3 Ingredient Cookie Dough – Super Easy Recipe!

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Baking cookies can be a fun task for yourself or for the whole family, although sometimes it can be a bit of a burden on your pantry. A lot of recipes, especially the fancier ones, will call for all sorts of different ingredients such as flavorings and other additives that can seem a bit unnecessary. Well, whether it’s a dietary choice or you simply don’t want to use too many ingredients, here is a cookie dough recipe that only uses 3 ingredients! Yep, it’s a 3 ingredient cookie dough recipe indeed! And best of all – there are absolutely no eggs.

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3 Ingredient Cookie Dough

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As mentioned, there are no eggs in this cookie recipe at all. This means that it is completely safe to eat the dough.

If you are someone who enjoys the thrill of eating stuff you aren’t meant to, then this edible cookie dough recipe will certainly get your attention. You can, of course, bake edible cookie dough to make cookies. But hey! If you are just wanting to eat the cookie dough and not risk food poisoning due to raw eggs, then you absolutely can do that too.

The type of cookie dough that we are making today are known as sugar cookies. They are quite sweet and are much more of a crunchy cookie, so if you are a massive fan of chewy cookies – keep this in mind.

While the whole point of this recipe is to use as few ingredients as possible, you are still allowed to add more ingredients if you so wish. Chocolate chips, vanilla extract, and maple syrup can all be added too if you are wanting more flavorful cookies. The flavor alone is great, but if you have a sweet tooth or just want something different, you can add flavorings for sure.

The Ingredients

So for our three-ingredient cookie recipe, you are going to need precisely three ingredients. Shocking, right? Thankfully none of the ingredients is anything very uncommon and they can all be found in your pantry or cupboards very easily.

The ingredients needed are:

  • Unsalted butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Flour

There are some alternative ingredients you can use to make the recipe more suited to your tastes. For instance, if you are wanting to use brown sugar instead of granulated white sugar, you can do so. It might change the flavor at the end ever-so-slightly but other than this, it will go unnoticed.

You will also note that there is no baking soda/baking powder in this recipe and while it may seem a bit weird and unusual, it is very much a case of just trusting the process.

Salted butter can also be substituted in place of unsalted butter, but this will have a much more noticeable change in flavor than the other alternative ingredients. While salt can be really helpful in some sweet foods, this is not one of them so sticking with unsalted butter is a much better choice.

As for the flour, it can easily be swapped out for any of your preferred alternatives. It should go without saying that this does not mean you should use self-raising flour. This will ruin the texture of your cookies. However, substituting raw flour for coconut flour, almond flour, or a similar product is completely fine.

As mentioned previously, despite being an easy sugar cookie recipe you can still add some mini chocolate chips to the raw cookie dough if you are wanting to add some more flavor or texture to your cookies. Besides, who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies?

The Making

Making these sugar cookies is so ridiculously simple that you could live off of them, although that would be quite unhealthy. So maybe don’t.

Preparing and baking these cookies will require quite minimal equipment so make sure you have:

  • a baking tray
  • baking sheets or parchment paper
  • a well-floured surface
  • and a cookie scoop or something similar for scooping the cookie dough
  1. To actually form the raw dough that will eventually become your cookies, you will need to combine your ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. The ratio of ingredients is ultimately up to you, depending on how much dough you want to make. For the most part, I stick to 1 cup of both sugar and butter with 2 cups of flour.
  2. Before mixing, allow your butter to come to room temperature so that it is more pliable and easily blended. This will increase your prep time but it still won’t be that long.
  3. Once your butter is at room temperature, mix all of your ingredients together and combine them until a raw cookie dough is formed. You want it to be properly combined to the point where all the ingredients are added and the dough is not dry or crumbly. Cookies taste amazing anyways, but here is the point of no return for putting flavorings in the cookies. You want to add the vanilla/almond extract before the dough is formed.
  4. Once you have your cookie dough, you will need to get it into little cookie dough balls on your baking sheet. For this, a cookie scoop is the best utensil although not everyone has one. Alternatives are using tablespoons or gloves that have been sprayed with cooking oil.
  5. Using whatever method you choose, make sure you have even-sized dough balls as this will make sure that they all cook at the same speed. Having varying-sized cookies will result in some of them being undercooked while others may be overcooked.
  6. Once your cookie dough has been placed on the parchment paper, you will want to gently press down on them until they are flatter and more cookie-shaped. You can use a measuring cup or a drinking glass to do this easily. Make sure they are around a quarter inch thick so that they all cook evenly and then proceed to bake!
  7. It is now time to bake them for around 15 minutes and keep checking on them towards the end. You are wanting the cookies to have a gold tint on both the edges and the bottom. Once this is achieved, your cookies are done!

The Serving

Congratulations, you now have turned some edible cookie dough into absolutely delicious cookies! Whether you used white chocolate chips or no chocolate chips – they are still going to taste brilliant.

However, before you start tucking in and eating them, you are going to want to let them cool completely.

While they are cooling, you can decide how you want to serve them. Of course, you can serve them as they are with no issues at all. However, these cookies can also be covered in icing or sprinkles. A quick sprinkle of brown sugar would also work and would make the cookies look more enticing. No matter how you decide to serve them, I’m sure the cookies turned out great.

The Storing

No matter how unlikely it may seem, we all sometimes have leftover cookies. Our eyes are bigger than our bellies and we can’t finish the whole lot. It’s not a worry, these sorts of things happen. These amazing cookies are safe to store for up to 4 days. You want to either leave them on a plate and wrap them with clingfilm or place them inside an airtight container. Make sure you eat them within 4 days otherwise you risk them going stale.

3 Ingredient Cookie Dough

Is It Better To Use More Ingredients?

What makes this a great recipe is the fact that it is so simple and easy to make. While there are probably more flavorful and indulging sugar cookie recipes around, the pure simplicity of these cookies is why it is one of my favorite recipes. They are quickly made and you will still have plenty of ingredients left over afterward. Also, the fact that it is safe and edible cookie dough makes my inner child very happy.

What is the most important ingredient in cookies?

Choosing one ingredient above all else to be the most important one seems like quite a tough decision. You can easily argue that it is either flour or butter. Flour is the most used ingredient and is the reason that cookies, and most baked goods, turn out the way they do. However, without butter holding all of the flour together, the texture would be less enjoyable.

What makes a cookie fluffy instead of flat?

Room-temperature butter is the unknown key to fluffy cookies. When the butter is either cold or melted, it does not allow enough air to be mixed into the dough that you are making. Room-temperature butter is the perfect consistency for a lot of air to be mixed into the dough. These little air pockets are what causes your cookies to be so fluffy and well-risen.

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3 Ingredient Cookie Dough Recipe

Making these sugar cookies is so ridiculously simple that you could live off of them!

  • Author: Anna
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups flour

Equipment

  • baking tray
  • baking sheets or parchment paper
  • cookie scoop or something similar

Instructions

  1. To actually form the raw dough that will eventually become your cookies, you will need to combine your ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. The ratio of ingredients is ultimately up to you, depending on how much dough you want to make. For the most part, I stick to 1 cup of both sugar and butter with 2 cups of flour.
  2. Before mixing, allow your butter to come to room temperature so that it is more pliable and easily blended. This will increase your prep time but it still won’t be that long.
  3. Once your butter is at room temperature, mix all of your ingredients together and combine them until a raw cookie dough is formed. You want it to be properly combined to the point where all the ingredients are added and the dough is not dry or crumbly. Cookies taste amazing anyways, but here is the point of no return for putting flavorings in the cookies. You want to add the vanilla/almond extract before the dough is formed.
  4. Once you have your cookie dough, you will need to get it into little cookie dough balls on your baking sheet. For this, a cookie scoop is the best utensil although not everyone has one. Alternatives are using tablespoons or gloves that have been sprayed with cooking oil.
  5. Using whatever method you choose, make sure you have even-sized dough balls as this will make sure that they all cook at the same speed. Having varying-sized cookies will result in some of them being undercooked while others may be overcooked.
  6. Once your cookie dough has been placed on the parchment paper, you will want to gently press down on them until they are flatter and more cookie-shaped. You can use a measuring cup or a drinking glass to do this easily. Make sure they are around a quarter inch thick so that they all cook evenly and then proceed to bake!
  7. It is now time to bake them for around 15 minutes and keep checking on them towards the end. You are wanting the cookies to have a gold tint on both the edges and the bottom. Once this is achieved, your cookies are done!

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Anna Brooks, the voice behind CooksDream.com, is a seasoned writer and editor with an insatiable love for food. While not a professional chef, her culinary adventures and unique insights have captivated readers for years. Anna believes in the transformative power of food, stating it "feeds the soul." Dive into her writings for a mix of inspiration, entertainment, and culinary wisdom. Author Pinterest Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Tumblr Reddit Quora

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