Cookies are good but my heart belongs to cookie dough.
Food trends come and go but one that I’m hoping sticks around is the edible cookie dough trend. That being said, there are so many vendors out there. Anyone else get super overwhelmed by the options? Don’t worry, I took the liberty of trying out a whole bunch to help you pick the best edible cookie dough for you!
With so many different flavors available, I found the best way to fairly compare the four companies was to go with the tried and true classic: chocolate chip cookie dough! Confession time: before digging in, I couldn’t believe that these four flavors would taste different enough that I could rank them. Boy was I wrong.
Much like cookies, cookie dough preferences differ from person to person. Some people want fudgey cookie dough packed with brown sugar while others want to taste more of the flour and prefer a lighter more crumbly cookie dough. Luckily for me (and you!), these four edible cookie dough companies were so distinct from each other that there’s a perfect fit for everyone.
Before I even started the tasting, there were a few things I loved about The Cookie Jar. First up, the dough comes in adorable glass jars. If you’ve seen the collection of glass jars in my kitchen you’d understand why this is such a selling point for me. They also offer free pickup from a number of locations for customers who live in the Washington D.C. area and don’t want to pay for shipping. Since I’ve been calling D.C. home for the past six years, I’m all about supporting local food entrepreneurs, especially when it means skipping the shipping fee.
Of the four chocolate chip cookie dough flavors I sampled, this one was the fudgey-est of them all. Packed with sugar you could taste and feel, the dough is perfect for someone who is just as likely to eat their brownie dough as their cookie dough (that’s me).
Beyond chocolate chip, one of the more notable flavors I tasted was The Cookie Jar’s funfetti sugar cookie dough. For starters, funfetti? Yes please. I’m down for just about anything with sprinkles. The dough managed to retain much of its distinct fudgey-ness while still tasting like sugar cookie, which felt like a best-of-both-worlds situation to me.
If The Cookie Jar was the most fudgey of the doughs, Unbaked’s chocolate chip cookie dough was the least. If you prefer your cookies to be less sweet and more flour-y, you’ll love this dough. As a fudgey dough-lover myself, I got into an argument with a friend recently about which is better. We couldn’t agree and luckily for her she’s getting a tub of this cookie dough when she comes over to watch the bachelor tonight since I know she’ll appreciate it more than I would so we all win.
Unbaked’s snickerdoodle Nutella flavor was the perfect ‘fun’ flavor to balance out the traditional chocolate chip. Yes, you heard me correctly, snickerdoodle Nutella. If like me you love both of those things separately (doesn’t everyone) you’ll LOVE this dough. Much like the chocolate chip dough, it’s less sweet than some of the other brands out there but the texture is super smooth and creamy making each bite a dream. But I digress. The cinnamon flavors of the snickerdoodle work surprisingly well with the sweet Nutella interspersed in the dough. It’s definitely more snickerdoodle than Nutella but it worked so well that I didn’t even mind.
The Cookie Dough Cafe’s chocolate chip cookie dough lives somewhere between The Cookie Jar’s and Unbaked’s in terms of flavor and texture. It’s less fudgey than the first, less flour-y than the second and perfect for those middle-of-the-road cookie dough eaters who just want something that could undeniably be called cookie dough.
My favorite flavor of the day was not chocolate chip but rather the cookies and cream flavor from The Cookie Dough Cafe. Again, this won’t surprise many of you since the last month has been either all about adding Oreos into everything I make or upgrading Oreos to make inception-like flavors. Smooth, sweet and with just the right amount of Oreos interspersed to make it interesting, this dough made me give up all pretense of healthy eating. I sat down and finished almost the entire jar in one sitting. That’s 8 ounces for those of you keeping track at home.
For the more adventurous dough enthusiasts, The Cookie Dough Cafe has a flavor that is aptly named Monster. What’s in this monster flavor you may ask? Just about everything that one might expect from a self-proclaimed ‘creamy trail mix’. Peanut butter? Yes. M&Ms? You betcha. Oats? Of course. Chocolate chips? I’ll let you take a one guess.
If your priority is to get cookie dough quickly and spend as little dough as possible in the process (sorry, I had to), Target’s Just Cookie Dough is the edible cookie dough for you! It can’t be purchased online but it should be available in the frozen foods section at just about any Target. If you aren’t sure whether you want to eat your dessert in dough or cookie form, this cookie dough is the only one in this list that can be baked!
While quick and easy, this dough didn’t have any options beyond chocolate chip, which would be okay except that it paled in comparison to the competition. Where the other three brands achieved a smooth delicious cookie dough texture, this one felt to crumbly and ‘off’ for lack of a better word. In a pinch it’s fine but if you have the time, I would recommend going with one of the other companies. Don’t get me wrong, I love Target so it pains me to write this but I love the stories behind these smaller companies and feeling like I’m supporting local.
Have you tried any of these? Let me know what you thought!
Some of the products featured in this review were provided free of charge. All opinions are my own.