Making Cookie Dough with the Ninja Mega Kitchen System




Welcome to Part Two of my Ninja Mega Kitchen System review, which is more of a “how to” at this point. (Missed Part One? Check out the Juicing post here).

When I asked for requests of things to make with the new Ninja Mega Kitchen System, behind whole vegetable juice, the second most popular request was for cookie or bread dough. Truth be told, you don’t really have to twist my arm to make cookies.So, here we are, ready to make some cookie dough!

I took the lazy way out with a cookie mix since I wanted to make gluten free cookies and wanted to make sure they would come out okay without endless trial and error. But, I’m sure you have a favorite cookie recipe and can imagine this being that recipe. Winking smile

For this project, I chose the Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough mix (which, we found out, makes a tasty and crisp cookie that doesn’t fall apart). It only requires three things:

1) 1/2 cup Butter
2) One Egg
3) Mix

I could handle those items!

The principles for making cookies are the same, regardless of your recipe, so I outlined them below in step-by-step fashion.

Making Cookie Dough in the Ninja Mega

For this process, you’ll want the 64 ounce bowl (which is more like a traditional food processor) and the dough blade (plastic.) I followed the directions on the cookie mix, which was written for an electric mixer.

Step 1: Cream Butter

I added 1/2 cup butter into the bowl and then blended on “1” (Dough) until soft.

Before creaming.
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After creaming. 
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Step 2: Add Wet Ingredients and Combine

In this case, I only needed to add one egg and 2 tablespoons of water, and then blended on “1” for 30 seconds.

Add egg and water.
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After combining egg and water. 
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Step 3: Add Dry Ingredients and Combine

Thanks to the convenience of the mix, adding the dry ingredients simply meant pouring in the bag of Bob’s Red Mill mix. I then blended on “1” for a bit shy of 2 minutes (the instructions said go for 2 minutes) because it was clear the machine was done mixing. You’’ll know it’s done with the pitch of the motor changes – it gets substantially higher. You may have to stop mid-way and push down the sides of the bowl, not unlike in a food processor or stand mixer. I stopped at the one minute mark and did this.

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The Ninja Mega has suction cups that allow you to lock down the blender to the counter, and I can see the value here – with the power, you really do need to lock it down before blending dough.

Step 4: Drop by Tablespoon and Bake

These cookies required 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

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Step 5: Enjoy!

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When I noted I was making “gluten free” cookies, my live-in Cookie Monster, AKA, 2Chili, was not so into this idea. However, this tweet says it all!

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Bottom Line: Go from zero to cookie dough in about three minutes, with very easy clean up (just rinse the bowl and blade and pop in the dishwasher).

Was this easier than using a spoon and mixing by hand? Yes, very much so.
Was this easier than using an electric mixer? Yep, and less mess too, from all the stuff that could (and does) fly out of the bowl while using an electric beater.
Was this easier than using a stand mixer? Eh, I’d say it’s equal if you have a nice stand mixer. But, if you have a nice stand mixer, you’re probably fairly serious about your dough and wouldn’t need this more multi-purpose system to make cookies!

Thanks for reading, and let me know your questions, as always!

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Just So You Know: I have absolutely no affiliation with the Ninja Kitchen folks. I bought this system for my own purposes and to share my honest thoughts with you about its performance. I receive no compensation or consideration for my opinions.

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