It all started one week night after my boyfriend had a few beers and decided he wanted something to eat. We didn’t have anything, and he was craving something sweet… so he decided to make chocolate chip cookie dough! It turned out pretty good, but it just wasn’t right. Let me just say, that it is pretty damn funny to see him in the kitchen telling me what to do for him and stirring up a batch of chocolate chip cookie dough with a beer in his hand!
So…I first found this recipe on Joy the Baker’s blog and had to make this right away! It was a smashing success! However, I never got the dough to the ball stage… never. Honestly, this is the first time they’ve made it this far! At first I made it and was like, “Hey, everyone! Have some cookie dough!”. And they would eat some, but I would usually finish it within a few days (shame). Then I would start making it while I was alone, telling myself I would tell everyone and share it with them… well that didn’t happen, I just hid it in the fridge and ate it myself! I would text my boyfriend: ‘I caved and made some cookie dough… again’ and he would just laugh at my lack of self-control. Then I told myself, ‘well, what if I put it in the freezer and stick a note on it saying “Only one spoonful, Sonja!”‘… that didn’t work either. So, I wrestled with myself for a while about what to do and decided I just couldn’t make it anymore!
My boyfriend’s brother just got engaged to the woman of his dreams, both of whom we are in contact with regularly and spend time with them as often as we can. So I said to myself, “Holy shit, their engagement party would be the perfect time to make the cookie dough balls! But, I won’t have any… maybe just one spoonful… and then I’ll have to try the finished product…” AND I wanted to put this up on my blog for a while and was waiting for an excuse to make these so I could pass them off to someone else, that way I didn’t have to deal with them being around and me stuffing my face! The good news is that I healthified Joy’s recipe so instead of using a whole stick of butter (eek!) I only use 2 tablespoons! You can also consider using white whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour to increase the whole grain content. I like the amount of sugar in the recipe, but if you don’t have that much of a sweet tooth you can decrease it too. I want to add that I don’t have the full nutrition information, because it depends on how big you make your balls and how many chocolate chips you want and if you decide to dip them in chocolate or do something else with them. For one small ball it’s around 70 calories, just a ballpark figure.
2 Tbls butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup non-fat yogurt (I like Dannon Light and Fight, vanilla or Greek yogurt)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup and 2 Tbls all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda (for the flavor as Joy says, and she is damn right)
¾ tsp salt
Mini chocolate chips – as many or as little as you like, I don’t like a whole lot in there so 1/3-1/2 cup works for me
Nuts – I don’t add these, but if you like nuts in your chocolate chip cookie dough then you better put them in
Cream the butter with the sugars. Add the yogurt and vanilla. Separately combine the flour, baking soda, and salt and sift into the batter and stir to combine. Then add the chocolate chips and nuts (if using). Put that shit in the freezer right now! You can only like the bowl and spatula!
After a few hours in the freezer, take the dough out, roll them into balls, placing them on wax or parchment paper on a cookie sheet and put back in the freezer so they harden before dipping in the chocolate.
If you have a double boiler use it, if you are poor and frugal like me use your own makeshift double boiler (small pot of water with a glass other type of bowl on top, then put in the chips).
And Voila! You have delicious, party-friendly, healthy—-er, chocolate chip cookie dough balls! My boyfriend and I brought them to the engagement party and they were almost all gone in minutes! SUCCESS!