Craving something sweet but don't feel like baking? These edible no-bake cookie dough bites are the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth! They only take 5 minutes to whip up in one bowl and taste better than Betty Crocker. Make them dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan with only 6 simple ingredients.
If you love chocolate chip cookie dough, these bites are calling your name. Filled with mini chocolate chips and made with heat-treated flour, these cookie dough balls are perfectly safe to eat and have a wonderfully soft, delicious texture, not to mention their rich, yummy homemade flavor.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Easy, no-bake - This recipe is truly easy and quick to make. No baking is necessary, so these cookie dough bites are ready to enjoy in just 5 minutes!
- Safe and edible - We all have those late-night cookie dough cravings. Lucky for you, these dairy-free, eggless cookie dough balls are perfectly edible and safe to eat raw, just be sure to heat-treat your flour first!
- Kid-friendly - Calling all kids (and kids at heart)! These cookie dough balls are the ultimate kid-friendly treat. They're the perfect size for little hands, and they're so easy to pack for school lunches, parties, and events.
- Mini chocolate chips - Every bite is filled with mini chocolate chips, taking that cookie dough flavor to the next level! They are truly irresistible; chocolate lovers will be in heaven with this treat.
This recipe is incredibly easy to make with just 6 ingredients. Here are helpful tips about the ingredients, including substitutions you can make if necessary:
- Butter - Use salted butter that is room temperature, but not too warm. Vegan stick butter like Earth Balance and Miyoko's work well.
- Brown Sugar - Whether you use light or dark brown sugar does not matter. Just be sure to pack it into the measuring cup for the proper amount. For a vegan-friendly version, use coconut sugar instead.
- Granulated Sugar - Instead of granulated sugar, you may use organic cane sugar.
- Vanilla - Pure vanilla extract adds a delicious sweetness and rich, comforting flavor to the cookie dough.
- Flour - Use a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend, or use all-purpose flour if you are not gluten-free. I recommend Bob's Red Mill 1:1 Flour. Remember to heat treat the flour to kill any bacteria and make the dough safe to eat raw.
- Chocolate Chips - Mini chocolate chips are the perfect size for these little bites. Semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips are best to balance out the sweetness of the dough, but milk chocolate chips are okay, too.
Remember to see the recipe card at the bottom of the post for ingredient quantities.
The dough comes together in just 5 minutes, and you only need one bowl! Talk about easy and QUICK. Here are step-by-step instructions for how to make edible cookie dough bites without cream cheese:
STEP 1: Heat treat the flour to kill any bacteria. Add the flour to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 60 seconds. Stir the flour to evenly distribute the heat, and microwave for another 60 seconds. Then, let it cool.
STEP 2: In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, or using a stand mixer, beat the room temperature butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth and fluffy (this takes about 2-3 minutes).
STEP 3: Add the heat-treated flour to the bowl and mix gently on low speed until it is just combined into the dough. Remember not to over-mix!
STEP 4: Use a rubber spatula to fold the mini chocolate chips into the cookie dough until evenly incorporated. The dough will be soft, and not too thick.
STEP 5: Use a small 1-inch cookie scoop to scoop out evenly-sized balls of cookie dough. This is an easy way to ensure the bites are uniform in size. You can use a bigger scoop if you want, but I love keeping them small and bite-sized.
STEP 6: Roll each ball of cookie dough in your hands to give it a smooth, round shape. Then, place it on a tray lined with parchment paper. You will not bake the cookie dough, but it is helpful to have them on a tray for chilling (if desired).
STEP 7: Since the dough is soft and warm after rolling it in your hands, it is a good idea to refrigerate the tray of cookie dough bites for 30-60 minutes so they firm up and become easier to eat. The bites are safe to enjoy right away, but I find they taste best when they are slightly chilled. This is up to you!
TIP: While chilling the dough is optional at first, it's best to store leftover cookie dough balls in the fridge so they stay fresh for multiple days. If you are stacking them in a container, add a sheet of parchment between each layer so they don't stick together. I like to take them out of the fridge 15 minutes before enjoying them so they aren't too firm to bite, but do what you like best!
Expert Recipe Tips
- Heat-treating the flour - Instead of heating the flour in the microwave, you can spread the flour on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake it at 350°F for 10 minutes instead. Just be careful the flour does not become brown.
- Use room temperature butter - To easily beat the butter with the sugars, use room temperature butter that is slightly soft, but not so warm that it melts at all.
- Don't over-mix the dough - Stop mixing the dough when the flour is just combined. No need to mix any more than necessary. You want the dough bites to keep their deliciously soft texture, so don't over-do it!
- Chill the dough balls - Chilling the dough bites is optional, but I think they become the perfect texture after 30 minutes in the fridge. They are quite soft when they are just made, so chilling them allows them to firm up.
Cookie Dough Variations
This recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free as written, but if you're aiming to make it completely vegan, here are some additional tips for you. And if you're not concerned about any dietary restrictions, I'm also including some notes on how to make the bites using regular baking ingredients, making it a treat that everyone can enjoy!
- Vegan - There are no eggs or dairy in this recipe, so just swap the brown sugar for coconut sugar and the granulated sugar for organic cane sugar to make it fully vegan-friendly.
- Traditional - Not interested in gluten-free and dairy-free? Simply switch to all-purpose flour, regular salted butter, and your preferred mini chocolate chips and you're all set.
- No brown sugar - To make the cookie dough bites without brown sugar, swap in additional granulated sugar instead. They will still taste delicious!
- No butter - No butter? No problem! Make the cookie dough bites with cream cheese instead. They will be super creamy! To keep them dairy-free, just make sure to use dairy-free cream cheese.
If you love chocolate chip cookies as much as you love these raw cookie dough bites, you have to try these soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies without brown sugar. They are so easy to make, and you bet they taste as good as they look!
Frequently Asked Questions
Betty Crocker's No Bake Cookie Dough Bites have a cookie dough flavor, so these bites might taste similar to Betty Crocker's. However, these bites are homemade with higher-quality ingredients, giving them a richer and more delicious taste than the Betty Crocker version. Try them for yourself!
While chilling the bites immediately after shaping them is optional to make them firmer, any leftover cookie dough bites should be stored in the refrigerator to prevent bacterial growth and ensure they stay fresh and edible for multiple days.
Yes, it is important to use heat-treated flour for edible cookie dough as a safety precaution. Heat treating the flour kills any bacteria that may be present in raw flour from the harvesting and manufacturing processes. Don't skip this step!
Yes! These raw cookie dough bites are safe to eat because they are made without dairy or eggs and use heat-treated flour. There are no ingredients that are unsafe to consume raw, so these bites are perfectly edible and absolutely delicious!
Storing & Freezing
To store leftover cookie dough balls, place them in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-7 days. If you stack them, separate each layer with parchment paper to prevent the bites from sticking together.
Both the cookie dough and the dough bites freeze well. You can freeze the dough before forming it into balls if you wish, or transfer the balls of cookie dough to an airtight container and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months. Allow them to thaw and soften at room temperature for 1-2 hours before enjoying them again.
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Edible No Bake Cookie Dough Bites
- 1 Mixing Bowl
- 1 Cookie Scoop
- ½ cup salted vegan butter room temperature (see notes)
- ½ cup brown sugar, packed light or dark is fine
- ¼ cup granulated sugar (see notes for vegan sugar options)
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour blend or all-purpose flour (see notes)
- ½ cup vegan mini chocolate chips I recommend semi-sweet or dark chocolate
- Start by heat-treating the flour. Add the flour to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 60 seconds. Stir the flour to distribute the heat and microwave for another 60 seconds. Stir again, and let cool. This step is important to kill any bacteria in the flour and make the cookie dough safe to eat. Alternatively, you can spread the flour on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 10 minutes, just be careful it does not become brown.1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour blend
- In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer or stand mixer to beat the room-temperature butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract on high speed until smooth and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes).½ cup salted vegan butter, ½ cup brown sugar, packed, ¼ cup granulated sugar, 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Add the flour to the bowl and mix gently on low speed until the flour is just incorporated into the dough. The dough may be soft (not thick), but that's okay.1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour blend
- Use a rubber spatula to gently fold the mini chocolate chips into the dough until evenly distributed.½ cup vegan mini chocolate chips
- Use a 1-inch cookie scoop to scoop the dough into bite-sized balls. Roll each ball in your hands to give it a smooth, round shape, then place it on a tray lined with parchment paper.
- For best results, refrigerate the cookie dough bites for 30-60 minutes so they can firm up. This is optional; you can enjoy the bites right away if you prefer. Enjoy!