I have a very special relationship with refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough and I am not ashamed to admit it. As some of you know, refrigerated cookie dough got me started on this path to sharing my love of baking and sweets with the world. It was junior year of college, my friend and I had a package of cookie dough and decided not to eat ALL of it raw, so we made cookies in the college dorm kitchen. It sparked an impromptu gathering that really struck me. I was amazed by how the smell of cookies brought people who normally didn’t hang out together into one room, sharing their lives.
So I have absolutely nothing against pre-made cookie dough. Sometimes you just don’t want to wait for butter to soften, get out the mixer, wash dishes, etc. Sometimes you just want a chunk of cookie dough and some cookies. If you don’t have cookie dough in the freezer already, cookie dough from the refrigerated section at the grocery store may be the way to go. At one point, it was rare to find many options besides Nestle Toll House chocolate chip, but things have changed. Now there are lots of options with different kinds of cookie to different brands. Since I want you to have the best of all things, I tested out all of the options available at my local Kroger so you can pick the best for you. I’ve always been a fan of Nestle Tollhouse, so I used this as my benchmark for all the others.
Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
The Nestle cookie tasted great, like Nestle always does. I like the balance of flavors, with the brown sugar, vanilla, and chocolate chips working together to create a sweet, melt-in-your-mouth cookie. It also cooks nicely with a soft center and crisp edges. However, the dough spreads a little too much, so it’s not the most attractive cookie in the world. It would be nice if it held its shape just a little more.
Kroger Break ‘n Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
The cookie most similar to Nestle in taste was the Kroger cookie. The taste was almost indistinguishable from the Nestle cookie, and the Kroger cookie held its shape better. However, I would recommend checking it a little earlier than the package states because it was just a smidge too crunchy when baked at the stated cook time. I think if you took it out of the oven just 30 seconds to 1 minute shy of the recommended cook time the cookie would be just a little softer with better texture.
Immaculate Gluten Free Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough
This is actually a pretty good cookie dough for anyone who needs to eat gluten-free. In the past, many gluten free baked goods had a weird texture or were bland, but these were nice and soft, held their shape, and tasted like chocolate chip cookies should. You can tell they’re a little different from a standard chocolate chip cookie (maybe the dough is a little sweeter?) but the difference wasn’t super obvious.
Annie’s Organic Chocolate Chunk Bake & Share Dough
The special thing about the Annie’s cookie is that it’s organic. If all organic ingredients are not important to you, I really don’t recommend these. The cookie browned unevenly and was crispier than I prefer. I also wasn’t a huge fan of the taste. It wasn’t terrible but it definitely wasn’t great.
Sweet Loren’s Chocolate Chunk Place & Bake Cookie Dough
This was probably my least favorite cookie, even though I really wanted to like it. It tasted like raisins, which I cannot stand. The whole grain dough was better than I thought it would be. The cookies had a good texture, with crispiness on the edges and chewy on the inside. However, these were not good at all with milk, which is a deal breaker for me.