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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough

Why does cookie dough always refer to chocolate chip cookie dough?  For that matter, why does 90% of cookie dough ice cream use a vanilla ice cream base?  In the name of variety and a flavor combination that’s hard to go wrong with, I present a recipe for peanut butter cookie dough that’s safe to eat raw (no eggs!). You can eat peanut butter cookie dough just as you would ice cream – with sprinkles and topping galore.

Or, you can serve peanut butter cookie dough with ice cream (I suggest chocolate ice cream!).

When making peanut butter cookie dough, you needn’t worry about ingredient order, mixing speeds, temperature, or times.  You aren’t going to bake the cookie dough, so you can say, “Nanny nanny poo poo,” to the laws of baking chemistry – just mix and eat!

UPDATE: The FDA now warns that it’s not just raw eggs that we need to worry about, but also raw flour. I’ve updated the recipe to include heating the flour in the microwave to kill any e. coli present. This is not a 100% proven method. Consume at your own risk – I do!

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Recipe

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough

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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough
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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough That’s Safe to Eat

Safe peanut butter cookie dough that's meant to be eaten raw, not baked.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 20 About 2 cups of peanut butter cookie dough
Calories 96 kcal


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/16 teaspoon a pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chunky or smooth will both work, so pick your favorite kind
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons whole milk add more if you prefer a more wet dough
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Any amount of any mix-in you'd like


  1. Heat flour in the microwave in 15 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until a thermometer placed into the center of the flour reads 160 F.
  2. Mix everything in a big mixing bowl.
  3. Eat!

Recipe Notes

Remember: this is a recipe for raw cookie dough. If you bake the peanut butter cookie dough, it won't turn into perfect peanut butter cookies; it does not contain baking powder, baking soda, or eggs. The peanut butter cookie dough is meant to be eaten straight from the bowl - just like you would anyway, but without the guilt.

Of course, calorie count cannot include what you decide to mix in.

Want More?

Now that you know how to make cookie dough, you might want to know how to turn cookie dough into frosting.

How to Turn Cookie Dough in Frosting

Or, how to make chocolate chip cookie dough!

Cookie Dough

Or, how to make cookie dough cupcakes.

 Cookie Dough Cupcakes


Thanks to Janice Willis for her idea to make peanut butter cookie dough.  She left me a note on my Facebook page requesting a recipe.  If there is ever something you’d like me to try, let me know.  No promises, but I’ll do my best to either make it or point you in the right direction to find a recipe.

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23 comments on “Peanut Butter Cookie Dough That’s Safe to Eat”

  1. I actually prefer vanilla ice cream to chocolate but that’s because I am a weird female that doesn’t like to be overloaded with chocolate. But I really love these peanut butter cookie dough balls! Raw cookie dough is the best and peanut butter is heaven.

  2. Woohoo! I am a self-professed dough addict. And an eggless, peanut butter, chocolate-friendly dough?? Joy!

  3. Kamailesays:

    Ooh…I hope there are PB cookie dough cupcakes in the future! I will love you forever.

  4. Jessicasays:

    I decided to make this today, and I’m glad I did. Very tasty. I ate a nice big ball and then used the rest to make home made peanut butter cups in chocolate!

  5. Kamailesays:

    hmmm…guess I skipped the little note that said you will be making cookie dough frosting. that sounds yummy too.

  6. This cookie dough is a must! I love cookie dough soo much! Thanks for inventing this! : )

  7. Joysays:

    This is a great great recipe.

  8. Anonymoussays:

    Absolutely amazing. I’m eating this as I type! Best peanut butter cookie dough I’ve ever tasted, that’s for sure.

  9. Anonymoussays:

    Yum yum yum yum yum… Best cookie dough ever, I’m eating it in choccie ice cream as we speak…

  10. I loved this so much that I made some and featured it on my blog today. Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. Anonymoussays:

    I love the cookie dough but i like to roll out little balls and cover them in chocolate! let them sit and harden OMG AMAZING!!!!!

  12. Kelliesays:

    do you have to use whole milk, or would say…2% work just as well?

  13. Tracysays:

    Peanut butter is my absolute favourite flavour! Here are a couple of tips that I’ll be using when I make this:

    1. You can make this vegan by using coconut spread instead of butter (Earth Balance is really good) and rice, soy or nut milk instead of dairy milk.

    2. Use coconut or almond flour instead of wheat flour. This will give the same end result but without the “bad” raw taste.

    3. You can use sunflower butter interchangeably with most nut butters. A good friend of mine is allergic to peanuts and most tree nuts and this is an excellent compromise that virtually no one can detect. Trader Joe’s has a great sunflower butter that’s reasonably priced.

  14. Finally a cookie dough that’s safe to eat without having to worry about “worms!”

  15. Anonymoussays:

    yummy! we make this with soy butter, since my son is allergic to peanuts. It’s sooo good:) Thanks for posting!

  16. irissays:

    did not turn out good at ALLLLLL I GOT SICK

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  18. Linda Larsensays:

    This isn’t safe to eat because it contains raw flour. An E. coli outbreak a few years ago was traced back to raw Nestle cookie dough. Raw flour is a raw agricultural product and can be contaminated with pathogenic bacteria.

  19. Mia Vsays:

    Very good recipe!! I recommend using a little bit more milk so it sticks together better and to mix with hands, it is not easy using utensils. Also put butter in microwave for about 15 seconds so it’s easier to mix bc the butter was tougher to mix than the peanut butter. 10/10 I highly recommend great guilt free snack

  20. Aurorasays:

    I have a low tolerance for sweetness so I halved the sugars, but it’s still a bit too sweet for me. For the most part, I really like the texture and the peanut butter goodness, so I’ll definitely try it again, but with 1/4 sugar next time!

  21. Bethanysays:

    Omg I spy peanutbutter cookie dough brownies in this recipe’s future

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