Oatmeal Cookie Dough Bites {gluten free}

Most of the time, I handle the recipe development for this site.  I daydream at work, often with my hands in the dirt, about the sweet treats I’d like to scale down for you.  But, sometimes, Mr. Dessert For Two has some pretty great ideas on his own.  He spouted off his idea for oatmeal cookie dough bites, and I promptly made them the same day.  Calm down—no raisins. I’m a raisin fan (am I the last one out there?), so I can’t wait to make a version with raisins instead of chocolate chips (maybe I’ll soak the raisins in rum like I did here).

This one is just for you:  all chocolate and no gluten!  Instead of flour in cookie dough, I used extra oats ground into oat flour.  I take full credit for that idea, thank you much.

These cookie dough bites taste just like the center of a fresh-baked  oatmeal cookie:  chewy, spicy with cinnamon and allspice, and full of oats.  If you have an extra 10 minutes, toast the oats before using them.  I learned from Kim Boyce to hold a few oats on the counter next to the pan while toasting to monitor the color change.  I love that little trick.

This recipe makes 8 cookie dough bites.  I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.




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Oatmeal Cookie Dough Bites
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ cup oats (divided use)
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
  1. In a small bowl, beat together the butter and sugars. Add the milk and vanilla and continue beating. Next, add the salt and spices.
  2. Next, finely grind ¼ cup of the oats in a (clean) coffee grinder or food processor. Add the ground oats to the butter mixture. Continue beating until a dough forms.
  3. Finally, stir in the remaining ¼ cup of oats and ¼ cup mini chocolate chips.
  4. Scoop into 8 balls, rolling them in your hands, and serve. The dough may seem a tad wet, but the oats will soak up the moisture. Will keep for 3 days in the fridge.



  1. says

    Delicious! No – you aren’t the only one who loves raisins (love!). But there are some of us who can’t stand chocolate chips……

  2. says

    Hello you little bites of cookie love! I am a huge fan of using ground oats. Also, you are definitely not that only one who dream up recipes at work. Thanks to your hubs for the idea and for you to bringing it to reality!

  3. says

    Raisins in oatmeal cookies are traumatizing. I’m so glad you included chocolate chips in these. Also, oatmeal is health food so I’m making these for breakfast. Kay?

  4. says

    Mr. DFT is a pretty smart guy for drumming up this idea! The dough bites look delicious – I love that there’s no gluten and love even more that you refrained from the oatmeal/raisin combo. Chocolate chips beat raisins all day long!

  5. says

    Wait – who doesnt like raisins?!?!

    These look so tasty and simple – I might make some to take into work as I think they’ll be great for the oldies with fewer teeth :). AND nice work with the boozy raisins idea – a true girl after my own heart!


    • says

      Hi Dixya. I’m not sure, I didn’t try it with this recipe. My regular small batch of chocolate chip cookie dough has plain flour and it tastes just fine, though! Happy baking! :)

  6. says

    I would LOVE to start nibbling on these asap!
    So 8 of these is 1 serving right?!? ;-D

    P.S. I like raisins. A lot. Boozy ones are even better! :)

    P.S.S. Happy New Year to you and to yours! Hope you have a blessed year ahead!!

  7. Brit says

    These came out so good! I took the time to toast the oats, I used thick rolled oats for extra texture. The spice combo is so warm and — hmm, cozy? Well, I do kind of want to hug these dough bites so I suppose “cozy” is the appropriate word here :)

  8. says

    These look awesome and perfect for entertaining with gluten-free guest! I just shared this on my FB fan page since i have a few gluten free readers!

  9. says

    We like raisins here, too – especially Golden Raisins. I’ll bet dried cranberries would be good in them too. Thanks for the recipe.


  10. Laura says

    I tried these today. I hate to say, since your other recipes have been nothing but fabulous for us, but this one was just ok. The nutmeg was overpowering and they were much saltier than I expected. I did double check that I used unsalted butter and that I used the right measures. I guess I should mention I used flour for the ground oats and the rest just quick oats, but I don’t think that should matter.

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