Sophistication is Key

Remember the good ol days; the days where you freely ate cookie dough without a care in the world?  In my wonder years, buying a roll of dough was a prerequisite for getting a sleepover started.  My girlfriends and I would unabashedly scarf down a tube of dough.  Lovely visual, right?  That was before my metabolism disappeared, before kids, and before worrying about illness from scary bacteria.  Where has all the fun gone?!  Okay, I still have fun, but not from licking delicious looking batter or dough from my you can imagine my girlish delight when I discovered this gem from Joy the Baker.  Cookie dough without the egg.  I'm running to the kitchen now!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls
adapted from Joy the Baker

-1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
-1/2 cup brown sugar
-1/3 cup granulated sugar
-1/3 cup greek yogurt
-1 tsp. vanilla
-1 cup + 2 Tbsp. all purpose flour
-1/2 tsp. baking soda
-3/4 tsp salt
-3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
-10 oz. chocolate bark or semi-sweet chocolate, melted for dipping

1.  In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, (or you can do this by hand) cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
2.  Beat in yogurt and vanilla.  Mixing until combined.
3.  In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.
4.  Add flour mixture all at once to butter/sugar mix and stir until incorporated.
5.  Fold in mini chips, cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about 2-4 hours.

Using a tablespoon or melon-baller, scoop dough and form into tablespoon size balls.  Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Place in fridge 8 hours or overnight to chill and harden.  With a toothpick,  dip ball in melted chocolate.  You can melt chocolate over double boiler or in microwave at 30 second intervals.  Place coated ball on cookie sheet lined with wax or parchment paper.  Return balls to refrigerator or freezer.  Serve chilled and let your childhood memories take over!

Joy from "Joy the Baker" is a girl after my own heart!  Girl had her recipe making 9 balls-whoo!  I made 35 truffle size balls.  Maybe it's a sign of my age.  Since I knew I was making a bite size version, I chose to use mini chocolate chips.  Those things are so darn cute!  Either way you choose to size the balls or the chocolate chips, you can now eat your cookie dough care-free and I think, with a touch of sophistication.  Or at least more sophisticated then gnawing at a tube of dough.  *hangs head*

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