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Edible Sugar Cookie Dough

Total Time: 10 mins

This Edible Sugar Cookie Dough is easy to make, completely safe to eat, and so addicting! It is buttery, creamy, packed with sprinkles, and tastes exactly like a sugar cookie- thanks to the vanilla and almond extracts. Make it into chocolate covered truffles, add it to ice cream, or dig in with a spoon!

For more edible cookie dough recipes, try my Brownie Cookie Cheesecake Bars

Edible Cookie Dough in a handled bowl with a spoon on the side.

The holidays are all about cookies! Sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, blossom cookies, Linzer cookies, the list goes on and on. My favorite part is eating a spoonful of the cookie dough (I know, I know, I could get sick). Well this year I really don’t have the time or feel like making cookies so I am settling for some Edible Sugar Cookie Dough! It is easy, minimal ingredients, and the same delicious flavor.

A Nostalgic and Classic Treat, Edible Sugar Cookie Dough:

  • TASTE: It is buttery, sweet, with a hint of salt, and rounded out with hints of almond and vanilla. It has the same great taste as a classic sugar cookie! And don’t worry, it is completely safe to eat because it is made without eggs and the flour is heat treated to kill any bacteria.
  • TEXTURE: Literally melts in your mouth. It is smooth, creamy, crunchy bites from the sprinkles, and is never grainy.
  • TIME AND EASE: It is done and ready to eat in 10 minutes! Just cream together your butter and sugar, add in the wet ingredients, fold in the dry ingredients and sprinkles. This is a great activity to do with loved ones or kids!

A Quick Video Tutorial:

Edible Sugar Cookie Dough Ingredients and Substitutions

This recipe is 8 simple ingredients. I guarantee you have them in your kitchen as we speak. This Edible Sugar Cookie Dough can easily be made vegan, gluten free, and even sugar free. Below are the ingredients and how you can substitute them to fit your dietary needs.

  • All- Purpose Flour: The flour will be heat treated to fill any potentially harmful bacteria. 1:1 gluten free flour works great too.
  • Unsalted Butter: Be sure it is softened it to room temperature or you’ll have a hard time mixing up your cookie dough. Feel free to use plant butter or margarine.
  • Granulated Sugar: A classic sugar cookie only contains granulated sugar so that is what we will use. You can substitute this for raw cane sugar or sugar free sweeteners.
  • Milk: Any type of milk works in this recipe; whole milk, nut milk, plant milk, etc. Just remember the higher the fat content the creamier your edible cookie dough will be. Whole milk is the creamiest while nut milks would be less creamy.
  • Extracts: We will use vanilla and almond, I recommend using both to get a true sugar flavor.
  • Salt: This helps to balance out the sweetness level.
  • Sprinkles: I used red, green, and white sprinkles for Christmas. Feel free to use any you’d like
Ingredients. Unsalted butter, granulated sugar, heat treated flour, milk, vanilla extract, almond extract, salt and sprinkles.

How to Make Homemade Edible Sugar Cookie Dough

This is a quick overview of how to make Edible Sugar Cookie Dough at home. The recipe card below will have all the details and instructions.

  1. Heat treat the flour in the microwave or oven to kill any bacteria.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy, pale, and the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Add in and combine the remaining wet ingredients until smooth.
  4. Add and fold in the dry ingredients and sprinkles until everything is well combined.
  5. Serve and enjoy! I have a few fun ideas below.

Storing Information:

You always want to store Edible Sugar Cookie Dough in the refrigerator or freezer in an airtight container. You can keep all in one lump, divide it into containers, or roll it into single serve sized balls. In the refrigerator it will keep up to 5 days and in the freezer up to 1 month. Leave it to sit out at room temperature to soften for 15 to 30 minutes before eating it.

Close up of scoops of edible cookie dough to see red, green, and white sprinkles.

3 Extra Recipe Tips:

  1. Adjust the amounts of milk or flour to get the perfect consistency. If your dough seems too crumbly add a bit more milk, one teaspoon at a time. If your dough is too wet add more flour, one tablespoon at a time.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar very well to reduce the graininess. As butter and sugar gets whipped together the sugar dissolves into the butter creating a fluffy, smooth mixture.
  3. Make the amount you want. Cut this recipe in half to make single serve Edible Sugar Cookie Dough. You can even double or triple this recipe if you have bigger plans for it (I include some fun ideas below)!

Edible Cookie Dough Variations

If you want to add more than sprinkles or are not a fan of sprinkles, here are some suggestions:

  • chocolate chips- white, semi-sweet, milk, butterscotch, peanut butter, dark chocolate
  • nuts- pecans, almonds, peanuts
  • cookies- Oreos, shortbread, gingersnaps, wafers, biscoff cookies
  • spices- cinnamon, chai, nutmeg, vanilla bean
  • caramel or toffee bits
  • crushed candy cane
  • pretzels
  • chopped candy bars- peanut butter cups, snickers, Toblerone
Edible Cookie Dough with two spoons scooping it and sprinkles on the side.

Unique Ways to Use Edible Sugar Cookie Dough

  • Make cookie dough truffles- All you have to do roll them into balls, freeze them, and then dip in the melted chocolate of your choice. Refrigerate the truffles until they have hardened up and are easy to eat. This is great for holiday cookie trays and boxes.
  • Turn it into a gift- Prepare the Edible Sugar Cookie Dough and place it in a cute jar or container. Tie a ribbon around it and attach a spoon to it. You can even make a cute gift tag that says something like “you are the sugar to my cookie” and directions for making it again on their own.
  • Add it to ice cream- Who doesn’t like cookie dough ice cream?!
  • Use it on your sweet treats- Spread it out on top of cooled brownies, cupcakes, as a cake filling layer, to top no bake cheesecakes or pies, etc. The list goes on and on.
  • Make it a dip- All you have to do is add a block of cream cheese and a tub of whipped cream topping (after the edible cookie dough is prepped) to make a delicious Edible Sugar Cookie Dough dip!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Is it safe to eat sugar cookie dough?

Normally no, but with this recipe yes! Because there is no eggs and the flour is heat treated, there are virtually no harmful bacteria which could make you sick. It is completely safe to serve to anyone!

Can I cook this Edible Sugar Cookie Dough?

Short answer is yes, but I do not recommend it. There are no leavening agents or eggs to give them a fluffy, chewy, consistency. They would turn out crunchier and a little more dense than normal.

Can I made Edible Sugar Cookie Dough vegan?

YES! All you have to do is use plant butter, non dairy milk, and cane sugar. The other ingredients are completely vegan.

How do I heat treat flour for edible cookie dough?

Heat treating flour can be done in the stove or in the microwave. All you have to do is measure out the amount you need and microwave it in four, 15 second intervals (stirring between each). Or spread the flour on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes at 350°F (stirring half way through).

Edible Sugar Cookie Dough on a spoon

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Edible Sugar Cookie Dough in a handled bowl with more sprinkles and a spoon on the side.

Edible Sugar Cookie Dough

Elizabeth Swoish
This easy Edible Sugar Cookie Dough is buttery, creamy, with hints of vanilla and almond, and loaded with sprinkles. Dig in with a spoon, this recipe is completely safe to eat.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Servings 8 servings (2 tablespoons each)
Calories 152 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup sprinkles; optional

Instructions
 

Heat Treating Flour

  • In the microwave- Place the all-purpose flour in a shallow bowl. Microwave it for four 15 second increments, stirring between each increment. Set aside to cool completely.
    In the oven- Spread out the the all-purpose flour on a clean baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes at , 350 °F stirring half way through. Set aside to cool completely.

Edible Sugar Cookie Dough

  • In a large bowl add the softened butter and granulated sugar.
  • Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar for 3 to 5 minutes. It should be light, fluffy, and the sugar dissolved.
  • Add the milk, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Whisk until well combined.
  • Add the cooled, heat treated, all-purpose flour and salt. Whisk until well combined and the mixture has completely absorbed.
  • Using a spatula, fold in the sprinkles until well dispersed.
  • Eat and Enjoy Entirely!

Video

Notes

Storing Information:

  • Refrigerated, covered in an airtight container, up to 5 days.
  • Frozen, covered in an airtight container, up to 1 month.
  • Before eating, leave it at room temperature to soften for 15 to 30 minutes.
 

3 Tips:

  1. Adjust the amounts of milk or flour to get the perfect consistency. Too crumbly? Add milk one teaspoon at a time. Too wet? Add flour one tablespoon at a time.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar very well to reduce the graininess. 
  3. Make the amount you want. Cut this recipe in half for a single serving. Double or triple it for meal prepping snacks or sharing.
 

Edible Cookie Dough Variations

  • chocolate chips- white, semi-sweet, milk, butterscotch, peanut butter, dark chocolate
  • nuts- pecans, almonds, peanuts
  • cookies- Oreos, shortbread, gingersnaps, wafers, biscoff cookies
  • spices- cinnamon, chai, nutmeg, vanilla bean
  • caramel or toffee bits
  • crushed candy cane
  • pretzels
  • chopped candy bars- peanut butter cups, snickers, Toblerone
 

Unique Ways to Use Edible Sugar Cookie Dough

  • Make cookie dough truffles- Roll them into balls, freeze, and then dip in the melted chocolate. Refrigerate until hardened.
  • Turn it into a gift- Place it in a cute jar or container. Tie a ribbon around it and attach a spoon to it. 
  • Add it to ice cream
  • Use it on your sweet treats- On top of cooled brownies or cupcakes, as a cake filling layer, to top no bake cheesecakes or pies. 
  • Make it a dip- Add a block of cream cheese and a tub of whipped cream topping, whip together until smooth.
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By Elizabeth Swoish on December 1st, 2022

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