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Hi Bold Bakers! This week, I’ll show you how to make an edible cookie dough so you can make Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream! It is an incredibly easy, no-bake recipe and once you have it in your fridge you can use it to create a host of other recipes including Cookie Dough Frosting for my Brownie Layer Cake & even a Cookie Dough Milkshake. So let’s get baking!


4.59 from 34 votes
Edible Cookie Dough
Author: Gemma Stafford
  • 1/2 cup (4oz/115g) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup (41/2oz/128g) brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (50z/142g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup milk (8floz/225ml) chocolate chips
  1. In a large bowl, cream together your butter and sugars using a whisk or wooden spoon.
  2. Add in vanilla, salt and heat treated flour. The mixture is going to be crumbly at this point. Add in 2 tablespoons of milk and mix. Now the dough will look like the cookie dough you’re used to seeing. Fold in the chocolate chips
  3. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. Freeze for up to three months.



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  1. Angel Wong on April 10, 2016 at 3:11 am

    Hi gemma, may I know whether i can add in some matcha powder to make this cookie dough a matcha flavoured one? What amount of matcha powder do you recommend?

  2. Aadya on March 25, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Hi gemma. I really love your recipes. Should I use salted or unsalted butter for making this cookie dough? And if I use unsalted butter, should I add some salt?

    • Gemma Stafford on March 25, 2016 at 9:27 am

      Hi Aadya,
      If oyu use salted butter you do not add salt, I prefer to use unsalted and just add a little salt,
      Gemma 🙂

  3. Jess.M on February 26, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Hey Gemma,
    I was wondering how long you can keep this in your fridge for?
    Anyway I LOVE UR SHOW AND YOU!!!!!!

    • Gemma Stafford on February 26, 2016 at 7:52 pm

      Thanks so much for your question. This will keep in the fridge for no longer than 1 week, you can freeze it for up to 3 months. Hope this helps 🙂

  4. Estefania on February 20, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Hi Gemma, if I want to use this recipe to bake cookies, how many eggs should I add? ( 1 egg) Thanks in advance! You are the best!

    • Gemma Stafford on February 22, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      Thanks for your question, but this recipe is not for baking.

  5. Olivia on February 9, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    How could you eat this ?

    • Gemma Stafford on February 19, 2016 at 7:56 pm

      You can put it in ice cream, use it as a topping for another dessert or eat it by itself. Hope this helps 🙂

    • sbishnoi88 on March 20, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      In pajamas with a big spoon 🙂

  6. Nelly on January 19, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    I’m going to make your choc chip cookie dough ice cream and was wondering do I halve this recipe for the ice cream?

    • Gemma Stafford on January 20, 2016 at 7:16 pm

      Sure, let me know how it turns out 🙂

  7. Fatima Khalid on January 17, 2016 at 8:31 am

    It looks absolutely delicious, but I was wondering how much it makes?

    • Gemma Stafford on January 22, 2016 at 7:31 pm

      This makes about 1.5 cups of cookie dough. Hope this helps 🙂

  8. Rachel Keita on December 24, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Hi Gemma! I am eleven years old, and I love to bake. I always watch your videos. I also subscribed to your newsletter. Can you please make a video of 10 different edible cookie dough recipes? Thanks! Happy Holidays!

    • Gemma Stafford on December 24, 2015 at 7:53 pm

      Hi Rachel! Thank you for being a part of the Bold Baking community. More edible cookie dough recipes are a great idea. I will add it to my list. Thank you for watching! 🙂

  9. Zowie on December 14, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    This recipe is amazing I’ve always wanted to eat cookie dough without the chance of getting sick. I am also going to make the cookie dough milkshake. Thanks! ?

    • Gemma Stafford on December 14, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      Thanks so much for visiting my website, Zowie. Really glad you liked this recipe 🙂

  10. Diya on December 13, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Hi Gemma,
    I love your youtube channel! ❤️
    I have just made your cookie dough and it’s FANTASTIC !!!! ?
    I was wondering what else can I make with it (apart from your homemade ice cream ?) xx thank you so much!

    • Gemma Stafford on December 14, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      Thanks so much for watching, Diya. Check out my recipe for small batch cupcakes. I think you’ll really like it 🙂

  11. Megan on December 7, 2015 at 4:21 am

    This recipe is AMAZING. Thank you Gemma! I currently take food technology at school and we have just started our desserts module. Using this edible cookie dough, I made cookie surprise cupcakes – simple vanilla cupcakes with a hidden cookie inside and topped with the edible cookie dough! So many people loved them that they are now going to be this year’s Christmas presents!
    Thank you again and I intend to use as many of your recipes as possible! 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on December 8, 2015 at 8:33 pm

      Thanks for visiting my website, Megan. Really glad you liked this recipe. Stay tuned for more 🙂

  12. ishikhaa on November 18, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    hi Gemma! can we replace the milk chocolate chips by some chunks of oreos?

    • Gemma Stafford on November 19, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      Sure, get creative with this recipe 🙂

  13. Emma on November 17, 2015 at 9:26 am

    I love you videos and ive shared them with many of my friends , but i have one question can you use granulated suger and Brown sugar together or is it better to use one kind ?

    • Gemma Stafford on November 17, 2015 at 6:08 pm

      You can use both if you want. Thanks for visiting my website! 🙂

  14. Lily roach on November 15, 2015 at 2:35 am

    Hi Gemma I love all of your videos and I was just wondering if you could use white chocolate chips instead of milk chocolate ones

    From lily ?

    • Gemma Stafford on November 17, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      Yep 🙂

  15. Amanda on November 12, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Well, my fiance has just informed me that Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream is his favorite so it looks like I’ll be making a trip to the store for condensed milk. I love that I already have all of the ingredients for this recipe in my kitchen now. Thank you so much for sharing so many wonderful recipes with us, my personal cookbook is filling up!

    • Gemma Stafford on November 12, 2015 at 11:37 am

      Delighted to hear that, Amanda. Thanks so much for visiting my website 🙂

  16. Lily roach on October 31, 2015 at 9:11 am

    I have also rated your edible cookie dough recipe 5 stars!! Thanks Gemma for all of your recipes. I love love love this one!!
    From Lily ?

  17. Lily roach on October 31, 2015 at 9:10 am

    To gemma,
    I havent tried making your edible cookie dough yet but i am looking forward to trying it. I love your channel though. Especially your home made ice cream. I am looking forward to your future recipes.
    From Lily ?

    • Gemma Stafford on November 3, 2015 at 7:50 pm

      Thanks Lily. Let me know how your cookie dough turns out 🙂

      • Lily roach on November 14, 2015 at 7:49 am

        Hello Gemma thanks for leaving a comment on my comment. I really appreciate it. I have been watching more of your videos and I love them.
        From lily ?

        • Lily roach on November 14, 2015 at 7:49 am

          I mean ?

  18. Prachi on October 24, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Just made this cookie dough for the milkshake and it’s super yummy! Thanks Gemma! : )

    • Gemma Stafford on October 27, 2015 at 6:06 pm

      Thanks so much for visiting my website. Really glad you liked this recipe 🙂

  19. Jodie Collis on October 24, 2015 at 3:23 am

    cookie dough is sooooooooo good

    • Gemma Stafford on October 27, 2015 at 6:10 pm

      Yay! 🙂

  20. Sarah on October 23, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Hi Gemma! I luv ur videos and this recipe was amazing!!! I was wondering if u could make some easy and fun snacks that would be perfect for taking 2 school or office or something. It’s totally cool if u can’t do it but I think I understand better when u show how 2 make it than when I just read the recipe. I would be so grateful if u could make a video like that! Thanks!!!

  21. Rose on October 14, 2015 at 7:25 am

    hi gemma i was wondering if you can tell me a substitute for butter please and thank you!

    • Gemma Stafford on October 14, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      Try using coconut oil. 🙂

      • Rose on October 16, 2015 at 3:40 am

        Can i use ñormal oilies like vegetable oil or oil olive

        • Gemma Stafford on October 16, 2015 at 8:22 pm

          Sure 🙂

  22. Megan on September 17, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    I love this recipe!

    You might have already answered this question through another person’s inquiry about whether this can be baked or not: I would like to know if this cookie dough can be fried.

    I’ve tried twice now and both attempts were unsuccessful. I chilled the cookie dough until it was very firm and I made sure that the oil was very hot before I dunked the dough into the oil.

    Perhaps you can help me troubleshoot? The dough melted very quickly into the oil; I assume it’s because there is a high amount of butter (compared to anything else) in the recipe.

    My husband suggested breading the cookie dough…I’m not sure how this would work.

    Would you consider making a video about frying cookie dough in the future?

    • Gemma Stafford on September 22, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      No, this recipe is not made to be baked or fried. I will add your request to my list. Stay tuned 🙂

  23. Reysie Bueno on September 4, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Hi, Chef! I’ve view your website like what you’ve said. And I copied your recipe. I will make this tomorrow. 🙂

    Chef, can I request for a no-oven bake recipe? I mean, a cupcake, cakes, breads etc. recipe using a cooker or a steamer? I’m sorry, Chef. I don’t have oven. Even a microwave.

    Thank you, Chef! God Bless. 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on September 4, 2015 at 7:31 pm

      Thanks so much for visiting my website! I will add your request to my list, stay tuned 🙂

      • Reysie Bueno on September 6, 2015 at 6:52 am

        Really, Chef? Woah! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, Chef! ? I am very happy, Chef. 🙂

  24. Felicia on September 3, 2015 at 3:17 am

    Hello Gemma, really thank you for the recipe 😀 It looks amazing, or should i say amazeBalls!
    By the way, how long can we store this cookie dough in room temp, in refrigerator, and in freezer?
    I want to make this recipe and send it to my family, so i need to make sure that it can be shipped for several days without going bad

    Thanks a lot 🙂

  25. Mfq on August 13, 2015 at 10:21 am

    This recipe is the BEST!! I was always looking for edible cookie dough, but every recipe had raw eggs in it. I haven’t tried it yet but, surely will in the next few days and the plus point it’s so easy to make. Thank You, Gemma!

    • Mfq on August 13, 2015 at 10:22 am

      *is it’s

    • Gemma Stafford on August 17, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      Delighted to hear that. Let me know how yours turns out 🙂

  26. Trinity on August 11, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    I told my grandma about this recipe and she was like “we can do this, just not tonight.” this is the first recipe i have ever printed and am going to try. Now, I really hope this turns out great like yours did.

    • Gemma Stafford on August 17, 2015 at 11:38 am

      Delighted to hear that. Let me know how yours turn out. Thanks so much for visiting my website 🙂

  27. Gabby on August 9, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Hi Gemma! I made this and they were delicious! Makes me curious about your best chocolate chip cookies recipe. Would you share yours with us sometime? 🙂 Thanks!

  28. Teressa on August 1, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Will definitely try it out 🙂

  29. Jasmin on July 31, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    I was wondering how many balls this recipe makes? 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on August 7, 2015 at 10:53 am

      It depends on how big you make them! 🙂

  30. Ashley on July 28, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    I was just wondering how many calories are in this?

  31. Safa on July 24, 2015 at 8:21 am

    is there a substitute for the vanilla extract? I was thinking vanilla bean paste but wasn’t sure. Thanks!

    • Gemma Stafford on July 26, 2015 at 10:11 pm

      If you have vanilla paste then use that, otherwise you can leave it out if you don’t have it. I always make sure I have some just incase.

  32. Ingrid on July 24, 2015 at 4:23 am

    Thank for amazing reciprok, your 2 ingredient ice is so good.
    I intend to try the salted caramel sauce, have therefore to questions: In my country-Denmark-we mostly get salted butter. I guess I still add salt? Coarse of fine salt? And how much in dl is a cup? Br

    • Gemma Stafford on July 26, 2015 at 9:11 pm

      Hi Ingrid,

      Thanks so much, really glad you like the ice cream. I always use slated butter too. I accounted for that when giving the salted amount.Just so you know, the salty flavor gets stronger when the caramel goes cold. You can use fine, table salt. 🙂

  33. Zoë on July 23, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    This is so tasty! I love it when I can make somethong just out of the pantry.

    • Gemma Stafford on July 29, 2015 at 11:24 am

      Thank you so much, really glad you liked this recipe 🙂

  34. ritu on July 20, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Is it ok to eat raw flour since there is no baking involved

    • Gemma Stafford on July 21, 2015 at 11:02 pm

      I have no problem eating raw flour and there are no raw eggs so it is all good 🙂

      • Willow on July 10, 2016 at 3:19 pm

        Gemma, there has recently been contaminated flour — the reputable brand of Gold Medal had E. coli — and the companies themselves advise us not to eat raw flour. I thought the problem was raw eggs but apparently not the only problem! Do you have any suggestions? I used to eat raw dough but now do not want to.

        • Gemma Stafford on July 11, 2016 at 2:41 am

          Hi Willow,
          This is an unusual problem, not one I have heard of before! clearly there were food hygiene issues in the manufacturing/storage process. I am so sorry to hear that. Thank you for letting me know, and of course do not eat raw flour products from this source.
          Gemma 🙂

        • Poppy on February 8, 2017 at 6:53 am

          You could just bake the flour on it’s own in the oven

  35. Mary on July 16, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Would I be able to add Nutella instead of chocolate chips,and if so how, would I just add some or will I have to take out some of some of the ingredients.(some of some of(: )I love you recipes,but can you please make more mug cakes and cookies

    • Gemma Stafford on July 17, 2015 at 5:51 pm

      sure, nutella will work. For cookie dough considering its not being cooked you can just add it in, you don’t need to take away any ingredients.

  36. Saadiyah on July 15, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Hi Gemma!
    Would it be alright if I cup a chocolate bar instead of chocolate chips?

    • Saadiyah on July 15, 2015 at 11:41 am

      *cut. Sorry 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on July 15, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      it sure would. That’s what I do. Buy good quality so your cookie dough will be nicer.

  37. Chloe on July 15, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Hi Gemma, I just made your cookie dough and it turned out great!! Love your recipes so I have invited my friends round to bake loads all day!! Thanks looking forward to future recipes!! xx

    • Gemma Stafford on July 18, 2015 at 9:00 pm

      Thanks so much Chloe, really glad you my recipes and baking videos 🙂

  38. andrew on July 14, 2015 at 10:40 am

    it was great!! thanks so much

  39. hayle brauer on July 9, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    can I make this recipe but with peanut butter instead of chocolate chips??

    • Gemma Stafford on July 9, 2015 at 2:54 pm

      absolutely you can 🙂

  40. Abbey Taylor on July 6, 2015 at 1:27 am

    I am planning on making some of your cookie dough icecream and I was wondering how many cups this recipe makes? Thanks 😀

    • Gemma Stafford on July 6, 2015 at 12:09 pm

      About 3 pints 🙂

      • Abbey Taylor on March 18, 2017 at 10:05 pm

        Hi! Thanks for your reply, it has been a while-QUITE a while. I have just revisited the idea of making homemade ice-cream, and remembered your recipes, and that I commented a few years ago. I have looked at your cookie dough ice cream recipe, and it said that you need 2/3 of a cup of dough, so how would I need to scale this recipe to make exactly enough for the ice-cream recipe? I assume when you said 3 pints you meant the amount of ice cream that the ice cream recipe makes. I hope you understand what I am asking. Thank you again ?

        • Gemma Stafford on March 19, 2017 at 4:21 am

          Hi there Abbey,
          Good to have you with us.
          Each of the ice cream recipes will make one pint of ice cream.
          You will need to divide the cookie dough recipe to about 1/3.
          If you have some left over you can coat in chocolate (tempered as shown here)and serve as a truffle with the ice cream!
          Gemma 🙂

  41. Catherine on June 25, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Would this recipe need to be changed to accommodate oats or could we just add them? Love all of your videos and recipes! Tried the two ingredient ice cream recently and it was great 😀

    • Gemma Stafford on June 25, 2015 at 9:30 pm

      For something like oats Catherine and the fact that you are not baking this you can just add them into the dough 🙂

  42. sarina on June 23, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Amazing recipe!!! I love your youtube videos,I watch them all the time!!!! Thank you for all your effort!! 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on June 24, 2015 at 6:47 pm

      Thanks so much Sarina, really glad you like my baking 🙂 I have lots more to come

  43. Tricia on June 21, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    I accidental came across your you tube channel and loved it, my 12 yr old daughter is so excited to try out the cotton candy ice cream , we are going to try it out this week , thank you

    • Gemma Stafford on June 22, 2015 at 10:44 pm

      That is fantastic Tricia. I’m delighted you found my channel. My most popular videos are my mug cakes and 2 ingredient ice cream :). Good luck with yours.

  44. girlvan88 on June 20, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Can I use white granulated sugar?

    • Gemma Stafford on June 22, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      Yep 🙂

  45. ally on June 20, 2015 at 12:16 am

    Hi Gemma, I have a question, can we use white sugar instead of brown? Thxxx

    • Gemma Stafford on June 22, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      Yep, thanks for the question Ally 🙂

  46. Tommy on June 17, 2015 at 8:53 am

    i LOVE it! it is sooooooooooooo good!!!

  47. Shaelyn on June 1, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    I haven’t tried it yet but can you make somthing with pickles in it please I will appreciate it

    • Gemma Stafford on June 1, 2015 at 8:52 pm

      Hi Shaelyn! I haven’t made many savory recipes on my show so unfortunately I don’t have a recipe with pickles for you but I hope you enjoy my baking and dessert videos. Thank you for watching! 🙂

  48. Ria on May 26, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Hey Gemma I really love your YouTube channel the recipes are great I made this cookie dough the other day and it was great can you show us how to make funfetti cookie dough
    Or birthday cake flavour that would be fab!

    • Gemma Stafford on May 26, 2015 at 8:37 pm

      Hi Ria! Great to hear that you enjoyed my cookie dough. Funfetti/Birthday Cake Cookie Dough would be great. I will definitely add it to my list. Thank you for watching! -Gemma 🙂

      • Munifa Mumo on April 17, 2016 at 10:22 pm

        Gemma could you write the amount of ingrediants you need to bake what ever your making in the description box that way your subscribers don’t always have to come to the website to look for the certain amount of ingrediants to make it

        P.S. thnks so much on the cookie dough video I tried the other day and it was amazing Thank you so much

        • Gemma Stafford on April 18, 2016 at 3:22 am

          Hi Munifa,
          The Website is an important part of what I do. It allows the recipes to be downloaded, and printed, and is how I like I share them. Viewing them on YouTube was problematic for some of my followers. I am up-dating the Website at the moment and it will become more user friendly too.
          Thank you for your kind comments,
          Gemma 🙂

  49. halfling on May 22, 2015 at 12:03 am

    defiantly tastes delicious! i prefer it with no chocolate chips. i think next time ill leave out a little of he milk as i like a drier consistency but this recipie is A++ Thank you Gemma!!!

    • Gemma Stafford on May 25, 2015 at 3:55 pm

      I’m delighted you liked it:). For sure alter it how you like

  50. Edna on May 16, 2015 at 7:02 am

    I have a silly question. Can you actually bake this dough to make cookies? If so, what temperature and how long?

    • Gemma Stafford on May 25, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      Not a silly question. You can’t bake it because it does not contain eggs so the recipe is not ‘mathematically’ correct to bake. 🙂

      • Yehoshua on August 18, 2016 at 2:04 pm

        I baked them just to give it a go at 200’C for about 12 minutes to make tiny little biscuits, and they came out alright! They didn’t ‘form’ in to round discs so I used the back of a teaspoon to flatten them whilst they were still hot! Great idea for those who like really crunchy biscuits (like me!)

        • Gemma Stafford on August 19, 2016 at 1:53 am

          Thank you for this lovely suggestion, other bold bakers can follow your suggestion,
          Gemma 🙂

      • PrincessSapphire on November 24, 2016 at 5:59 pm

        Can you replace or add eggs to bake it off

        • Gemma Stafford on November 25, 2016 at 2:30 pm

          Well! yes, and why? If you wish to make cookies use a cookie recipe, I have some lovely ones here 🙂

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