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Cookie Dough Balls… for One!

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Cause my cookie’s too chocolicious for ya babe.
Oops, wrong Beyonce song.

More single-lady cookin!

We’ve already done Cupcakes for One.

And we’ve done single-serving pancakes, pilafs, and cookies… but what about cookie dough balls?

cookie balls

Cookie Dough Balls for One?

That was a query left on my post for Frozen Hot Chocolate.

Sarah C wrote: Could you maybe do a single-lady version of chocolate chip cookie dough balls? I know you have a raw version, but if you could do a baked version, I would LOVE you forever!” Well, love me forever, Sarah, because here’s a recipe for cookie dough balls that yields only three balls—the perfect size for a single lady (or bachelor boy).


Single-Lady Cookie Dough Balls

Based off the recipe for Single-Lady Cookies

  • 5 level teaspoons flour (18g)
  • scant 1/16th tsp baking soda
  • 1/16th tsp salt (lessen or omit if using margarine)
  • 2 tsp oil or pre-melted margarine*
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • handful chocolate chips (or raisins, nuts, etc)
  • sweetener (My testers liked 1 and 1/2 tsp brown + 1/2 tsp white sugar. More brown sugar makes for a softer cookie.)
  • a little non-dairy milk, if extra liquid is needed (Don’t use water.)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine dry ingredients, then add wet and mix with a fork. It’ll seem a little dry at first, but just keep mixing. Form into three little balls (Do not smush.) Cook for 8-9 minutes. (Take out when still a bit undercooked, so they don’t get hard.)

*See link for more about a sugar-free or fat-free variation.

cookie ballies

Just enough for one.

Too bad for you, Sports Store Hottie. 😉

Seriously, though, why bother with boyfriends when you can hang around with chocolate chip cookies? If I could marry a cookie, I would. We’d have cute children, no? Hmmm… maybe there’s a reason one cannot marry chocolate. It’d give new meaning to the term man-eater!

If you could marry a food, what food would you choose?

(Weird question, I know.) I might marry a jar of coconut butter. (Is it legal to do so? Maybe in California?) Of course I would eat my husband… but not before we had many babies, so I could eat them too. And now I’ll stop, because I’m afraid I may have scared you all. Oops.

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. I’d marry a sweet potato I suppose — he’s sweet, humble (hello he’s a potato!), and hearty.

    I love the cookie dough bites — where do I sign up to be one of your testers?

    1. Hahaha you can replace my dad. He is the WORST taste-tester ever. I gave him coconut pie once, and he said, “Mmmmm this lemon cream pie is great!”

  2. Being a single lady is the 2nd best thing in the world.

    The best thing in the world is being a single lady with chocolate.

  3. Lisa Fine says:

    Yum! Love these cute little bites.

    I’d have a hard time choosing – a sweet potato sounds good, but so does a jar of cashew butter, or the blueberry bush in my yard.

  4. Goodness I love me some cookie dough balls!

    I’d probably marry a dark chocolate 75% cocoa chocolate bar!

  5. Freya says:

    they look fab!
    I’d marry parsnips – roasted, sweet parsnips…I just love them so!

    1. I like them roasted too… but not raw. No, not raw at all lol!

      1. Freya says:

        Ah see I DO like them raw too! Maybe I’m a bit odd :/ remind me not to invite you to my house for snack time lol 😛

  6. These look so good! I would marry peanut butter, or frozen yogurt!!!

  7. Emily says:

    Awww! Single servings are so adorable!
    If I could marry a food it would probably be a big, dense, fudgy vegan brownie. With lots of frosting and sprinkles, of course.

    1. Can I come to your wedding? (With my coconut children in tow, of course)

  8. i love your single servings posts- you are too cute :) question is hard to answer.. but i think my answer would be medjool dates ! and goat cheese. and almond butter. ohh and cashews, and salad beasts. see? too hard :)

    1. Hahaha you can’t marry all those! Well, unless you divorce one first… or practice polygamy!

  9. Hahaha if I could marry a food it would be almond butter, for sure :)

  10. Gen says:

    Awesome!!!!!!! These look soooo good! Thanks! 😀

  11. Renée says:

    Do spices count? If so, I’d marry cinnamon 😀

  12. Finally I have been enlightened as to how it makes a difference whether you use white sugar or brown! It always baffled me…

    These look great. Definitely going to add them to my list!

  13. kspar66 says:

    Ah, stoked for these, Katie!
    And I whipped up my first raw choc banana cheesecake this a.m. before I left for school! Used coconut oil, hope it will turn out great (know it will!)

    1. Ooh let me know! I haven’t tried it with coconut oil instead of butter yet, but I want to!

      1. kspar66 says:

        Katie, The coconut oil version was delish! I had it in the fridge, but was worried it wasn’t hardening up so I put it in the freezer for a few hours and that worked! Topped it with cacao nibs and took it as my refreshment for The King’s Speech, totally decadent! thx!

        1. Ok, now I’m going to have to try it with the oil!! I’m so glad you liked it, Katy :) :).

  14. Laura says:

    I’d marry mushroom tempura in a heartbeat.

  15. These look really good!! Definitely one to try, I love how you list servings in jut enough for one person! Also, I just emailed you about adding something to the bake sale, and I’ve made a button for my blog too!

  16. kspar66 says:

    ooh and I would marry a soft, delicous Smucker’s peanut butter sandwich fo’sho

  17. OATS! Cause I love them! Who doesn’t love a cookie dough ball?

    1. Yeah, he might get a lot of marriage proposals…

  18. Alyson says:

    That’s like THE funniest concept I’ve heard in a long while! Hahahaha! Also, Oh my goodness, Katie… 😉

    If I could marry a food… Hmmm… I would probably marry some peanut butter. Actually… Coconut Banana Butter… That’s it! Right there! 😉 Soooo good!

    Cookie Crumble Cupcakes with Vegan Vanilla Buttercream Frosting and Carob Ganache are a closer runner-up. 😉 don’tcha love how specific I am?

    1. LOL I told my mom the q of the day, and she was like, “I think you’re going to creep people out.” 😉

  19. Oh, and in response to your question, if it were possible to marry foodstuffs, I think I would be guilty of polygamy. My spouses of choice would be as follows:

    (In no particular order)
    1. Chocolate
    2. Bananas
    3. Avocado
    4. Coconut
    5. Pasta

    We would have many delicious offspring…

    1. And I would come for Christmas… you know, to take some of those children off your hands ;).

      1. Well maybe you could bring your children and they could mate with mine so that the deliciousness could be further multiplied…

        1. Brandi says:

          If both your children mated you’d have things like bananas that taste like chocolate, coconut pasta, avocado coconuts butter, plus oh so much more. haha.

  20. skjfskdsdjfskdfkjdf ANOTHER LOVE! ive already got in the bookmarks FOLDER!! anything for one I LOVE
    who would I marry? is this even a question?.. peanut butter. DUH
    and I would have an affair with chocolate

  21. Can you believe I bought a jar of coconut butter over four months ago and have STILL not opened it??? Don’t hate me.

    I’m not scared by you eating your spouse (and children)…it just sort of put me in mind of both praying mantises and the hamster I had as a small child that ate its babies. Which was gross….so maybe you’d be a hamster with a praying mantis head?

    Now I’ve scared myself.

    1. Hamsters are odd!!! My neighbors’ hamster had a baby, but the only other hamsters it ever lived with were its brothers and dad! Yikes lol.

  22. Ilana says:

    Spaghetti Squash. But I don’t like my men stringy.

  23. Sandi says:

    Oh Katie you don’t scare us! I love your kookiness 😀
    I can think of so many answers to that one…but I might have to say Ghiradelli 86% dark chocolate because it’s the one thing in the world I don’t think I could possibly live without.
    Coconut butter is heavenly though, especially on pancakes.

  24. Bahaha, you’re hilarious!

    I think I’d probably marry my childhood sweetheart – macaroni & cheese!

  25. Lot-O-Choc says:

    Oh yum these look great..
    oh dear..i think if i was to marry a food id be a food many i would want to marry…
    chocolate, peanut butter, roasted parsnips/sweet potato/butternut squash, ripe melon, crunchy apples…
    too many!

  26. Those look amazing!

    Is there any way you could come up with a peanut butter version, like Mama Pea’s awesome dough balls? Perhaps slightly healthified, like these are?

    1. I can try!! :)
      And eat lots of the experiments (I’ll make sure to have some failed ones so I have an excuse lol)

  27. LOL! I would def. marry a jar of PB & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter. Talk about addicting!

  28. Er, can I marry YOU?! Single-Lady Cookie Dough Balls?! I swear you’ve actually just READ MY MIND and seen my ultimate dream food. I love you!!! 😀

    And you make me lol SO much!! Obviously, chocolate. I have in fact proposed to it many times. Still waiting for a reply though…

  29. ingenious! you never cease to amaze. :) I would marry peanut butter. In fact, we already are 😉

  30. I love making single-servings of food! When I will inevitably want something different the next day, I don’t have tons of leftovers. :)

    If I could marry one food, it would be bread. 😀

  31. You’re a savior. Perfect timing for a NEWLY single girl like me! :)

  32. Alyssa says:

    (Two Alyssas! Cool!)

    These are also good for married ladies with kids, who simply don’t want to share!

  33. Elle says:

    Well, I am not a single lady, but definitely will be making these. Thanks for the easy and great looking recipe.

  34. Zuzia says:

    I love single serving recipes. And these cookie dough balls make me want to say om nom nom:p

  35. Brandi says:

    Whooo! Another single serving recipe!

    If I could marry a food it might have to be Almond butter with roasted golden flax seed and salt…or maybe chocolate cupcakes with raspberry frosting from a bakery near me…or roasted or sauteed brussel sprouts…or dark chocolate…okay i’ll stop while i’m at it before the list gets to long.

  36. I feel like any time I make cookies, I WANT a whole batch! Either to share or freeze. But if I ever find myself just wanting a few, I know where to go :)

  37. Mariah says:

    So yummmmmz!!!!I can’t wait to try these:)
    I made fudge babys last night….holy heaven

  38. Lyza says:

    I’d marry dark chocolate. :)

    1. Lyza says:

      (he’s The One. lol)

  39. Alyssa says:

    id marry peanut butter! but id occasionally cheat on him with dark chocolate – or maybe he’d be ok with a threesome!

  40. Ball cookies are soooo much more fun than disc-shaped ones dont ya think? 😛

    If I couls marry on food…it’d be cereal. I’m already having a love affair with it, might as well finish the deal.

    1. Hmmm… as long as it has chocolate chips, it’s good in my book ;).

  41. This is perfect!! Whenever I make a big batch of anything sweet, my sweet-tooth husband eats it all up way too quickly. This is the perfect solution.

  42. This is awesome because I crave cookies all the time!
    I would marry almond milk. ohhh delicious almond milk

  43. Cookie dough balls are seriously so delicious!! I haven’t had them in so long! If I could marry a food, it would have to be….cheese!

  44. Katy says:

    Um wow you are amazing! Totally going to do this 😛


  45. hahahah I would definitely marry dark chocolate I can never get enough!

  46. Meg says:

    Mmmm I love single-girl recipes like this, cause when you have something THIS good, why share?! 😉 Haha!

    Sike, I’d probably share this with extra special people ONLY :)

    Love you!

  47. Yummy perfection! you know I love my balls but do make them in batches. As long as I am going to dirty dishes, may have a few extra waiting around for me the next time I want some :)

  48. Kristie says:

    You are such a kook. I’d totally eat my babies too (and the hubs!) if they were coconut butter. Or cookie dough balls! I think ultimately I’d probably just marry straight up cookie dough. Speaking of which, I could really go for some right about now. Definitely bookmarking THESE balls for a little fun later 😉

  49. these look scrumptious! i love all your single lady recipes…perfect for when you just want a treat but not a whole batch! if I could marry a food I think it would be an….APPLE! my favorite fruit ever!

  50. Hannah says:

    Sadly, it isn’t legal in Cali to marry some coconut butter. Otherwise, I would!

  51. I would marry chocolate cake. And not just any chocolate cake. I’d marry the chocolate cake from Matilda. You know what I’m talking about 😉

    1. Hmmm… you might have trouble getting it away from a certain principal! 😉

  52. I love all of the ‘single-lady’ recipes :) Perfect for this single lady!

  53. I will now LOVE you forever too!! 😀 (Actually, I already did already love you forever!)

    I would marry a chocolate bar! No wait, I would marry a jar of peanut butter! Or maybe a bag of oatmeal! Gosh, I guess that would be a big wedding 😉


  54. emma says:

    Hi sweetie pie! I’ve finally finished my bake sale goods! I posted them on my blog and will email you pictures asap :-) Loves xoxo

  55. I’m loving all of the Single Lady recipes Katie! These look delicious!
    I’d probably marry a jar of almond butter…or maybe Nutella. Could I have more than one food husband?! 😉

  56. Moni'sMeals says:

    this works for me! Awesome as always Katie!

  57. Okay your comment about eating your Husband and then your babies had me dying!! Those look amazing. If I had to marry one food, it would probably be hummus… or peanut butter…or gaaaaahhh! i can’t choose!

  58. Margaret says:

    I made these tonight. (I used three tablespoons of flour and two tablespoons of peanut flour.) SO GOOD! Thanks for posting!!

  59. BroccoliHut says:

    Yay for single lady recipes!
    I might join you on the coconut jar marriage idea…

  60. AWWWWWWEEEE! Single Lady Cookie Dough Balls! 😀

  61. Tara says:

    Oh. My. Gosh. You’ve hit the jackpot. I’m so excited to make these! If I could marry a food, it would probably be bananas. But a perfectly ripe banana that’s good for soft serve or smothering in peanut butter.

  62. Debra says:

    They look amazing!
    Blessings, Debra
    Raw Vegan Diet

  63. Damjana says:

    If I married a food, I don’t think I’d be faithful to it 😉 I’d marry chocolate fudge bar, but I’d have tortilla chips, pretzels, chocolate wafers and yoghurt w. granola for occassional lovers :)

  64. So simple and quick – this is dangerous! Looks like it might be so easy that I couldn’t NOT make these all the time. If I could marry a food it’d definitely be peanut butter. All day. I know that’s not original but hey – you don’t pick the ones you love :)

  65. salsa. he would be the man of my dreams. at least your hubby has balls!

  66. Mihika says:

    Ahhhh! I’d marry kabocha squash! I might occasionally cheat with coconut butter, peanut butter, dark chocolate and oatmeal. Oh, and hummus.
    Katie, your single-serve recipes are amazing! You inspired me to start my own blog – I just published my first post today :) I have a ton of ideas, mostly food-related :)

    1. Aww thank you! Good luck with your bloggie… and welcome to the blogworld too!!!!

  67. this is so perfect! i bookmarked it to try with coconut flour and coconut-butter chocolate chunks

  68. Amber Schaefer says:

    You are amazing! This is my favorite recipe blog. I love your single servings! Keep them coming!

  69. Hannah says:

    I think these are so cute, but it seems like wasted energy to have the oven on just to make a small serving of cookies-I guess to be more eco friendly you could make a whole batch or cook a bunch of things at one time.

    1. I definitely agree with you. When I make my single-lady creations, I always am prepared to make ALL the oven-baked goods at the same time. So I’ll make the cookies, then roast cauliflower and asparagus, and then make baked oatmeal all at the same time :).

  70. I’d marry a bag of pretzels – with cream cheese for children (please see my blog for an explanation :-)) haha

  71. Elle says:

    These baked cookie balls are awesome. I made some for my husband this morning and he asked where the rest of the batch was ! hahaha

    I had the same concern as Hannah, but of course you have addressed it the same way I will.

    1. LOL!
      Honestly, when I’m just making cookies for myself (not the blog), I’ll make a whole batch and freeze the extra dough (already shaped in balls). Less work for lazy girls ;).

  72. Ann says:

    I made these last night – they were so good! I think next time I make them (ahem, tonight), I will try to exert a little self control and let them cool slightly before digging in. I may have used a few too many chocolate chips, too, because they sort of turned into cookie dough goo. Not that there’s anything bad about that, just messy!

    1. Cookie goo? As in CHOCOLATE cookie goo? Um yum?! 😉

  73. Karen Andrews says:

    OK! I FINALLY made these…and tried 3 flavors! In 3 different bowls, I used coconut flour, peanut flour/oats, and spelt/brown rice flour! To the coconut ones I added unsweetened coconut and to the other two I added chopped 85% dark chocolate and cacao nibs. The peanut butter got peanut oil and the other two got Smart Balance Light/Agave. YUM! BUT…after cooking 2 to try it that way, I decided to leave it as cookie dough balls! I love them raw, and also formed them and stored some in the freezer (due to my lack of self-control)! :) Thanks for the wonderful recipe! (Oh yes…added 1 T chia seeds to each of the bowls as well)

    1. Woah, stored in the freezer? Raw? Ok, I’m going to try that! You are a genius!!! And no heating the oven!

  74. Leslie Henry says:

    I know I’m late to the party, er wedding? but this just cracked me up! I’d marry cookie dough!!! So I look forward to making these! (Now let’s see if they make it into the oven…)

  75. Jess says:

    Just made these, avec applesauce, cakey yet yummydelicious :) Alsoo just lost my baked-goods-made-in-the-microwave-instead-of-baking-in-the-oven virginity, and you know what Katie it was guuuurd haha!

    Jess x

    p.s. I’m going to NYC after exams (pfft exams) any recommendations from you or from your readers?

    1. Hey Jess!

      I have a restaurant tab:

      Some of the restaurants are in Texas, but many of the posts are of my favorite NYC places :)

  76. Tanya says:

    Why bother baking them at all? You could just leave them like that… or dip them into molten chocolate and put them in the fridge. That sounds good to me…

  77. Barb says:

    Hi Katie!
    Just made these… Again! One of my favourite variations is to sub 1 tbsp cocoa powder (unsweetened) for 1 of the tbsp of flour… Tonight I also added extra vanilla essence and a bit of extra oil… So amazing. One of my favourite recipes!

  78. Natasha says:

    These are delicious. I’ll actually try a little less sugar next time. But I might just double the recipe because they are sooo delicious :)

  79. Hannah says:

    😀 You made me laugh out loud there with the eating your children.
    I’d probably marry chocolate. Or popcorn. Or blueberries.

  80. Kassie says:

    Thank you for this recipe! I’ve been looking for one for baked cookie balls for some time now. I’m wondering, if I needed to make 3 dozen do I just multiply everythng by 12 or are there some adjustments that need to be made when making that many?

  81. Morgan says:

    Hi Katie i have made this recipe to many times to count but i usually double and just eat it raw its soooooo delicious. But i am wondering how many calories/carbs are in this single recipe?

  82. Symone says:

    you are literally my favourite person, these were so tasty!! So happy I stumbled upon your blog, it’s living proof that vegan food does not have to be boring 😀

  83. Holly says:

    I’m going to make a batch of these right NOW. I think I’m going to have to bake my way through your entire blog! I didn’t read ALL of the comments….and I tried looking around the site/page but do you have the nutrition info on these and the funfetti balls? Yum yum going to get baking!!

  84. Sarah says:

    Not that I’ve validated this or anything, but this is super with pb instead of oil, rolled in one big ball and microwaved for about 40 seconds 😉

  85. Alice says:

    I think I’d marry strawberries. Or Raspberries. Or your healthy nutella if it’s made with almonds. Or bananas…. No, that’d be too creepy! Cottage cheese would be a good husband.
    Can we reintroduce polygamy for marrying food?

  86. Angelica says:

    These were sooo good! I devoured them the minute they came out of the oven. If I’d have to marry a food it would probably be frozen yogurt :)

  87. Rhomelin says:

    Hey come to my house and show me

  88. Rhomelin says:

    Come to my house and show me it looks good

  89. Kyla says:

    Oh, these sure are yummy! I make them whenever there is not a desert in the house, and when I crave it. Except for one thing, I’m too lazy to preheat the oven, so I simply microwave them for 30 seconds on a plate. I also make them with applesauce and gluten free flour, it turns out great! Yum! If I could marry a food… well, I might actually marry these cookies right here! haha

  90. Fionna says:

    Marry a food? Oh, I’d SO marry cinnamon! I eat EVERYTHING with cinnamon! Pudding, rice, pancakes, oatmeal, apples, bananas, peanut butter, chocolate, apple sauce, cake…. I can’t imagine life without cinnamon, I think I might be slightly obsessed =D

  91. Jordan says:

    I love these so much!!! Really all the single serving desserts but I make these at least 3 times a week… whoops. I love your website!