Monday, September 5, 2011

Chocolate Chip Dough Balls

Two Words: Dough Balls. Need. I. say. more?

I have been seeing the dough ball craze all over theย blogosphere since Foodbuzz Festival last year. First Mama Pea withย her Vegan Peanut Butter Dough Balls and then Diana with her Chocolate Chip Dough Balls (where this recipe was adapted from). And the craze was ignited.

Truth be told, I didn’t know what all the rage was about. You see, while everyone was flipping out over Annie the Baker’s dough balls at the Foodbuzz Tasting Pavillion last November, I was busy with my stomach in knots preparing for my Electrolux Cooking Demo. By the time my demo was done and I went back to sample those aforementioned dough balls, they. were. gone. Every last one of em’.

I thought, “Oh well. No. Big. Deal.” and went on with life. Then the recipes started popping up everywhere. I thought, surely they can’t be THAT amazing. They just look like little small round cookies. What’s so special about that.

How blissfully naive I was. Little did I know that one bite of these babies would be all it took. I’dย be hooked for forever. Let me tell you I already have plans for future dough balls that I will attempt! Cannot even wait! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Chocolate Chip Dough Balls

Yield: 15-16 dough balls

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10-12 minutes

Total Time: 20-25 minutes

For those of us out there that love cookie dough more than cookies!


1 stick salted butter, softened
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon double acting baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350ยฐ.

Cream together butter and sugars until combined well. Add egg and vanilla and beat until thoroughly combined (be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl).

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking powder. Add half of the dry mixure to the wet ingredients and mix until it starts to come together. Add the remaining half of the dry mixture to the wet ingredients, and mix until well combined (try not to over mix - let it all come together but don't beat it longer than that).

Lastly, fold in the chocolate chips. Scoop into balls using a 1 1/2" cookie dough scoop (or just guesstimate with your hands). Place them evenly spaced apart on a large jelly roll pan. I was able to squeeze all of them on one 12 1/4" x 17 1/4" pan (they don't need a whole lot of space between them since they don't spread like normal cookies).

Bake for 10-12 minutes. Do not - I REPEAT - DO NOT over cook them! These are dough balls - not cookies. You want them to be soft on the inside. Check the internal temperature to make sure it's just above 160ยฐ F which is considered safe to eat by the USDA.

Remove from oven and allow to cool and set for 2-3 minutes on the baking sheet before transfering to a cooling rack. Eat immediately (if you like your cookies hot like me!). HOLY MOLY. SO good.

Note: I store my chocolate chips in the freezer. This may or may not have an impact on the consistency of the dough. To be safe, throw yours in the freezer for a few hours before baking.

Inspired by: Annie the Baker
Adapted from Diana: The Chic Life

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46 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Dough Balls”

  1. 1

    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — September 5, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    Dough balls never get old, these look delicious!

    • Kristina replied: — September 7th, 2011 @ 11:38 am

      I’m obsessed. hah

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — September 5, 2011 @ 9:33 am

    No, you needn’t say more than dough balls!! These look SO yummy! I will take 3 with a big glass of milk please!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — September 5, 2011 @ 9:48 am

    these look like little scoops of ICE CREAM! i want!

    • Kristina replied: — September 7th, 2011 @ 11:39 am

      come on over- i saved a few for ya! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    alex — September 5, 2011 @ 10:38 am

    I need to make these…!

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    LizAndrsn — September 5, 2011 @ 12:06 pm

    Wait — what’s the deal with freezing the chocolate chips?
    I have some squirreled away in the deep freeze, but that’s so my kids don’t eat them before I have a chance to use them.

    • Kristina replied: — September 7th, 2011 @ 11:40 am

      I always keep mine in the freezer for optimum freshness! Not sure if it actually helps… it’s just what my mom always did haha

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    tracy via the traveling cupcake — September 5, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

    wait – what the what?? apparently i have missed the whole dough ball craze – what is this wonderful thing?!

    • Kristina replied: — September 7th, 2011 @ 11:40 am

      Jump on the bandwagon girl!!

  7. 7

    Lauren @ hey, who cut the cheese? — September 5, 2011 @ 6:38 pm

    So cute!! I can’t wait to try these. Thanks for sharing!

  8. 8

    Kim Bee — September 5, 2011 @ 11:31 pm

    Never had one of these dough balls. I must try this. Great recipe.

    • Kristina replied: — September 7th, 2011 @ 11:40 am

      you. will. die. SOOO good.

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    Jenn (Cookies Cupcakes Cardio) — September 5, 2011 @ 11:41 pm

    Yum! Looks soooo delicious…. I LOVE cookie dough in all forms, especially in ball form.

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    Jessica — September 6, 2011 @ 12:42 am

    These are most definitely on my list of must makes! I LOVE how they kind of look like ice cream scoops! So adorable!

    • Kristina replied: — September 7th, 2011 @ 11:41 am

      Get on it girl… i was so mad at myself for waiting as long as I did!!!

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    myFudo — September 6, 2011 @ 1:27 am

    looks so adorable.. so cute. thanks for sharing this, I know my kids would be happy to have these.
    feel free to check out my site am offering a free lunch bag this week ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Sandra — September 6, 2011 @ 8:22 am

    I thought these were ice cream at first. Then I worried that they were not baked. Happy happy joy joy when I read through the recipe. I AM SO MAKING THESE!

    • Kristina replied: — September 7th, 2011 @ 11:41 am


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    RavieNomNoms — September 6, 2011 @ 10:44 am

    May I have one please?! These look awesome. I am definitely going to be making these and soon!

    • Kristina replied: — September 7th, 2011 @ 11:41 am

      sure thing ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Erin — September 6, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

    Cookie dough is right up there with a spoonful of peanut butter.

    • Kristina replied: — September 7th, 2011 @ 11:41 am


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    Lacy — September 6, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

    These sound just as amazing as the look!! I haven’t tried any dough balls yet but I think I will definitely have to now after reading your post, I’m starving! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    ErinsFoodFiles — September 6, 2011 @ 10:45 pm

    My husband would DIE over these. His favorite thing is a soft chocolate chip cookie!

    • Kristina replied: — September 7th, 2011 @ 11:42 am

      yes. he. will. ๐Ÿ™‚ Eat them warm – they are ridiculous!

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    Kita — September 7, 2011 @ 8:13 am

    Dear God I could eat far to many of these… Shamefully far far to many!

    • Kristina replied: — September 7th, 2011 @ 11:42 am

      i definitely did.

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    Mom — September 7, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    These are really good! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kristina replied: — September 7th, 2011 @ 11:42 am


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    brandi — September 7, 2011 @ 9:57 am

    they. are. so. good., aren’t they? I made some with almond butter earlier this year. yum.

    • Kristina replied: — September 7th, 2011 @ 11:43 am

      mmm almond butter – i actually JUST made my first batch of homemade!!! much easier than i thought!

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    leslie — September 13, 2011 @ 9:04 pm

    Oh my..this is the first of me hearing about these. I am a HUGE dough fan so I am sure I will love these.

  21. 21

    Christina — October 4, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

    So…I never have salted butter in the house, but I so want to make these.

    How much salt should I add (in addition to the 1/2 tsp) if I use unsalted butter?

    • Kristina replied: — October 4th, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

      I did a google search and it says to add 1/4 teaspoon of salt per stick of butter. Hope that helps ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. 22

    Christina — October 4, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

    I guess I could have done that myself ๐Ÿ˜›


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    Beth Anne — October 17, 2011 @ 8:53 pm

    oh. my. word. these are SOOO good!!! I fed them to my pt school classmates and they about died along with the peanut butter chocolate chip cookies!! I’m such a stress baker and these are so great for test days =) love your blog!!

    • Kristina replied: — October 19th, 2011 @ 8:57 am

      you are probably the favorite classmate now, huh? ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Megan — December 4, 2011 @ 2:13 pm

    Can this dough be made and the refrigerator/freezer stored ahead of time?

  25. 25

    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — January 1, 2012 @ 9:12 am

    I love Annie the Baker! I met her in Napa Valley and she is one of the most outgoing, nicest people I have ever met. She has a ton of different kinds of Cookie Dough Cookies and I tried most of them, there so good, glad you posted this recipe, I have to give it a try!

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    Madison — May 23, 2012 @ 11:35 pm

    Will most grocery stores carry the double acting baking powder?

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    Cathy Wanat — December 4, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

    What is it that keeps these from melting while baking like regular chocolate chip cookes? Is it the baking powder? I don’t want to make a batch and be disappointed by “normal cookies”. LOL



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