Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars with Hot Fudge

Let’s take a break from sugar cookies and red and green sprinkles.

And indulge in something that never goes out of season: raw cookie dough.

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars with Hot Fudge (vegan) - Safe-to-eat raw cookie dough that's every bit as good & satisfying as the real thing! Easy, no-bake recipe at averiecooks.com

I love the pre-Christmas season, but there’s so much fudge, cutout cookies, mint this, eggnog that. Conversely, raw cookie dough is a year round, timeless indulgence. For you too? Oh, good.

This dough is egg-free, vegan, safe-to-eat raw, and tastes just like the real thing made with eggs and butter.

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars with Hot Fudge (vegan) - Safe-to-eat raw cookie dough that's every bit as good & satisfying as the real thing! Easy, no-bake recipe at averiecooks.com

I have a recipe from 2009 for Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls (GF) that’s been one of my top 3 most viewed recipes, every year, since 2009. And I have many other no-bake cookie dough balls, bites, and truffles (see Related Recipes below).

These no-bake bars are an even faster, easier interpretation on raw cookie dough. Rather than using a food proc or Vita-Mix, and rolling out little balls (a PITA), the bars are made in one bowl in less than 5 minutes, and pressed into a pan.

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars with Hot Fudge (vegan) - Safe-to-eat raw cookie dough that's every bit as good & satisfying as the real thing! Easy, no-bake recipe at averiecooks.com

I’ve been enjoying them straight from the freezer because I’m at my home in Aruba, where it’s currently 89F. Everything stays very soft or melts here, so the freezer is almost mandatory. You can store them in the fridge for a softer, gooier cookie dough eating experience.

Or don’t even bother pressing the dough into a pan and just eat it right from the mixing bowl. No shame there.

Chilling the bars, however, reduces the shovel-ability factor. You know, eating 6 huge spoonfuls of warm dough in 32 seconds because it’s just so easy to shovel in when it’s warm.

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars with Hot Fudge (vegan) - Safe-to-eat raw cookie dough that's every bit as good & satisfying as the real thing! Easy, no-bake recipe at averiecooks.com

To make the dough, whisk together softened (vegan) butter with brown sugar, vanilla, and stir in flour. I used a combo of semi-sweet chocolate chips and chunks, but use what you have. Mini chips would be a nice touch, but the island has never heard of such a thing. Or use peanut butter, butterscotch or white chocolate chips.

The combination of the chilled cookie dough, flooded with warm 10-Minute Homemade Hot Fudge, is decadence at it’s finest. Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce, butterscotch sauce, or a favorite ice cream sundae topping would also be great.

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars with Hot Fudge (vegan) - Safe-to-eat raw cookie dough that's every bit as good & satisfying as the real thing! Easy, no-bake recipe at averiecooks.com

This cookie dough tastes just like cookie dough made with eggs that I probably shouldn’t eat raw, but do anyway. I’m sure I’m not the only one.

Because they’ll keep for months in the freezer, it’s a great make-ahead dessert, and you can nibble at it like you would a carton of ice cream.

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars with Hot Fudge (vegan) - Safe-to-eat raw cookie dough that's every bit as good & satisfying as the real thing! Easy, no-bake recipe at averiecooks.com

Having safe-to-eat raw cookie dough around is a dangerous proposition.

Good thing I’m getting plenty of exercise on this trip.

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars with Hot Fudge (vegan) - Safe-to-eat raw cookie dough that's every bit as good & satisfying as the real thing! Easy, no-bake recipe at averiecooks.com

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars with Hot Fudge (vegan) - Safe-to-eat raw cookie dough that's every bit as good & satisfying as the real thing! Easy, no-bake recipe at averiecooks.com

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Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars with Hot Fudge (vegan)

I love raw cookie dough and these bars are made with safe-to-eat raw dough. It's egg-free, vegan, and tastes just like the real thing made with eggs and butter. I prefer to store the bars in the freezer, where they'll keep for months. I serve them chilled with warm, (homemade) hot fudge poured over the top, or try salted caramel, butterscotch sauce, or your fave ice cream topping. They're loaded with chocolate chips and chunks, very rich, buttery tasting and sweet, and everything raw cookie dough is.

Yield: one 8-by-8-inch pan, 9 to 12 squares

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: about 2+ hours, to allow for setting up


1/2 cup unsalted butter or vegan butter (like Earth Balance), softened
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
pinch salt, optional and to taste
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks, reserve 2 tablespoons (I used 1 cup chips, 1/2 cup chunks; peanut butter/butterscotch/white chocolate chips may be substituted)
10-Minute Homemade Hot Fudge, optional for drizzling (vegan hot fudge,chocolate syrup, Salted Caramel Sauce, butterscotch sauce, etc.)


  1.  Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together (or beat with an electric mixer) butter, brown sugar, and vanilla until soft and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in the flour and optional salt.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips and peanut butter chips, reserving about 2 tablespoons chocolate chips to push into dough once in pan for a nice visual effect.
  5. Turn dough out into prepared pan, pressing it down firmly with a spatula.
  6. Evenly press in reserved chocolate chips.
  7. Place pan in refrigerator or freezer for at least 2 hours to set up, or overnight. Bars slice easily from the freezer, but allow to come to room temp for about 10 minutes if it's easier.
  8. Optionally, drizzle with hot fudge or your favorite topping. Bars will keep airtight in the refrigerator for at least 3 weeks and in the freezer for up to 4 months.

Related Recipes

Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls (GF) – A reader favorite every year since 2009

Chocolate Chip and Chunk Cookies – My favorite CCC recipe, turns out perfectly every time

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies – (GF) No Flour, Butter, or White Sugar Used

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies averiecooks.com

White Chocolate-Dipped Oreo Cookie Balls (no-bake)

White Chocolate-Dipped Oreo Cookie Balls - Easy recipe for the classic truffles that everyone loves at averiecooks.com

Chocolate Peanut Butter Mocha Powerballs – With a shot of espresso rolled in

Chocolate Peanut Butter Mocha Powerballs (no-bake, vegan, gluten-free) - Easy Recipe at averiecooks.com

Pretzel Peanut Caramel Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Truffles (no-bake, with vegan & GF options) – Salty ‘n sweet pretzels and peanuts with peanut butter cookie dough filling, coated in chocolate

Healthy Fudgy Brownie Bites (vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, soy-free) – NO added white or brown sugar, NO butter or dairy, and NO flour used

Healthy Fudgy Brownie Bites (vegan, GF) NO Added Sugar, Butter, or Flour averiecooks.com

No-Bake Vanilla Cake Batter Chocolate Truffles – A holiday season reader favorite

 No-Bake Vanilla Cake Batter Chocolate Truffles

10-Minute Homemade Hot Fudge (GF) – Never buy storebought again

10-Minute Homemade Hot Fudge averiecooks.com

Nutella-Swirled Peanut Butter Chip Blondies – Made these the last time I was in Aruba and they turned into a Pinterest hit

Nutella-Swirled Peanut Butter Chip Blondies - Easy One-Bowl No-Mixer Recipe at averiecooks.com

Chocolate Buttermilk Pancakes with Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

Chocolate Buttermilk Pancakes with Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce - Recipe at averiecooks.com

What’s your favorite kind of raw cookie dough? 





67 Responses to “Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars with Hot Fudge”

  1. Sarah@WholeAndHeavenlyOven — December 15, 2013 at 5:47 pm (#

    Ohhh this looks so good, Averie! All that cookie dough and that gorgeous waterfall of hot fudge just makes me want to dive into the screen! Pinned it!

  2. Erin | The Emerging Foodie — December 15, 2013 at 6:35 pm (#

    Oh my gosh. I’m salivating. These look amazing! And your photography is so inviting! I want to dig right in. :)

  3. marti — December 15, 2013 at 6:49 pm (#

    My jaw literally dropped. Yummm!!!

  4. Tieghan — December 15, 2013 at 7:08 pm (#

    Cookie dough treats are AWALYS in season. They will never go out of style, at least in my brain they wont! These look amazing, Averie! Love the addition of the fudge sauce! Pinned as always! :)

  5. Mason Canyon — December 15, 2013 at 7:53 pm (#

    You make these look so yummy. You’ve changed my mind about raw cookie dough.


    • Averie Sunshine — December 16, 2013 at 5:53 am (#

      Your comments went into spam b/c you inserted HTML. If you refrain from doing that in the future, they won’t go into spam. Thanks :)

  6. Jenn@eatcakefordinner — December 15, 2013 at 8:34 pm (#

    Just give me a spoon :) Yummy.

  7. Katie — December 15, 2013 at 8:56 pm (#

    Cookie dough >>>> baked cookies. Always. Every time. I actually have to force myself to bake the dough right away because have no willpower when it comes to the dough.

    In fact, I have some in the freezer right now. I ‘ll be right back….

  8. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen — December 15, 2013 at 10:55 pm (#

    Talking about the hot weather and seeing the hot fudge drip down the sides of the bars is making me hot, if this was in my freezer not only would I dig into my cartoon of ice cream but I would forget the spoon and use one of these bars to dig into my ice cream! LOL I used to never like hot fudge but the last couple months I have been all about it so naturally I want to devour these bars drenched in hot fudge!! Salivating.. ;)

    • Averie Sunshine — December 16, 2013 at 5:52 am (#

      use one of these bars to dig into my ice cream! <—Now THAT’S some good thinking! I wish you lived in San Diego. I would seriously be dropping off my extra stuff at your doorstep b/c I can tell we have the same tastes and habits :)

  9. Layla @ Brunch Time Baker — December 15, 2013 at 11:04 pm (#

    If there’s on thing I can’t resist its cookie dough! I love these bard and the hot fudge is just mouthwatering. Love it!

  10. Ellen — December 15, 2013 at 11:37 pm (#

    Cookie dough is slways better than cookies in my book!

  11. Belinda@themooblushbaker — December 15, 2013 at 11:50 pm (#

    I am not normally a fan of the raw stuff, but I think I have to make an exception because they are way too choc studded to turn up.

  12. Jess — December 15, 2013 at 11:56 pm (#

    Cookie dough is always in season? Yes, yes – I do believe it is. Since I found out I was pregnant, all I want is raw cookie dough, but I forgot how many options you have sans raw egg!

    (Lol – we SO cannot get mini chips here either.)

    • Averie Sunshine — December 16, 2013 at 5:50 am (#

      I didn’t know you were expecting! CONGRATS!!!! Well now there’s safe to eat raw dough. Knock your socks off :)

    • Jess — December 16, 2013 at 4:42 pm (#

      Thanks Averie! Twin girls – in April!! Edible cookie dough may help to keep me sane for the next few months. ;)

  13. Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today — December 16, 2013 at 2:01 am (#

    It’s original and very interesting.

  14. Paula — December 16, 2013 at 3:51 am (#

    I’m pretty sure every batch of cookies I’ve ever baked has always been at least a couple short because I love the raw dough…and the same can be said about my mom’s cookies too if I was near the kitchen!! Yep–lots of raw egg over the years for me too. These look packed with chips and the hot fudge sauce is the perfect finish…and a good recipe is in order for the raw cookie monster in all (or at least most) of us!

    • Averie Sunshine — December 16, 2013 at 5:50 am (#

      I’ve had my weight in raw cookie dough and I’ve lived – and you’ve probably done a fairly good job too over the years – and you’re still here! We’re both doing great then :)

  15. sally @ sallys baking addiction — December 16, 2013 at 4:08 am (#

    Just when I think cookie dough can’t get any better. You flood it with homemade hot fudge sauce! I still have yet to try that homemade hot fudge. It’s one of my weaknesses and the only thing I love to drizzle on plain vanilla ice cream. Well… that and salted caramel. :) And YES! Cookie dough is always in season.

    • Averie Sunshine — December 16, 2013 at 5:49 am (#

      And this was the post I was working on RIGHT when you told me you were posting cookie dough. Girl. What are the odds. With us, okay, pretty high :)

  16. Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! — December 16, 2013 at 5:07 am (#

    Who doesn’t love cookie dough?! I love the idea of keeping this in the freezer. Makes it so easy to have a small bite anytime that’s just enough to satisfy that craving!

    • Averie Sunshine — December 16, 2013 at 5:48 am (#

      Freezer is just a smarter call, all the way around. Makes it a little less dangerous :)

  17. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — December 16, 2013 at 6:20 am (#

    Yum! I LOVE this recipe! So perfect for a chocolate chip cookie lover like me!!!

  18. Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen — December 16, 2013 at 6:26 am (#

    WOWW! Pinned! You are so right – cookie dough never goes out of season. I love your raw vegan cookie dough balls so can’t wait to try these out :) Thanks!!

  19. Katrina @ WVS — December 16, 2013 at 6:36 am (#

    I love this Averie! Definitely a nice switch from the traditional treat!

  20. Liz @ Virtually Homemade — December 16, 2013 at 7:07 am (#

    Those are amazing!!! My kids will flip over these. And that drizzly fudge sauce – yum.

  21. Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — December 16, 2013 at 7:16 am (#

    I adore raw cookie dough! These look great. I snacked on some raw sugar cookie dough this AM (my favorite!)

  22. ashley - baker by nature — December 16, 2013 at 7:37 am (#

    So I just had a major OMG moment with that first picture! I need these in my liiiiiiife!!!

  23. Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope — December 16, 2013 at 7:37 am (#

    Oh my goodness this looks AMAZING. I’m obsessed with cookie dough! And that fudge drizzled on looks just about perfect :)

  24. Kate@Diethood — December 16, 2013 at 7:58 am (#

    Gasp! WANT! I loooove how you displayed the bars at the top…drooling!
    I can’t resist raw cookie dough. I can’t resist tasting raw cake batter, either! And I’m still alive! ;-)

  25. Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life — December 16, 2013 at 8:03 am (#

    Raw cookie dough in a pan – genius! Maybe portion control will help my lack of self control! :) This would be amazing with both the chocolate sauce and salted caramel sauce. Hope your vacation is as amazing as these gems!

  26. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — December 16, 2013 at 10:19 am (#

    OH MY HEAVENS! i loooooove that you’ve made these vegan cookie dough bars, they look INSANE.

    and oh hi hot fudge. you just pushed these over the edge. YUMMINESS TO THE NTH POWER!

  27. Valerie — December 16, 2013 at 10:24 am (#

    89F!! I’m so jealous! I had to shovel snow off the flat part of my roof three times this past weekend. After all that work, bet I could get away with eating an entire batch of these bars . :D

  28. Katy — December 16, 2013 at 1:08 pm (#

    Dangerously easy and dangerously delicious! My fav raw cookie dough is double chocolate with white chocolate chips but I could down a batch of these no problem :)

    • Averie Sunshine — December 16, 2013 at 4:37 pm (#

      I love white choc so much but use it a ton I feel like in Nov/Dec so purposely refrained, but I wanted to add it :)

  29. Ash-foodfashionparty — December 16, 2013 at 1:48 pm (#

    Your blog is the only one I gravitate towards if I need to whip up some serious good desserts. Love this one. My son has made so many of your recipes and he love it.

    • Averie Sunshine — December 16, 2013 at 4:36 pm (#

      That’s such an awesome compliment that I’m your go-to site for some goodies & that your son is in on the action, making my recipes! Thanks for LMK!

  30. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — December 16, 2013 at 3:31 pm (#

    OMG. Why have I never just pressed cookie dough into the pan and called it done? WOW.

    • Averie Sunshine — December 16, 2013 at 4:36 pm (#

      Necessity is the mother of invention with just a couple tiny projects looming over my head :) and with the heat down here, the less oven-running, the better!

  31. sippitysup — December 16, 2013 at 5:27 pm (#

    Do you think it would up in ice cream? GREG

  32. Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat — December 16, 2013 at 6:48 pm (#

    This is amazing! I’m totally making this for my mother-in-law for as a Christmas present. She loves anything cookie dough and this would be right up her alley. And I’m definitely going to try that homemade hot fudge sauce too!

    • Averie Sunshine — December 16, 2013 at 7:23 pm (#

      Oh you’ll never buy hot fudge again after that! Seriously SO Good and easy! And your MIL will love these if she loves cookie dough! :) LMK what she says!

  33. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — December 17, 2013 at 8:51 am (#

    What’s not to love about these?

  34. katie — December 17, 2013 at 11:56 am (#

    Averie I’m drooling here. Cookie dough and raw cookie dough at that is my all time favorite!!!

  35. marla — December 17, 2013 at 5:29 pm (#

    These bars look awesome Averie! Pinned :)

    • Averie Sunshine — December 17, 2013 at 6:28 pm (#

      Thanks, Marla! For the compliments & the pin! And so easy, too :)

  36. Laura Dembowski — December 17, 2013 at 7:09 pm (#

    This with pb chips, and maybe a little melted pb on top. That’s a good way to end a day!

  37. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — December 18, 2013 at 2:31 pm (#

    I. DIE. Averie this is fabulous! Raw chocolate chip cookie dough is just the best and when you crave it, nothing else quite scratches that itch! Love the ooey-gooey and drippy hot fudge sauce as the cherry on top, too. Thanks for sharing! Will be pinning!

  38. Kristyn — December 19, 2013 at 8:10 am (#

    Averie – these look SOOO good! Can’t wait to try them. Thx!

  39. Johnna@thecharmitspot — December 27, 2013 at 8:40 am (#

    OMG, these actually exist?! There is nothing better than raw cookie dough! And as if that wasn’t enough, the fudge drizzle, too?! Unbelievable! I am making these ASAP! :-)

  40. Shannon — February 14, 2014 at 1:38 pm (#

    Yum! Just made these, and they are seriously good! Thanks for another amazing recipe:)

  41. Anna — March 5, 2014 at 7:18 pm (#

    I lightened this recipe up today by substituting 1/4 cup 0% Vanilla Greek Yogurt and 1/4 cup 0% Caramel Greek Yogurt instead of butter and used Stevia sweetened Chocolate chips, and although not AS good as your original with butter, it satisfied my craving with less guilt :D

    • Averie Sunshine — March 5, 2014 at 9:20 pm (#

      Glad to hear you lightened it up a little and got your cravings satisfied :)

  42. Tiff — June 12, 2014 at 6:57 pm (#

    I tried this and after making the dough, it tasted like it was definitely lacking something. My husband then tried it and could barely swallow it :( we added white sugar and it tasted quite a bit better, so hopefully when I take it out of the freezer it will be tasty.

    • Averie Sunshine — June 13, 2014 at 12:34 am (#

      You have to remember, too, you’ll be smothering it with hot fudge so it gets sweeter. If I make things too sweet, then people complain it’s too sweet. But glad you sweetened to taste & hope you enjoy!

  43. MORGAN BUCHANAN — October 23, 2014 at 8:12 am (#

    I just made these yesterday – they are super tasty!! However next time I make them I’m probably gonna put half the vanilla. When I eat them it tastes like I’m eating pure vanilla, (But that’s just me) but I am DEFINITELY making them again!!! Soooo good!

    • Averie Sunshine — October 23, 2014 at 3:46 pm (#

      You must be way more sensitive to vanilla than I am so yes, just reduce it! I wish I was that sensitive…would save me money not having to use as much to get a big bold pop of vanilla flavor :) Glad you’ll definitely make these again!

  44. Meridith Stack — December 5, 2014 at 4:11 pm (#

    These are NOT raw vegan. Raw means not cooked but also not processed. Flour and sugar are processed. So if you are making theses thinking you are making something Raw Vegan, you are not. Also most raw vegan recipes are also gluten free. No bake would be a better term to describe this recipe. I just don’t want anyone to be fed these thinking they are raw vegan.

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