Raw chocolate chip cookie dough is delicious but sadly not very safe to eat. Instead of trying to decide if it’s worth the risks make this safe and edible chocolate chip cookie dough instead!
I’ve been baking cookies for as long as I can remember and while I was also taught at a young age that raw eggs weren’t terribly safe I ate my fair share of raw cookie dough. It’s delicious, by the spoonful or in ice cream.
So what are you to do? Risk being horribly sick or never eat raw cookie dough again? Lately I’ve seen my friends post photos of edible cookie dough you can buy. This reminded me that I’ve made eggless cookie dough in the past and it’s really easy.
It’s Not Just the Eggs That Aren’t Safe
Before we get to the recipe we need to address the fact that it’s not just raw eggs that can make you sick, the flour can be an issue as well.
Last year there was a recall of flour for e.coli and the FDA started warning people of the risks of eating raw flour.
“Flour is derived from a grain that comes directly from the field and typically is not treated to kill bacteria,” says Leslie Smoot, Ph.D., a senior advisor in FDA’s Office of Food Safety and a specialist in the microbiological safety of processed foods. So if an animal heeds the call of nature in the field, bacteria from the animal waste could contaminate the grain, which is then harvested and milled into flour.” – read more
Normally when using flour we are cooking it in some way which kills the bacteria. This of course doesn’t happen when we eat raw cookie dough.
I’ll be honest, I’ve never considered this much until recently. Even when I made this batch of cookie dough I forgot about this advisory. Like raw eggs most of the time we won’t get sick and even if we do most healthy people will be okay. But it’s not really worth the risk.
Making Safe Cookie Dough
I know it’s sounding like I’m saying never eat raw cookie dough but there is still a way! You can microwave your flour or the method I will be trying, you can toast the flour. It looks very simple and could easily be done while you mix up your other ingredients.
While I personally feel comfortable eating raw egg if I know where the eggs came from and how they have been handled, this is still not advised. Even I would skip if I was pregnant, a child, or had a chronic illness that could put me at more of a risk.
However, the best way to avoid the risk all together is to skip the eggs. They aren’t in the cookie dough for flavor anyway. This recipe uses a bit of milk to help make up for the moisture lost from the lack of eggs.
With these small changes you can have a delicious cookie dough without risking your health. The best of both worlds.
- Cute Mixing Bowl (yes this is helpful!)
- Cookie Scoop
- Wax Paper
- Cookie Sheet
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon milk (or water)
- 2 cups flour
- chocolate chips (to taste)
- Cream butter and sugar.
- Mix in vanilla, salt and milk.
- Mix in flour, adding more milk if too dry.
- Mix in chocolate chips.
- Eat as is or roll into balls and freeze.