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Sometimes there isn’t a ton of time to make fresh cookie dough so you have to go for the store-bought tube. Sometimes having someone else make the dough isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There are actually a lot of clever things you can do with it besides just baking up regular cookies. Have you ever thought about stuffing it into cupcakes or making cookie dough truffles? It is all possible! Here are some of our favorite things to make with store-bought cookie dough. What are yours?

— thenaptimechef, Babble

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough-Stuffed Cupcakes

Stuff cupcakes with your favorite cookie dough and everyone will go wild.

Make chocolate chip cookie dough-stuffed cupcakes.

Cookie Dough Truffles

Store-bought cookie dough is perfect for making into tasty truffles for a decadent party treat.

Make cookie dough truffles.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cups

Bake your favorite store-bought chocolate chip cookie dough in mini-muffin cups to make these sweet ice cream bowls!

Make chocolate chip cookie dough cups.

Peppermint Pie with Sugar Cookie Crust

Use sugar cookie dough as a pie crust and fill it with your favorite ice cream!

Make peppermint pie with sugar cookie crust.

Peanut Butter Reese's Pieces Cookie Cake

Press peanut butter cookie dough into a skillet, stud it with your favorite candy, and make a fun, festive cake in minutes!

Make peanut butter cookie cake.

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9 Easy Treats That Start With Refrigerated Sugar Cookie Dough

Slice and bake is just the start. Nicole McLaughlin, aka NicoleMcmom, shows you what else you can create with packaged sugar cookie dough.

Sugar cookie dough is an easy, affordable shortcut ingredient you can turn into all kinds of treats — from lemon bars to pizza, truffles, and so much more. Here are nine ways Nicole likes to use packaged sugar cookie dough as the starting point for creativity in the kitchen.

1. Lemon Bars

Sugar cookie dough makes the perfect bottom crust for your favorite lemon bar recipe. Nicole simply slices the roll of sugar cookie dough and presses the disks into an even layer in a baking dish. Bake the crust and filling following lemon bar recipe directions.

2. Dessert Pizza

Press a package of sugar cookie dough into a pizza pan to create the soft and chewy bottom crust for a delightful fruit pizza spread with sweetened cream cheese and topped with a decorative pattern of fresh fruit and berries. Nicole takes it one step further by brushing on a coat of marmalade for a glossy finish.

3. Turtles Cookies

Nicole uses refrigerated sugar cookie dough as a shortcut ingredient when she makes these Turtles Cookies. Roll balls of sugar cookie dough in chopped pecans, and use the end of a wooden spoon handle to make an indentation in each cookie. Bake following recipe directions, then fill the indentation with caramel and drizzle with melted chocolate.

4. Cookie Sticks

Knead ¼ cup all-purpose flour into the sugar cookie dough. Place the dough on a sheet of parchment paper. Roll out dough into a rectangle, cut into sticks, and bake at 350 degrees F for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the edges start to turn golden brown. (No need to separate the sticks before baking.) Cool for a few minutes and then recut the pieces. After the sticks have cooled completely, dip the ends in melted white chocolate and sprinkle with cookie sprinkles or coarse sugar. Let the melted chocolate firm up before serving.

5. Pie Crust

Press dough into a pie plate and bake following package directions. Fill it with your favorite no-bake pie ingredients, chill, and serve.

6. Dessert Cookie Cups

Here&aposs an idea using the sugar cookie dough that comes packaged in ready-to-bake portions. Press one piece of dough into the bottom and sides of each well of a mini muffin pan. Bake following package directions. Cool and remove the cups from the pan. Fill with the no-bake filling of your choice. Nicole piped in no-bake cheesecake filling and topped each one with a fresh berry.

7. Muffins/Cupcakes

Combine a roll of sugar cookie dough with ¾ cup self-rising flour, 1 can pumpkin purພ, and 2 eggs. Mix into a smooth batter. Scoop the batter into a lined cupcake pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 18 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool and top with a generous swirl of cream cheese frosting.

8. Cake

For a double layered cake, you&aposll need two rolls of cookie dough and two 8-inch cake pans lined with parchment paper. Press one roll of cookie dough into an even layer in a cake pan. Repeat, pressing the second roll of cookie dough into the second cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool and remove from cake pan. Let cookie/cake cool completely before layering and decorating with the frosting of your choice.

9. Truffles

Slice sugar cookie dough into rounds and bake, following package instructions. Cool the cookies and break them up into pieces. Place the pieces into a food processor with 2 tablespoons cream cheese. Process into a smooth dough. Roll into balls, and dip in melted chocolate. Place the dipped balls onto waxed paper and top with the candy sprinkles of your choice.

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11 Surprising Things You Can Do With Store Bought Cookie Dough

If you’re in something of a baking rut, exhausted by sourdough starters or just generally sick of making stuff from scratch, welcome. Some of us have been here for a hot minute. Here, in this baking safe haven, we are ready and willing to acknowledge the fact that there are plenty of recipe hacks for store-bought cookie dough. So, put down that bag of flour — we’re going full Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee.

We needn’t reinvent the wheel especially when that wheel is made of cookie dough. There’s the classic Toll House break-apart cookies. There’s the Pillsbury tube of sugar cookie dough. From there, there’s pretty much every iteration of cookie dough your sweet tooth could dream of. There’s cookie dough inspired by Frozen II. There’s cookie dough with marshmallow pieces. There’s cookie dough with Oreo crumbles, cookie dough with rainbow M&M minis, cookie dough with Reese’s peanut butter, Funfetti cookie dough, even cookie dough infused with pumpkin spice. There is a pre-made, store-bought cookie dough for any and all of your cookie dough dreams.

Honestly, the most difficult part of most of these recipes is deciding which pre-made cookie dough to go with. Once you’ve got your store-bought dough tube of choice, all you’ll need to do is pick from one of the 11 recipe ideas for pre-made cookie dough that aren't your standard cookies.

6 New Uses for Store-Bought Pie Crust

What You'll Need: 1 store-bought pie crust + Nutella & strawberry jam (or any filling you want) + egg wash (1 egg + 1 teaspoon water) + 1 cup confectioners' sugar + 1 teaspoon vanilla extract + 2 tablespoons milk.

What to Do: Using a rectangle cookie cutter or ruler, cut out rectangles from your pie dough. Place half of the rectangles on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Place 1 tablespoon of filling on each of these rectangles. Top each with matching rectangle and crimp edges together with a fork. Brush tops with egg wash and bake for 10 to 12 minutes in a 350 degrees F oven, until tops are golden brown. Cool completely on a baking rack. For the vanilla glaze, combine the confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract and milk until smooth. Pour glaze onto the cooled pop tarts and top with colorful sprinkles.

Apple Galette

What You'll Need: 1 store-bought pie crust + 2 large apples (peeled, cored and thinly sliced) + 2 tablespoons brown sugar + 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon + 1 teaspoon cornstarch + 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice

What to Do: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, combine the apples, sugar, cinnamon, cornstarch and lemon juice. Toss to combine. Pour the apple mixture onto the center of the crust, leaving a 1-inch border around the sides. Gently overlap the dough and pinch to keep the folds together. Lightly brush egg wash (1 egg + 1 teaspoon water) on the edge of the dough, and sprinkle with the turbinado sugar. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and apples are tender. Cool on baking sheet on a wire rack.

Pie "Fries" with Fruit Dips

What You'll Need: 1 store-bought pie crust + melted butter + cinnamon-sugar mixture (1/4 cup sugar + 1 teaspoon cinnamon) + your favorite fruit preserves for dipping

What to Do: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Using pizza cutter, cut 1-inch-by-4-inch strips. Transfer the strips to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden brown. Cool completely before enjoying.

Hand Pies

What You'll Need: 1 store-bought pie crust + store-bought blueberry pie filling + 3-inch cookie cutter + egg wash (1 egg + 1 teaspoon water) + turbinado sugar

What to Do: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Using a 3-inch cookie cutter, cut out circles on rolled dough. Place dough circles onto a parchment-lined pan. Add 1/2 teaspoon of pie filling. Fold over dough and start crimping edges with a fork. Brush tops with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack before enjoying.

Taco Empanadas

What You'll Need: 1 store-bought pie crust + your favorite taco meat recipe + corn + cheddar cheese + egg wash (1 egg + 1 teaspoon water) + chipotle powder

What to Do: Combine taco meat and corn in a small bowl set aside. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Using a 3-inch cookie cutter, cut out circles on rolled dough. Place dough circles onto a parchment-lined pan. Add 1/2 teaspoon of taco filling and sprinkle cheddar cheese. Fold over dough and start crimping edges with a fork. Brush tops with egg wash and sprinkle with chipotle powder. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely on a wire rack before enjoying.

Mini Chicken Pot Pies

What You'll Need: 1 store-bought pie crust + your favorite chicken pot pie filling recipe

What to Do: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Using a 2 1/2-inch round cutter, cut out circles from pie dough and lightly press them into the inside of an ungreased muffin pan. Spoon 1 teaspoon of your chicken pot pie mixture into each muffin cup. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack before enjoying.

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Fake 'til you bake it: Make store-bought dough next-level by mixing in fun ingredients like: M&Ms, pretzels, candy canes, chocolate-covered espresso beans, sweetened shredded coconut, candied orange zest, dried cranberries, crumbled cooked bacon, potato chips, toffee bits, sprinkles, pistachios, or silver dragées.

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Sugar cookies are the easiest pie dough you've never made.

Two store-bought favorites at once? Count us in.

This basic cookie dough recipe skips the eggs and instead uses sour cream in its base to keep them soft and moist. Bake as directed, or as use as a starter for one our other cookie dough-based dessert recipes!

Get the taste of a classic holiday cookie in a cool, creamy bowl of festive, sprinkle-flecked ice cream.

Sugar cookie dough, white chocolate, and a sprinkle of cinnamon make up these easy, no-cook cookie dough truffles.

These adorable mini tarts have a sweet, cookie dough crust, and are filled with banana, toffee, and rich chocolate goodness.

Decadent dark chocolate, a layer of luscious butterscotch, and a sinful splash of rum make this a shortbread cookie fit for a "bajillionaire" (or anyone else you deem worthy).

The Pros and Cons of Using Pre-Made Dough

Perhaps the biggest pro of store-bought dough is that it’s super convenient. Many doughs, particularly puff pastry, can be kept in the freezer for several weeks, so there’s no need to start from scratch when you need to bake a quick appetizer or dessert.

Many frozen pie crusts are also pre-rolled and sized to fit a 9 in. pie pan (some even come in a pan), so baking dessert is as easy as dropping in your favorite fruit filling and popping it in the oven. Frozen pie crusts are also much sturdier than their homemade counterpart, making them a great option for making cut-outs and designs on your top crust.

Store-bought dough is also versatile and is great for experimenting with flavors and recipes. I love using premade pizza dough to make cinnamon rolls, and frozen croissant dough can be made savory (with garlic and butter) or sweet (with sugar and cinnamon).

While frozen dough is convenient and easy to use, there’s no denying that it may not taste as good as the homemade version. Homemade dough often has more nutrients and an overall better flavor, but with a little seasoning and some TLC, you can fool anyone by using a store-bought dough!

6 Hacks to Make Store-Bought Cookie Dough Even Better

Sure, store-bought cookie dough is pretty OK, but if you stuff it with other treats you have in your kitchen, it gets great. Chocolate cookies are good, but chocolate cookies filled with peanut butter cups are better. Chocolate chip cookies are good, but chocolate chip cookies stuffed with Oreo cookies are beyond. It's time to get crazy with your cookies.

The recipes below use either chocolate cookie dough or chocolate chip cookie dough as the base. Just make a cookie dough ball, flatten it out, and then wrap the dough around whatever you are stuffing the cookie with. Wet fingers help if the dough starts to get sticky. Bake as you normally would for cookies. If you don't want to use store-bought dough and need a good chocolate cookie dough recipe, follow this crazy-easy and delicious recipe using cake mix. And, if you don't already have a favorite recipe, this chocolate chip cookie dough is perfect for stuffing.

1. Chocolate Cookie Dough + Peanut Butter Cups = Chocolate PB Middles

2. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough + Caramels = Caramel-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

3. Chocolate Cookie Dough + Mint Chocolates = Mint Chocolate Cookies

4. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough + Oreos = Oreo-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

5. Chocolate Cookie Dough + Rolos = Chocolate Rolo Cookies

6. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough + Mini Marshmallows = S'Mores Cookies

Jane Maynard is a food blogger at ThisWeek for Dinner and Babble, a writer and designer, and a lover of all things chocolate.

Add spice to your dough.

You can upgrade your cookie dough by adding spices to it, said Tracy Wilk, lead chef at the Institute of Culinary Education. This can lead to a warm, spicy cookie.

To do so, combine ground cinnamon, ginger, and sugar, and then roll your balls of cookie dough in the mix before baking.

If you're feeling extra bold, you can even spice up your cookies with a sprinkling of cayenne pepper, suggested Jackie Newgent, chef, culinary nutritionist, cooking coach, and author of "The Clean and Simple Diabetes Cookbook."

Easy Cookie Recipes

1. Easy Vanilla Sugar Cookies

Sugar cookies are a must in every baker&rsquos kitchen, and this ultra-easy sugar cookie recipe is sure to please. This recipe saves time, since the cookies don&rsquot require rolling, but still delivers that warm, recognizable sugar cookie flavor thanks to McCormick® All Natural Pure Vanilla Extract.

Want some more sugar cookie recipes? Try these as well:

2. Maple Creme Cookies

These sandwich cookies look fancier than your standard cookie. But we promise, they&rsquore just as easy to make. The creamy maple filling calls for just a few ingredients &ndash butter, powdered sugar, and maple extract &ndash and comes together in minutes. The sandwich cookies? Just as simple. If you&rsquore short of time, take a shortcut by using store-bought sugar cookie mix instead, and simply add McCormick® Maple Extract for maple flavor.

Try baking some of our other favorite crème cookies:

3. Peanut Butter Cinnamon Cookies

Seeking an easy peanut butter cookie recipe? This one&rsquos a breeze &ndash with cinnamon both mixed into the dough and topping each cookie. While this recipe takes a little planning, since you need to chill the dough for 2 hours, it requires just 15 minutes of prep time.

Love peanut butter and cinnamon? Well here's some more:

4. Easy Lemon Cookie Truffles

&ldquoEasy&rdquo and &ldquotruffles&rdquo may not seem like they go together. But this fancy-looking dessert is almost-deceptively simple. Simply dress up store-bought sugar cookie dough with marshmallow crème, lemon extract and white chocolate, and you&rsquove got an impressive dessert on the table in just 20 minutes. And if lemon&rsquos not your thing? Try these Easy Chocolate Raspberry Cookie Truffles, instead.

Feeling adventurous with baking truffles? Here are some more to choose from:

5. Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies

You can&rsquot go wrong with classic chocolate chip cookies &ndash and they don&rsquot get much simpler than this recipe. This easy chocolate chip cookie recipe gets added flavor from pure vanilla extract, while chopped walnuts add both richness and texture. They&rsquore delicious on their own, or as a base for simple homemade ice cream sandwiches.

More chocolate is always a great answer. Try these tasty chocolate cookie recipes:

6. Easy Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint cookies are just so cute &ndash and, thankfully, they&rsquore also very simple to make. You can whip up these Eggnog Thumbprint Cookies from scratch in under an hour. Or use pre-made cookie dough as a shortcut.

Try making thumbprint cookies out of store-bought chocolate chip dough, topped with a dollop of hazelnut spread or a chocolate kiss. Or transform store-bought oatmeal cookie dough into a decadent thumbprint cookie by adding a square of caramel and a dash of sea salt.

Have fun making these thumbprint cookies too:

7. Easy Store-Bought Cookie Upgrades

Really short on time? Pick up a pack of store-bought cookie mix or cookie dough, then make a few tweaks to add a homemade touch. Give any store-bought cookie dough an added depth of flavor with a few drops of extract. Dress up shortbread or sugar cookies with lemon or orange extract, or use pure peppermint extract to upgrade double chocolate cookies.

Of course, you can add your own mix-ins too. Oatmeal, shredded coconut or toffee pieces add interest to shortbread, sugar cookie or chocolate chip cookie dough, while a dash of espresso powder adds rich mocha flavor to chocolate cookies.

Hy-Vee Recipes and Ideas

Start with store-bought cookie dough and get straight to the fun part—mix-ins, toppings, and fun holiday flavors.

Lemon Thumbprints

1. Lightly grease cookie sheets set aside.

2. Combine 1 (15.25-ounce) box moist supreme lemon cake mix, ¼ cup Hy-Vee canola oil, 2 tablespoons water, 1 teaspoon lemon zest and 2 tablespoons lemon juice in a medium bowl. Refrigerate dough for 10 minutes.

3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets. Press thumb into the center of each cookie.

4. Bake for 11 minutes. Remove cookies from oven. If the cookie centers have pued up during baking, re-press with the back of a small spoon.

5. Fill cookie centers with lemon curd. Return cookies to oven and bake for 2 to 3 minutes more or until set.

6. Cool on cookie sheets for 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks and cool. If desired, garnish cookie centers with lemon zest and dust cookies with Hy-Vee powdered sugar. Makes 30.

Yeti Chow Cookies

1. Prepare 1 (16-ounce) package of Hy-Vee Select peanut butter cup cookie dough and bake according to package directions.

2. Combine ½ cup Hy-Vee creamy peanut butter and ½ cup Hy-Vee unsalted butter, softened, in a small saucepan. Stir in 1 cup Hy-Vee semisweet chocolate chips.

3. Cook over low heat until mixture is smooth and creamy. Stir in 1 teaspoon Hy-Vee vanilla extract.

4. Coat cooled cookies with chocolate mixture, then coat with Hy-Vee powdered sugar. Makes 16.

Amazing Turtles

1. Combine 32-ounces of refrigerated chocolate cookie dough, softened, with chips and ½ cup Hy-Vee chopped pecans.

2. Bake cookies according to package directions.

3. Combine 1 (12.5-ounce) bag Hy-Vee caramels and ½ cup Hy-Vee half-and-half in a small saucepan.

4. Cook and stir over low heat until caramels are melted and mixture is smooth.

5. Drizzle caramel mixture over cooled cookies and top each with a candied pecan. Makes 60.

Ombré Sugar Cookies

1. Combine 1 (16.5-ounce) package refrigerated sugar cookie dough, softened, with ¼ cup Hy-Vee all-purpose flour. Divide dough into three portions. Tint portions with increased amounts of Hy-Vee red or green food coloring to get the ombré e­ ect. Roll each portion into a log.

2. Spray work surface with Hy-Vee nonstick cooking spray. Arrange logs, side by side, from lightest to darkest on prepared work surface. Using a rolling pin, gently roll on top of logs to form a rectangle. Wrap rolled dough tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 10 minutes.

3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut rolled dough crosswise into 1⁄4-inch-thick slices. Place slices 2 inches apart on cookie sheets and bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies are set. Cool on cookie sheets for 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks and cool. Makes 20 to 24 cookies.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease cookie sheets set aside.

2. Combine 32-ounces of refrigerated chocolate cookie dough with chips, softened, with ½ cup mini cinnamon baking chips.

3. Combine ½ cup Hy-Vee sugar, ¼ cup Hy-Vee baking cocoa, ½ teaspoon Hy-Vee Saigon ground cinnamon and ¼ to ½ teaspoon Hy-Vee cayenne pepper in a shallow dish.

4. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll in sugar mixture. Place balls 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheets.

5. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until set. Cool on cookie sheets for 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks and cool. Sprinkle with Hy-Vee cayenne pepper. Makes 60.

Frosted Eggnog Cookies

1. Prepare 1 (17.5-ounce) package Hy-Vee sugar cookie mix according to package directions, except add 1½ teaspoons Hy-Vee ground nutmeg and 1 teaspoon rum extract.

2. Combine 1 (16-ounce) can Hy-Vee creamy buttercream frosting and 1 teaspoon rum extract spread frosting on cooled cookies and sprinkle with additional Hy-Vee ground nutmeg. Makes 16.

Minty Chocolate Chip Cookies

1. Prepare 1 (14-ounce) package refrigerated mint chocolate chip cookie dough according to directions on the package.

2. Sprinkle with chopped peppermint patties candy during last 2 minutes of baking. Makes 24.

Peppermint Bark Cookies

1. Prepare 1 (17.5-ounce) package double chocolate chunk cookie mix according to package directions.

2. Melt 1 cup chopped vanilla almond bark according to package directions until melted.

3. Dip cooled cookies into melted almond bark until coated.

4. Sprinkle with crushed Hy-Vee Classic peppermint twist candy. Makes 16.