Everyone loves cookie dough, and few can resist sneakily licking the beater when making homemade cookies. Unfortunately, most cookie doughs aren't considered safe to eat raw thanks to raw egg and raw flour. This edible cookie dough recipe is specifically formulated for eating raw, with all of the same great flavors and textures of cookie dough without the risk.
Uncooked eggs are not the only possible culprit for foodborne illness when it comes to raw cookie dough—uncooked flour can also carry bacteria like E. coli. This recipe for edible cookie dough is prepared without eggs and uses heat-treated flour for the batter, making it perfectly safe to eat.
Simply toasting the flour before use in this recipe will not only kill any lingering bacteria, it will also add a delicious nutty flavor to the cookie dough from the toasting process. Since this recipe doesn't require any cooking beyond toasting the flour, it's a great baking project for kids. If you make cookies just to lick the bowl, then this is the perfect recipe for you.
It's easy to customize the flavors in this recipe, which includes classic chocolate chip and birthday cake versions. Stash some edible cookie dough in the fridge or freezer to nibble on whenever the craving strikes.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (softened)
- 2 ounces cream cheese (softened)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 to 4 tablespoons milk (as needed)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Optional: 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Optional: 1/2 cup mini white chocolate chips
- Optional: 1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles
Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
Spread the flour onto a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. The flour will be safe to eat when the temperature registers 165 F on an instant-read thermometer. Cool completely before preparing the edible cookie dough.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, cream cheese, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the milk, vanilla extract, and salt. 2 tablespoons of milk will make a stiffer dough, while 4 tablespoons will make a creamier dough. Beat to combine.
Mix in the cooled, toasted flour.
For chocolate chip cookie dough, fold in 1 cup of semi-sweet mini chocolate chips by hand. For birthday cake edible cookie dough fold in 1/2 cup mini white chocolate chips and 1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles.
Serve in a bowl or scoop into portions. To portion the dough, place small scoops on a baking sheet and refrigerate until firm. Enjoy!
How to Heat Treat Raw Flour
Consuming raw flour creates a risk of food-borne illness. Quickly heat treat the flour before using in the recipe by either: toasting it in a 350 F oven, on a cookie sheet, for 10 minutes; or microwave the flour in a bowl on high power for 30-second intervals, stirring to distribute heat between intervals, until a thermometer reads 165 F.
How to Store and Freeze
- Transfer edible cookie dough to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator. It can be enjoyed right away or refrigerated for up to 1 week in an airtight container.
- You can also freeze this cookie dough for up to 2 months.
- This recipe is formulated specifically for consumption as "raw" cookie dough. Do not attempt to bake this dough as you would a typical cookie dough recipe, since there aren't any eggs for binding or chemical leavening for a properly baked cookie.
- This recipe for edible cookie dough is also safe to use for making cookie dough ice cream. Follow the instructions but only use 1 or 2 tablespoons of milk. This will make for a firmer dough that can be shaped into small logs. Freeze the logs until firm and then cut into small rounds to be folded into homemade ice cream.
- You can decrease the ingredient amounts in this recipe to make a small batch of edible cookie dough. Note that it's simpler to make a full batch and freeze any extra for a rainy day.
It's easy to customize the flavor of this edible cookie dough:
- Try different flavors of chips, like milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, butterscotch, caramel, and peanut butter chips
- Add toasted, chopped nuts or shredded coconut
- Swap the chips for dried fruit and add some cinnamon to the dough