This edible cottage cheese cookie dough is the ultimate protein-packed dessert! It’s gluten-free, egg-free, naturally sweetened, and comes together in just 10 minutes with 7 simple ingredients.
Cottage cheese is really having its moment and I’m here for it! First cottage cheese ice cream went viral and now cottage cheese cookie dough, all thanks to Jake Cohen’s amazing recipe.
In fact, I shared my cottage cheese cookie recipe a few weeks ago, which was actually based on this recipe, so I thought I might as well share the original cookie dough recipe on the blog!
Why You’ll Love This Cookie Dough
- Healthier Indulgence: This recipe gives you all the joy of eating cookie dough but with healthier ingredients. It’s a gift you can feel good about indulging in.
- Packed with protein: Thanks to the cottage cheese and protein powder, this cookie dough is a great source of protein, making it a perfect post-workout snack or filling treat.
- Easy to do: No baking or complicated steps required! This recipe is as easy as mixing the ingredients.
- Familiar: Kids will love this recipe just as much as adults. It’s a great way to get some extra protein into your diet.
- curd – you can use any variety you like, but keep in mind that if you use small curds you will need less almond flour.
- Maple syrup – adds a touch of natural sweetness. Just two tablespoons will do the trick.
- vanilla – adds that classic cookie dough flavor.
- almond flour – naturally gluten-free; this is our main dry ingredient. I’ve used Bob’s Red Mill almond flour for this recipe, but feel free to use a different kind.
- peanut butter – add a tablespoon of your favorite natural nut butter. I used peanut butter, but almond butter works great too.
- vanilla protein powder – this really increases the protein content and adds flavor. I used Nuzest protein powder (use code eatbirdfood for 15% off your order) but i also love it Blend of Guerrero del Sol and Vanilla.
- Chocolate chips – wouldn’t be cookie dough without chocolate chips, would it? Half a cup of these little delights is mixed together for that quintessential cookie dough experience. used to Lily’s Dark Chocolate Chips because they are sweetened with stevia and low in sugar, but you can use the brand you prefer.
How to do
This recipe is super easy and quick to make! Simply add the cottage cheese, maple syrup, and vanilla to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
Next, mix the almond flour, protein powder, and peanut butter together in a large bowl, then add the chocolate chips.
Combine it all and enjoy right away, or store in the fridge for a cold treat!
How to serve cookie dough with cottage cheese
This cottage cheese cookie dough is incredibly versatile and can be served in a number of tasty ways:
- As an appetizer: Just dip in with a spoon for a delicious protein-packed snack. It’s great for a mid-afternoon energizer or post-workout recharge.
- With fruit: You can serve this cookie dough as a dip with a garnish of your favorite fruits. Apple slices, strawberries and bananas go wonderfully with it.
- Bite-Sized Frozen Treats: Roll the dough into small balls, place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, and freeze. Once frozen, store them in a ziplock bag in the freezer for a quick and refreshing snack anytime you want.
- in perfect: Layer this cookie dough with Greek yogurt and fresh berries for a delicious parfait. It’s a perfect way to start the morning!
- With ice cream: This cottage cheese cookie dough would be a heavenly addition on top of a scoop of your favorite ice cream.
Looking for ways to switch up this cottage cheese cookie dough? Here are some simple tweaks and substitutions you can experiment with to give this recipe your personal touch:
Different Flours: Although almond flour works wonders in this recipe, you can also try substituting coconut flour or oat flour. Each of these options will impart a different texture and a slight variation in flavor to your cookie dough.
Protein Powder Flavors: While vanilla protein powder complements the cookie dough flavor very well, you can certainly try other flavors like chocolate or cookies and cream protein powder for a different flavor.
vegan version: To make this a vegan cookie dough, substitute a non-dairy version for the cottage cheese and be sure to use a plant-based protein powder and your chocolate chips are vegan-friendly.
Change your sweetener: While this recipe uses maple syrup for sweetness, you can experiment with other natural sweeteners like agave nectar or honey.
Mixtures: Feel free to mix in some of your favorite mix-ins like nuts, seeds, or dried fruit to add some extra flavor and crunch. You can also experiment with different types of chocolate chips, such as dark chocolate chips or white chocolate chips for a different twist.
Remember, the key to any good recipe is making it your own, so don’t be afraid to experiment! The variations are endless with this cottage cheese cookie dough recipe. Enjoy the process and happy eating!
Can I make cookies with this recipe?
This recipe was meant to be an edible cookie dough recipe, so I never actually tried to use the dough for baking cookies. I really need to try it out to see if it works, however you can try these cottage cheese cookies instead.
How to Store Cookie Dough
In the fridge: Transfer your cottage cheese cookie dough to an airtight container and store in the fridge. It should stay fresh for up to a week. Just give it a good stir before serving, as the ingredients may separate a bit in the fridge.
In the freezer: For a longer storage option, you can freeze the cookie dough. I recommend scooping it out into bite-sized balls and placing them on a lined baking sheet. Freeze until solid, then transfer the cookie dough bites to a freezer-safe bag or container. They should keep well for up to 3 months. When you’re ready for a treat, just grab one (or a few) from the freezer and enjoy! They are delicious eaten straight from the freezer.
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Service: 1/6 recipe | Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: sixteengram | Protein: 14gram | Fat: 14gram | Saturated fat: 2gram | Cholesterol: 6milligrams | Sodium: 171milligrams | Potassium: 196milligrams | Fiber: 5gram | Sugar: 7gram
Nutrition information is automatically calculated and should only be used as an approximation.