July. July. July. Really? It is hard for me to believe that we are half-way through 2012 already. This is my birthday month and I don’t know how I feel about that. But what I do know is that I have a delicious recipe to share with you. I found it from the blog Two Peas & Their Pod, Cookie Dough Pretzel Bites. Basically if you are a fan of sweet and salty you will love these bites. You take raw chocolate chip cookie dough- minus the egg, sandwiched between 2 pretzels, dipped in bittersweet chocolate and a couple sprinkles on top and you can thank me.
The 4th is on a Wednesday and our office will be closed. Kind of interesting to have a day off during the week but I’m not complaining! Last week we had a work BBQ and everyone brought in their favorite dishes. The dessert table was amazing, along with hamburgers, hot dogs, side dishes and fresh fruit. I went home with an empty container because everyone gobbled up these delicious bites of cookie dough goodness. These are best when kept in the fridge and enjoyed chill. They aren’t as messy and something about cold cookie dough just makes me melt! I keep calling them Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites because I added a little bit more dough. It is the best part!
The original recipe calls for 1/2 stick unsalted butter but I didn’t have a full stick left. I subbed in the coconut oil and it worked out just fine. The cookie dough was a bit more stickier but I just dusted some more flour into the dough till I found the right texture for raw cookie dough. No one mentioned coconut,so the taste is very faint.
Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites
Adapted from Two Peas & Their Pod
For the cookie dough:
1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips
To make the cookie dough:
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together butter, coconut oil and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Mix in flour, powdered sugar and salt. Slowly add milk and vanilla extract and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Stir in the chocolate chips. Roll the cookie dough into balls, about 2 teaspoons each. Sandwich between two pretzels and put on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze the pretzel bites for 30 minutes.
Melt two cups of bittersweet chocolate chips, using the microwave (30 second intervals) or a double boiler. Dip half of each pretzel sandwich into the chocolate. Sprinkle bites with sprinkles, if using. Return the tray to the freezer and chill until the chocolate sets. Store the cookie dough bites in the refrigerator until serving time.
Have a Happy 4th of July this week!
PS: I can’t stop thinking how HOT Channing Tatum is! I saw Magic Mike over the weekend.. definitely not going to win any fancy awards BUT if the whole movie was 2 hours of just Channing Tatum dancing and grinding, I would TOTALLY be okay with that. Plus if I ever have a boy I’m naming him Channing!