July 1, 2009

no pathogens here

What a shame that something as delightful as cookie dough would be contaminated by something as nasty as E. coli.


What great fortune that I can make my own cookie dough, and that I can eat it willy-nilly.

Rather than eating cookie dough straight out of the mixing bowl like a heathen (ah, who am I kidding, I do it all the time), I decided to take a more sophisticated route. I saw some oatmeal cookie balls on Deborah's wonderful blog Taste and Tell and thought they'd be the perfect quick-fix.

Indeed, these are great little bites. I followed Deborah's recipe pretty closely, and my only advice is this: Chill the dough very briefly before rolling it into balls--it makes the process much less messy.


One more bit of advice: Always make (and eat, neanderthal-style) your own cookie dough.

E. coli-Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Balls
(personalized from this recipe)

2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon (clearly, all oatmeal raisin cookie replicas should contain cinnamon)
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 cup golden raisins, chopped
1 cup powdered sugar

In a large bowl, combine the oats, sugar, cinnamon, and cocoa. With clean hands, mix in the water, vanilla, butter, and peanut butter to form a dough. Add in the raisins.
Chill the dough briefly, then roll it into 1-inch balls. Roll the balls in powdered sugar until thickly coated. Pop into the fridge for at least 20 minutes before serving.

43 comments:

haleysuzanne said...

Ooh. I like the inclusion of just a little bit of peanut butter in these. And a little cocoa! They're like oatmeal cookie...plus

Donna-FFW said...

MMM, an oatmeal cookie ball sounds perfect. Unfortunately my children do not like raisins, but I can sub choc chips:) They look scrumptious!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

If I'm good-like really, really good could you send me one? Or two or a dozen? ;)

Albany Jane said...

Lately I've been making full batches of cookies, baking a couple, and freezing the remaining dough as cookies to bake as-wanted later. But what with the heat lately, I've just been eating the frozen blobs of raw cookie dough. Refreshing!

bigsis said...

Great balls, Grace! I love the phrase "willy nilly". I don't think we use it enough. ;-D

I'm deathly allergic to raisins. If I left them out, do you think the balls would be too dry without the moistness the raisins add?

lisaiscooking said...

These sound too good to be true. No baking, and they're full of good stuff. And, they're pretty with the powdered sugar coating!

Gloria said...

This is so yuummmy!! Grace, look fantastic!! Gloria

kat said...

What an easy way to make cookies

♥Rosie♥ said...

Those oatmeal cookie balls just hit the right spot of deliciousness!!

Ingrid said...

Bring on the cookie dough sans raisin and e. coli! :)
~ingrid

Sophie said...

I saw these, they look so good! Yeah, making cookie dough rocks because you can choose what eggs you put in :D.

Baking Monster said...

Thats a great idea and it looks great too!

OhioMom said...

...." Always make (and eat, neanderthal-style) your own cookie dough"

LMAO! Great advice, yummy cookies!

oneordinaryday said...

Ick - I hadn't heard about this. Sometimes I buy it solely so my son can eat it for dessert. : ) Glad I haven't bought any recently!
I love your idea though. Make your own and you can't go wrong.
Michelle

Deborah said...

Yes - I should have added cinnamon! I'm glad you made them and liked them!!

foodhoe said...

Love oatmeal cookies, these sound great with the addition of peanut butter and cinnamon! my favorite is chocolate chip cookie dough...

Marjie said...

After all, what good is cookie dough if you can't nibble at it? How else will you know that the cookies will be first-rate? Added bonus: You can add your cookie dough to softened ice cream, and call it "Cookie dough ice cream"!

The Blonde Duck said...

Oh my God. You're responsible for my growing hips.

Lori said...

What tastey little morsels!

Man is that ever gross about the Toll House Cookie DOugh. SO glad we dont buy that stuff.

sliceofsueshe said...

Yum. I saw these as well and contemplated making them, but haven't gotten around to it yet. This must be a sign.

Oh, and I totally agree. Oatmeal cookies need a little warm cinnamon love. ;-)

Sharon said...

Guilt free cookie dough?! What will you come up with next, my friend :)

Looks delicious as usual!

Risa said...

This sounds and looks delicious. I often think I eat more raw dough then I eat baked cookies.

Chef Fresco said...

Ohhh man so tempting! I love cookie dough & yours totally does look way better than the store bought kind :)

doggybloggy said...

willy nilly cookie dough - sign me up!

Barbara said...

I know, that was quite a scare. So OK, I get it. Only homemade dough- must admit the best dough I ever tasted was your snickerdoodle blondie dough. However, I am loving your adorable cookie ball- chock full of everything I like. And peanut butter too. Yum. (And by the way Grace, thank you for being so supportive on my blogsite. I really appreciate your comments!)

Anita said...

So these are not cooked? What a good idea, safe cookie dough :)

Sophie said...

You & your cinnamon: can you live without it? hahahahahahaha,...I too, I love cinnamon but not too much!
These little balls look so lovely!

Lisa said...

Great idea, as usual. Your Cookie Balls sound fun and fabulous!

KJ said...

you should have seen the weird looks I got when I excitedly told my friends about a recipe I'd seen for making cookies out of cookie dough. LOL!! So long as they were small I think they would be great.

Leslie said...

Oh how yummy. And I am a life long batter eater.

Emily said...

Wow, I love it. These sound so good! I must have missed these on Deborah's blog.

Bridgett said...

Oh wow, how fabulous Grace!

Paula said...

I've always wondered why my cookie output never matches what it says on the recipe ... probably because I eat waaaayyyy too much of it before it ever leaves the mixing bowl. Um, how could I possible make cookie dough and not sample it? Do such people exist? How do they resist licking the spoon? Now I want some cookie dough. :-)

burpandslurp said...

I ALWAYs make my own, but that's because I'm a snob and think my baking is the best. But now...I think you topped it with this awesome cookie ball! Pretty and fun to eat and delicious-sounding!
And..."willy-nilly"?!! HAHAHA!! That word is gonna be in my mouth for days now!

Julie said...

That recipe title cracks me up! I love cookie dough...I doubt I'll change my errant ways :)

Penny said...

Great looking dessert. Have a wonderful holiday!

eatme_delicious said...

Mmm delicious. I saw these on Deborah's blog and had already saved the recipe. Thanks for reminding me about them!

CookiePie said...

YUM - any kind of oatmeal cookie works for me! I love these!

Lexie said...

Perfect...I love eating cookie dough and this is the safe way to do it :)

Robin Sue said...

Totally loving this recipe Grace! Will have to make this with my little ones- yay no raw eggs!

Amanda said...

Hehe--this one really made me giggle! E.coli-free indeed! Love it.

Cara said...

The only problem is that now I'd have to share my beloved cookie dough with my husband, who has always been scared of raw egg-containing dough ;)

shaz said...

I SO had to look at this post just because of the title! Glad I've found you...will definitely be back for more (germ free) ideas ;)