Cookie dough dip is no fake

AP Food Editor J.M. Hirsch created this chocolate chip cookie dough dip after being disappointed by a healthier version. Enlarge photo

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AP Food Editor J.M. Hirsch created this chocolate chip cookie dough dip after being disappointed by a healthier version.

This summer I had the misfortune to encounter the Internet culinary sensation known as cookie dough dip.

It was at a potluck party and folks were raving about this creation, which until then Iíd been ignorant of. Being fans of all things cookie dough Ė not to mention feeling a fair degree of affection for all manner of dips Ė my son and I were eager to try this seemingly miraculous blend of two of natureís most wonderful food products.

The look of betrayal on my sonís face as he put a heaping bite of it into his mouth was hilariously heartbreaking. So I tried it. He was right. This wildly popular dip is made by blending canned white beans and chocolate chips, among other unlikely ingredients. The idea is to create a healthy dip that supposedly tastes like cookie dough.

It doesnít. Itís not cute. Itís not tasty. Itís not coy. And itís certainly not good.

Much as I love hummus, I do not love hummus that pretends to be cookie dough. Nor do I want my cookie dough spiked with pureed beans. Call me crazy.

So I decided to create my own version of this monstrosity. Except that my chocolate chip cookie dough dip would actually taste like chocolate chip cookie dough miraculously transformed into a dip. It would be sweet, but not too sweet. It would be studded with deliciously chewy chunks of cookie dough. Real cookie dough, not masticated beans.

The result was a delicious sugar rush that begs for something crunchy and salty to dip in it.

For the cookie dough nuggets, I used a modified version of an eggless chocolate chip cookie dough recipe from Lindsay Landisí book, The Cookie Dough Loverís Cookbook (a fun book for anyone who loves raw cookie dough). You could use purchased cookie dough instead, but be certain to use one that contains only pasteurized eggs.