Sometimes, the ten minutes required to preheat the oven is just too long to bear. You want cookies, and you want cookies now. The world has finally embraced the fact that people eat cookie dough—regardless of the dangers of raw egg or flour—so companies took it upon themselves to manufacture safe, ready-to-eat dough. These vegan versions are spoonable, snackable, and utterly irresistible. From classic chocolate chip to decadent double fudge, grab a spoon and dig in.
1. Ben & Jerry’s
Most are familiar with the feeling of elation while enjoying a scoop of ice cream and suddenly striking a massive chunk of cookie dough. It feels like you’ve struck gold. The vegan Ben & Jerry’s chocolate chip cookie dough chunks were made just for those individuals who plow into pints of ice cream just for the globs of dough. These chunks are divine on their own, but they’re also wonderful as an ice cream topping. If you believe there is such a thing as too much cookie dough, this list is probably not for you.
2. Eat Pastry
If eating straight out of a pint of ice cream seems decadent, try eating directly from a tub of vegan cookie dough. The Eat Pastry labeling offers baking instructions, but when the dough is this good and scoopable, it rarely ends up on a baking sheet. The all-vegan company offers chocolate chip, gluten-free chocolate chip, peanut butter chocolate chip, fudge brownie, and birthday cake. For a snack-sized portion, try one of the three new bite-sized protein cookie dough packs.
3. Sweet Loren’s
This dedicated gluten-free and vegan company divides its products into two categories—premade cookie dough and edible cookie dough—but honestly, both are ready-to-eat straight from the fridge. The premade dough comes in a single tray lined with individual cookies (aka a place-and-bake) while the edible variety is packed into a jar (perfect for spooning). Flavors range from classic chocolate chunk and sugar cookie to oatmeal cranberry and fudgy brownie. Stock your fridge with all four to ensure you always have something sweet on hand.
Packed with adaptogens, vegan collagen, and pea protein, this better-for-you cookie dough provides some sweet benefits. Each flavor comes in a scoopable jar (which you can definitely reuse) with baking directions on the side. The brownie flavor is very cocoa-forward, and none of the options are overly-sweet. Our favorite flavors have been the seasonal varieties—both the Immunity x Pumpkin Spice and Calm x Ginger Doodle are far too good to bake. The Protein x Peanut Butter and Immunity x Chocolate Chip benefit from seven minutes in the oven.
Vegan keto is hard, but the keto-friendly vegan cookie doughs from Bhu can make it a bit easier. Each gluten-free, protein-packed flavor is low-carb and sweetened with monk fruit. Options range from the classic chocolate chip to tropical chocolate coconut and intense double dark chocolate. Don’t even try to bake this—it’s meant for enjoying straight from the jar.
6. Simple Truth
The Kroger brand of supermarkets has escalated its plant-based game this year. Simple Truth is Kroger’s organic range, and it recently debuted a place-and-bake-style, plant-based chocolate chip cookie dough. Put simply, it reminds us of childhood sleepovers and gorging on cookie dough in between bouts of pre-teen gossip.
7. Raised Gluten-Free
This gluten-free cookie dough comes in a pint—the perfect vessel for Netflix and noshing. The company keeps it simple with two outstanding flavors: chocolate chip and Double Fudge Chocolate. While ideal for scooping, this dough also works wonders in an ice cream cookie dough sandwich. Flatten a scoop of the dough, top with a mound of vegan ice cream, and squish it down with another flattened scoop of dough. Either consume immediately or let it set in the fridge to avoid drippage. There are so many ways to consume cookie dough. We hope we ignited your cookie creativity.
8. Sweet Megan’s
Baker and entrepreneur Pattie Lerner has found a solution for those of us who can’t stop when it comes to cookie dough: individually packaged dough. Each 2.5 ounce pack contains just the right amount of sweet joy to calm the craving without leading to a sugar-induced cookie comma. The brand also offers jars of dough for those who aren’t concerned about overdoing it. The three flavors include chocolate chip, chocolate chip brownie, and sugar cookie.
At around $13 per roll, this grain-free, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly cookie dough is the most expensive on our list. With 13 servings per package, it works out to be one dollar per cookie. However, we can’t deny both the double chocolate and the traditional chocolate chip flavors are outstanding and undetectably gluten-free. Like cookie dough itself, every now and then, it’s okay to indulge.
Tanya Flink is a Digital Editor at VegNews as well as a writer and fitness enthusiast living in Orange County, CA.
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