Blondie No Bake Dough Bites {Vanilla Gorilla Poop} and a Gourmet Cookie Giveaway

Blondie No Bake Dough Bites; Vanilla Gorilla Poop

Let’s be real here.

I just saw a “Summer To-Do List” on Pinterest.

I tried it last year and half failed. . . or half succeeded if you’re an optimist. And it was more like 85% failed, 15% succeeded. . . . But I’m no mathematician. I can’t be exact.

I’m not going to get all lofty and over ambitious.

This year, I’m going to list a bunch of obvious “to-do’s” so I feel good about myself. Then I’ll sprinkle in one or two challenges and see if I can make them happen.

High aspirations folks. . . I have them.

Let’s see. . . .

1. Clean out excess clutter from every room/zone and closet in the house.  This doesn’t count as overly ambitious – I’m already a quarter of the way done, so I have a head start.  Plus, since my house is driving me borderline crazy, I have not choice but to do it.

Speaking of cleaning closets – i.e. the kitchen pantry – have you ever tasted a rancid macadamia nut? No? Lucky you.

I just did.

Let’s not talk about it.

2. Play with the kids.

3. Set up play dates for the kids. 

4. Cut the grass.

5. Cook dinners.

Eeeee!!! I’m SO already doing this list!

6. See Monsters University or Despicable Me 2. (I’m serious about keeping it real – there is no way I’ll swing both.)

7. Mail all the packages I’ve been meaning to mail for the last ummm, three months. 

8. Send my niece and nephew their birthday gifts. . . Pretend with me that their birthdays were not in February. . . .

9. Go to the pool and beach.

10. Read good books. 

11. Experiment with fruity cocktails.

12. Organize that stupid milk crate of newspaper clippings and photographs that I’ve toted with me to every house I’ve ever lived in for the last 17 years of my life. (I actually dove into it head first the other night. Again – head start. . . . )

13. Eat more salad.

14. Revamp the blog. . . (Uh, this one spikes my blood pressure a little bit. Not a mathematician, and NOT a computer whiz.)

15. Bake cookies. Wait, DON’T bake cookies!

Yes!!    Don’t.      Bake.       Cookies!

Do you remember No Bake Cookies? My sister made them for us a couple of summers ago, and when I told my friend Eliza about them she told me that when she was a kid, her family used to call them Gorilla Poop.

Ahhh. It’s just so Eliza.Blondie No Bake Dough Bites; Vanilla Gorilla Poop; oats, cream cheese, butter, white chocolate

You have to know her.

This is the girl who serves up her famous Monkey Vomit Pasta with a wry grin and shares her leftover Cream of Mushroom Soup with you while telling  you not to think about what the blended up gray matter looks like.

Naturally, I assumed that Gorilla Poop was a term unique to Eliza and her siblings.

Not so. You can Google “Gorilla Poop Cookies” and you get the classic recipe.

The thing is, I feel like I’ve been there done that. I’ve done peanut butter and chocolate bars and cookies. . . twice, I’ve done chocolate chocolate cookies, and I’ve done oat,nut, and chocolate chip cookies.

Honestly, I just like rhyme of Vanilla Gorilla. And, well, if I kept Poop in the name, Eliza would be proud.

The thing is, I’m pretty sure it’d be more mature of me to make the official recipe name, “Blondie No Bake Dough Bites”.

Humph. That’s where fancy brackets come in handy. {I’m not really saying it. But I’m saying it.} . . . {Poop}.Blondie No Bake Dough Bites; Vanilla Gorilla Poop

OK, so we’re not baking cookies.

We’re mixing, rolling, refrigerating, and pretty much indulging in sweet balls of cookie dough without any of that stuff you’re not supposed to eat raw. (Recipe follows the Rafflecopter window below).

That’s the route we’re taking if we want to make dessert ourselves.

BUT. . . .

If you’d just rather have some fancy schmancy cookies show up on your doorstep?

I have just the thing for you.

It’s my first ever co-hosted giveaway Folks, and I’m super excited to share it with you.

Gourmet Cookie Bouquets is giving away two Summer Cookie gifts valued at up to $75 each. Myself and nine other bloggers are hosting the contest, and  two lucky winners will get to choose from the bright and beautiful selections on this page.

If I were going to pick some summer cookies to send to you? I might go with these:

Springtime Garden Sugar Cookie Basket imageor these:

Corso's Just Beecause Bouquet image

 or maybe these:

Corso's Wildflowers Cookie Bouquet image

or because it’s summer, maybe these:

Sun-Sational Gift Tower image

Some things people are saying about them? They’re beautiful, delicious, and the cookies in the arrangements are individually wrapped and unexpectedly large.

Sounds like my kind of cookie.

Let’s face it, Friends.

It would be much nicer to find a sweet box of from Gourmet Cookie Bouquets on your front porch than a pile of Gorilla Poop.


To enter, here’s the nitty gritty:

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*Winners will be randomly chosen by the contest sponsor gourmet Cookie Bouquets.

*The winners will receive their choice of summer cookie gift valued at up to $75 from this summer bouquet page.

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Blondie No Bake Dough Bites {Vanilla Gorilla Poop} and a Gourmet Cookie Giveaway

Yield: about 30 balls (1 tablespoon each)


  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla exract
  • 3 1/3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips, vanilla chips, or any chips of your choice (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, pecans, or macadamia nuts (optional)
  • decorative sprinkles (optional)


Cream together cream cheese and butter until smooth.

Add in brown sugar, powdered sugar and salt. Cream together.

Add in milk and vanilla, mix until even.

Slowly add in rolled oats until mixed evenly.

Add in a little more oats if the dough is too runny.

With a spatula, fold in white chocolate chips and/or nuts if desired.

If you want to form into cookie shapes, drop tablespoonfuls of the dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet and refrigerate for at least an hour. However, because the dough does not set like a cookie, I recommend eating it with a spoon from the bowl :), or forming it into balls.

To make dough balls, refrigerate the dough for at least an hour. When the dough is cold, scoop by tablespoonful into clean hands and roll into balls. Place each ball in a mini paper muffin cup (optional), and store in single layers in a tupperware container lined with parchment. Separate layers of the dough balls with parchment. Cover and store in refregerator. If using decorative sprinkles, add them immediately after the balls are formed.


Sara| Home is Where The Cookies Are

35 thoughts on “Blondie No Bake Dough Bites {Vanilla Gorilla Poop} and a Gourmet Cookie Giveaway

  1. the patriotic gift box would be my selection. I’m not much of an icing fan so the not decorated cookies are calling me more than the decorated ones

  2. Poop! Just the word makes me LOL :)…I get the feeling I’d like your friend Eliza. And I love those sun & ice cream cone cookies. They’re sooo cute!

  3. I saw these beautiful blondies and knew I /had/ to grab the recipe! I’m looking around for the perfect dessert to bring to my Fourth of July family dinner and these could be exactly what I was looking for. I wonder if peanut butter chips would be a good add-in, as we have a lot of peanut butter fanatics (myself included). The cookie designs on are adorable! How can you pick one favorite? The ladybugs with the purple flowers catches my eye first though, as I have a long love affair with both (ask my relatives how sick they are of seeing me in purple and they’ll respond with an enthusiastic groan)~

    • Hi Rebecca! Yes – I’m sure peanut butter chips would be great! Just remember these need to be kept refrigerated, so I wouldn’t set them outside for any lenght of time (if your dinner is an outdoor bbq) – and they are soft dough bites, not cookies – don’t want you to end up with a melty mess on your hands. Try them out! Hope it gives you a good peanut butter fix! 😉

  4. Ok, are you serious? Cookie dough that’s meant to be eaten as dough? I’m so in. And the “Just Beeecause” cookies? You know those are me!

    • Ha! Yes, I thought about sending you the link just for those. And yes. Cookie dough that is intended to be eaten as dough. Perfect, right? Don’t even bother making balls. . . .

  5. If I were to pick a bouquet of cookies to send, maybe to an overly-opinionated hubby who thinks my sugar cookies taste like pancakes, I would send him the “Summer Fun” variety. Not that he’d deserve them, but maybe if his mouth was full of cookies, I maybe wouldn’t have to hear the inevitable Aunt Jemima jokes.

    • I hope you win some. I’d love see you stuff his face full of cookies! 😉 And, I’m pretty sure your cookies don’t taste like pancakes. I’ve had your cooking before there’s no way they’re bad!

  6. Ha – I love it! But you forgot to mention the barfsagna! My family has always said if I ever made a cookbook, it had better be picture-less 🙂 and maybe title-less as well…

    • Ha!! Oh my gosh! you’re right! I totally forgot the barfsagna!! I think you’re family is on to something. . . . 😉

    • Really? Is that all? Because when you say poop, I definitely think of more than that. Like rocks and casserole. . . .

  7. Wait, Ryan and Alli’s birthday’s already pasted? Crap, guess maybe I should get their gifts to them as well 🙂
    Love reading your blog and maybe one of these days I will be motivated enough to actually make some of the recipes on here.

  8. I like the cookie cakes and gift towers. I love all kinds of cookies! Sugar cookies, chocolate chip… I’d happily eat any cookies from any kind of cookie bouquet! Design-wise, the sock monkey makes me smile the biggest.

    • Um, yeah. You’re singing my song. I have a friend who says, “I’ve never met a cookie I don’t like.” Ah. The truth of those words!!

  9. Wow these look so tasty! And I love calling them gorilla poop. I feel like that would make it even more fun for kids. The patriotic cookie selection is the one I would go for, since it’s the season, and it would be a fun surprise for my husband whose birthday is July 4th!

  10. Yes! I love no-bake cookies! I was getting tired of the usual peanut butter chocolate drops too (Getting tired of peanut butter and chocolate? Can I even admit to that?). The only problem is that they look too easy to make… 🙂
    Your macadamia nut comment made me laugh. Spoiled nuts are not a pleasant experience.

  11. My first pick would have to be the sock monkey. This is the first sock monkey in multiple colors like that, I am used to the more traditional colors.

  12. I love the variety pack. Something for everyone because these are meant to be shared. What a great idea for a summer give away! Thanks for the chance to win a great prize! <3

  13. I’d love to win some cookies! And I got here from your microwave scrambled egg recipe…tried them this morning and I’m in love 🙂

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