This Table for One recipe was inspired by my favorite ice cream flavor, chocolate chip cookie dough. (You heard of it?) As much as I adore the Ben & Jerry's pint, I've always felt cheated in the cookie dough department. Maybe it's my exorbitant greed (or my general love of soft, grainy, pillowy things), but the little dough balls are certainly my favorite part of the ice cream. Which led me to wonder: What if I developed an edible cookie dough recipe that was just the balls—and nothing else? Thus, my chocolate chip cookie dough for one was born.
One very important note about this recipe: To make cookie dough edible, i.e. safe to eat raw, be sure to heat-treat the flour. Everyone thinks raw eggs are the issue, but really it's the flour. In 2016, the FDA and CDC investigated an E. coli outbreak and learned that field products like flour can carry diseases if untreated. But there's nothing to fret. All you have to do is microwave your flour for a minute (to 165°F), and you're good to go.
For added salt and crunch (and because I seem to always have mostly-empty bags of Ruffles crumbs), this edible cookie dough recipe calls for a tablespoon of potato chips. And as a reminder, this is a recipe for edible cookie dough, not chocolate chip cookies—so you should not try to bake the final dough balls into actual cookies. —Eric Kim
Eric Kim is the Table for One columnist at Food52. Formerly the managing editor at Food Network and a PhD candidate in literature at Columbia University, he is currently working on his first cookbook, to be published by Clarkson Potter in Spring 2022. His favorite writers are William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, and Ernest Hemingway, but his hero is Nigella Lawson. You can find his bylines at Saveur, Bon Appétit, and The New York Times and follow him on Twitter @ericjoonho. Born and raised in Georgia, Eric lives in a tiny shoebox in Manhattan with his dog, Quentin "Q" Compson.