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This cookie dough is so good and totally safe to eat raw, straight from the bowl! I eat it all on its own, but it’s amazing in cookie dough ice cream!

Edible chocolate chip cookie dough on a red spoon held over a bowl of cookie dough

Cookie dough makes me feel like a messy girl wearing pigtails, holding beaters, and showing a big grin – all over again! But, not every cookie dough is safe to eat.

The good news is that making cookie dough that is egg-free and totally safe to eat is incredibly easy. I love turning it into cookie dough frosting for cupcakes and cakes and eating it by the scoop, like I do with my peanut butter cookie dough.

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough in an ice cream cone with sprinkles

Can You Eat Raw Cookie Dough with Eggs?

Adding Eggs to Cookie Dough

You can eat raw cookie dough with eggs. I’m not going to lie; I do it all of the time. But, there is risk involved.

The raw eggs may contain salmonella – a bacteria that can make you quite sick. According to WebMD’s article on salmonella, you may notice a number of symptoms:

  • headache
  • abdominal cramps
  • loss of appetite

These symptoms usually start within 12 to 72 hours after infection and can last for 4 to 7 days.

If you want to eat cookie dough without fear of salmonella, either:

  • leave the eggs off the the recipe (you can add some moisture to the dough with milk instead)
  • use pasteurized eggs (These can be hard to find, but if you can buy them near you, they are a wonderful risk-free way to eat raw eggs!)

But, raw eggs aren’t the only thing to worry about with raw cookie dough.

E. Coli in Raw Flour

Dry ingredients for cookie dough in a glass bowl

The FDA now warns that it’s not just raw eggs that we need to worry about, but also raw flour. Sadly, some raw flour can contain E. coli. If you get E. coli, symptoms of E. coli can begin one to 10 days after exposure to the bacteria:

  • stomach cramps
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • fever

Putting a bowl of flour in the microwave

To safely eat flour in raw cookie dough, either:

  • microwave the flour in 15 second bursts until the it reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit. (This is not a 100% percent proven method and I am not a food scientist. But, I’ve heard that it works. Consume at your own risk.)
  • use a heat-treated all-purpose flour (You will most likely need to buy this online as I’ve never seen it in a store.)

How to Make Edible Cookie Dough Using Any Cookie Recipe

Milk being poured into cookie dough

You can make edible cookie dough with any cookie recipe that you love!

  1. Remove any baking soda and baking powder from the recipe. Since you aren’t baking the cookie dough, you don’t need the leavening agents.
  2. Remove any eggs from the recipe. The raw eggs could give you salmonella.
  3. Heat the flour in microwave in 15 second increments until its temperature reaches 160 F/70 C to kill off the E. coli.
  4. Add milk a little bit at a time to replace the moisture from the eggs and to help the dough come together.

Because you aren’t going to be baking the cookie dough, you don’t need to worry at all about getting proportions just right, sifting, or the order of incorporating ingredients into the dough. You just dump all the ingredients in a bowl, mix, and you’re done.

Mixing chocolate chips into cookie dough

Does Edible Cookie Dough Need to Be Refrigerated?

Because it isn’t cooked and there is milk in the dough, it is safest to refrigerate it. You can leave it out on the counter and bring to room temperature before eating or eat straight from the fridge.

I would feel comfortable leaving it in the refrigerator for about one week.

Can You Bake Edible Cookie Dough?

Chocolate chip cookie dough on a spoon

Because edible cookie dough doesn’t have eggs and leavening agents, it is not meant to be baked.

What to Do With Raw Cookie Dough

Cookie Dough Frosting being piped onto a cupcake

There are countless things to do with raw cookie dough:

Best Tips for Making Edible Cookie Dough

Cookie Dough in the mixer

  • Use your favorite cookie recipe. Almost any kind of cookie can work!
  • Because it’s completely edible, taste as you go! You can add more milk or extra mix-ins until you get it just how you like it.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix with your hands. I find the the easiest way to get the mix-ins like chocolate chips fully incorporated into the dough is to use my hands.
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4.8 from 20 votes

Edible Cookie Dough

This chocolate chip cookie dough is eggless and safe to eat!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cookie dough recipe, edible cookie dough
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 18 servings
Calories 215kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  • 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.
  • Mix flour with the rest of the ingredients in a big bowl. 
  • Eat!

Notes

If chocolate chip cookie dough isn't your favorite, you can make edible cookie dough from any cookie recipe:
  • Remove any baking soda and baking powder from the recipe. Since you aren't baking the cookie dough, you don't need the leavening agents. 
  • Remove any eggs from the recipe. The raw eggs could give you salmonella.
  • Heat the flour in microwave in 15 second bursts until it reaches 160 F/70 C to kill off the E. coli. 
  • Add milk a little bit at a time to replace the moisture from the eggs and to help the dough come together.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Edible Cookie Dough
Amount Per Serving
Calories 215 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 74mg 3%
Potassium 37mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Sugars 20g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 5.1%
Calcium 2.4%
Iron 4.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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