind of chocolate chips taste best with this edible cookie dough recipe?
Just like with baked cookies, you can use milk chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips or a combination of both.
Milk chocolate chips are sweeter and creamier tasting. Semi-sweet chocolate chips have a stronger, less sweet flavor, more similar to dark chocolate. Since this recipe has added sugar though, you won’t experience much bitterness even if you use semi-sweet chips.
What’s my personal favorite as an adult with no a huge sweet tooth and who prefers dark chocolate? Semi-sweet. My kids like both.
What’s best — regular or mini chocolate chips?
Size does matter here. I personally prefer mini chocolate chips because these cookies dough balls are small, but regular sized chocolate chips work fine too and we use those more often than not because we typically have those on hand.
So while size does make a different in the texture, it’s not worth stressing over! Use what you have!
Add rainbow sprinkles for a festive look!
You can easily get a funfetti-style look to these cookie dough balls by adding in sprinkles. Perfect for birthdays! Or if you’re celebrating another specific holiday, add in any kind of sprinkles that fit your theme.
Love easy-to-make desserts?
This recipe for edible cookie dough balls was featured on South Your Mouth!
Edible Cookie Dough Balls
- 1 cup all-purpose flour heat treated* (See how-to note in write up above)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup 1 stick butter, softened
- 2 tbsp rainbow sprinkles optional
- Heat treat flour in a large glass bowl in the microwave for 1 minute 15 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds. Then stir in salt.
- Stir in sugars, chocolate chips then finally vanilla extract and softened butter and sprinkles if you want a festive look!
- With clean hands, grab chunks of dough and roll into a dozen 1 1/2" balls. That's it!