I confess: I eat raw cookie dough. Yep, straight from the bowl…on a spoon…watching TV…and sometimes the dough never even makes it into the oven. Since most cookie doughs contain eggs, however, eating them raw can be unsafe, since raw eggs can carry a number of foodborne illnesses.
So, naturally, when I came across this recipe for an eggless “Raw Cookie Dough” I had to give it a try. The dough is easy to mix up, just like regular cookie dough except instead of egg for a binder you use either Greek style yogurt, applesauce or peanut butter — how clever is that?
The next thing you know, you have frozen cookie dough on a fork that you can eat guilt-free in front of the TV! Whoo Hoo! I know there are other fellow secret cookie dough eaters out there, so here is how you can make your own:
You can find the original recipe here, but I’ve made a lot of changes.
To make Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls start by chopping up a cup or two of dry-roasted peanuts (instead of walnuts) in the food processor. Scoop out 1/2 cup of the chopped nuts for the dough and set the rest aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. I chose peanut butter as my egg substitute, so beat in 1/3 cup of that with a teaspoon of vanilla extract until combined.
Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Add flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir until a dough starts to form.
Toss in the semi-sweet chocolate chips and chopped dry-roasted peanuts and mix until combined.
Scoop out large ice cream scoops full of dough and place on a parchment or silpat lined cookie sheet. Stick a plastic fork or popsicle stick into each scoop and freeze for at least 3 hours.
Melt the rest of the chocolate chips and dip the frozen dough balls into the chocolate, covering the bottom and the sides.
Immediately roll in chopped dry-roasted peanuts and return to the cookie sheet. When all dough balls are covered in chocolate and peanuts return to the freezer for another hour until hardened.
Serve cold from the freezer or let set out for a little bit to soften. Either way, these are DELICIOUS! Enjoy!