Even though I could inhale raw cookie dough when I was little – and did, if no one was there to keep an eye on me when I was making chocolate chip cookies. I still eat raw cookie dough, raw eggs and all, but the practice is somewhat frowned upon these days. Raw eggs carry a risk for salmonella, and even though the risk is very small (only 1 in 20,000 eggs might have the bacteria, and even then might not cause illness), it is still recommended that children under the age of 10 and pregnant women avoid them or eat pasturized eggs instead. Science isn’t going to stop kids from wanting to eat raw cookie dough, however, so if you want to play it safe, it is best to look for a safer alternative before you let your kids indulge a little.
One alternative is the Safe-to-Eat Cookie Dough from Bliss Candies, made without eggs, this cookie dough is designed to be eaten straight from the container. It’s made to order from scratch, and is shipped out in small containers. You can eat it straight from the packaging, or you can use the cookie dough in homemade ice creams (or store-bought, of course) and other treats that might need a little bit of cookie dough. The chocolate chip has a lot of chips and stays softer in the ice cream than the cookie dough that comes in premade cookie dough ice cream, which is nice. It’s also nice that you can control how much cookie dough goes into each serving. The dough was much better raw than it was baked (I tested a few and they were just “ok”), but that is really the point of this product. Even though you don’t quite get the satisfaction of licking the spoon that comes with homemade dough, it’s less work and less cleanup (and less worry, if kids are a concern) to dip a spoon into this container and indulge.
VanessaJuly 16, 2009
A local company here in Seattle called Cougar Mountain Cookies makes these awesome, chewy cookies in lots of flavors that they sell packaged or as a tub of dough.
The cookie dough’s simple ingredient list says it has eggs that have been pasteurized. The baked cookies are just as delicious as a spoonful! 🙂
bettyJuly 16, 2009
yum i love cookie dough 🙂
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MaggiJuly 17, 2009
For cookie dough, this is the only time that I buy those gawd awfully expensive pasteurized whole eggs. That way if we want some raw, great, but the cooked product doesn’t suffer either.
Bliss CandiesJuly 18, 2009
Nicole-thanks for the great review on our Safe & Ready to Eat cookie dough! It should be noted that it’s not meant to be baked, as we leave out a couple key ingredients that “baked” goods need. These tubs of dough are meant for straight eating, with a good movie and pair of fuzzy slippers!
ureJuly 21, 2009
So very true about the pasteurized eggs. Salmonella is to be taken very seriously, indeed.
JessJuly 22, 2009
Do you adore Bliss Candies or what? She’s sending me stuff for review…the cookie dough looks fantastic!