Fact: this recipe is much more likely to fall under the category of “living to eat” than “eating to live”.
Fiction: healthy living blogs should not be able to occasionally feature recipes for food with little-to-no nutritional value.
Fact: ’tis the time of the year for treats and splurges (in moderation, of course).
Although I did tweak the original recipe a bit, I’m not going to attempt to pass off these sweet little bites as a healthy snack. These “snowballs” are a decadent dessert through and through, which I maintain has its place in any diet.
A rich white chocolate shell enrobes an egg-less chocolate chip cookie dough filling to create these scrumptious indulgences. What they lack in size, they make up for in rich flavor and pleasantly dense consistency. I made a batch to give out as holiday gifts, but don’t think I didn’t swipe a few to enjoy myself!
White Chocolate Cookie Dough Snowballs
adapted from Paula Deen’s Cookie Dough Truffles
yields 25-30 snowballs (I halved the original recipe)
- 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
- 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 (14-ounce) can fat-free sweetened condensed milk
- 1/4 cup semisweet mini chocolate chips
- 3/4 pound white chocolate, chopped
- Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter (or margarine) and brown sugar in a large bowl until creamy. Add vanilla. Gradually beat in flour and milk. Add chocolate chips and fold in with a rubber spatula.
- Using a mini ice cream scoop, spoon dough onto waxed paper-lined cookie sheets. Chill in the refrigerator for about 1 hour, then roll into balls using your hands. Chill the balls for at least 2 additional hours.
- Set a large glass bowl over a medium pot filled with 1-2 inches of boiling water. Add the white chocolate to the bowl, and stir until melted.
- Using two forks, dip each cookie dough ball into the melted chocolate and roll around until completely coated. Place on waxed paper-lined cookie sheets and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.