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Why is it dangerous to eat raw cookie dough? Raw cookie dough contains both raw agriculture and animal products, both of which can carry bacteria which may be harmful to us. If you ate raw cookie dough, it's not to say you will absolutely get sick, but you raise your risk significantly in taking that gamble.
Flour, one of the major ingredients in raw cookie dough, typically has not been treated to kill harmful germs like E. coli. The grains that flour is made from can be contaminated while still in the field or at other steps as flour is produced. Cooking the flour will kill these germs but they can be present in flour's raw form.
Chances of Getting Salmonella from Cookie Dough
Additionally, raw eggs in cookie dough or batter can contain salmonella. While eggs are perfectly safe to eat when handled and cooked properly, they can make you sick if the eggs are contaminated and are eaten raw or lightly cooked.
Flour is a known culprit for carrying E. coli in which symptoms may appear three to four days after consuming the product and can result in fever, cramping, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting.
Fun fact: Did you know Big Dipper Dough raw cookie dough is completely safe to eat? It's true!
Raw eggs are known for carrying salmonella and this bug tends to be more quick-acting, usually six to 48 hours after consumption and results in cramping, fever, and diarrhea.
In some cases, foodborne illnesses can even lead to death. Children, especially those under the age of 5, older adults, and those with weakened immune systems are at a heightened risk of complications and death from food poisoning.
Eating Raw Cookie Dough
In order to avoid illness, experts recommend not eating raw dough or batter — no matter how tempting it may be.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) also recommends the following:
- Do not let children play with or eat raw dough, including dough for crafts.
- Follow the recipe or package directions for cooking or baking at the proper temperature and for the specified time.
- Do not make milkshakes with products that contain raw flour, such as cake mix.
- Do not use raw, homemade cookie dough in ice cream. (Cookie dough ice cream sold in stores contains dough that has been treated to kill harmful bacteria.)
- Keep raw foods such as flour or eggs separate from ready-to-eat-foods. Because flour is a powder, it can spread easily.
- Follow label directions to refrigerate products containing raw dough or eggs until they are cooked.
- Clean up thoroughly after handling flour, eggs, or raw dough by washing your hands thoroughly and washing bowls, utensils, countertops, and other surfaces with warm, soapy water.
What a Safe Raw Cookie Dough Alternative? Try Big Dipper Dough!
Luckily for you, the family at Big Dipper Dough developed a cookie dough recipe that is completely safe to eat - raw or otherwise! From our cookies and cream edible cookie dough to our delicious chocolate chip edible cookie dough, you just can't go wrong. Try one of our favorite flavors today!