Cookie Dough Bites (Safe + Easy Recipe!)

These totally addictive Cookie Dough Bites satisfy your cookie dough craving with a cute dessert that is safe to eat raw and is just so tasty. Coat them with chocolate, or leave them plain.

These little cookie dough truffles are a dream come true for cookie dough lovers everywhere. They’re easy, safe to eat, and packed with the classic chocolate chip cookie flavor.

Here’s what makes them special:

  • The simple method for heat-treating flour makes them completely safe to enjoy without any baking required.
  • With no raw eggs and a simple list of ingredients, these bites are a quick treat you can whip up in no time.
  • They strike the perfect balance of creamy, chocolatey goodness in every bite – it’s like snacking on your favorite cookie dough, but so much better!

These little bites are a really pretty addition to Christmas cookie trays, and they make great gifts or party contributions.

A close up shot of the inside of a cookie dough bite.

Here’s What You Need for this Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites Recipe

Ingredients for No Bake Cookie Dough Bites

Ready to whip up some delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites? You’ll need a handful of basic baking ingredients, the option for some tasty variations, and a few kitchen tools.

Cookie Dough Bites Ingredients

Here’s what each ingredient does in your edible cookie dough balls:

  • All-purpose flour: Gives structure to the cookie dough bites.
  • Salt: Enhances the flavors of the other ingredients.
  • Butter: Adds richness and helps bind the dough together.
  • Brown sugar: Provides sweetness and a hint of molasses flavor.
  • Pure vanilla extract: Offers a classic, sweet aroma and taste.
  • Milk: Moistens the dough, making it easier to shape.
  • Chocolate chips: Add sweet, chocolatey bursts in every bite. You can use regular or mini chocolate chips.
Chocolate coating for cookie dough bites.

For the Chocolate Coating:

  • Chocolate chips or chopped good chocolate bars: Better quality chocolate bars create a smoother, glossier (and tastier) coating, but you can use budget-friendly milk or dark chocolate chips here, too, if you prefer.
  • Oil: Helps thin the chocolate for a smoother coating.

Optional, but recommended: A sprinkle of flaky sea salt to finish.

Cookie dough balls on a baking sheet.

Variations and Substitutions

Customize these cookie dough bites to suit your taste:

  • Nuts: Add chopped nuts for extra crunch and flavor.
  • White Chocolate: Use white chocolate chips for a different twist in the dough or coating.
  • Gluten-Free Flour: Substitute all-purpose flour with a gluten-free blend or expiriment with almond flour.
  • Dairy-Free Options: Use vegan butter and plant-based milk, and ensure your chocolate chips are dairy-free.
  • Flavor Extracts: Experiment with almond or peppermint extract instead of vanilla for a flavor change.
Pouring flour on baking sheet.

Why Isn’t Raw Flour Safe to Eat?

Raw flour can contain harmful bacteria like E. coli. These bacteria can contaminate flour during its production and processing. Consuming raw flour therefore poses a risk of foodborne illness.

To eliminate this risk, flour should be heat-treated (cooked briefly in the microwave or oven) to 160ºF before being used in recipes for uncooked dishes, such as cookie dough bites.

This heat treatment kills any harmful bacteria, making the flour in this recipe totally safe to eat.

A plate of cookie dough bites.

Grab these Tools

You’ll need a few basic tools to make these cookie dough bites:

  • Baking Sheet: For spreading the flour and freezing the bites.
  • Microwave-Safe Bowl: If using the microwave to pre-cook flour and melt chocolate.
  • Large Bowl or Stand Mixer: To mix your cookie dough.
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons: For accurately measuring ingredients.
  • Spatula: To mix the dough and coat the bites in chocolate.
  • Parchment Paper: To line the baking sheet for easy cleanup.
  • Refrigerator/Freezer: Essential for chilling the dough and setting the chocolate coating.

How to Make Edible Cookie Dough Bites: An Easy Guide

Butter and sugar in a bowl.

Creating Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites is simple and fun. This guide will walk you through the steps to make these delightful treats, perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth.

Preparing the Cookie Dough

  • Pre-Cook the Flour: Spread the flour on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 5-10 minutes to make it safe to eat. Alternatively, microwave the flour for 1 minute 30 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds. It should reach an internal temperature of 160ºF.
  • Mixing the Ingredients: In a mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and brown sugar. Blend in the vanilla extract and milk. Stir in the pre-cooked flour and salt until well combined. Pour in the chocolate chips and gently stir to combine.
Scooping cookie dough onto parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Chilling: Chill the dough in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes to firm up.

Shaping and Freezing the Dough

  • Forming the Bites: Scoop out small portions of the chilled dough and roll them into smooth balls between the palms of your hands. Place these on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Freezing: Freeze the dough balls for about 15 minutes. This helps them hold their shape when dipped in chocolate.
Rolling cookie dough into smooth balls.

Preparing the Chocolate Coating

  • Melting the Chocolate: You can either microwave the chocolate chips and oil on 50% power, stirring every 30 seconds, or melt them together in a medium bowl set over simmering water (double boiler method).
  • Dipping the Dough Bites: Once the chocolate is smooth, dip each frozen dough ball into the chocolate, ensuring it’s completely coated.
  • Setting the Chocolate: Place the chocolate-coated bites back on the parchment paper and let stand at room temperature until the chocolate sets.(Refrigerating sets them faster but can cause a bloom on the chocolate – a white-ish streaky look from a quick temperature change).
Dipping cookie dough balls in melted chocolate.
  • OPTIONAL: If you have extra melted chocolate, you can spoon it into a plastic bag and snip a tiny hold at the end. Drizzle chocolate in zigzag pattern across the cookie dough balls for a pretty finish.
Drizzling melted chocolate over cookie dough bites.
  • A sprinkle of flaky sea salt makes for pretty presentation and the salt is really nice with the richness of the chocolate.
Cookie Dough Bites sprinkled with salt.

Make Ahead and Storage

Planning ahead and storing your Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites properly ensures they stay delicious and safe to eat.

  • Make Ahead: The dough can be made up to 2 days in advance and kept chilled in the refrigerator. This can enhance the flavors and make the dough easier to handle.
  • Freezing Dough: You can freeze the rolled dough balls (before coating with chocolate) for up to 3 months. Place them in a freezer-safe bag or container.
  • Thawing Dough: Thaw the frozen dough balls in the refrigerator before proceeding with the chocolate coating step.
  • Storing Finished Bites: Once coated with chocolate, store the cookie dough bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  • Freezing Coated Bites: For longer storage, the chocolate-coated bites can be frozen for up to 3 months in a freezer-safe container. Let them thaw in the refrigerator or at room temperature before serving.
Chocolate-dipped cookie dough bites on a baking sheet.

FAQs About Cookie Dough Bites

Just skimming through? Here are some quick answers to commonly-asked questions about Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites.

  1. Are these cookie dough bites raw?
    Yes, these cookie dough bites are meant to mimic the experience of eating raw cookie dough but are made without raw eggs and with heat-treated flour to make them safe to consume.
  2. Is it safe to eat these cookie dough bites since they’re not baked?
    It’s safe to eat these cookie dough bites because they don’t contain raw eggs, and the flour is heat-treated to eliminate any potential bacteria.
  3. Can I use store-bought heat-treated flour?
    Absolutely! If you have access to store-bought heat-treated flour, you can use it directly in the recipe, skipping the step of pre-cooking the flour at home.
  4. How long can I store these cookie dough bites?
    You can store these cookie dough bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or freeze them for up to 3 months.
  5. Can I make these cookie dough bites vegan or gluten-free?
    Yes, you can make them vegan by using dairy-free butter, milk, and chocolate chips, and gluten-free by substituting the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend.
  6. Do I have to use chocolate chips in the dough?
    While chocolate chips are a classic choice, feel free to get creative! You can replace them with nuts, other types of baking chips, or even dried fruit, depending on your preference.

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Cookie dough bites covered in chocolate in a pile on a plate. The top one has a bite taken.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 20
Dessert
American
Keyword Cookie Dough Bites, Edible Cookie Dough

Ingredients
 
 

For Cookie Dough:

  • 1⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

For Chocolate Coating:

  • 2 cups milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp oil

Instructions
 

  • Pre-Cook the Flour: To ensure the flour is safe to eat, microwave the flour on high in a microwave-safe bowl for 1 minute 30 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds.Alternatively, spread it on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 5-10 minutes. It should reach an internal temperature of 160ºF.
  • Make Cookie Dough: Mix butter and brown sugar until creamy. Add vanilla and milk. Stir in pre-cooked flour and salt. Fold in chocolate chips. Chill for 10 minutes.
  • Form Bites: Roll dough into small balls and place on a lined baking sheet. Freeze for 15 minutes.
  • Melt Chocolate for Coating: Microwave chocolate chips and oil at 50% power, stirring every 30 seconds, until smooth. Alternatively, use a double boiler: place chocolate and oil in a bowl over simmering water and stir until melted.
  • Coat Bites: Dip each chilled dough bite into the melted chocolate. Place back on the baking sheet.
  • Chill to Set: Refrigerate the coated bites until the chocolate sets, about 10 minutes.

Video

Notes

If you have extra chocolate, you can pour it into a small plastic bag and snip a tiny hold in the corner. Drizzle it back and forth over the cookie dough balls to make cute zig-zag lines on them.
 
You can also sprinkle with sea salt at the end while the chocolate is still wet (it won’t stick once the chocolate starts to harden).
 
Storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Variations: Try mixing in nuts or using white chocolate chips for a different twist.
 
Allergy-Friendly Options: For a gluten-free version, use gluten-free flour. Swap out dairy ingredients for plant-based alternatives if needed.
 
Serving Suggestion: Enjoy these bites straight from the fridge for the best texture and flavor.

Nutrition

Calories: 241kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 1gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 69mgPotassium: 95mgFiber: 1gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 148IUCalcium: 36mgIron: 0.4mg
Keyword Cookie Dough Bites, Edible Cookie Dough

Last Updated on November 24, 2023 by Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD

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Marie
Marie
5 days ago

5 stars
These cookie dough bites look delicious! I think I might add some chopped nuts for extra flavor and texture.

Leila
Leila
5 days ago

5 stars
These cookie dough bites would be a fun activity to do with kids! I can already imagine the mess (in a good way) in the kitchen. 

Catalina
Catalina
5 days ago

5 stars
I’m going to add sprinkles to the dough for extra fun!

Adela
Adela
5 days ago

5 stars
This recipe was a hit as a gift for my friend who loves cookie dough. Thanks!

Natalia
Natalia
5 days ago

5 stars
These cookie dough bites were the perfect sweet treat!

TaylorG
TaylorG
2 months ago

5 stars
These were so easy and so tasty! I made these cookie dough bites for the office and everyone loved them.

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