About a week after I turned 10, my family packed up our entire two-story cookie-cutter subdivision house to move across down. My parents bought an older yet larger sprawling one-story home, built in 1955, with nearly an acre of land split between the front and back yards.
I can only remember a few brief glimpses from our first house: climbing the tall tree in the backyard, picking jasmine off of the trellis, sitting on the roof of my toddler-sized plastic play structure… And most importantly, “helping” Mom make chocolate chip cookies.
She started by pulling out the same large metallic bowl and hand mixer from their spots in the cupboard, then reached for the sugars, flour, butter, and vanilla. Mom followed the directions on the back of the Tollhouse bag, although she usually snuck in extra chocolate chips if we asked nicely!
After she dropped the cookie dough into mounds on the stained metal baking sheets, she offered both my brother and me a beater, and we were allowed to split the remaining cookie dough stuck to the bowl too. I’d draw a line straight down the center with my finger, but as the big sister, I usually tried to steal the side with more chocolate chips.
Once we finished licking every last speck, Mom scrubbed the bowl with warm soapy water, and we’d wait for the cookies to cool long enough so we wouldn’t burn our tongues.
But right now, we’re currently experiencing another huge heat wave in my town, with no end in sight. Much too hot to turn on the oven (well, if I want to pretend I’m sane!), I opted for the next best thing… Cookie dough!
After reading about my friend Dorothy’s new dessert mash-up cookbook coming out this fall, I decided to do something similar and combine two iconic cookie flavors into one sweet treat: Chocolate Chip Funfetti Cookie Dough Bites! Sweet and buttery, these soft little bites contain absolutely no eggs, so they’re 100% safe to eat raw. But be warned… They’re kind of addictive!
This no-bake cookie dough differs from regular cookie dough in two ways…
1) No baking powder. Baking powder and baking soda, the two most common leavening agents, can sometimes give raw cookie dough a metallic taste. Since this one is meant to be eaten raw—not baked!—I completely left it out, so you’ll only taste purely sweet vanilla dough.
2) Applesauce. Instead of eggs, I substituted unsweetened applesauce. It achieves the same consistency while making them safe to eat raw, and no—they don’t taste fruity at all! Although I haven’t tried either, you could possibly substitute yogurt or about half the amount of milk in place of the applesauce. Use your best judgment; you want the cookie dough to be slightly sticky but not too liquidy.
The dough is initially fairly tacky, so stick it in the fridge for 30-60 minutes to help it firm up. This way, it doesn’t stick to your hands as much when you roll it into balls! Place the little bits on wax paper (or directly into Tupperware). Because of the applesauce, it’s best to store them in the fridge, and you also won’t be quite so tempted to sneak one every time you walk through the kitchen!
Familiar yet fun, these healthier Chocolate Chip Funfetti Cookie Dough Bites taste just like regular cookie dough, just without the eggs! They’re perfect for when you’re craving cookies but don’t want to turn on the oven…
Which is basically every single day during the summer for me!
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