Best Edible Cookie Dough: Holiday Gift Recipe

The BEST Edible Cookie Dough recipe perfect for a delicious treat. This egg-less cookie dough recipe is also the perfect edible gift idea for your friends and family this holiday season!


November 20, 2018 (Last Updated: October 17, 2019)
The Best Edible Cookie Dough recipe perfect for an edible holiday gift! This recipe is easy and makes the perfect present for any occasion. The combination of chocolate chips, sprinkles and M & M's is the candy cookie dough of anyone's dreams. No baking, or chilling required and ready fast! #cookiedough #holidays #ediblegiftidea #Christmas #recipe #dessert #snack

The season of shopping is among us! Black Friday is this week and the early deals are going on nearly everywhere. This week always gets me excited, because I know it is nearly time for Christmas! While I have always loved shopping and the deals during this time of year, this year I am going to do my gift giving a bit differently. Every year I buy things and most of which ends up being junk or cheap (guess it was on super sale for a reason). Therefore, I want to try and make as many gifts for my friends and family as I can. Not only do I think this approach is more thoughtful it is also more creative and cost effective. Immediately I thought of food related gifts and who wouldn’t love the Best Edible Cookie Dough as a gift this year?!

This cookie dough recipe is perfect for friends, family, teachers, or even neighbors! This easy egg-less cookie dough is ready in about 15 minutes and can be customized with candy pieces, chocolate chips, or sprinkles. If you do not want to give it as a gift, this cookie dough makes a yummy snack for any day of the week! I hope you love this no-bake dessert recipe! Let’s get into the recipe!

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What Do You Need To Make This Dessert Recipe?

This cookie dough recipe is sooooo simple! It only requires pantry staples and whatever add-ins you choose! I chose to go with a Christmas theme for mine, because I think they make the perfect edible Christmas present. Therefore, I went with dark chocolate chips, sprinkles, red and green M&M’s and some peppermint M&M’s as well! Some other great extras you could add to make this recipe your own are, crushed Oreo cookies, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, mini chocolate chips, or caramels! This homemade cookie dough is perfect for customizing to your taste or to whoever you plan to gift this to!

The ingredients you will need to make the best edible cookie dough are:

  1. TOASTED Flour
  2. Brown Sugar
  3. White Sugar
  4. Butter
  5. Salt
  6. Vanilla Extract
  7. Milk of Choice (I use Almond Milk)
  8. Any Extra Add-In’s

That is it! Pretty simple and only pantry staples needed! I will go into more detail about how to toast your flour in a bit.

The kitchen tools you will need for this egg-less cookie dough recipe are:

  • A Cookie Sheet (for toasting the flour)
  • A Large Bowl
  • A Spoon
  • Mason Jars (For Gifting)
  • Any Addition Ribbons, Bows or Tags for your Mason Jars

Note: For gifting this cookie dough I used three 4 oz. mason jars. Each mason jar contains three servings of edible cookie dough. You could use bigger or small mason jars depending on how many gifts you would like to give. Or, you could keep it all for yourself! This homemade cookie dough is versatile and can be used as a gift or a Sunday treat for the family!

Overhead shot of cookie dough on a gold spoon with candy, sprinkles and chocolate surrounding it.

How Do You Make Edible Cookie Dough?

This is probably this simplest and fastest dessert recipe I have done thus far. The cookie dough is ready in less than 15 minutes (that includes flour toasting time). It requires only a few steps, minimal equipment and makes a really cute gift!

Simple Edible Cookie Dough Recipe Step By Step

  1. First, you will need to toast your flour. You can do this ahead of time and store it in a zip-lock bag until you are ready to use it. Doing this ahead of time will save you time and save you from turning your oven on. To toast the flour preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the flour out evenly on a cookie sheet. Once the oven is preheated, place the flour into the oven on the center rack and toast for 7 minutes.
  2. Second, you will bring it all together. Combine all ingredients into a large bowl and stir until well combined. That’s it! So simple!
  3. Finally, once you have the base of the best edible cookie dough made you can add in your favorite extras! I loved using Christmas themed colors, candies and sprinkles, but you can use whatever you want!


Collage prep image for best edible cookie dough recipe. All the photos are taken from above on the same wooden surface. The first image on the left sides shows all of the ingredients in a glass mixing bowl. The bowl is surrounded by red a green colored candy. The top right image shows all of the ingredients mixed together in the same glass bowl. The bottom right image shows all the ingredients mixed together in the bowl with chocolate chips, sprinkles, and M and M's mixed in with a gold spoon sticking out.

Egg-less Cookie Dough Recipe Tips and Suggestions

Whip It

If you want the cookie dough to be more of a creamy texture you can use a hand mixer to whip the butter and sugars together before adding the other ingredients. This does not effect the taste in any way and is up to you if you want to take this optional extra step.

Choose Wisely 

When picking what extras you want to go into the base of your cookie dough make sure not to over load it. Stick with 2 or 3 things or the keep the flavor and not make it a jumbled mess.

Common Homemade Cookie Dough Questions

Do I have to toast the flour when making cookie dough?

YES! This step is VERY important to make the cookie dough safe to eat. Toasting the flour kills any potential bacteria making this a safe snack.

Can I gift this easy dessert recipe?

Absolutely! I love to make this cookie dough recipe around the holidays and gift them to friends and family in small mason jars with some ribbon attached. This cookie dough also makes a great gift for teachers, or welcoming a new neighbor!

How should I store leftover homemade cookie dough?

Store leftover cookie dough in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Can I freeze egg-less cookie dough?

Yes, cookie dough can be store in a freezer bag for up to 3 months. I suggest rolling the dough into balls so you can pull out one at a time when you are ready to eat it.


Above shot for best edible cookie dough recipe. There are 3 mason jars filled with cookie dough and topped with a variety of candy. They are sitting on a wooden surface. The jars are surrounded by chocolate chips, M & M's, and Holiday sprinkles.

Looking for more holiday treats? Try these!

Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Cake Cookies with Peppermint Sprinkle

15 Minute Chocolate Donuts

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Best Edible Cookie Dough: Holiday Gift Recipe

The perfect edible holiday gift for friends or family. This recipe also makes a delicious treat just for you! Add in your favorite extras to make this recipe perfect for you! 
Prep Time5 mins
Toasted Flour7 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, Edible Gift, Holidays
Keyword: easy recipe for cookie dough, eidble cookie dough recipe, holiday cookie dough with chocolate chips
Servings: 9 Servings
Calories: 263kcal


  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour Toasted *See Recipe Notes
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Granulated White Sugar
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter Softened
  • 3 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tbsp Almond Milk See Recipe Notes

Suggested Extras

  • Sprinkles
  • Dark Chocolate Chips
  • M&M's
  • Crushed Oreos
  • Crushed Peppermint


  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine. Add in extras and stir until well incorporated. Enjoy! 
  • If gifting, separate into individual mason jars (I used 3 4oz jars) and decorate if desired. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week. Before eating, remove from refrigerator and let come to room temperature for a softer texture.
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  • Toasted Flour: Place flour on a cookie sheet in an even layer and toast in the oven for 7 minutes. This ensures that all potential bacteria is killed and your edible cookie dough is safe to eat!
  • Milk Substitution: I use almond milk for this recipe, but you can use the milk of your choice.
  • Leftover Storage: Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
  • Freezer Option: Freeze leftover cookie dough for up to 3 months. 
*Nutrition info is for the base recipe ONLY and does not include suggested extras.


Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 37.5g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10.8g | Saturated Fat: 7.9g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 0.8g | Sugar: 16g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1.4mg
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  • Reply
    Matt @ Plating Pixels
    November 20, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    I’m always tempted to try my cookie dough. Think I have to make one of these finally!

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      November 25, 2018 at 7:50 pm

      It is so good!

  • Reply
    November 20, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    5 stars
    I love the idea of trying to make gifts for friends and family as opposed to buying gifts! I’ve got to think up something to make this year too! My husband loooves cookie dough so this would be the perfect gift for him!

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      November 25, 2018 at 7:50 pm

      Yes! I think it makes it even more thoughtful!

  • Reply
    Jessica Formicola
    November 20, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    5 stars
    Oh my goodness, I could eat this by the spoonful! So good!

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      November 25, 2018 at 7:49 pm

      I do! So yummy!

  • Reply
    November 20, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    5 stars
    I would love to recipe edible cookie dough in such a cute jar. Cookie dough is my favorite part of the cookie!

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      November 25, 2018 at 7:49 pm

      Exactly! I think it is the perfect gift!

  • Reply
    November 20, 2018 at 11:51 am

    5 stars
    What a great idea! The cookie dough looks so delicious and love that it’s edible!

    • Reply
      Caitlyn Erhardt
      November 25, 2018 at 7:49 pm

      Thanks! I love it!

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