Cookie dough balls on a board

Edible cookie dough

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(30 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins - 10 mins No cook


Serves 12 (Makes 30-40 balls)

Our easy cookie dough mixture is totally safe to eat and can be made in minutes. Keep a batch in the fridge, eat it by the spoon, serve it with ice cream, or mould it, shape it and colour it with food dye

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per cookie dough ball (without flavourings)

  • kcal165
  • fat7g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs23g
  • sugars14g
  • fibre1g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.4g


  • 100g butter, softened to room temperature



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 175g soft brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 140g plain flour
  • 2 tbsp full-fat milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…


  1. Beat the butter and sugar together, preferably in a mixer. Add the vanilla, ½ tsp salt and the flour, then mix until it looks like breadcrumbs. Keep mixing as you add the milk until it comes together to form a dough. Eat as it is or try one of these flavourings:

  2. Salted caramel dough: Add 1 tbsp dulce de leche, ½ tsp salt and a handful of dark chocolate chips to the dough and mix well.

  3. S'more cookie dough: Add 1 tbsp chocolate hazelnut spread, 2 crumbled digestive biscuits, and some mini marshmallows.

  4. Apple & cinnamon dough: Add some little chunks of dried apple and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar (1 tsp cinnamon mixed with 1 tbsp soft brown sugar).

  5. Peanut heaven dough: Add 1 tbsp peanut butter and a handful of sugar-coated chocolate peanuts.

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Matthew G's picture
Matthew G
26th Jun, 2020
This does what it says on the tin
Eleanor Wild's picture
Eleanor Wild
15th Mar, 2020
if you think it’s too sickly and sugary i recommend mixing it into ice cream. i did this and took all necessary precautions (cooking flour etc), added crushed oreo then mixed it into vanilla ice cream and it was delicious!
10th Jan, 2020
This is NOT safe-to-eat and should not be labelled as such. Raw flour can contain bacteria such as E. coli and should be cooked before eating.
NCH5454's picture
11th Jun, 2019
Agree with some of the other comments. Would also definitely try to use the special heat treated flour than ordinary plain flour. I tried this for my grandkids - they seemed happy enough but I wasn't quite so impressed! I've now committed the ultimate sin, cheated and bought some from after trying it at the Sheffield Food Festival.
Lamiya's picture
26th Aug, 2018
you’re in luck if you’re reading this before making this recipe - it states way too much sugar! i believe there was an error and the 175g should be 75g. ended up throwing it away which was such a shame.
10th Aug, 2018
Throat crusty because I added to much cinamonn would not recomend
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olivia helen t
6th May, 2018
i didn’t like this recipe. the flavour of the brown sugar was overpowering and the granules of it were too big to eat, so the texture was weirdly crunchy. perhaps would taste better cooked.
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14Wolf Games
24th Feb, 2018
Was skeptical when looking at this and it seems for good reason. Even with only 75g of brown sugar I found it overwhelming and just not right. I know the novelty of it is being raw, edible cookie dough but it tastes much better baked as actual cookies/biscuits. Very moorish and filling when baked.
3rd Aug, 2017
Really quick and easy to make. However, the taste of the cookie dough without any additions was incredibly overpowering because of the brown sugar. I also heat treated my flour to kill any bacteria and would recommend to do that. In terms of additions I added crushed Oreo cookies and a small handful of chocolate chips this made it taste much better!
Alex W21
28th Jul, 2016
Nice idea, but it is important to remember that this is a combination of raw ingredients that would support the growth of food-poisoning bacteria. Therefore it must either be stored in the refrigerator immediately after mixing and eaten within a very short period, or baked to ensure that it remains safe to eat


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Rosa Walker
17th Oct, 2019
Can you use caster instead if brown sugar? I have tried it with brown before and thought it was too crunchy.
goodfoodteam's picture
21st Oct, 2019
Thanks for your question. You can use caster but it doesn't have the same caramelly flavour of soft brown sugar. The texture shouldn't have been crunchy. Look for light soft brown sugar in the supermarket or try the caster if you prefer.
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Erin Steward
21st Mar, 2019
These are so nice IF you change the recipe slightly. Instead of doing the 175g of brown sugar it says, I do 87g of caster sugar and 87g of brown. As well as this I also melt the butter in the microwave for 30 seconds as well as ‘cooking’ the flour to make sure there is no bacteria growth.
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