Cookie Dough Balls: Two Ways

December 17, 2012 · 18 comments

Cookie Dough Balls: Two Ways | Baking Serendipity

I wish I was the person who dealt with crazy stress situations gracefully. Except…is this even a real person? Or does everyone flip when they walk into a kitchen covered with powdered sugar, empty trays on the floor and one dog, looking particularly stuffed with cookies?

PS: I think flip in this sense means calling the vet frantically, driving around town to find the person (running) who left the dog and the cookies out and u-turning in the middle of the street to ask them what kind of cookies they even were.

But this is just a random example. I know nothing about dealing with such a mess. In the hours before a holiday party when I was going to be baking.

Except…I do.

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This weekend felt like a challenge…with grey clouds and sick animals and never enough time. I wanted to do nothing but pray, eat cookie dough and impulse shop at Target. I feel like I should apologize for this…but it’s real life. It’s crazy stress real life, and it’s bigger than me. Sometimes I just buy nail polish and paint my nails because I don’t even know what to do, and being forced to sit still while the polish dries buys me some time to figure it out.

I dunno…but I also do. I know that God is good. Always. I’m striving to live the kind of life where this is the response to everything. It’s tricky. Sometimes I just end up with nail polish and cookie dough and the best of intentions. And even then…God is still good.

And so is cookie dough…especially in I have ten minutes to make a dessert, put on mascara and get out the door situations. Somehow this happens to me all the time in December. (Fine. Most other months too.)

It turns out shaping cookie dough into a giant ball is a dessert-appetizer hybrid that comes together crazy fast, and is bonkers impressive. This is my holiday go-to trick. It’s fancy and effortless and all I need to survive until 2013. (Mostly.)

Cookie Dough Balls: Two Ways | Baking Serendipity

I made two separate variations of one recipe, and set them side by side on a platter, with (more!) cookies as dipping vehicles. First, a peppermint chocolate chip cookie dough ball. (Okay. It’s the same dough I stuffed into Oreos. Caught.) Then, a red velvet cookie dough ball.

The peppermint cookie dough ball is rolled in a combination of powdered sugar, crushed candy cane and crushed Oreos. The dough is a little sticky and it sticks right to it! It’s magic…and pretty. I like dipping full Oreo cookies in this ball.

The red velvet cookie dough ball is rolled in semi-sweet chocolate chips. Again, sticky dough (there’s cream cheese here to help with this) makes this easy. I might have held my breath when I rolled each dough ball…for no necessary reason at all. Also…vanilla wafers dipped in a red velvet cookie dough ball is a dream.

Stress eating cookie dough might not solve things…I know this. But it doesn’t always stop me from trying.

Cookie Dough Balls: Two Ways | Baking Serendipity

One more thing…I’m wishing you, this Christmas especially, peace. Love and joy too, but especially, peace.

xoxo

Cookie Dough Balls: Two Ways

Peppermint Cookie Dough Ball

1 cup butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/3 cup milk
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup mint and dark chocolate chips (Tollhouse sells a bag of “winter” chocolate chips…it’s these!)

1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup crushed Oreo cookies
1/4 cup crushed candy canes

Cream butter and sugars. Add peppermint extract and milk, and beat to incorporate. Gradually, add in flour and salt, beating until smooth. Fold in chocolate chips. Form into a round ball and set aside. Combine powdered sugar, crushed Oreos and crushed candy canes. (The Oreos and candy canes will need to be crushed to almost a powder to stick to the dough.) Pour onto a dinner plate and roll the dough ball in them. Serve with Oreo cookies.

Red Velvet Cookie Dough Ball

1 cup butter, room temperature
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon red food coloring
1/3 cup milk
2 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (mini or regular would work)

Cream butter, cream cheese and sugars. Add vanilla extract, food coloring and milk and beat to incorporate. Gradually, add in flour, cocoa powder and salt, beating until smooth. Form into a round ball and set aside. Pour chocolate chips on a dinner plate and roll the dough ball in them, pushing in any chocolate chips that aren’t picked up easily. Serve with vanilla wafers.

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! December 17, 2012 at 9:25 pm

No. You didn’t.
What a fabulous holiday treat!!!

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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust December 17, 2012 at 9:26 pm

WOW. Okay…so now I know what I want to make for appetizers on Christmas Eve…oh the possibilities…

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Cinnamon @ eatpraytri December 17, 2012 at 11:52 pm

what makes the red velvet red? I read through a couple times and I feel like I am missing something. I need to know b/c I need to have this in my kitchen and in my face. ;-)

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Baking Serendipity December 18, 2012 at 7:44 am

There’s definitely 1 teaspoon red food coloring in here I forgot to mention! Thanks for the catch :)

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Corrie Anne December 18, 2012 at 1:03 am

YUM!!!!! Perfect appetizers.

And thanks for sharing that God is good. I’ve been meditating on that as well.

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Joy December 18, 2012 at 1:51 am

What a cute idea.

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Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings December 18, 2012 at 8:28 am

they look awesome! glad you took care of that dog :)

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Ashley December 18, 2012 at 9:09 am

That red velvet one looks fantastic! Our dog is constantly a pain in the butt in my kitchen. She’s even started trying to lick things in the refrigerator that are close to the bottom. So bad…

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers December 18, 2012 at 9:44 am

Don’t worry things will get better and impulse buying at Target is a great distraction, but what is even better are your balls! I don’t know what one I like better, but the mint one is calling me! Fabolous recipes!!!

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts December 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Crazy weekend for sure! These look like the best treats at any party!

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Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes December 18, 2012 at 1:18 pm

God is good all the time! :) These look so amazing…may have to add them to my cookie trays for Christmas :)

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Rebecca @ Blueberry Smiles December 18, 2012 at 3:39 pm

What a neat and different holiday party treat!

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Cassie | Bake Your Day December 18, 2012 at 8:13 pm

These are such a great idea. I know lots of cookie dough lovers who will love these!

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The Squishy Monster December 18, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Yes, God is good…he invented chocolate! =) Love both of these!!

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Kitchen Belleicious December 18, 2012 at 10:14 pm

a cookie dough ball- like as in a cheese ball but sweet and rich and decadent and need I say more! YUM! GEnIUS!

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Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake December 18, 2012 at 10:57 pm

These look Ah-Mazing!!! Oh I’m totally making one (or both) of these ASAP! God has been teaching me to have Joy and Praise Him despite my circumstances too. He is always good, even in the midst of crazy stress:) Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

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Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. December 18, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Oh man, that red velvet one has my name written all over it!

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Nicole @ The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie December 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I love the two different versions! So much fun for a party appetizer (especially when you need to make one FAST!). That peppermint chocolate chip one is calling my name..

PS – It’s not just December that is crazy like that for me. That rushing around is my life pretty much always

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