Want to make edible sugar cookie dough to give as gifts or to eat by the spoonful yourself? This easy edible sugar cookie dough recipe is perfectly sweet and easy to customize for different holidays!
For many people, giving delicious baked goods to friends and family is their love language. They get a sense of fulfillment when the smell of baking cookies fills the house, and they enjoy wrapping these mouthwatering treats up and giving them to people they care about.
I can confidently say that spending hours in the kitchen is not one of my strengths. Thankfully, I have a wonderful husband who is an excellent cook and spoils me with all kinds of fantastic food! Don’t get me wrong – I love creating gifts for teachers, friends, and loved ones! I would just rather pick up my cookies from the local grocery store.
But you know what idea I can get behind? Edible sugar cookie dough! It’s the perfect holiday gift you can make up in 10 minutes or less, and it’s also easy enough that kids can help, too! This edible Christmas cookie dough recipe has it all – festive holiday M&Ms, crunchy sprinkles, and soft, irresistible cookie dough!
Why You’ll Love this Sweet Treat
There are so many reasons why this edible cookie dough recipe is absolutely amazing! Here are just a few (as if you need much convincing!):
- Easy to customize. One of the best things about this edible sugar cookie dough is that you can customize it for any holiday! All you have to do is use different colored sprinkles, and you have the perfect treat for any occasion!
- Perfect edible Christmas gift. If you’ve been searching for an easy Christmas gift for teachers, neighbors, and friends, you’ve found it! Whip up a batch of edible sugar cookie dough in minutes, package it in cute containers with ribbons and gift tags, and you have a yummy Christmas gift everyone will love!
- Kid-friendly recipe. Another thing I love about this edible sugar cookie dough recipe is that kids can join in on the fun of making it! Invite your child to help combine the ingredients, try their hand at stirring, and taste test a few M&Ms – you know, for quality control.
- Cookie dough you can actually eat. I feel like we’ve all snitched a bite or two of cookie dough from the bowl while making cookies (Don’t make me feel alone here!), and now you don’t have to feel like you’re cheating death to do it! This edible sugar cookie dough is completely safe to eat.
Ingredients for Edible Sugar Cookie Dough
Here are the ingredients you need to make your own edible sugar cookie dough at home:
- All-purpose flour. The flour is where the magic happens in this edible sugar cookie dough recipe! As you microwave the flour, any harmful bacteria are killed off, making the dough completely safe to eat.
- Butter. Since you clearly won’t be using raw eggs in this cookie dough recipe, butter acts as the main ingredient to bind everything together. You can use either salted or unsalted butter for your edible sugar cookie dough, and another option I’ve seen people use is butter-flavored Crisco!
- Light brown sugar. Did you accidentally buy dark brown sugar? No worries! Light and dark brown sugar are pretty much interchangeable, so you can use either one.
- Granulated sugar. Any brand of white granulated sugar will do here.
- Milk. The best kinds of milk for baking are whole milk and 2%. I suggest avoiding 1% milk since it doesn’t have any fat and might alter the consistency of the cookie dough. You can also substitute almond, soy, or oat milk for a dairy-free version.
- Vanilla. Whether you have pure vanilla extract or imitation on hand, either one will do for this sugar cookie dough!
- Salt. I recommend using regular table salt for your edible sugar cookie dough recipe.
- Red & green M&Ms. Christmas-colored M&Ms add a crunchy, chocolatey texture to your edible dough. You can also easily swap them out for other holiday M&M colors!
- Red and green sprinkles. Your sugar cookies wouldn’t be complete without some festive sprinkles! Use any variety of holiday sprinkles you like to add color and fun to the edible cookie dough.
How to Make Edible Sugar Cookie Dough
It only takes 10 minutes to make your own edible sugar cookie dough at home! Just follow these simple steps:
This is the most important step of the edible sugar cookie dough recipe! According to the FDA, when raw grains are processed into flour, this doesn’t kill harmful bacteria.
The only way to make raw flour safe to eat is by heat treating it to 160°F. This kills off any bacteria that could potentially make you sick.
To heat treat your flour, add it to a small bowl and microwave for 15 seconds at a time. Check the flour’s temperature with a meat thermometer after each microwave session until it reads 160°F.
Once the flour has been heated to the correct temperature, pour it into another bowl and allow it to cool.
While you’re waiting for the flour to cool, combine the butter, sugars, milk, vanilla, and salt in a medium-sized bowl.
Use a stand mixer with the paddle attachment or a spatula and mix well until fully combined.
Next, add the cooled flour to the wet dough mixture 1 cup at a time. Stir the ingredients together until the flour has been fully mixed into the batter.
Tip: If your dough is too dry, add ⅛ cup of milk at a time until it reaches the preferred consistency. If the dough is too wet, add ⅛ cup of flour to the mixture.
Lastly, you’re going to add the M&Ms and sprinkles to the dough and mix until everything is fully combined.
This is the perfect opportunity to let your kids help pour the candy into the dough and help you mix everything together!
This edible sugar cookie dough recipe is so versatile and delicious! You can add nuts, chocolate chips, marshmallows, and even chocolate or caramel sauce!
The only thing left to do is grab a spoon and dig in! Enjoy!
FAQ’s about Making Edible Cookie Dough
You can absolutely use gluten-free flour to make this edible cookie dough! Almond flour is a great substitute, and you don’t have to heat treat it before using. You can also use oat flour if you prefer a nut-free option, although you may need to use less than the recommended amount, as oat flour can make a stiffer dough. Oat flour doesn’t need to be heat treated either.
Yes! However, the sugar cookie’s texture will be different because there aren’t any eggs, baking powder, or baking soda in the mixture. Preheat oven to 350°F and put cookie dough balls on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the cookies begin to brown on the edges.
You can store your edible cookie dough in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. The best method is to keep the cookie dough in an airtight container.
Other Christmas Treats to Make
Snowman Oreos – These easy snowman treats are actually the cutest white chocolate dipped Oreos that you’ve ever seen! Your kids will love helping you decorate them, and they’ll have even more fun eating them!
Decorated Christmas Wreath Cookies – Make these cute Christmas cookies with store-bought dough for a fun and festive holiday treat for kids!
Chocolate Covered Ritz Cracker Cookie Pops – These Ritz cracker cookies are a classic Christmas treat to make and give as gifts. Add a lollipop stick for a fun “pop” idea that’s perfect for adding to your Christmas cookie gift tins!
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Edible Sugar Cookie Dough Recipe
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour (⅛ cup to ½ cup extra if needed)
- ⅓ cup butter, softened or melted
- ⅓ cup light brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk (1-2 tablespoons extra if needed)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- ¼ to ½ cup red and green M&Ms
- ¼ to ½ cup red and green sprinkles
- Add the flour to a small bowl and microwave for 15 seconds at a time. Check the temperature with a meat thermometer. You want to reach 160 degrees F, as this will allow the bacteria to be killed off. Add the flour to another bowl to allow it to cool off.
- Add the butter, sugars, milk, vanilla, and salt to a medium-sized bowl. Mix until fully combined.
- Add 1 cup of the cooled flour to the wet ingredients. Mix the ingredients so they are fully combined. If your dough is too dry or too wet, you can add 1/8 cup of flour or milk at a time until you have the consistency you like.
- Add the M&Ms and sprinkles to the dough and mix until fully combined.
- Store leftover edible cookie dough in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 272Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 130mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 1gSugar: 21gProtein: 3g
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. Different online calculators may calculate nutritional information differently. Also, the addition of optional ingredients and varying brands and products may change the information. For the most accurate data, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients that you use.