Gourmet Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Ready-to-bake cookie dough balls with spectacular results.

In their plastic container, they almost resemble mini scoops of mocha chip ice cream.

But bake them in the oven to transform them into thick chocolate chip cookies with crisp exteriors and chewy interiors — the kind you’ll have an extremely hard time saying “no” to.

These ready-for-baking cookie dough balls are the brainchild of Erin Harrison, a single mom, who left a career as a film industry publicist for Pixar and Sony Pictures, to get her baking groove on.

They look like scoops of mocha chip ice cream.

Her South San Francisco-based Country Baking Company turns out cookie dough balls, a dozen to a container, which can be found in the refrigerator case at local Whole Foods markets, Lunardi’s, Draeger’s and Piedmont Grocery. Look for them soon at Mollie Stone’s, too.

The dough balls — which bake at 300 degrees for 17-20 minutes in a convection oven or 20-23 minutes in a regular oven —  are not cheap at $9.99 per package. But they’re made with stellar ingredients, including King Arthur wheat flour, organic eggs and Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips. The resulting cookies also are quite a mouthful at about 3 1/2-inches in diameter each.

Find them in refrigerator cases of select grocery stores.

You can keep packages of dough balls in the fridge for up to 45 days. Or in your freezer for up to six months, then bake them whenever the mood strikes without even having to defrost them first. Just add a minute or two to the baking time if you bake them frozen.

According to the nutrition label, a serving size is half a cookie at 120 calories.

Half a cookie? Like that would ever be a serving in my house? Yeah, right….

More Cookie Mixes: May Cookie Co.

And: Bakesale Betty’s Ginger Molasses Cookie Mix

And: Baked Brownies and Blondies

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21 comments

  1. 1

    Those look good!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. 2

    They look so delicious! Btw, Happy New Year Carolyn! :)

  3. 3

    Ummm, I just may eat them from the container without baking!

  4. 4

    They do look like ice cream scoops! Yum! Can’t wait to try them when they get them at Whole Foods!

  5. 5

    These look fab! What a great idea. Whenever I make cookies at home I only bake a few then and freeze the rest similar to this. That way I have fresh baked cookies whenever I like! Which is not always the best thing… :-)

  6. 6

    I love that they’re ice cream scoop shaped.

  7. 7

    I’ve had these before and they’re delicious! Once you have them, any other cookie tastes like cardboard.

  8. 8

    What a great idea to pre-shape them. I hope they’ll sell it at my nearby Whole Foods soon.

  9. 9

    There used to be a similar product that my dad would buy when we were kids (come home from school and pop one in!) but then they stopped being made. So glad someone else is doing it– and with such great ingredients.

  10. 10

    LOL…1/2 a cookie for a serving? Please excuse me, but I found that very funny. :P It’s more like 1/2 a dozen in my house’s standard. hahahaha….

    These cookie dough sounds wonderful and convenience. It’s always wonderful to have some dough in the fridge waiting. ;)

  11. 11

    What an interesting product! I love how they look before baking.. I bet it would be an awesome (and very tempting) thing to have in the fridge! Thanks for sharing :)

  12. 12

    Ooh yes please! What a clever idea (and yes they really do look like scoops of ice cream! :) ).

  13. 13

    Such an innovative idea! Half a cookie though; lol!

  14. 14

    Half a cookie?! Still wiping away tears from laughing!

  15. 15

    Love the idea…and 1/2 a cookie, really now :)

  16. 16

    $10 for 12 average sized chocolate chip cookies made with basic supermarket ingredients/brands? Yikes. For little more than $10 you can buy all the ingredients separately [undoubtedly less if you already have staples like sugar, butter and vanilla on hand – and even less if not using KA flour and organic eggs and such but then I guess that would make them less ‘gourmet’], spend an hour making a big batch of cookie dough and freeze it into balls [and what kids wouldn’t love to help with that step?] – you’ll get a hell of a lot more for your money, still have the convenience of being able to bake cookies on a moment’s notice, and maybe even have some fun family time together.

    I’m not against convenience every now and then but I am against severe price gouging for said convenience. It’s not like Ghiradelli, which I like and use myself, is top shelf chocolate that justifies the price.

  17. 17

    I agree — its never 1/2 a cookie in our household too ;)

  18. 18

    What a good & neat idea! Terrific too!
    Easy to bake them than! Yum!

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  21. 21

    What is the name of, dimensions, and where can I find those plastic containers?

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