Thursday, December 3, 2009

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

Christmas is nigh and it's time to begin baking cookies and making candy. What a perfect excuse to try out all those sweet recipes you've been stashing all year! This is a really fun candy recipe that requires very little "cooking" at all. There are no eggs in this mock cookie dough so it's safe (or very dangerous!) to eat raw.

Tip: For a tasty variation try replacing the vanilla with peppermint extract and add a couple of drops of green food coloring to the dough.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon water
1 package mini chocolate chips, 6oz
8oz chocolate for dipping (Almond Bark, semi-sweet Baker's chocolate, etc)

In a large bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Add vanilla, salt, flour, water and chocolate chips. Stir together until well combined. Roll into balls. Place balls on a cookie sheet that's been covered with parchment or wax paper and freeze for 30 minutes or until firm. In a double boiler (or microwave) melt dipping chocolate. Using a fork, dip each ball in chocolate and replace on cookie sheet. Return pan to freezer for another 30 minutes or until chocolate is firm. Store in resealable container or bag in refrigerator.


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