How you doin’? Some bakers just can’t resist the urge to stick their finger in a bowl of raw cookie dough just to do a “quality” check—I sometimes do it myself even though I know the risks.
Even more concerning is giving in to the kiddies who want to lick the bowl and/or beaters. DON’T DO IT! Every time you do that, you're risking your health (or theirs) due to food-borne illness caused by harmful bacteria contained in raw, unbaked cookie dough. WARNING: There may be bacteria lurking in that batch of raw cookie dough. Learn the simple tricks that make raw, edible cookie dough safe to eat — and it's not just leaving out the eggs.
We used to think that the bacteria may be originating from raw eggs, so we created eggless (sometimes tasteless) cookie doughs. Yuck! We thought the way to make edible cookie dough safe to eat was to simply leave out the eggs. Some raw eggs can contain salmonella. But raw eggs alone are not the only problem. We’ve also discovered that E. coli can be viable in baking flour. Unbaked flour itself can contain E. coli contamination and can be just as damaging to your health as raw eggs. So, in short, it’s not advisable to eat raw cookie dough or other foods that use unbaked flour or raw eggs.
“But I want to make my favorite cookie dough ice cream! What can I do?” Don’t play Russian Cookie Dough Roulette! Here are some safety tips so you can have your raw cookie dough and eat it, too!
How To Pasteurize Flour
Kill the bacteria in the raw flour by heating it to at least 165⁰ F to pasteurize the flour. You can quickly and easily pasteurize raw flour using one of these simple methods:
Pasteurize the raw flour in your microwave or oven, let it cool, then use it in edible cookie dough recipes and no-bake cookie recipes so you can indulge in one of life's guilty pleasures—licking the bowl—with a lot less fear.
How To Pasteurize Eggs
How To Make Edible Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Prep time: 15 minutes
Yield: Approximately 2 cups
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 pasteurized egg (see procedure above)
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup flour, pasteurized (see procedure above)
1/2 cup chocolate chips
ChefSecret: If you are planning on adding the dough to ice cream, portion out the dough into dime-size nuggets and then freeze when your ice cream comes out of the ice cream maker. Adding unfrozen particulate to ice cream will make it icy and not quite as desirable.
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