There is this one childhood memory that I cherish very deeply – eating the leftover dough after making a cake. This was always the best part for me, and I often liked the dough better than the actual cake. And of course you know why you just don’t eat the whole bowl: the raw eggs and baking agents make your stomach rumble, you might even get sick from it. Because you can easily get a salmonella infection from the eggs. Didn’t know that as a child, and I was probably really lucky I didn’t get one. But that taste for cake and cookie dough lasted! Lucky for me (us) there is a new trend out there that makes everything so much better.
The Cookie Dough Trend
It all started, of course, in New York. In the city where cronuts and cupcakes started their triumph, a New York lady thought about that childhood dream and made it come true. The end result are queues in front of her shop where you have to wait for up to two hours. Neat! Although she still uses eggs for her dough, but they’re pasteurised. There are milk shakes, dough cream waffles, and even dough cream sandwiches. You might have seen a dozen Instagram pictures or so of this place, because well, sprinkles, pastel colours… However, you can just as easily spare your time and make that dough yourself! Amazingly easy and just as tasty! And without eggs. Here we go:
- 150 g of soft butter
- 75 g of brown sugar
- 1 package of vanilla sugar
- 75 ml of milk
- 180 g of flour
- 1 pinch of salt
- Dark chocolate chunks
- Ground nuts (almonds, walnuts, whatever you like)
- Nuts (whichever you like, I used walnuts)
- Lemon juice from half a lemon
- Lemon zest from half a lemon
Mix the butter, sugar, vanilla sugar, milk, flour and salt and make a quick dough. I usually start with the butter, then add the sugar, then the milk and the flour last. That’s the basic dough, which you can mix with basically anything.
Version 1: If your chocolate chunks are not fine enough, chop them with a sharp knife. Add them to the dough and mix. You can add some cocoa powder as well if you like.
Version 2: My favourite one! Add some ground nuts to your basic mixture. Chop some whole nuts, in my case walnuts, and add them as well. Mix.
Version 3: Take the zest and juice of half a lemon, add both to the dough. This one’s a bit more fruity, yum!
This is a bit like a childhood dream coming true, since this doesn’t give me a stomach ache! And the three versions are so delicious! I could almost say that I like the it better than ice cream. Except for Spaghettieis, nothing can beat that. Is there an English translation for that? It’s basically vanilla ice cream made to look like a plate of spaghettis. Topped with strawberry sauce and white chocolate sprinkles. Amazing. Anyway, this dough comes pretty close! And you can mix it with anything you can imagine. Even fill a cake with it. Or make ice cream out of it. What do you think? Maybe I can take this cookie recipe next time…