Thursday, 27 December 2012

Frozen Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls of JOY!

I have something to admit.  I'm a closet Snack Sneeker. 

One of the things that brings me a ridiculous amount of joy is grabbing a really quick treat when no one is looking.  Something delicious, totally not appropriate to snack on at that time of day and a relatively rare treat that I can pop into my mouth quickly and therefore don't have to share with my small humans.  Ya, I don't always want to share. 

It's a stupid, kind of immature and slightly devious thing but it's apparently how I get my ya-ya's. (Note: I also get a thrill from keeping wee chocolate bars in my night stand and believing (falsely) that Brad is none the wiser.  A girl needs to have some not-so-secret secrets and a hubby willing to play along, right?)

Anyway, these little chocolate chip cookie dough balls fit the bill for an illicit sugary treat because they are pure joy and so easy to sneak!  Not only are they egg-free (so you don't have to worry about nasty food poisoning) but you can keep them in your fridge freezer and pop a couple directly into your mouth when you're feeling either ticked off, happy, frustrated, weepy, or (for a certain week of the month) when you're feeling all of the above at the same moment! Yes, they even cure PMS!  They are little miracle balls.

When Boy 1 and I made these several weeks ago (they've been on my proverbial recipe blog post back bench for awhile) we made them with one goal in mind - to make homemade cookie dough Blizzards.  Due to his peanut allergy we cannot go to Dairy Queen (the home of the Peanut Buster Parfait and our guaranteed trip to the ER for anaphylaxis) so we decided to make our own Blizzards.

Armed with my Kitchen Aid mixer, Chapman's peanut-free ice cream, sundae toppings, sprinkles, cherries, crushed Oreos etc and these cookie dough balls we were in glucose heaven if not a sugary stupor.  Perhaps we went a little overboard with all of the sugary treats in the Blizzards but you can bet your sweet bippy that we'll be making these cookie dough balls again because, for some odd reason, when Boy 1 went to sneak his own dough ball from the freezer they were almost all gone.  Huh.  Wonder how that happened. ;)

Frozen Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls of JOY!

1 cup plus 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup salted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup sour cream (I used 14% full fat)
1 cup semi-sweet mini chocolate chips

In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until they're fluffy.  Add in vanilla and sour cream and blend well. 

Add flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir until mixed well.  Fold in the chocolate chips.

Using a melon baller (or teaspoon), scoop balls of dough and place them on a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper.  Place the cookie sheet of dough balls into the freezer for at least 3 hours or overnight.  Transfer the balls to a freezer bag so you can eat these delicious treats directly from the freezer or, if you have an ounce of restraint, add them to a homemade Blizzard treat!

Recipe Inspired by: Just A Pinch's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

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