Cookie Dough Nut Butter & Double Cookie Dough Balls

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on December 21, 2012

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Doesn’t this look like a big bowl full of cookie dough? Well, it’s not…exactly. It’s nut butter that tastes very similar to cookie dough. I made this cashew macadamia nut butter for my sister Kerrie and my cookie-dough lovin’ niece and nephew. After clenching the jar for a few awkward seconds, my sister was finally able to pry it from my death-like grip. That’s some good nut butter.

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Cookie Dough Nut Butter

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Yield = 1 & 1/4 cups

  • 2 cups raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup raw unsalted macadamia nuts*
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar*
  • 2 tbsp Sucanat*
  • 1/2 tbsp natural cane sugar*
  • 1/2 tbsp non-dairy buttery spread 
  • 1.5 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 + 1/8th tsp fine grain sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup mini dairy-free chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life brand)


1. Place cashews and macadamia nuts into a heavy-duty food processor and process until the mixture resembles a smooth nut butter, stopping to scrape down the side of the bowl if necessary. This can take upwards of 10 minutes of processing, so be patient.

2. Process in the sugars, buttery spread, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon, adding gradually. The sweeteners will at first thicken the nut butter quite a bit, but keep processing and the heat will eventually melt the sugar and smooth out the nut butter once again. If it still looks too thick, keep processing! You can add a touch of coconut oil to get things going if you have to.

3. Now here is the hard part – when your nut butter is finished processing, you need to pop it into the fridge to chill. If you don’t chill it, the chocolate chips will melt right into the nut butter and turn everything brown. Once it’s chilled enough (I simply left it in the fridge for a few hours), give it a good stir and test a few chips to see if they melt. If they don’t melt proceed with stirring in the rest of the chips. Store in the fridge in a sealed jar or container for 4 weeks (or longer). The nut butter will harden slightly when chilled but will soften again at room temperature.

Notes: 1) Macadamia nuts, thanks to their high oil content, create a super silky and decadent nut butter. I’ve found that processing cashew butter on its own creates a fairly thick nut butter which is why I’ve added mac nuts in this recipe to thin it out. 2) If you don’t have coconut or Sucanat sugar, organic brown and natural cane sugar may work but you probably won’t need to use as much since they are a bit sweeter. I do not recommend subbing the dry granulated sugar for a liquid sweetener like maple syrup as it can produce a strange, thick texture.

For nutritional info, see here.

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I had 1/2 cup of cookie dough nut butter left over so I promptly turned it into Double cookie dough balls for our Christmas party. They were gobbled up by kids and adults alike! This is my 5th cookie dough ball recipe since 2009. Given that it seems to be my mission in life to create the perfect vegan cookie dough balls, I can’t say it will be the last.

Double Cookie Dough Balls

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Yield = 19-21 balls

Cookie dough:

  • 1/2 cup Cookie dough nut butter (from above)*
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3-1/2 cup coconut sugar*
  • scant 1/4 tsp fine grain sea salt, or to taste
  • 3-4 tbsp all-purpose spelt flour (or flour of choice)
  • 2 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2-4 tbsp mini chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life brand)


Chocolate coating

  • 1/4-1/3 dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp coconut oil


1. Mix all cookie dough ingredients together in a bowl. My mixture was very sticky, but if yours is too dry, add a touch of almond milk and stir again until it comes together.

2. Place dough into freezer to firm it up for 5 minutes or a bit longer. If mixture is still too sticky you can add a bit more flour. Shape small balls with lightly wet fingers. Place on plate or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and place back into the freezer while you melt the chocolate coating.

3. Melt 1/4-1/3 cup of dark chocolate chips with a teaspoon of coconut oil over low heat. When two thirds of the chips are melted, remove from heat and stir until completely smooth. With a fork, dip the balls, one at a time into the chocolate, covering the bottom half of the ball. Tap off excess chocolate and place ball back on parchment lined plate. Repeat for the rest. Freeze balls for another 10 minutes to set the chocolate.

4. Poke with toothpicks and pop into mouth. Repeat as necessary.

Notes: 1) You can probably sub raw cashew butter for the cookie dough butter if desired. Other nut butters will also work (like peanut or almond), but their flavour will be less like cookie dough. 2) You can also sub the coconut sugar for another granulated sugar of your choice. Add it to taste as you might not need as much, especially if using cane sugar which tends to be sweeter. 3) To make this recipe gluten-free, use gluten-free rolled oats and a gluten-free flour of your choice. Be sure to check all other ingredients.

For nutritional info, see here.


I may pop in again next week, but if I don’t I want to wish you a happy, fun, and safe holiday! Thank you for filling my year with so much love and positive energy. This passion of mine wouldn’t be nearly as fulfilling if it didn’t involve all of you, inspiring me each day from the other side of the screen.

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Lacey @ My Boring Closet December 21, 2012 at 9:44 am

YUM!!! This looks so good! My family LOOOOVES cookie dough. This will be a perfect holiday treat to make!


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 21, 2012 at 9:46 am

Cookie dough nut butter BALLS? I want to make this but I’m scared… I may sit in a corner and eat the entire batch. My family would find me covered in chocolate passed out from a sugar/happiness coma.


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 21, 2012 at 9:51 am

This is such a fabulous idea! Yum!


Anele @ Success Along the Weigh December 21, 2012 at 10:00 am

Is it wrong I want to go all chipmunk on these and store them in my cheeks so as not to share with others?

Have a happy holiday Angela!!


jodye @ chocolate & chou fleur December 21, 2012 at 10:10 am

I’ve been eagerly awaiting this post since you mentioned it in the last nut butter post. This cookie dough nut butter looks ridiculously good! I don’t think I’d have the willpower to give it as a gift. I know it would all be gone within a day or two. I’m running to the market in a few hours and will be sure to pick up all the ingredients I need for this. Thanks again for another great recipe!


Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie December 21, 2012 at 10:10 am

This looks killer! I can’t wait to make this for my nieces, they’ll love it!!!


Abby @ The Frosted Vegan December 21, 2012 at 10:13 am

Oh my oh my, I can’t wait to sink my teeth into these! I’m envisioning all sorts of combos with this!


Alex @ Healthy Life Happy Wife December 21, 2012 at 10:13 am

My husband is gonna go bananas over this recipe! He is always trying to eat all of the cookie dough when I am making cookies! I’m pretty excited to surprise him with this! Thanks & happy holidays!


Nik December 21, 2012 at 10:26 am

Oh my gosh DELISH! Did you get to try any?! Hahah definitely one to bookmark and make :)


Christine @ Shot Bun December 21, 2012 at 10:34 am

Cookie dough balls are the best! They make the perfect snack, especially with a nice big glass of vegan nog!


Kim December 21, 2012 at 10:39 am

Stop it. Just stop it. This post may ruin me! This.Looks.Amazing!! You are so awesome Angela!! Merry Christmas!!


cassi December 21, 2012 at 10:58 am

thanks for sharing the recipes. they look great!
here is another recipe for vegan cookie dough truffles that are out of this world amazing


Herbivore Triathlete December 21, 2012 at 11:21 am

Both these recipes are right up my alley! I love cookie dough and have been known to eat it by the spoonful. There may have been times in my college years that I bought those cookie dough tubes just to eat the dough raw. That’s normal, right?


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 21, 2012 at 11:24 am

hah my best friend and I used to do this when we were young. We’d split an entire log of cookie dough. Oh, the things we eat as kids. I surely never grew out of my love for cookie dough though.


Gillian @ Money After Graduation December 21, 2012 at 11:27 am

Oh my goodness this looks sooo good. Cookie dough is probably my favourite dessert ever.


Alexandra December 21, 2012 at 11:42 am

These look magical! Angela, your creativity in the kitchen never ceases to amaze me!


[email protected] December 21, 2012 at 11:45 am

Wow, that nutbutter does look like cookie dough! And I think you really outdid yourself when you made the nutbutter into cookie dough balls!!! I have got to find time to make these recipes. So many recipes, so little time……


Willow December 21, 2012 at 11:57 am

Angela, this is life changing. I am making this from now on, every time I have a cookie dough craving… which would be every month, without fail! Heck, I might just fill a big ol’ piping bag with the stuff and funnel it into my mouth. Thank you so much for creating this stuff!!


Averie @ Averie Cooks December 21, 2012 at 11:57 am

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve accidentally made cookie butter (or almost) when I was blending cashews. Their softness + the heat and power of a Vitamix, and that can happen quickly! I usually try to ‘save’ the batch and add more and carry on with making cookie dough balls – but your idea of just making butter is wayyyyy smarter :) I want to dig right in!


Ali @ WHOLEistically Fit December 21, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Haha, I can definitely see why your sister had to pry this from your hands. ;) From one cookie dough lover to another, I can’t wait to try this. Happy Holidays!


Alissa December 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I want to be in my new house NOW with everything unpacked so I can make this! The last two nut butter recipes I am just so excited to try! I love the Double Cookie Dough Balls too, thank you very much for the gluten free info/ideas at the bottom of the post! Hope you and yours have a great holiday season too!


Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} December 21, 2012 at 12:25 pm

I can’t really imagine anything better than a cookie dough nut butter… amazing and so creative!


Highball Emy December 21, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Wow, I wish I had a food processor that could handle nuts… or maybe I will risk it with mine?? All these nut butters look AMAZING.



Sarah @ Yogi in Action December 21, 2012 at 2:27 pm

I want this in my belly immediately! Looks so good! I know what I’ll be making as soon as I buy my food processor.


Saguna December 21, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Now that’s something I could get used to spreading on toast every morning. This looks so delicious and lovely, as do the cookie dough balls!


Sarah L. December 21, 2012 at 4:50 pm

You’re going to make me ask for a last-minute gift: a heavy-duty processor! It’s not fair that you keep posting these delicious nut butter recipes – my mini processor just can’t cut it!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 21, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Pretty sure I could eat a whole batch of this Ange!! The dough balls are so cute, and I think I’d be tempted to add in butterscotch chips too, just because I’m a butterscotch-a-holic! I hope you and Eric have a wonderful Christmas, and I know I totally owe you an email – long overdue, but it’s coming, I promise!


Heather December 21, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Cookie dough nut butter! I almost fell off the couch and into the kitchen to make this! OMG does it sound good!! I might have to make both, this one and the cinnamon raisin!!


Vegan Radhika Sarohia December 21, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Omg how delicious:)
This goes in line with all the other million vegan recipes I have bookmarked for making soon
Have a terrific holidays by the way!!
Looking forward to more awesome OhSheGLow stuffs in 2013!!!!:D


Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers December 22, 2012 at 9:20 am

Fabulous recipe!! I love cookie dough and I love that your recipe is way healthier then actually eating the dough!!


Janina Locascio December 22, 2012 at 3:10 pm

I love the twist on the usual nut butter, and, this is so much healthier than those other chocolately type spreads like Nutella. This gives you the nice healthy fats from the nuts, while letting you indulge in a little sweetness with the chips! Can’t wait to try this on top of some whole-wheat pancakes


[email protected] December 23, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Oh my goodness this looks sooo good! It really does look exactly like cookie dough:) Have a great holiday!


Denise & Laura December 23, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Your recipes are always so creative Angela! How did you think of cookie dough nut butter?? So absolutely delicious though :D
I can’t wait until your cookbook is out. I have a feeling I will be cooking from it A LOT.


Tanya @ playful and hungry December 24, 2012 at 7:51 am

That nut butter would be a great gift, too!


Stacy December 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm

This is SO good, Angela! I’ve been especially enjoying a few scoops mixed into your Make-Ahead Steel Cut Oats recipe. Delicious when its all melted and gooey! Merry Christmas!


Lia @ Sojourning December 25, 2012 at 11:20 am

Happy Holidays and thank you for all that you do! I hope you’re having a great love filled time this season!


Bek @ Crave December 26, 2012 at 2:43 am

This is amazing! YUMMM


Sue December 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Hi! I made this recipe for Christmas this year. First time I ever made anything like this. It was fantastic!! Everyone loved them and they were gone in the blink of an eye. Thank you so much for all you wonderful recipes. I have had so much fun making them and eating them!!


kaity @ kaityscooking December 27, 2012 at 11:00 am

this looks like heaven !


Kimmy December 28, 2012 at 3:30 pm

oh holy crap that looks TASTY!


Alex December 28, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Oh my cookie goodness. I think I just died and went to cookie heaven. I AM GETTING CASHEWS TOMORROW. ASAP.

Thanks so much for these recipes!!! :)


Sonya December 30, 2012 at 4:45 am

when you say put in processor- can you put it in a vitamix? I don’t have a food processor.


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 2, 2013 at 10:33 am

Hey Sonya, I’m sorry Im not sure. I know many people use their VM to make nut butter so maybe it would work?


Katie December 30, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Oh my goodness… these look absolutely amazzzzzzing!! I can’t wait to try these next time I get a sweet tooth!!


Katelyn January 3, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Oh Lawdy Murcy, Lawdy Murcy! I felt an evil streak running with me when I read the recipe. I love Enjoy Life brand chocolate. I just have to be careful to not eat all of it in one sitting!
Thanks for the recipe, Miss Angela, I WILL be making these QUITE soon!


[email protected] January 6, 2013 at 11:17 am

Now this is what I’m talking about. I’m going to go pin crazy and start making things and hopefully one day I can be vegan crazy :)


Katie E January 6, 2013 at 8:39 pm

I had really low expectations for the vegan cookie dough. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was outstanding! Thank you for sharing your hard work with us!-Katie


Julia January 10, 2013 at 11:37 am

This stuff is DANGEROUS. I love this cookie dough/nut butter so much I had to literally hide it from myself so I didn’t eat the entire batch at once!!

Another awesome recipe! Thanks Angela!


Tee February 7, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Actually drooling. So gurd lookin’. Yummy.


Katie May 13, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Just wanted to let you know that I went out today and purchased a food processor JUST so I could make this (I’ve been eyeing it up for months) and it is totally worth it! I love your recipes! Thanks so much for sharing them :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) May 14, 2013 at 7:59 am

Hi Katie, So glad you enjoyed the recipe!! Have fun with your new processor :)


amy November 25, 2013 at 12:22 am

Oh man! I was so excited to make my first recipe from this blog and in my hurry added 1.5 TBSP vanilla. Any ideas how to save it? oops! And thank you!


Taylor June 28, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Ohmafartin’ gosh! I just made a batch of your cookie dough nut butter with my new food processor, and it is AMAZING!!!! Even my picky brother ans sister liked it, and that’s saying something!!!! I am so looking forward to making tons of other kinds of nut butters!!!


Amy July 9, 2014 at 9:56 am

Made a jar of this about a week ago and I literally just eat it by the spoonful. (boyfriend included, he totally approves) Eventually when I polish off the jar I’m gonna try out your maple cinnamon almond butter..oh em geeeeeeeee!!! So excited :) OH! And I picked up your cook book :D


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