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Is Eating Raw Cookie Dough Really that Bad?

Published on Nov. 22, 2021

As the holiday season is upon us, many people are dusting off their best baking books and creating their favorite confections. As you’re whipping up the dough to your favorite cookies, you may be tempted to lick the spoon before your delicious desserts hit the oven and wonder - is eating raw cookie dough really that bad?

Let’s not sugarcoat it: Raw dough can leave you feeling crumby

Tara Rybicki MS, RDN, CDCES Community Health Coordinator, said “while it is tempting to lick the batter when making cookies, there is a chance of getting salmonella food poisoning if the batter contains uncooked eggs. Beyond the eggs, the uncooked flour may also contain bacteria that can cause food poisoning.”

Food poisoning can be especially dangerous for kids, especially those with compromised or developing immune systems.

Mindfulness while eating is a batch made in heaven

Beyond the risk of contracting food poisoning, there is also another component when enjoying a lick of your favorite cookie dough – mindfulness.

Mindful eating means focusing your awareness on the food you are eating, rather than getting distracted by thoughts or other actions that aren’t centered around the present eating experience. Being present in the experience can keep you connected to your body and in tune with hunger and fullness cues.

Being mindful also involves reflecting on the deep nourishing capacity available through food and being grateful for all it takes for the food to get to our tables. This process can help us slow down and guide us to choose nourishing foods more often.

Tara explains “it’s easy to lose mindfulness when we start to eat the food we are preparing before it’s fully ready. While it’s tempting to eat cookie dough while you’re baking, you aren’t sitting down and fully enjoying the food you’re consuming.”

Batter choices are worth a fortune

If cookie dough is the sweet treat of your dreams, consider stabilizing your flour by spreading it on a baking sheet and heating it in the oven at 350 degrees for 5 minutes and choosing an eggless recipe, or trying our recipe for Cookie Dough Bites below.

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