Whats the best part of making cookies? Some might say its the delicious smell that wafts through the house. Others might say its the fun of making treats from scratch and a few smart cookies will say its getting to eat the end products. But there are those of us who think the best part of making cookies is eating the cookie dough. Im pretty sure we can all remember sneaking a bit of raw dough, only to be scolded that it could make us sick because of the raw eggs.

Well, here comes vegan cookie dough to the rescue! There are no eggs so the raw cookie dough is perfectly safe to eat. In fact, raw vegan cookie dough is so delicious, you may want to skip the whole baking part and just eat the dough as is. Just look at these 12 Egg-Free Cookie Dough Recipes that let you lick the bowl and skip the oven. Who said eating vegan is limiting? When you leave the eggs out, you get extra ways to eat cookie dough. Heres how to make your own vegan cookie dough at home.

1. Classic (Almost)

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Ice CreamA classic recipe for cookies includes sugar, flour, butter, eggs, vanilla, milk, baking soda, and maybe, chocolate. You can make cookie dough using the classic recipe but just leave out the things you dont need like eggs and baking soda and swap out the butter and milk for dairy-free versions. All you have to do is mix flour (try using coconut flour for a sweet flavor), sugar (whatever type of sweetener you like), non-dairy milk, vanilla, and a banana to hold it all together. Then add chocolate, peanut butter, or whatever flavors you want.

This Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Ice Cream starts out with a homemade cookie dough that is simple to make. It has coconut oil, peanut butter, brown sugar, flour, vanilla, almond milk, and chocolate chips. It couldnt be simpler. Be sure to also try this 6-Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough for One, Cookie Dough Pops, Cookie Dough Popsicles, Cookie Dough Blondies, and these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cups.

2. Chickpeas

Maca Almond Butter Cookie Dough 1We all know chickpeas are magical and can be used to make everything from breakfast to dessert. Well, it turns out they can also be used to make cookie dough! All you have to do is take a can of drained and rinsed chickpeas and blend them in a food processor with milk, some type of sweetener, vanilla, and whatever other ingredients you want such as a nut butter or chocolate. In no time, youll have a treat that is so healthy, you can feel good eating it for breakfast.

This Brownie Brittle with Chickpea Cookie Dough Dip has a cookie dough that mixes chickpeas, almond butter, almond milk, maple syrup, and a few other ingredients. Youll also want to try these Chickpea Cookie Dough Bites, Maca Almond Butter Chickpea Cookie Dough, Chocolate-Covered Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Sandwich, and this delicious and easy Chickpea Cookie Dough.

3. Vegetables

Chocolate Cookie Dough Cups 3Vegetables in cookies? Sure, after all, plant-based eating is all about the veggies. You probably know that you can use puréed veggies like pumpkin and squash in baking and now you can add cookie dough to that list. These Cookie Dough Chocolate Pops are made with sweet potatoes, chocolate, spices, oat flour, and almond milk. No one will ever know those potatoes are in there.

Youve had black bean brownies, right? Well, it makes sense that you can make cookie dough the same way you can make brownies with beans. Black beans have such a neutral taste and the perfect texture for desserts. Try this Chocolate Cookie Dough Dip that is made with black beans, nut butter, cocoa powder, and almond milk. Serve it up with a plate of crackers for dipping and watch it disappear!

4. Nuts and Nut Butters

Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough Nut ButterIve already mentioned using nut butters in the cookie dough recipes. Not only does it add amazing nutty flavor but it adds creaminess, fat, and stickiness to the mix. The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough in this recipe is made with peanut butter plus just a few other ingredients. Or instead of adding nut butter to your cookie dough, try making nut butter from your cookie dough. This Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough Nut Butter has chocolate chunks, almonds for sweetness, walnuts for richness and thickness, and pecans for a caramel-like flavor. Eat it right out of the jar or try it on apples, bananas, or cookies!

5. Protein Boost

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Breakfast Parfait [Gluten-Free]Just because cookie dough is an irresistible treat, that doesnt mean it cant also be healthy. Its all about balance, right? Adding some extra protein is a great way to feel better about indulging in a sweet treat. These Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Balls are made with oats, flax, and almonds plus they have maca and protein powder to boot. These are a high-energy, high-protein, and they double as dessert. What could be better!?

This Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Parfait is a healthy, vegan, and nutrient-dense breakfast recipe that will feel like youre eating dessert. It is a vegan, no-bake cookie dough that uses a blend of almond flour, quinoa flakes, almond butter, coconut oil, and just hint of maple syrup for a low-glycemic, healthy cookie-like treat. Then the cookie dough bites are layered between more layers of a yogurt-chia mixture. Basically, each bite of this decadent breakfast is good for you!

All those years of being told not to eat the raw cookie dough are now over! Get in the kitchen and whip up a few recipes for cookie dough. Put it in ice cream, make breakfast with it, use it as a dip, or just eat it with a spoon. Vegan cookie dough is so delicious, you may never actually bake cookies again!