I have a recipe for actual cookies that is very similar in flavor to these little raw cookie dough bites.
And I love that cookie recipe so much because it combines peanut butter, oatmeal, and chocolate chips all in one cookie so that I don’t have to choose among three favorite kinds of cookies: Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip, or Oatmeal Cookies.
It was high time I made cookie dough bites with a similar flavor to those cookies, sans egg, so that I can just eat raw cookie dough at my leisure and not worry about eating raw eggs in raw cookie dough.
And not worry about actually turning on the oven and baking the cookies, either.
Because raw dough is where it’s at for me sometimes.
And these little bites are full of peanut butter cookie dough flavor and incorporate a touch of texture from the oatmeal.
The sweetness from the brown sugar and mini chocolate chips inside the bites is offset by the slight saltiness from the peanut butter.
And everything is better with a melted chocolate drizzle.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites (No-Bake, Vegan, Gluten Free)
Makes 20 small balls, 16 medium, or 12 larger (I prefer smaller balls and roll mine smaller which is a bit more tedious but I like one-bite or two-bite balls, not three+ bite balls)
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/8 cup butter, softened (2 tablespoons)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon white sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup whole rolled old-fashioned oats (quick cook is probably fine)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour (use a gluten free flour blend of your choice if keeping gluten free; or grind oats and use exclusively oat flour)
pinch salt, optional
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips (or regular size chips are fine)
2 tablespoons chocolate chips or baking chocolate bar, melted for final drizzle
In a small bowl, whip the peanut butter and butter until creamy. I did this by hand but you can do it in a mixer if desired. Add the sugars and whip until creamy. Add the vanilla extract, salt, oats, flour (add the flour slowly in case you need slightly less than recipe indicates) and stir until just combined.
The dough should be easy to work with and form into balls at this point, but if the dough is too dry or crumbly and not coming together, add a touch more peanut butter until desired consistency is achieved. Conversely, it dough is too wet or sticky, add slightly more oats or flour. Also, chilling the dough in the freezer or refrigerator for 20 minutes prior to shaping it into balls can be helpful if the dough is a little wet or sticky.
After appropriate dough consistency is reached, fold in the chocolate chips and then roll the dough into ball shapes. After the balls are rolled, if you choose to apply a chocolate drizzle, I recommend chilling the balls in the freezer for about 20 minutes prior to drizzling with melted chocolate so it hardens on contact.
Store extras in the refrigerator for weeks or in the freezer for many months. I have successfully stored batches of cookie dough balls for many months in the freezer but do as you see fit and use common sense.
If you can’t choose between peanut butter, chocolate chip, or oatmeal cookies, I think these will cure your indecisiveness.
Of all three flavors, oatmeal is the least pronounced; rather the oats are used to help bind the dough so it’s not a sticky, gooey, peanut butter mess.
Peanut butter and chocolate are the dominant flavors in these little bites, which is just fine by me.
I’ve been on a cookie, cookie dough ball, candy and truffle making kick lately.
The Pretzel Peanut Caramel Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Truffles are great if you’re a fan of salty-and-sweet combination desserts.
And there’s White Chocolate Snickerdoodle Cookies if you prefer actually baking your cookies.
There were Ritz Cracker Stuffed Peanut Butter Cups
What’s your favorite kind of cookie?
Chocolate chip, peanut butter, snickerdoodles, ginger, molasses, oatmeal, sugar cookies, or something else? Do tell.
My baked cookie recipes are here
And I have a post with every single no-bake/raw bite, ball, mini-cookie, or truffle with photos here
Do you prefer raw cookie dough or actually baking the cookies?
There is something so comforting about a warm, gooey cookie with its slightly browned base and top, but raw cookie dough is just so decadent, too.
It depends on my mood but I love them both.
And yes, I’ve eaten my fair share of real raw cookie dough, with raw eggs, and I’ve lived to tell the tale. Baking with my grandma and mom and licking the bowl and beaters was how I grew up and yes, those ladies cooked with lots of butter, sugar, and eggs.
I made this without adding flour. I only used grounded law oatmeal and it came perfect. So good!
i made these tonight and they are spectacular. thank you so much for sharing the recipe. how fun to have a sweet vegan treat :) i threw in some chopped pecans because i had them on hand and enjoy the extra crunch. i have been following your site for a couple of months now and pretty much want to make everything on here! cheers
So glad you liked them and threw a few pecans in, too, as long as you had them. If you’re vegan and you like little balls and bites, this post should keep you busy :)
This look perfect and so simple! I would like to make these tomorrow for a girls get together.. I am wondering if you used “natural” pb, or “regular” pb like kraft or what not? I know the consistency is pretty different and I wouldn’t want to mess them up!!! Thanks if you get the chance to respond. Otherwise I will just wing it :)
I use Jif or store-brand peanut butter that is not the “natural” kind. Regular. Skippy, Jif, or similar. LMK how they turn out!
I love chocolate… I want to make them but I’m too young. My mom said so…
Oh dear…I am obsessed with peanut butter & chocolate & all of these recipes make me want to spend an entire day in the kitchen making them all! haha Thank you for sharing!!
Making these right now!!!! I can’t wait!!
Enjoy and LMK how you like them!
OMG! There amazing! I ate like 3 and put the rest in the freezer for tomorrow! After re-reading your recipe I forgot the darn vanilla. Oh well, there still good! No there great! Peanut Butter heaven!!
I doubled the recipe too!! he he
Ok so if you like those, you have to make these, too
The base of the dough is nearly the same but just a smidge different. You can omit the jelly and just keep them as dough balls. I’d love for you to tell me which “dough” base you prefer since you love your PB as much as I do…in time, of course, if you get around to it one day!
I love peanut butter and chocolate and I love bite-sized desserts! I am making these today. Thanks for a great recipe!!
Lmk if you make them and thoughts!
What’s my favorite kind of cookie? All of the above! I don’t think I’ve ever met a cookie I didn’t like. And these would definitely show up on my fabulous list! Yummy!
My favorite kind of cookie is just about any kind! I favor snickerdoodles, oatmeal, and sometimes chocolate chip but feel like it’s overused so many times sometimes!
Hey Averie! May I use one of your lovely pics in a link love post? I was hoping I could get it up tonight, so could you let me know as soon as you can? Thanks!
Thanks for asking, and yes, go for it! :)
Oh you are evil, pure evil today lady! I want ALL of these for myself!
And they’ll fit all your dietary needs/restrictions for you and the hubs, too…bonus !
There definitely is something comforting about eating a warm cookie straight from the oven. But balls and bites are so good too. How can I possibly pick? Most likely I’d eat some raw, then cook some and eat those!
If you don’t mind me asking, what kind of camera do you have? You are super talented! I am lucky if I can avoid a blur or flash problem on my camera lol..I need to take some lessons
http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com/photography is where I discuss all my camera jazz but it’s the Canon 5D Mark II with a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. However, food styling and photo composition is more important than camera type or quality; no sense taking really high resolution pictures of food that’s a mess on the plate :) Have to make sure that’s handled in conjunction with the camera type used. I have posts on that too.
Thanks for the compliments!
Sometimes I think, to stop wars across the world, we should just airdrop big jars of peanut butter and bags of chocolate chips. People would be to blissed out to fight!
That’s funny…and probably so true.
These look and sound awesome! Can never go wrong with peanut butter and I like the no baking part.
These look divine! I love, love, love cookie dough and these are the perfect little bites that don’t have any eggs, delicious!
I just don’t have a sweet tooth anymore so I can resist the dough! My b-f loves cookies so I bake out of love for him, but I’d much rather plop the dough in a pan and make cookie bars. Oh…the things we do for love :)
annnnnd now i’m hungry.
I want everything peanut butter right now….your treats always look amazing and they make drool…..yum! I wish I could make these now for Treat Friday!
oh my, these look fantastic! I do prefer a warm gooey cookie to the dough typically – I like to dunk ’em in a cold glass of milk :) BUT! I would take these any day!
Yum! I want to make the cookies and the bites!
These look so fabulous! As soon as I’m done with this juice cleanse, I’m making these!
You kill me with all of these sweet-treat recipes every day! :)
What do you do with all of the food you bake? There’s no way you eat it all…
Thankfully I have a bottomless pit child and a husband and friends to help!
Chocolate and pb never get old! Such a winning combo! My favorite cookies are the not-yet-baked kind. ;)
Oh my gosh, I’ll take cookies any way I can get them. I’m horrible at standing in the kitchen plopping the cookie dough on the pan to be cooked and eating half of the dough before it even gets to the oven. Eggs or not, it’s in my belly before I can bat an eye!
Peanut butter, chocolate chip, cookie dough, bites…. WOW. You had me drooling just reading the title!
I made these tonight… with sunflower butter. I only yielded 7 though. :)
I can tell sort of from the pictures on your site that yours are bigger than mine when you rolled them which is probably smarter…less little balls to roll out :)
This post made me SO HUNGRY! I know what I’m doing tomorrow now :) Those raw cookie dough bites look like the best of so many worlds!
OMG – your photos are so droolworthy. You had me at cookie. I am a choco chip kind of girl but I’ll take any cookie, anytime. :)
Thank you so much…photography compliments mean a ton to me..thank you!
My favorite cookies are definitely peanut butter! I am a peanut butter freak!
Oh and I’m trying your PB Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls this weekend!! Yum!
LMK how you like them if you make them!
I’m totally about the cookie dough! I offer my husband homemade chocolate chip cookies to take to work just so I can eat the batter! So good!
I love the classic chocolate chip cookie! Can’t go wrong with that! :)
Peanut butter cookies for sure!!! My fave is the flourless ones. like 4 ingredients and they are in the oven cooking away :)
I love Paradise Bakery! They have fantastic chocolate chip cookies…my favorite :) I want to say that baked cookies are my favorite, but every time I’m presented with the dough I can’t resist! Raw cookie dough bites never last long in my house!
Ok now I need to find a Paradise Bakery. Or maybe not… :)
Raw dough is always where it’s at for me:)
i think we have the same taste buds when it comes to desserts… i always love your dessert creations! the peanut butter and chocolate ones get me every time. my favorite cookies are probably freshly baked chocolate chip, especially the ones from Paradise Bakery – have you ever tried to replicate their recipe? i’ve tried, but no such luck. dough vs. baked is a tough one for me. i love them both!
I’m not familiar with those cookies. When I lived in AZ for 9 mos, there was a Paradise Bakery there but I never went to it. Maybe I should have!
Raw cookie dough all the way! Although, soft, warm chewy, gooey cookies straight out of the oven give it a run for it’s money ;)
I’m liking this recipe a lot. Definitely bookmarking for a weekend night treat!
Yes such an easy “need a quick snack what should I make” thing :)
AMAZING recipe. I can’t wait to make these. I like the raw cookie dough more than cookies. Surprisingly, I like snickerdoodle cookies and pumpkin cookies most even though I’m a fiend for peanut butter!
I have a bar recipe for peanut butter and pumpkin bars…I need to turn it into cookies!
I love both cookie dough and baked cookies … just not store-bought cookies, unless they are made in a bakery.
All your food is so yummy looking! When I bake cookies I usually eat so much of the dough that by the time the cookies are baked, I take a bit to test them and then I’m done. Thankfully, I’ve been on a vegan baking kick so don’t need to worry about those eggs.
These make me weak in the knees! Love this!
Holy yum! Yours posts always leaves me drooling for some yummy desserts. Not a bad thing, I am sure :D
I’m all about the dough. I would eat raw dough over baked cookies any day. Sometimes the only reason I bake the dough is so that I don’t eat the whole bowl. ;)
I actually just made some mint chocolate chip cookies a couple days ago and only baked about 1/2 the dough. The rest I froze in balls, and I was going to blog about them next week! They were accidently okay to eat raw (i.e. no eggs) only because I was out of eggs when I made them. The dough is much better than the cookies.
Oh don’t you hate then when the dough IS actually better than the cookies, and you bake them and taste them and are like WHY did I just do that and go “ruin” all that great dough by baking it :)
Oddly, I was never a cookie dough eater – that was my sister’s job. But, I want them straight out of the oven please and thank you ;-)
I love raw cookie dough too and I recently read that it’s really not that bad for you, however, the pre-made cookie dough (like the pull and bake ones) can be really dangerous. Apparently when the raw eggs sit with the sugar for that long period of time, they can reproduce and actually pose a health threat.
I LOVE raw cookies and you are such a great go to source for lots of raw, vegan recipes and ideas! Will add these to my must try list!
Yay yay yay! Honestly, I almost always prefer cookie DOUGH to cookies…these look melt-in-my-mouth perfect!
As a raw/vegan chef, the #1 thing raw/vegan food has going for it IMO is all the variations on raw doughs, bites, balls, and raw desserts :)
I agree! Desserts are THE best “gateway” into raw food.
omg you are killing me! These look HEAVENLY
I wish I could bring some over to you! I gave some to Marla when I saw her. I have so.much.stuff. I need to pawn it off!
Oh my word! These are glorious! I have to make them soon!
That is a hard question! Which do I prefer the cookie or the dough…I’m like you and depends on my mood. Usually the cookie warm out of the oven.
I don’t think I could EVER pick a favorite cookie though.