These easy no bake Cookie Dough Bites will satisfy your cookie dough cravings! It only takes 5 minutes to whip up chocolate chip cookie dough balls in one large bowl and it's totally worth it! Soft cookie dough packed with chocolate chips is the easiest no bake dessert recipe to snack on for movie night or on-the-go.
Zach and the girls are always trying to steal the spoon when I'm making cookie batter or brownie batter, they have such a sweet tooth. So why not make a no bake recipe of edible cookie dough rather than regular cookie dough so they can enjoy without the risk of harmful bacteria.
I won't lie, being a chef my whole life, consuming raw eggs and raw flour isn't much of a concern for me but I know it is for others. Cookie dough bites are safe to consume raw.
This easy recipe is a fun addition to the holidays. They can be served alongside a Christmas cookie platter, topped with crushed candy canes or red and green sprinkles. If you're looking for a chocolate chip cookie recipe you can bake for Christmas, try Brown Butter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies.
A few notes about some of the important ingredients in these edible Cookie Dough Bites.
- All Purpose Flour - I use all purpose flour, but Gluten free flour 1:1 works here too.
- Kosher Salt - I use Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt. It does make a difference which salt you use, specifically for measurements and taste. If you're using Morton's Kosher salt, then use about 25% less than what is called for in the chocolate chip cookie dough bites recipe below.
- Pure Vanilla Extract - Pure vanilla extract will provide the best flavor.
- Milk - Milk helps thin the dough since it does not contain eggs. I prefer whole milk for the flavor, but any type of milk will work in this easy edible cookie dough recipe. Including plant based milk.
- Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips - In reality, you can use milk chocolate chips or whatever chocolate is your favorite flavor.
- Dark or White Chocolate (optional) - I like to use dark or white chocolate bar to melt then drizzle over the top of the cookie bites for decoration.
How To Make Cookie Dough Bites
Making cookie dough bites is a cinch! If you like easy recipes, this is it. Follow these simple ingredients and start enjoying your edible cookie dough balls!
Preheat oven to 350°F. Lay flour out on a parchment covered baking sheet and bake for 7 minutes. Allow flour to cool.
Cream butter, salt, granulated sugar and brown sugar in a stand mixer with paddle attachment for 3 minutes until light and fluffy then stir in vanilla extract.
Mix flour in on low speed just until combined. Add milk only if needed, 1 tablespoon at a time. Dough should be soft but able to form into 1oz balls. Dough will stiffen a bit once chilled.
Fold in chocolate chips.
Scoop dough with a 1oz cookie scoop then form into balls with your hands. Transfer to a parchment paper lined baking sheet then chill 15 minutes.
Melt almond bark or chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave in 30 second increments. Dip cookie dough bites into melted chocolate then transfer back to baking sheet. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt or sprinkles if desired so they look like cookie dough truffles. Chill 10 minutes before eating.
Substitutions & Variations
This Cookie Dough Bites recipe is very versatile. The substitutions and variations are endless, but here are a few of my favorites!
- Dairy Free/Vegan - Make this edible cookie dough recipe vegan by using a plant based milk to soften the dough and vegan chocolate chips instead of regular chocolate chips! Both substitutions can be found at your local grocery store.
- Gluten Free - Make gluten free cookie dough bites by using gluten free flour 1:1 ratio.
- Seasonal - Change out the chocolate for red and green sprinkles for the holidays. Try a dried cranberry and white chocolate chips variation instead of chocolate chips or use mini chocolate chips. Add your favorite cookie ingredients to make whatever combo you'd like!
How To Heat Treat Flour
Heat treating flour is simple. A heat treatment on flour is done to kill any harmful bacteria that may be living in it, so you don't get sick from consuming raw flour. If you're making these no bake cookie dough bites, chances are, you don't want to be consuming raw eggs or flour.
Are raw eggs or raw flour certain to make you sick? No, definitely not, but if you'd like to take the proper precautions just to make sure while still enjoying cookie dough, you're in the right spot.
Heat treat your flour by preheating the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper then spread flour in an even layer across the pan. Bake for 7 minutes. The goal here is to heat the flour without burning it.
Remove the flour from the oven then set aside to cool. Heat-treated flour is that easy.
Tips For No Bake Cookie Dough Bites
Make ahead! - This easy cookie dough bites recipe can be made up to 3 days ahead of time. Store them in the fridge then take them out about an hour before serving to take the chill off. Cookie dough bites are softer at room temperature.
Safe, easy, kid-friendly - These cookie dough balls are safe to consume, easy to make and kid-friendly. This is a great recipe to have the kids help you make! They love eating them too!
Freeze Them - Cookie Dough Bites freeze really well! Line them on a parchment lined baking sheet then allow them to freeze for an hour. Remove cookie dough balls from pan and stack in a freezer bag. Freezing them on the tray first before stacking prevents sticking and deformation.
Chill before decorating - Chill edible cookie dough before decorating them. They're much easier to work with this way.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, they are! Even though cookie dough bites are not baked, they are still safe to consume. This is because they do not contain eggs, therefore you're not consuming raw eggs. In addition, the flour has been heat treated to kill any harmful bacteria.
The flour is cooked ahead of time, before mixing into the cookie dough bites recipe, to kill off any harmful bacteria since it will be consumed without baking the dough. Do you have to heat treat the flour? No, but if your goal is to consume an ultra-safe cookie dough bite then yes, you should heat treat your flour.
They do not have to be refrigerated although, they will have a longer shelf life if you do. Cookie dough bites stored at room temp should be consumed within 48 hours. Refrigerated edible cookie dough balls can be kept up to 5 days.
Storing & Freezing
The best way to store these no bake Cookie dough Bites is to keep them in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag and store them in the fridge for up to 5 days. I like to take them out of the fridge for 30-60 minutes for a softer dough before serving.
They can also be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 48 hours. Note that the cookie dough bites will be much softer when kept at room temp.
To freeze cookie dough bites, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper then line the dough balls on the tray. Freeze for 1 hour. Remove the tray from the freezer and place cookie dough balls into a resealable freezer bag.
I usually either double bag or I place the freezer bag into an airtight container then back into the freezer for up to 2 months. Let the cookie dough bites thaw in the fridge overnight before serving. They can also be eaten frozen if you have a craving!
This is the same way I freeze my raw cookie dough balls when making Hot Chocolate Cookies, Lemon Blueberry Cookies or any cookie dough for that matter. Always a good idea to have a freezer stash of cookie dough to eat or bake on demand!
No Bake Cookie Dough Bites
- 1 sheet tray
- 1 large mixing bowl
- 1 rubber spatula
- 1 cooling rack
- 1½ cups all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter room temp
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoon whole milk optional, if needed
- ½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- 8 oz dipping chocolate almond bark, dark chocolate bar or white chocolate
- Preheat oven to 350°F then bake flour for 7 minutes. Let flour cool
- Cream butter, salt and sugars in a stand mixer with paddle attachment for 3 minutes until light and fluffy
- Stir in vanilla
- Mix flour in on low speed just until combined
- Add milk only if needed, 1 tablespoon at a time. Dough should be soft but able to form into 1oz balls. Dough will stiffen a bit once chilled
- Fold in chocolate chips
- Scoop dough with a 1oz cookie scoop then form into balls with your hands. Transfer to a parchment paper lined baking sheet then chill 15 minutes
- Melt almond bark in a double boiler or the microwave in 30 second increments. Dip cookie dough bites then transfer back to baking sheet. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt or sprinkles if desired. Chill 10 minutes before eating