This cookie dough is made without eggs and with no raw flour – so it’s completely safe to eat. First – you need to heat the flour so that it’s safe to eat. You can either do this in the oven or in the microwave.
It’s not easy to resist the temptation to taste that raw cookie dough. But that’s not a safe thing to do. Raw cookie dough contains uncooked flour and eggs. These have the potential to cause food poisoning and bacterial infections like salmonella.
Harmful bacteria can proliferate between 40°F and 140°F (4.4°C to 60°C). This temperature span is known as the Danger Zone. Salmonella, E. coli and Staphylococcus are three nasty forms of bacteria that can form on food when it isn’t stored correctly.
Can you get sick from eating under cooked dough?
The short answer is no. Eating raw dough made with flour or eggs can make you sick. … Raw eggs may contain Salmonella bacteria, and should never be consumed raw or undercooked. Breads, cookies, cakes, biscuits, and any other baked good should always be fully cooked before it is eaten.
It might taste delicious, but eating raw cookie dough really can make you sick. Raw eggs can be contaminated with salmonella and raw flour can contain E. coli.
If you have any recalled flour or baking mixes, throw them away. Raw eggs are another ingredient in uncooked batter and dough that can make you sick. Raw or lightly cooked eggs can contain Salmonella, a germ that causes food poisoning.
Since most store-bought dough tends to be pasteurized, the risk for salmonella is greatly decreased, though the risk for foodborne illness isn’t. Editor’s tip: You can buy special safe-to-eat cookie dough at the store.
So when a dough is too firm, letting it warm up a bit is the obvious and correct choice. But if you use your microwave, you could easily warm it up too much – making the dough hard to handle and you might have to cool it again.
To be safe, you should not consume cookie dough that is past its expiration date, but you can consume it up to 1-2 months past its best-by date, if stored properly.
The cookie dough doesn’t need to be refrigerated – although it will remain firmer if kept in the fridge. It is best to eat the dough within 2-3 days. The dough can also be frozen, for 2-3 months. Just defrost at room temperature.