Nov 21

{The Recipe ReDux}: Holiday Gift Idea-DIY Healthy Cookie Dough

We’re steadily moving from the season of pumpkin-everything to the season of cheesy-Hallmark-Christmas movies.

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As I type up this post, I’m sitting here with a ball of this cookie dough watching one such Hallmark Christmas movie.  Already someone has gotten engaged, lost her luggage, gotten into a car crash and started falling for her fiance’s brother.  And I’m only like 14 minutes into it.  I’m sure the main character is going to end up being Santa Claus’ daughter.  That always happens.

One of my bridesmaids loves these Hallmark/Lifetime-type movies.  And that is just one more reason to love her.

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When was the last time we talked about cookie dough? It’s been at least a week(ish).  So let’s do this (again).

What is it about cookie dough?  I’ve thought about it and I really don’t know.  Deep huh?  It’s just so good.  You know the whole philosophy where you put chips on your plate but then you eat like 5 more chips straight from the bag and those chips “don’t count.”  Well it’s kinda the same thing with cookie dough.  You eat it straight from the bowl so it “doesn’t count.”  That’s at least part of the cookie dough appeal to me.  I think mentioning the “calories don’t count” philosophy makes me a bad dietitian-to-be.  Whoopsidaises.  (<–that should have made you think of Notting Hill)

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But then cookie dough is also so freaking appealing because the very first thing I ever remember eating was cookie dough with my grandma.  Pillsbury sugar cookie dough, the classy stuff.  She used to cut me a thin slice and then slice it into triangles so it looked like a little pizza.  And I’d eat it while she made my breakfast.  Yep, cookie dough at 7am.

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So my love for cookie dough was engrained in me at a young age.  In my book, the only competitor to cookie dough would be super thick corn tortillas…but even then it’s still the doughiness that’s so appealing to me. 

Speaking of dough, the last time I was at Whole Foods they had these super cute giftcards that said, “Dough,” on them.  How cute, right?!

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One of the happiest things in my life was when I discovered the whole cookie-dough-for-breakfast thing.  Also up there with the whole healthy-cinnamon-roll-for-breakfast thing.  Why haven’t I made that recently?

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My fiance doesn’t get the cookie dough thing.  Is cookie dough just a girl thing? Hmm, not sure.  When I asked Andrew his thoughts on cookie dough he said, “it’s like a cold, dense, sugary, buttery ball of sand.”  He makes no sense.  But it’s okay because after 3 years of trying to convince him to grow out his hair he finally did and it looks so great I could just die.  Might even like it more than cookie dough.  Is that awkward?

Back to the cookie dough, this cookie dough is not sugary or buttery.  I mean, it does have chocolate chips in it so that’s a wee-bit of butter and sugar, but in comparison to typical cookie dough, the butter + sugar content is negligible-ish.

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So this is a fun, little gift option for the holidays.  If you have any cookie dough lovers in your life, this would be a great gift for them.  Just find some clear 16-ounce jars and layer in the oat flour, salt, cinnamon, pecans and dark chocolate chips.  Include a little note with the jar saying, “To make healthy chocolate chip cookie dough just add: 1 large banana, mashed + 2 tablespoons peanut butter + 1-2 tablespoon honey. “

Just to be clear, you don’t bake this here dough.  It’s just for us cookie dough lovers.  You know who you are.

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DIY Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  1. 1 cup oat flour
  2. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  3. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  4. 1/3 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  5. 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  1. Layer ingredients into a clear jar/container. Attach a note to the jar that says, "To make Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, just add in 1 large banana, mashed + 2 tablespoons peanut butter + 1-2 tablespoons honey."
  2. Tie a festive bow around the jar and give it to the cookie dough lover in your life.
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46 comments on “{The Recipe ReDux}: Holiday Gift Idea-DIY Healthy Cookie Dough”

  1. this is a fabulous idea and one that i will definitely use. i feel really good about giving this to someone special because there’s no egg, milk, oil, or refined sugars needed :D thank you so much!

  2. Love the recipe. Love the photos. Love your counter top! However, I am in your husband’s camp of non cookie dough eaters. :) I do have friends and daughters who disagree so they might get this for the holidays!

  3. This would be the perfect gift for me! And it’s so adorable, too. One of my first memories is making a big batch of cookie dough with my mom, and pretty much just eating the dough. I really couldn’t have cared less about the baked cookies, just the dough for me, please.

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  5. love this!! just reposted it on my own blog. check it out! :)

  6. i don’t know where to start… the spot on hallmark movie recap? the chocolate chip freebies? the delicious-looking mix (that is fabulously gluten-free)? the smart add-ons… natural sugars and great fats? or the notting hill reference? love.

  7. this is absolutely amazing .. i’m a cookie dough kind of girl!

  8. This is such a good idea. As I was reading this I was thinking to myself.. of course Kylie would have the perfect holiday gift idea. Thank you for sharing!

  9. I LOVE this idea. Can I give it to myself?! :)

  10. I love this!!! Vegan (going to use maple syrup) and gluten free, it’s a gift for all! :)

  11. Yum! Stopping by from Recipe Redux. This looks fabulous, and I love that it’s vegan and gluten free. Sweet.

  12. So I’m all ready to make this for myself for dessert tonight. And then I realized we have some light vanilla ice cream. Yes, that is happening. Thank you!

  13. YUM! Definitely just pinned it to my breakfast board ;)

  14. OK, so I am with Andrew – I don’t get cookie dough either. But then again cookie dough is not really a ‘thing’ here in Australia, so maybe it is just cultural?? I think I have always thought eating cookie dough was odd because there is normally raw egg and uncooked flour in the dough, but given yours is egg free and uses oat flour, you may have changed my mind…!

  15. I adore this idea. The dough is always so much better than a baked cookie. This is a present I would want to keep for myself :)

  16. This looks absolutely freakin amazing. I cannot relate to any of the commenters who don’t get cookie dough. While I respect your opinion… It’s cookie DOUGH. Aka the best part of the cookie.

    I love this idea and I think I would eat the whole thing in one sitting if given the chance.

  17. Love the oat flour in these Kylie!

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  19. brilliance!

  20. Hells yes! I love how you wrote the instructions under the lid too! Great idea!

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  22. So clever and cracking up over your post, too. Think I’m making this for me!

  23. This is sweet packaged PERFECTION right here! I swear every time I bake cookies, more dough gets in my mouth than my oven! Haha! I’ve got to try this!

    And I saw those gift cards at Whole Foods…I found it rather punny! ;) Oh I crack myself up! Lol

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  26. Thoughts on what I could use instead of peanut butter if making for someone with a nut allergy? My sister loves cookie dough, and I’d like to make this for her.

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  30. Love this idea! Could I do this with regular flour too if I don’t have oat flour?

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  36. Hi! i don’t have bananas…do you have any ideas how can I replace it? thank you so much!

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  38. can I use applesauce instead of bananas? I’m allergic :/

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