I finally got a jar of chocolate chip Just Cookie Dough and put it through its paces. I ate it with a spoon, baked it in the oven, and tried making a cookie in the microwave. Here’s how it went!
But first, I have to brag on my husband, Dave, a little bit.
Last weekend was our year-end tax appointment. I headed to the accountant, and Dave stayed home with Darrol Henry. That’s not the bragging part.
Since we have business and personal taxes and since I’m the savvy client who booked a tax appointment for 12:30pm the week before business taxes were due, I was at the accountant’s office for six. hours. Almost five of those were in the waiting room. It sucked. I got home at 7:15 with no plan for supper and 30 minutes until Darrol’s bed time.
When I walked in the door, I discovered that not only had Dave fixed supper for Darrol Henry, but he’d prepped everything for a grilled feast that night. Scalloped potatoes and broccoli florets were wrapped in foil, and he’d picked me up a Tofurkey sausage. He cooked.
But the biggest surprise was something else that he and Darrol grabbed on their “adventure for mommy” that afternoon: a jar of Just Cookie Dough. David Striepe knows what to do, y’all.
Chocolate Chip Just Cookie Dough Review
Right, so you probably aren’t here to hear about my day. You want to know about Just Cookie Dough.
Let’s start with that spoonful of dough right out of the jar. Y’all. It’s been a long time since I’ve eaten store-bought cookie dough with a spoon, and it was like a spoonful of nostalgia. Remember eating a slice of cookie from the roll as a kid? It was like that. As a long-time vegan, it’s been a while, y’all. And that was good, too.
But I didn’t eat the whole jar with a spoon. The sacrifices I make for you guys!
The next evening, Dave and I scooped a few spoonfuls of Just Cookie Dough onto a baking sheet to see how they baked up. We baked them for the full 11 minutes (the jar says nine to 11), and I even let them sit for the five minutes that the directions recommend. It was not easy to wait, because they smelled so, so good.
When they were ready, I was super impressed. The cookies were chewy in the center and a little bit crunchy around the edges with just enough chocolate chips.
If you’ve been missing pre-mixed cookie dough, I’d definitely give Hampton Creek Just Cookie Dough the thumbs up in the deliciousness department.
Below, get a little breakdown of the ingredients plus my adventures in microwave cookie-making.
Just Cookie Dough Ingredients
Call it a habit. I’m a label-reader from way back. Here’s what’s in a jar of Just Cooke Dough:
wheat flour, evaporated cane juice, sugar, semi-sweet chocolate chips (sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, dextrose, soy lecithin, natural vanilla extract), palm oil, water, molasses, canola oil, whole sorghum flour, invert sugar, natural flavors, salt, baking soda, oat bran, soy lecithin, oat fiber, xanthan gum, algin
There are three ingredients on here that I’m not super crazy about:
- palm oil – Conventional palm oil production causes deforestation and habitat loss. This is kind of a big deal.
- invert sugar – This is a refined sugar syrup that’s pretty high in fructose. There’s some research showing that refined fructose is strongly linked to type 2 diabetes.
- natural flavor – Companies can use natural flavor to refer to any of hundreds of flavoring additives, some of them not so natural.
Of all the things on this list, palm oil is the one that troubles me the most. I try to avoid palm oil whenever I can, so chances are Just Cookies are going to be a sometimes food around here. I contacted Hampton Creek about the palm oil in their product but haven’t heard back yet. When they respond, I’ll update here!
Microwave Just Cookies
This was a bit of an experiment, and I’ll be honest: they just turned out okay. If you want cookies NOW, do this. The cooling time is longer than the cooking time! The resulting cookie is crispy and – let’s be honest – a little bit burnt-tasting, which I sometimes like in a cookie.
Here’s how the dough performed in my microwave on high:
If you can wait 10 extra minutes while they bake in the oven as the cooking directions recommend, you will absolutely turn out better cookies. My microwave is on the weak side, so you may not need to cook for quite as long as I did. That’s why there’s a pretty wide time range here.
Microwave Just Cookies
Yield: 1 cookie
- 1 tablespoon Chocolate Chip Just Cookie Dough
- Scoop out a tablespoon of cookie dough, and use your palms to form it into a ball. This is important, because it will help your cookie “bake” more evenly. Place the ball on the center of a small microwave safe plate.
- Microwave on high for 15-50 seconds, until the cookie flattens out an is covered in little craters, like the one in the done photo above. Start with 15 seconds, then do 5 seconds at a time until the dough looks all cratered up.
- Let your cookie cool for 5 minutes before serving.