Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls


Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls are “raw” cookie dough bites that you can eat guilt free!


I think I’ve told you before that my family sat down to eat together every night of the week when I was growing up. 5:30pm would roll around and, like clock work, we’d hear my Mom bellow “It’s ti-ime to eat!” from her spot at the kitchen stove.

“Gu-uy’s! C’mon! It’s getting cold!” she’d yell again, when my brothers refused to put down their video game controllers, and I couldn’t bear to tear my eyes away from the latest Sweet Valley High book.

Then my Dad would start clapping and we’d all move it into high gear. That clap – the same clap as the get your butt out of bed it’s time for 8am church! clap – could wake the dead, and he knew we’d do anything to make it stop. ; )

And so, we’d all scoot in and share stories about our day as we devoured the delicious dinner she’d prepared for us. Mac & Cheese, Enchiladas, Ham Loaf (truth), Spaghetti, Tacos… Whatever it was, there was never any leftovers, and after the last fork had dropped on the last empty plate, we paid our compliments to the chef.

“Just excellent, Becky!” we’d praise (my Mom’s name is Shirley…don’t ask! ; ) ) and just before pushing away from the table, someone would inevitably say,

“Sooo…what’s for dessert?”

The answer was always the same,

“There is no dessert.”

“DANG!” we’d cry, thinking this time – this time! – would be different. But it never was.

See, my Mom is a cook – a phenomenal cook – who doesn’t really like to bake. Any of the sweet treats that happened to make their way onto the kitchen counter usually came from a box, and were usually made by me in a moment of sugary desperation. Favorites included:

Pillsbury Cinnamon Swirl Bread: Moist, cake-like bread with a thick layer of cinnamon swirl magically tucked in the middle.


Reese’s Dessert Bar Mix: Powdered peanut butter mixed with water and oil then pressed into a tragic little cardboard tray, and spread with a chocolate coating. We’re talking Reese’s Egg peanut-butter-to-chocolate-ratio here, aka Heaven to a 12 year old!


The 2nd Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe in the World: Better Homes & Gardens’ chewy-yet-crispy, buttery chocolate chip cookies.

Ok, ok…

The truth is, I usually made these chocolate chip cookies for…the dough. The cookies are fantastic, but the dough – omg the dough – is phenomenal. More often than not I’d whip up a batch and never bake the cookies – all I needed was a good swipe of the sweet stuff!

But, you know, there’s that whole pesky, raw-egg thing that kind of puts a damper on the situation…until now.

Friends, what I’m about to show you is going to change your night – nay, your life – chocolate chip cookie dough that’s supposed to be eaten raw: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls!!


Forget chicken breasts

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throw a little eggless chocolate chip cookie dough in your man’s meal and you’re good to go! ;)


These Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites come courtesy of Lindsay & Taylor of Love & Olive Oil (a fantastic food blog!) Their recipe combines all the ingredients of a regular chocolate chip cookie…


minus the egg!


The result is a perfect hunk of the best part of making cookies – the dough.


Cover those perfect hunks of dough in some melted chocolate and well…

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good luck keepin’ these babies around for more than a few days…


Trust me, you’re going to want to get to the kitchen to make these, mmm, NOW! :D


(PS: I am just now realizing that I never told you what the #1 best chocolate chip cookie recipe in the world is – it’s New York Times’ recipe – life changing!)

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  1. Heck. to the yes.

  2. Lauren 08.02.2011

    We did the same thing with dinner. Your mom and I are the same woman…I love to cook by rely solely on no bake things for my dessert fix. Gosh, these dough balls look amazing!!

  3. These look pretty freaking fantastic. :) My mom’s name is Shirley too! I’m curious about the Becky situation!

  4. Maggie 08.02.2011

    I LOVE cookie dough balls — my favorite are oatmeal raisin covered in white chocolate melts! So good. I definitely have to agree with you on the best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe — nothing better :)

  5. Those look amazing! And yes, a version of the death clap is used by my father as well but we know it as a high-pitched extremely shrill whistle that can be heard from miles around :)

  6. Made these and LOVED them!

  7. Iowa Girl at Heart 08.02.2011

    HAM LOAF!!! I still make it every once in a while – from a handwritten recipe of my Grandma’s. It was the staple of any good Iowa Church Dinner when I was growing up.
    :-) and the chocolate chip dough balls look incredible.

  8. McKenzie 08.02.2011

    Is it just me or did others not have ham loaf or ham balls growing up? Those were foreign to me until college- and I can’t say that I’m a fan.

    The cookie dough bites look wonderful!

  9. These look great! I might still feel guilty when eating 10 of them, but at least I don’t have to worry about food poisoning!

  10. Nicole 08.02.2011

    I’m the opposite of your mom…I have loved to bake all my life and am only just now starting to enjoy cooking. That’s a very scary thought considering I’ve been an adult for over a decade :)

  11. I was a die-hard Sweet Valley High lover as well!! My family ate at 5:30 p.m. on the dot, but when we asked “what’s for dessert,” my mom would list off at least 2-3 options. It was a crime if there wasn’t a homemade dessert in our house. . . my mom was more of a baker than a cook. ;)

  12. VABelle 08.02.2011

    Thank you so much for sharing this genius recipe! I’m definitely guilty of eating my share of cookie dough with egg even though I know it’s bad for me. Now I can have my cookie dough with less guilt!

  13. Tammy 08.02.2011

    I just had a flashback to my youth when you mentioned the Sweet Valley High books! I loved reading those books and couldn’t get enough of those Wakefield twins!

  14. Daisy 08.02.2011

    sounds amazing!

  15. This is awesome. Funny enough, I totally bought some toll house cookie dough today to make a few quick cookies (I know, bad girl) and I was thinking “man, I love cookie dough”. I can’t wait to make these…. I love all the desserts you make.

  16. GENIUS! Just added it to my list of “Must make recipes”. :)

  17. Amanda 08.02.2011

    I can eat lots of cookie dough…LOVE it! Can’t wait to test out this recipe. I am guessing I won’t share any either. :)

  18. A.J. 08.02.2011

    I just made those Reese’s dessert bars you have pictured about a month ago. Good stuff. Sometimes desserts that come out of a box really do hit the spot.

  19. Jenna 08.02.2011

    OMG, those sound better than cake balls!
    I have a recipe that I insist you try. It’s not your “classic” ccc recipe, but it’s flippin A-MAZING!! (It involves 2 sticks of butter, how could it be anything BUT?!)

    Chicago Style Cookies

    1 c butter (2 sticks)
    1 c sugar
    1 c brown sugar

    1 egg
    1 T milk
    2 tsp vanilla
    1 c oil

    3 1/2 c flour
    3 tsp baking soda
    1 tsp salt

    1 c rice krispies
    1 c. oatmeal
    1 pkg chocolate chips

    Bake @ 350º for 8 – 9 minutes

    Like changing, I tell ya!! Let me know if you try it – I HIGHLY recommend it – I’m loooooooong overdue for some of these!!

  20. OMG!!! Those look amazing!!! I NEED to try those very soon!!:)

  21. Julie 08.02.2011

    Ahhh, those look awesome AND they won’t make me sick! My favorite part about making cookies (or any baked good really) is the dough and licking the spoons/beaters at the end. :)

  22. Amanda 08.03.2011

    These look soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good. I love cookie dough and eating it as a treat all on its own sounds perfectly delightful. Looking forward to trying these!

  23. Cait's Plate 08.03.2011

    Oh my gosh – those look heavenly! I want to be eating them right now (and that’s saying something given that it’s 7am!)

  24. Emily 08.03.2011

    Comical, comical. My house was the same exact scene. Except I couldn’t bring myself to read, no way Jose. My face was fixated on Full House repeats and hands were occupied by Cheese Nips. Oh, yum!

  25. I couldnt help but laugh! My family was the exact SAME way every night! (and Valley High rocks!)

    And I am definitely making those cookie dough balls at my next party! They look DELICIOUS!

  26. Hope 08.03.2011

    These look incredible! I might have to make these this weekend! :)

  27. yum! the dough really *is* the best part. Also – try Cooks Illustrated’s cookie recipe. Foolproof and incredible! I used it in my post today!

  28. I so love all your bite size desserts you make!

  29. Kristin from MN 08.03.2011

    I also read Sweet Valley High! And the Babysitters Club was another of my favorites! You should share your mom’s ham loaf recipe. I picked up a ham loaf mixture at the butcher so I can try to recreate this delicious ham loaf we had my my husband’s aunt’s house. It was my first time having it and we all LOVED it!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 08.03.2011

      Trust me, you don’t want it! It had this disgusting sweet glaze on top – bleeech/shudder!!!

  30. lol. . . my mom makes ham loaf too (grew up in MN!) – aurg it was awful! And tuna fish on toast = horrible!

  31. Nicole G 08.03.2011

    Ok, these will be made next week. For sure. (And probably devoured in one day…oy!) One question though, how would the cookie dough balls hold up without dipping them in chocolate? I have everything but the discs…just curious. TIA!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 08.03.2011

      I suck especially hard at dipping candy, so that part was difficult for me – hence half of them receiving just a chocolate bottom. :) If you have the patience and skill (like the Love & Olive Oil folks) I’m sure they’d come out great!

  32. i was always the dessert baker in our household as well (still am!) – i LOVE dough, i will definitely be making these.

  33. Rachael 08.03.2011

    I started making these before I finished reading the post. You needed to post a warning about how hard it is to wait for them to be cool enough to roll into balls. I checked every 5 minutes and took a sample every time. Ah-mazing!

  34. Emilie 08.03.2011

    Nothing is better than a warm cookie out of the oven! Yum!

  35. Jenn 08.03.2011

    Have you read Sweet Valley Confidential? It’s SW but 10 years later – I read it last week at the beach (perfect beach read) – SUPER scandalous and brings back all the names you remember, catches you up on characters, etc. READ IT NOW!!

  36. Eve P 08.03.2011

    The cookie dough truffles are getting made this weekend for sure. I am helping bring desserts for our 15 year class reunion. I was considering oreo balls but I think I’ll go this route instead. Thanks for sharing!

  37. Mimi 08.03.2011

    Heaven. Seriously, getting to eat the dough is one of my main reasons for primarily baking vegan!

  38. Jennifer 08.03.2011

    I love how I hadn’t even thought of JUST LEAVE OUT THE EGG. But that’s such a perfect idea. I am always scared that I’ll get sick. Love from :)

  39. Missy 08.11.2011

    Where to start…I just found your blog and I’m addicted, I’m also an Iowa girl, but currently live in Ohio. Ham loaf or as we used to call it when grandma made it-mystery meat :). And these cookie dough balls, I think I’m going out today to get the stuff to make them. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

  40. Liel 08.11.2011

    These look incredible! But i dont have candy melts, will melting chocolate chips give me the same result as candy melts?

  41. Karla 09.09.2011

    I made these and LOVE them!!! I even “caught” my hubby eating the cookie dough that was setting in the freezer before I dipped them into chocolate! :) Thanks for sharing! I love your blog because I know I can always come here and find AMAZING recipes that are husband approved! :)

  42. Rachel 10.13.2011

    just found your site, this page (yay pinterest) and put the little suckers in the freezer. i’m beyond excited. you just turned this girl’s sad day WAYYY around.

  43. […] Lindsay’s blog Love & Olive Oil for ages, and went completely nuts over the eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ball recipe she posted a couple years ago. Turns out I’m not the only one, and after the recipe […]

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