Cookie Dough Bars – Joy Bauer

Dough my goodness, these Cookie Dough Bars are heavenly. If you’re like me and love to sneak spoonfuls of raw cookie dough while baking (#guilty!), this is the perfect dessert for you. It provides a similar addictive flavor and texture, plus the bars are gluten-free and easily made vegan with dairy-free chocolate chips. I’m telling you… every bite is 100% safe and 100% delish. A definite win-win. While cashews provide the most cookie-dough-like flavor, you can easily swap in peanut butter for a PB-forward experience (never a bad thing). No crumb will be left behind!

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This recipe makes 16 bars

  • 2 ¼ cups almond flour (or blanched almond meal)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup cashew butter or almond butter*
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate sweets

*If oil is separated on top of your nut butter jar, be sure to stir it back in before measuring. Cashew butter is mild and creates a more cookie dough flavor. However, you can swap in peanut butter, if you don’t mind a very peanut buttery taste (never a bad thing!).

Chocolate top

  • 1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 1 Tablespoon nut butter


Line 8×8 pan with parchment paper, with extra overhang for easy removal. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, combine the almond flour and salt.

In a separate mixing bowl, combine the nut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Stir until it’s a thick smooth batter. Add the dry ingredients into the nut butter mixture and stir until it’s fully combined. It’ll be thick, moist, and crumbly. Mix in 2 teaspoons warm water if it feels too dry. Fold in 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.

Transfer mixture to prepared baking pan and press firmly to compress it evenly.

To make the chocolate topping, add 1 cup chips and 1 Tbsp nut butter to microwave-safe bowl and heat in 20-second intervals, stopping and stirring until it’s velvety smooth (alternatively, you can melt using a double boiler). Pour over the cookie dough base and spread evenly using the back of a spoon or spatula. Place in fridge to firm for at least 2 hours. Remove the parchment paper, place on a cutting board, and slice into 16 squares. Serve immediately or store in the fridge for up to a week. You can also freeze for up to 3 months.

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