The CDC Wants You to Stop Eating Raw Cookie Dough. Here’s Why.

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I will admit it, I love raw cookie dough. I grew up eating it with my Nanni as she made cookies, licking the bowl and spatula on a regular basis. BUT, perhaps that wasn’t the BEST idea ever.

The CDC* is once again warning people NOT to give into that temptation, and eat that dough you are using to make those delicious pillows of sugar we like to call cookies.

It should be absolutely no surprise that raw cookie dough — or really most doughs, for that matter — contains raw flour and eggs.

This could potentially spread E.coli and Salmonella to the person who consumes it. That would mean a lovely case of food poisoning.

Not good, right?!? I know, it’s so tempting, but you should really wait to try the baked version until AFTER it comes out of the oven.

Bacteria are killed only when food made with flour is cooked. This is why you should never taste or eat raw dough or batter—whether made from recalled flour or any other flour.


It’s also important to remember that it isn’t just the dough, itself, that is bad. Your doughy fingers, or the surface the dough has been on, are also a possible carrier for the germs.

Remember to wash your hands really good with hot, soap and water, and remember to wash your working surfaces and utensils.

Some companies and stores offer edible cookie dough that uses heat-treated flour and pasteurized eggs or no eggs. Read the label carefully to make sure the dough is meant to be eaten without baking or cooking.


Please stay safe, friends!

Check out these EDIBLE COOKIE DOUGH TREATS from 7-Eleven or these Dippin’ Dots EDIBLE BIRTHDAY CAKE COOKIE DOUGH BITES. Both are GREAT options to enjoy that doughy goodness.

*Center For Disease Control And Prevention

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