No. 88: Raw Chocolate Chip Dough Bites

Since Mr. McCormick and I met in Maine, we had a few years of long distance dating while we finished our undergraduate educations. I'm still so grateful to ASU and K-State for not scheduling graduation at the same time so that we could attend each other's big events.

Mr. Mc's graduation was first, so I hopped on a plane and arrived the same day as the family's graduation party/dinner.

As we were getting ready to leave, I was starving. At the time Mr. McC lived with his cousin. With two guys in the house I didn't expect a lot of options. When I peeked in the fridge I came face to face with a 5 pound bucket of chocolate chip cookie dough.

Yes, you read that correctly. 5 pounds!

Cousin Ali, was standing next to me in awe. We didn't even know where you could get such a thing. But, we were hungry gals. So we both grabbed spoons and took a few big bites to hold us til dinner.

Mr. McC emerged and we gave him a pretty hard time about all that dough. He confessed that he'd gone to Costco hungry one night and that it had "sounded pretty good at the time." He claims he did eventually finish it all:)

Chocolate Chip Dough Bites

We all crave chocolate chip cookies at some point or other, and I just don't understand the people who can resist not tasting the dough. I know, I know ... the uncooked eggs! But I'm willing to risk it.

This wonderfully adaptable recipe from The Kitchn has no scary raw egg associated wtih it. I also loved the idea of having these ready to eat in the freezer and just grabbing one on the go when you need a sweet treat.

Ingredients

Yields 12 bites
1 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (if you're gluten-free, make sure you're using gluten-free oats)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons maple syrup*
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup chocolate chips

*I used molasses since I had it on hand, which did change the overall flavor, but it still was delicious!

To make

Line a plate or container with parchment or wax paper and set it aside. Combine the cashews, oats, salt and cinnamon in a food processor. Pulse together until a fine meal forms.

Meal

Add the maple syrup and the vanilla extract to the cashew-oat mixture. Pulse again until the mixture comes together in a ball of raw dough.

Dough

Remove the ball of dough from the food processor and place it in a small bowl. Be sure to scrape the sides and the blade of your food processor to get all the extra bits. Gently fold in the chocolate chips so they are incorporated throughout the dough mixture.

Using a cookie scoop, portion out the dough into twelve even balls. Use clean hands to roll the portions of dough into perfect little spheres. Place your completed bites onto a parchment lined plate or container. You can eat them right away, or store them in the freezer for later.

The results

These nutty, chocolatey goodies are addicting. Beware. You'll want to eat way more than just one.

Final

I let my bites freeze for an hour and loved the cold, chewy texture. The taste really is very reminiscent of cookie dough.

If chocolate chips aren't your thing you can definitely play with this. White chocolate, raisins, cranberries, more or less oats ... there are lots of options for customization.

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