Saturday, May 8, 2010

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

These are sooo good. Everyone loves the cookie dough more than the cookies anyway, so these treats let everyone indulge themselves on what they'd rather be eating. Plus, there isn't raw egg in these to worry about (not that I've ever worried about that when eating cookie dough, but I know I'm supposed to). It does take a little while since you have to refrigerate/freeze the dough at different times, so plan to do this in stages. Also, dipping them in chocolate at the end can get a little messy, so be prepared! Thanks to Plain Chicken for the tasty recipe.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

1 stick butter at room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 1/4 cups flour
1 (14-oz can) sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 lb chocolate bark or chocolate candy coating

Combine the butter and brown sugar in a mixing bowl, and cream on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the flour, condensed milk, and vanilla until incorporated and smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips. Cover with plastic wrap or foil and refrigerate until the mixture has firmed up enough to form balls.

Shape the chilled cookie dough mixture into balls. I use a spoon to scoop them, which means they come out smaller, but you could do them any size. Place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Cover loosely, put the pan in the freezer, and chill for at least 30 minutes.

When ready to dip them, melt the chocolate in a bowl in the microwave. Dip each chilled truffle, one at a time, in the chocolate, and gently shake off any excess. You can do this all with spoons or with your hands (which gets messy but is fun). If the cookie dough gets too soft at any point, put them back in the freezer for a few minutes. Once all the cookie dough bites have been dipped in chocolate, store them in the refrigerator.

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