Triple Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

I’m writing about spiders today. Again.

I know. You guys have got to be so sick of hearing about spiders. I’m sorry.

But seriously, they’re so bad here, even the Hubster is getting fed up. He’s fed up with seeing them, he’s fed up with killing them, he’s fed up with me doing the heeby jeeby dance and making odd strangled-screeching kind of shuddering squeals because of them. He’s just fed up.

He says that it’s not just that there’s so many, but that they’re so big, too. We agree that never ever have we ever lived anywhere with so many gosh darned spiders. Ever.

So I told him we should get a cat. Because, for some reason, I just assumed that cats kill spiders. Do they? I don’t even know. It sounded good at the time.

Unfortunately, I’m allergic to cats. A lot allergic. So really, it’s not feasible. The Hubster had another idea, though. He suggested that we get a parrot to kill them.

Did you guys know that parrots are, in the Hubster’s words, “spider killing machines”?!

Me neither. Because they’re not. He was totally effing with me and I bought it hook, line, and sinker. But so did my friend, Tina, who was all like,”Yeah, but they cost like a thousand bucks, and they never shut up, and what about all that poo?” So I don’t feel so bad.

Then Tina suggested I get an owl, which is obviously the best idea ever, and now I want to let Hedwig move in.

I will become a crazy bird lady. (And most likely start trying to fly a broomstick, and send letters with my owl.)

One can dream. For now, I’m just a crazy chocolate lady. I always crave chocolate, but the extent of my desire for more chocolate lately is difficult to put into words. The only way to express it is to share it, so I’m showing you what I made to soothe the chocolate beast. (This in no way solves my spider or my gullibility issues, but what can you do? One problem at a time, people.)

Chocolate cookie dough, with chocolate chips, coated in chocolate, and topped with chocolate sprinkles. On a stick. That’ll do it.

When it comes time to shape these, I like to use a scoop, so that the bites are all uniform in size, but as long as they’re all about an inch in diameter, then it’s all good. Once all of the dough is divided and rolled, it needs to chill for 15 to 20 minutes.

After the bites have chilled, stick a small tasting spoon (I got mine here from The TomKat Studio), or popsicle stick into each one, and return them to the freezer.

Once all of the bites have sticks in them, remove them from the freezer one or two at a time and coat them in melted chocolate or candy melts. I prefer semi-sweet chocolate to keep them rich and chocolate-y, but they’re excellent with white chocolate, butterscotch, and peanut butter, too.

While the chocolate is still wet, sprinkle each bite with mini chocolate chips, sprinkles, or rainbow jimmies. Then pour yourself some strawberry milk, grab a stripey straw, and eat a whole bunch of these, because they are so delicious. So. Delicious.

Since these are eggless, they don’t have to be refrigerated. The kiddo likes them at room temperature, so the middle is softer and more truffle-like. I prefer them cold, because I love the snap of the chocolate coating, and the crunch of the cold chocolate chips inside.

I’m warning you now, if you make these, they will be eaten. Quickly. Mostly by you, while you’re making them. So don’t say I didn’t warn you.

I love that these are no-bake, and they’re so fast and easy to make. Just mix, roll, chill, and dip.

Or really, it’s more like mix, taste, roll, taste, chill, taste, dip, and taste. Oh, and taste again.

Enjoy!

Triple Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites
Makes 2 to 3 dozen bites, depending on size

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour (use GF flour for gluten free bites)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
4 to 6 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup mini chocolate chips (regular work well too)

1 bag of chocolate chips or candy melts for dipping.

Combine the flour, cocoa powder, and salt in a small bowl; set aside.

In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Stir in the vanilla and about 4 tablespoons of the milk; mix well. Add the flour mixture and mix well until the ingredients are thoroughly combined. If the mixture is too dry, add more milk (it should be the consistency of regular cookie dough). Stir in the chocolate chips until evenly distributed. Cover the bowl and chill for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

Once chilled, remove the dough from the refrigerator and roll into balls about 1-inch in diameter (you can make them larger or smaller, if desired). Place the rolled cookie dough on baking sheets lined with parchment paper or Silpat mats and chill for another 20 to 30 minutes.

While the rolled dough is chilling, melt some chocolate chips or candy melts for dipping. Push the chilled ball onto a small tasting spoon or popsicle stick and roll it in the melted chocolate to coat it. Tap off any excess chocolate. Place the dipped cookie dough on the prepared baking sheet. If desired, top with mini chocolate chips or sprinkles while the chocolate is still wet. Allow to set up completely before serving.

Recipe by Darla

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  1. Andrea says

    I just moved about 2 hours north of you to Olympia, WA last week and over the weekend a good friend of mine, who grew up near Seattle, kindly and nonchalantly told me that it’s currently spider season here in the great Pacific Northwest. SPIDER SEASON – we did not have this ”season” in Massachusetts, where I’m from. I about lost it when she told me. Based on your description, I have about the same level of spider anxiety as you do so I was not pleased to hear about this. Luckily my dog and cat enjoy eating spiders so I have backups for spider eradication when the hubby isn’t home. I may now invest in an owl as well to increase my spider protection – any excuse to get a cute little owl! Although Hedwig is beautiful, I think I would prefer a Scops owl, Pigwidgeon, just cause he’s so crazy cute and off the wall and I can totally see him chomping on spiders to please me as best as he could! Anyways, can’t wait to make these treats! Good luck surviving spider season!

  2. Andrea says

    I just moved about 2 hours north of you to Olympia, WA last week and over the weekend a good friend of mine, who grew up near Seattle, kindly and nonchalantly told me that it’s currently spider season here in the great Pacific Northwest. SPIDER SEASON – we did not have this ”season” in Massachusetts, where I’m from. I about lost it when she told me. Based on your description, I have about the same level of spider anxiety as you do so I was not pleased to hear about this. Luckily my dog and cat enjoy eating spiders so I have backups for spider eradication when the hubby isn’t home. I may now invest in an owl as well to increase my spider protection – any excuse to get a cute little owl! Although Hedwig is beautiful, I think I would prefer a Scops owl, Pigwidgeon, just cause he’s so crazy cute and off the wall and I can totally see him chomping on spiders to please me as best as he could! Anyways, can’t wait to make these treats! Good luck surviving spider season!

  3. says

    Probably not as good as a cat, but possibly less irritating to your allergies, have you looked at carnivorous plants? My friend who has pet rats says her ratties eat spiders, but you can’t let rats roam freely around the house unsupervised.

  4. Sandra says

    Looks delicious…! Want some!
    I read that spiders hates Lavender! Try Lavender oil or plant some. Maybe they ran away in no Time?
    Good luck!!

  5. says

    I’m not sure that I would survive the spider season unless I had a refrigerator full of chocolate bites like these! I like that chocolate coating crunch too:-) These look fabulous! I love all the sprinkles and fun cake plates!!!

  6. Leticia says

    I need to try this! But, I must confess, that use flour without baking sounds strange to me, but I will trust in you! haha. When you said you should get a cat, I swear that I saw Crookshanks jump to Hermione legs, eating a spider in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban! Having an owl must be awesome!

  7. Kathy A. says

    Using the melted chocolate chips for dipping-does it harden or stay wet and sticky? I always use candy coating but I would prefer the taste of melted chocolate,
    Thanks,
    Kathy

  8. Peggy F says

    ‘Spider season’ sounds terrifying. At least if it is a ‘season’ it will eventually end, right?? Let’s hope it ends soon, for your sake. The treats look super yummy! It seems like a nice change from cake pops, but still delicious (and easier because it is no-bake). I definitely need some of those spoons!!

  9. Becca - Cookie Jar Treats says

    Oh my these look tasty. It’s not fair! I keep seeing all these delectable goodies on here and everywhere else in the world and I can’t make them because I don’t have time because school is sucking the life out of me. It’s not fair I tell you.

    Oh and spiders… the only good spider is a dead spider. I’ve lived in South Carolina for about a month and a half now and the only spider I have seen was dead… so it wasn’t too bad.

  10. says

    Want… NOW… *drools*
    They are going on the “to bake” list! I love your photography! It makes all of your desserts look 2x better (which I don’t even think is possible). :D

  11. Helen says

    Hi Darla!

    Can you do another giveaway? I know I’m only 11 and I love this site and all the recipes, but I sorta either would like a giveaway or another TV inspired food. Thank you!

    XOXO,
    Helen

  12. says

    I was planning on making something like this for a girls-night-in situation, but these look even better than what I was cooking up in my imagination!

    P.S. Thanks to you I am TOTALLY obsessed with Doctor Who now! I love it! How did I not know of it earlier?! I’m still in the David Tennant era, but boy oh boy is it good!

    • Leticia says

      Happens the same to me! But I’m still in the Christopher Eccleston era hahaha my work, my daughter and my house, don’t let me watch television….

  13. Berit says

    Spider season is awful. I’m terrified of them – but at least I’m able to kill them now. For the smaller ones, I use a battery operated “racket” that electrocutes them. The bigger ones I attack with a vacuumer in one hand and a really long lamp in the other (so I can find them when they’re crouching in a dark corner). I wrap the end of the vacuumer with 4-ply Reynold’s wrap and a rubber band, so the stunned spider doesn’t just run out again. Also, the bigger ones can get slowed down before the hunt with a generous amount of hairspray.

    But the most effective anti-spider device is my air-source heat pump. When it’s on, it dehumidifies the air, making my house an undesirable location for spiders. I still see the occasional small spider (up to 1/2-inch including legs), but the bigger ones seem to have magically disappeared.

  14. Stephanie says

    Wow! those are so cute and great party kinda food. I kinda have a problem with melting white chocolate tho are the melting chips easier than the baking cubes? -stephy

  15. Beth says

    I’m sure you don’t want to hear this, but there’s really no reason to be afraid of spiders. I’m a biologist, so I at least sort of know what I’m talking about (although I study lizards, not spiders). The only species in the Pacific Northwest that might be dangerous is the black widow, and those are pretty easy to recognize. It makes me really sad that spiders get such a bad rap from people who are misinformed about them – they’re fascinating creatures with complex social behaviors, and if we killed all the spiders, we’d just be overrun by insects. That said, though, plenty of species of lizards eat spiders, so you could consider getting a pet lizard to go on spider patrol for you. Some lizards are slow-moving enough that you could just let them run around the house – maybe a chameleon or a bearded dragon?

    Thanks for posting another awesome recipe! I need to go home and have dinner before I drool all over the lab!

  16. says

    These are so cute and look delicious. I will be pinning these.

    We have a spider cricket problem here, or had, my cat murders every single bug that comes in the house. They don’t even have a chance with my cat on guard. I saw him in action the other day, and it wasn’t pretty; he ripped the legs off. Ouch! Good luck!

  17. says

    Me and my recently made cookie dough bites are just going to go hang our heads in shame now because yours look awesome.
    You have inspired me to write about my friends slug problem… :D

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