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Patriotic Cookie Dough Balls

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Last Friday, I once again babysat for the two little girls I mentioned a few posts back. I love babysitting for them, and I never thought I’d say that because babysitting has never been my favorite thing. But these girls are just so much fun. It’s not like work at all; it’s more like hanging out with my friends.

On Friday night, we made Cookie Dough Balls.

The recipe is so simple that I was curious as to just how much time it takes, from start to finish. So I set a timer. Including baking time, the cookies were done in ten minutes flat! Of course, I did have two of the world’s greatest helpers. Yesterday, the girls’ mom informed me that I’ve created a monster (or rather two monsters). Apparently they spent all day in the kitchen, making cookie dough balls!


The recipe is the same as my Funfetti cookie dough balls. But I’m posting it again below for your convenience, so you don’t have to click over.

Patriotic Cookie Dough Balls

Based off the recipe for Single-Lady Cookies.

  • 5 level teaspoons oat flour or white flour (18g)
  • scant 1/16th tsp baking soda
  • 1/16th tsp salt (less if using margarine)
  • 2 tsp oil or pre-melted margarine (can do a fat-free version, but they’ll be cake-ier)
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tsp sprinkles
  • 12 or so chocolate chips (or raisins, nuts, etc)
  • sweetener (My testers liked 1 tsp brown + 1 tsp white sugar. Xylitol works too.)
  • 1 tsp milk of choice, or as needed (Don’t use water.)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine dry ingredients, then add wet and mix with a fork. 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.) If not eating right away, store in a lidded plastic container to keep soft.

patriotic cookies

Question of the Day:

Did you like to cook when you were a kid?

I did! One of the first “recipes” I ever created was some type of bean soup. My poor family… I made them eat multiple bowls of my soup every day.

I also liked making: 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Balls.


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Published on July 3, 2011

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  1. L. says

    Those look gorgeous! I’ve always loved to cook, and I think I’m a pretty good cook. But the stuff I make never LOOKS as pretty as yours. Oh well, taste is more important, right? 🙂

  2. Cait's a Runnerchick says

    i’m the exact same way with babysitting…people would always ask me and assume i’d jump at the chance because i’m a girl, but i’m really pretty picky about the kids i actually ‘like.’ i can’t stand kids that are just plain brats…lol. but when i DO find kids i love i really enjoy spending time with them and will go out of my way to do fun things with them, crafts, games, etc.

    i think it’s so awesome u’re getting these girls baking and cooking! i wish i had the chance to do more of that growing up because i think it would have really helped me out today.

    okay, and u kno i’m already obsessed with cookie dough, but u just kicked it up a notch with the colors…way better than fireworks! 🙂

  3. [email protected] says

    I was definitely infatuated with cooking at a young age! I mostly loved baking, but as I got older I started insisting on making dinner for my mom. She didn’t love my love for garlic! Loving and being good at are definitely two different beasts though. I’ve certainly improved!

  4. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga says

    Oh Katie the balls look sooo lovely!

    Super patriotic and just PERFECT. They should be shoe-in’s for the Food Gods. 🙂

    And as a kid, yes, I loved to cook and bake with my mom and grandma. Some of my fondest childhood memories and the memories I have of my grandmas all involve cooking and baking with my grammies. So fun 🙂

    • Fit Foodie says

      Hahahahahhaa pretty balls! Sorry, ignore me, I’m a 5 year old inside :).
      But yes, I agree. The balls look so pretty. Almost too pretty to eat!

  5. Jess says

    Hi Katie!
    I LOVE your blog, and am a little embarrassed to admit I visit it every day when I’m drinking my cup of tea hehhehe! ANyway it was my bday yesterday and I wanted to make a healthy chocolate cake and I made this…
    have you seen this before? It was DELISH and my dad even liked it! Hahaha just thought I’d share it with you since it was chocolatey 😛
    Jess xx

  6. BroccoliHut says

    Oddly enough, I was not much of a cook as a kid–I mostly just decorated cookies in the kitchen:)

  7. Elise says

    I never baked with the kids I babysat for, they probably would have shut me in the oven. But I did feed them, peanut butter & jam sandwiches were the only way to make them go to sleep!! Your cookie balls look really tasty, I may have to make some, though maybe less patriotic.

    Weird thing, I was reading back over some of your old posts & comments and saw you were born in Pembury hospital, that’s about 5 miles from where I live, small world eh? Damn now I sound like a stalker. Anyway going now!!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Are you serious?! Oh my gosh too cool! It’s so beautiful there… of course, I was 5 the last time I was lucky enough to visit. But maybe next time I go, I can meet you! Haha who’s the stalker now? 😉

      • Elise says

        It is pretty beautiful 🙂 though I think sometimes I take it for granted!

        Let me know when you come visit!! I’ll bring cupcakes!

  8. michelle says

    I hated cooking when I was young. My mother would work late and I’d have to make dinner for my sister and I. Chocolate chip pancakes or macaroni with a can of tomatoes. Either or. Every night. Now I love it!

  9. Jamie aka "Sometimes Healthy Girl" says

    Sooooo cute! I’ll bet your little helpers were soooo happy!

    I loved to bake cookies when I was younger. Every Christmas/Hannukah, my mother and I would make holiday cookies for all of my teachers. My favorite part was definitely the frosting. We’d turn the frostings into different colors: Red, Green, Blue and Yellow. I was always shocked when they all tasted the same 😉

    Happy 4th!

  10. Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats says

    I can definitely think of worse things those little girls could be doing! lol. I loved playing in the kitchen and cooking as a child. My Grandma was just telling me today about how I would pull a chair up to the counter and play in the spice rack for hours.

  11. Serena (Green Beans & Jam) says

    I loved to cook when I was a kid – but couldn’t make anything that difficult, of course.
    I loved making & decorating pizza (especially getting to knead the homemade dough that my aunt would make) and baking cookies. I loved licking spoons with drippy batter. MM…and no-bake cookies….

    One of my most vivid memories of my childhood is making little mochi-ish balls with my mom & decorating them to look like eyeballs for Halloween. 🙂

  12. April says

    Hi Katie,
    I recently found out that I have many small cysts and might have PCOS. The new diet style that I am trying to follow is pretty much vegan, but I have no idea how to start. I’ve always eaten a very clean diet (I hardly ever touch sugar or anything not whole grain, etc) but I was following Tom Venuto’s plan, which advocates a large intake of protein. I’ve been eating a fair share of animal-based proteins and I can’t figure out how to replace them without ending up eating too many calories. Do you have any high-protein veggie based food (preferably budget friendly- I’m in high school and I don’t want to empty my or my parent’s wallets ahaha) suggestions, etc? Thank you so much 🙂

  13. Dominica08 says

    I just want to say thanks and that I love your recipes they are easy to do with my two year old and they always make the perfect amount! My husband loves the brownie batter pancakes and he has no idea how healthy they are. I love looking at all the recipes and trying new ones. Thanks for all your hard work.

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