Chocolate Chip Cottage Cheese Cookie Dough Bites

by Kaitlynn Fenley

Cottage cheese protein cookie dough is the high-protein sweet snack you’ve been looking for! These cottage cheese cookie dough bites are safe to eat raw and taste just like the cookie dough pieces in ice cream.

Cottage Cheese Cookie Dough Bites

Cottage cheese is trending, and honestly, I get it. It’s creamy, high-protien, healthy, and great for gut health. You can use cottage cheese in sweet or savory recipes. It’s even easy to make cottage cheese at home!

I usually eat cottage cheese straight up with a little bit of fruit jam. But I thought it would be fun to try something new, especially since I’m trying to increase my protein intake.

This recipe is based of a few different one’s I’ve seen on tiktok and instagram, and I honestly have no idea who made this recipe first! So this is my version made with my homemade cottage cheese. You can eat it with a spoon, but I personally enjoy this protein cookie dough portioned out into bite sized snacks.

Cottage Cheese Protein Cookie Dough

The star ingredient of this edible cookie dough is, of course, cottage cheese. Cottage cheese is having a moment on the internet, and rightfully so. Cottage cheese is considered one of the healthiest foods for several reasons:

  1. High in Protein: Cottage cheese is rich in protein, essential for muscle repair, immune function, and overall growth and maintenance of body tissues.
  2. Low in Fat: Many types of cottage cheese are low in fat, making them a good choice for those looking to reduce their fat intake. Even the full-fat versions tend to be lower in fat than other cheeses.
  3. Rich in Vitamins and Minerals: It contains essential nutrients such as B vitamins, calcium, phosphorus, selenium, and vitamin A, all of which play vital roles in maintaining health.
  4. Good for Bone Health: Cottage cheese’s high calcium and phosphorus levels help strengthen bones and may prevent osteoporosis.
  5. Supports Weight Management: Due to its high protein content and low-calorie count, cottage cheese can be quite satiating, helping to reduce overall calorie intake and support weight management.
  6. Versatility in Diet: Its mild flavor and creamy texture make it a versatile addition to sweet and savory dishes, making it easier to incorporate into a healthy diet.

The best part about these cottage cheese cookie dough bites is they’re super easy to make kids love them too!

Chocolate Chip Cottage Cheese Cookie Dough Ingredients

This recipe comes together in a few minutes with only 7 ingredients. Here are the ingredient details:

  • cottage cheese: I use my homemade, low-fat cultured cottage cheese. Any cottage cheese you like will do. If using store-bought, I recommend Good Culture low-fat cottage cheese.
  • maple syrup: I use organic 100% maple syrup. You can also use honey in this recipe instead.
  • vanilla extract: This is necessary for a classic cookie dough flavor!
  • flour (gluten-free): GF flour gives the best texture, but you can also use regular all-purpose flour. I like both. No matter what flour you use, if it comes from a grain, lightly cooking it first makes it safe to eat raw. (blanched almond flour and oat flour do not need to be cooked). Pretty much any flour works well in this recipe, but all will result in a different texture.
  • peanut butter: I used creamy peanut butter with no added sugar or salt. Fresh grind PB works great too.
  • vanilla protein powder: Any protein powder will do, but vanilla whey protein that includes coconut sugar makes for the best flavor.
  • dark chocolate chips: I like dark chocolate best, but any chocolate chips will work great!

More Cottage Cheese Cookie Dough Mix-Ins

Feel free to mix in some of your other favorite cookie ingredients like nuts or dried fruit! Here are some of my favorie combos to try:

  • White chocolate and macadamia nuts
  • Milk chocolate and pecans
  • Rolled oats, walnuts and raisins
  • Dark chocolate and pistachio

Tips for Making Cottage Cheese Edible Cookie Dough

  • Use vanilla protein powder with coconut sugar. While you can use plain whey protein, the flavor is so much better when you use vanilla (I like to buy it in bulk).
  • For the best texture, use gluten-free flour such as almond flour, oat flour, or GF all-purpose. Regular gluten-containing flour will work fine (I’ve used it multiple times to make this recipe). However, if you mix it too much, the gluten will form, and it makes for a strange texture.
  • Keep the cottage cheese cookie dough bites frozen. Then, defrost for ten minutes before enjoying them. This gives them the perfect texture, like cookie dough chunks in ice cream!
cottage cheese cookie dough in a white bowl with chocolate chips mixed in

How Many Calories in Cottage Cheese Cookie Dough?

When portioned out, cottage cheese cookie dough bites have about 100 calories per heaping tablespoon. The serving size is two cookie dough bites, so the total calories per serving is approximately 217.

This recipe works with many different types of flour, so note that the calories can change slightly depending on the flour you use. Regular wheat flour, for instance, is higher in carbs but lower in calories than almond flour. The calories can also vary depending on what kind of add-ins you use. Milk chocolate chips, for instance, are higher in sugar and calories than the dark chocolate chips I like to use.

Another factor to consider is cottage cheese. I prefer to use low-fat (1%) cottage cheese. Full-fat cottage cheese, of course, will add more calories to the recipe. For the lowest calories, I suggest sticking to low-fat cottage cheese.

The full nutrition facts are listed under the recipe!

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Cottage cheese protein cookie dough is the high-protein sweet snack you’ve been looking for! These cottage cheese cookie dough bites are safe to eat raw and taste just like the cookie dough pieces in ice cream.

  • Author: Kaitlynn Fenley
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 30 pieces
  • Category: snacks
  • Method: mixing

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. GF flour gives the best texture, but you can also use regular all-purpose flour. No matter what flour you use, if it comes from a grain, lightly cooking it first makes it safe to eat raw. (blanched almond flour and oat flour do not need to be cooked).
  2. To cook flour: preheat your oven to 300° F. Spread your flour on a sheet pan and place it in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Take it out and let it cool completely.
  3. In a blender or food processor blend together the cottage cheese, maple syrup and vanilla until smooth.
  4. Transfer to a mixing bowl and stir in the flour, protein powder, and peanut butter. (If using gluten-containing flour, don’t over-mix)
  5. Gently fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Scoop into one tablespoon balls and place in the freezer. Once frozen, store in an airtight container in the freezer.
  7. Defrost for 10 minutes before eating & enjoy!

Notes

  • For the best texture, use gluten-free flour such as almond flour, oat flour, or GF all-purpose. Regular gluten-containing flour will work fine (I’ve used it multiple times to make this recipe). However, if you mix it too much, the gluten will develop, and that will come through in the texture.
  • No matter what flour you use, if it comes from a grain, lightly cooking it first makes it safe to eat raw. (blanched almond flour and oat flour do not need to be cooked).
  • Any protein powder will do, but vanilla whey protein that includes coconut sugar makes for the best flavor.

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Kaitlynn Fenley Author, Educator, Food Microbiologist
Kaitlynn is a food microbiologist and fermentation expert teaching people how to ferment foods and drinks at home.

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Leah May 15, 2024 - 11:21 am

These are a delicious protein-packed snack!






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Candice Cunha May 15, 2024 - 6:47 pm

Simple on hand ingredients. At first I was scratching my head about the GF flour but I actually had almond flour on hand in the fridge. Easy to follow steps too. The texture and taste before being chilled has me nervous but after they froze super yummy. It almost taste like the chunk of cookie dough in an ice cream container. I did add about a table spoon of honey and a bit more salt to obtain that cookie my palette was looking for.






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Kaitlynn Fenley May 15, 2024 - 8:03 pm

Thank you for leaving a review! love that you added honey for more flavor!

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Abby May 17, 2024 - 2:05 pm

Love these! They’re a perfect midday snack or after dinner treat.

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