Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles

Collegiate Cook's No-Bake Cookie Dough Truffles


Showing up to a party with a bag of crunchy, store-bought cookies can make you feel like a tool, particularly when that Martha-in-Training friend of yours bakes perfect mini-souffles. (What’s up with her, anyway? Doesn’t she have exams, essays and reality TV marathons like the rest of us?!)

Don’t show up to the party all red-faced and embarrassed, with just a bag of half-smashed cookies (because, let’s face it, you may have dropped ’em on your way home from the grocery store).

All this no-bake dessert needs are three ingredients and about 15 minutes of work on your part, and people will be too busy salivating over your treats to waste their time with that tediously made souffle.

An inside look at our four-ingredient cookie dough truffles. Photo: Nathan Davison
An inside look at our four-ingredient cookie dough truffles. Photo: Nathan Davison

TIP: Scour your dining hall’s baked goods area before dashing to the store. As devious as it may sound, you may be able to fill a takeout box with all of the necessary ingredients. (Muhahahaha!)

Utensils required: silicone spatula, resealable plastic bag, mixing bowl, microwave-safe bowl, cookie sheet (or other cookie-holding tray/plate), wax paper, spoon and access to a freezer

Ingredients (makes 3 1/2 dozen):

  • 1 box of chocolate chip cookies (I used Chips Ahoy)
  • 1 tub of cream cheese (8 ounces)
  • 1 bag of semisweet chocolate chips (12 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

Time commitment: 12-15 minutes to prepare, 20 minutes to cool


1. Take the cream cheese out of the fridge so it can begin to soften. (I’m easing you into all this.)

2. Place a few cookies in the resealable bag. Then, using the spoon, smash those chocolate chippers to smithereens. Yes, smithereens, folks. For a video tutorial of this process using Oreos, click here.

3. Repeat step 2 as necessary until all of your delights have turned to dust. (I know the process seems traumatizing — so many good cookies, bashed without eating?! — but trust me, it’s more than worth it.)

4. Pour the cookie bits into the mixing bowl, along with the cream cheese. Now stir the two together until they form a dough of sorts.

5. Now, take the dough and roll it into 1-inch balls, placing each on a wax-paper covered cookie sheet (or equivalent). Place them in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes to harden.

6. Pour the semisweet chocolate chips into the microwaveable bowl and add in the canola oil. Heat them for 30 seconds, then take ’em out and stir thoroughly.

7. Continue heating in 15-20 second intervals — being sure to stir the mix between each blast in the microwave — until the chips have melted completely. The chocolate sauce should look glossy and smooth, and thinner than milkshake consistency.

8. Dip the balls into the chocolate sauce, returning each to the wax paper when you’re finished. Once the whole batch has been dipped, return them to the freezer for another 5 minutes, hardening their chocolaty shell.

 Show Us Your Truffles: If you make these, tweet/Instagram it to us using #CollegiateCooking! Or you can always post ’em on your Facebook page. Either way, we want to feature your sweet, sweet skills on the site.

17 Comment

  1. ellsneedshelps says: Reply

    How much canola oil? There’s no canola oil listed in the three ingredients. Don’t be a tease give me the whole recipe so I can make them already!

    1. admin says: Reply

      Thank you for catching that, and I’m sorry that omission is coming between you and gooey cookie goodness. I just updated the recipe; 2 tablespoons of canola oil is great per 12-ounce bag. You can ease yourself into it by putting in one tablespoon first, microwaving it for 30 seconds and then stirring it all up. If it looks too thick/dry, add in the second tablespoon and heat for another 20 seconds, then continue microwaving/stirring until all the chocolate chips have melted. (I’ve found that some brands of chocolate chips melt much faster and easier than others, so only a tablespoon is needed, where others need the full two.)

  2. Rebecca says: Reply

    Oh man these are great! I saw this recipe linked on Buzzfeed yesterday and dashed straight to the convenience store next to my house to grab the ingredients (I love that the ingredients are so simple that I can find them in a convenience store even though I live in Korea where very few ‘Western’ ingredients are available easily). Blended the cookies up in my mini-blender, mixed in the cream cheese and melted the chocolate over a makeshift double boiler (I didn’t use the oil and it worked great). Delicious and so easy! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. admin says: Reply

      I’m glad you were able to find the ingredients, and that you loved the recipe! I’ll be working on some other easy, no-bake treats over the next few weeks.

  3. Marissa says: Reply

    These are awesome with Oreos instead of chocolate chip cookies

  4. […] much work, you can always stick to the 3-ingredient wonder recipe that require next to no effort: Cookie Dough Truffles. (Even less effort? Skip the chocolate coating, and just eat the dough balls. It’s basically […]

  5. Annie says: Reply

    how long do they last for and do you have to refrigerate? can’t wait to try them!

    1. Just to be on the safe side, I’d refrigerate the extras. They should last over a week, though I’ll be honest: Usually the whole batch is gone by day 3! (Terrible, I know.) -Candace

  6. Freshman says: Reply

    I made these with Oreos instead of chocolate chip cookies… because Oreos.

    1. We don’t blame you. We keep meaning to try them with gingersnaps or peanut butter cookies, but every time we find ourselves in a similar predicament and go with Oreos or Chips Ahoy. Why mess with the best?

  7. […] in part by this recipe for no-bake cookie truffles, I decided to get creative. That recipe calls for cream cheese, which […]

  8. […] Verdict: Worth trying. We could totally see ourselves making 4-ingredient truffles for Valentine’s Day with these. (The cream cheese would be a welcome boost to offset all the sweetness.) Like all Oreos though, […]

  9. […] These ones only require three ingredients. Take that, Milanos. […]

  10. […] These ones only require three ingredients. Take that, Milanos. […]

  11. […] for someone. Before long, I started experimenting with all kinds of variations on these truffles (including a Chips Ahoy version that Buzzfeed featured), and in 2013, I couldn’t resist making these little […]

  12. […] These ones only require three ingredients. Take that, Milanos. […]

  13. […] created for Collegiate Cook, and it’s been one of the most popular ever since (albeit a distant second to the 3-ingredient cookie dough truffles, after Buzzfeed featured ’em). However, I wasn’t always as sold on the crust. It was a crispy, whole wheat, healthy-ish […]

Leave a Reply to 27 Ways To Eat Like An Adult In College | Cancel reply

%d bloggers like this: