baking adventures

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

Happy Monday friends! The sun is shining, and I have hit the ground running this morning. For some odd reason I woke up at 5:15 and have not stopped yet! I love the start of a new week, it gives me a fresh wave of motivation in taking care of our home, as well as focus in my work tasks. 

We had a very relaxing yet productive weekend. We worked on some DIY furniture projects (stay tuned here for some updates in the weeks ahead), had a picnic with some church families, and enjoyed a fun downtown breakfast date...overall it was an awesome weekend. One thing that I usually do as a treat for Ben for the weekends is to make something sweet. Let me tell you, my husband has quite the sweet-tooth. I love sweets also, but not quite like Ben. I always pick on him about it because I often do not make desserts through out the week but Ben always finds a way to satisfy his sweet-tooth. During the week that usually means he raids the bags of semi-sweet chocolate chips I have in the pantry for baking. Those bags go way faster than I ever intend for them to. 

One of Ben's favorite sweets is the classic chocolate chip cookie, but I honestly think he loves the cookie dough just as much if not more than the baked cookies. So this recipe for cookie dough balls was a must try for my cookie dough loving man. And it was quite the hit so I wanted to share the love for all you sweet fanatics out there!

2/3 cups (1 + 1/3 stick) of softened butter 
3/4 cup of granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar (packed)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup applesauce
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 blocks of chocolate almond bark

Meet my shiny red Kitchenaid mixer. She is a beauty, and I love her. Best wedding gift EVER. (disclaimer: a mixer is not required for this recipe by any means. A bowl and spoon will work just fine)

Doesn't this look yummy? haha. No? just wait. First add the granulated sugar, packed brown sugar, softened butter, and applesauce to mixer. 

Mix until creamy and fluffy like a cloud.

Add in flour, baking soda, salt, and vanilla. Mix until combined.

Add chocolate chips, stir to combine.

Oh hello lover, look at all that goodness. I may have had a bite, or two, or 5 at this point. (but no raw eggs so its okay!)

If you have a snazzy cookie scoop use that (or if you are like me use a spoon) and make little balls. I would make them a little smaller than these, they are really rich. yummy.

Melt chocolate bark, and dip dough balls in chocolate (after they have set up a little in the freezer). Notice how imperfect my little balls are, that's okay. Rustic right? They will taste just as yummy as perfectly symmetrical spheres, I promise. 

Chocolate is so messy...but I just can't hold that against it, I love it to I overlook the mess.

Then there you have it. Yummy cookie dough balls. Take some to your honey, he will thank you! Then send some with him to work so you wont gain 5 pounds from eating them every time you pass through the kitchen. :)

Here is a fun little recipe card that I made that you can save and print to have on hand when you make these little babies!

So, what is your weakness when it comes to dessert? I would love to hear from you!

Tomorrow is our 9 month anniversary of marriage! So crazy, I will be sharing our love story here tomorrow, so make sure and come check it out. 

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