Look Mom, No Eggs: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough You Can Eat Out of the Bowl

Don’t fear the cookie dough.

There is a meme going around the Internet, and it poses the question: “Has anyone ever gotten salmonella from eating raw cookie dough, or are people just trying to stop me from living my life?”Real-Cookie1

Well….?

It is possible you could get salmonella from eating raw eggs; according to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 10,000 eggs contain Salmonella. The chickens themselves carry the disease, but they may or may not appear sick from it. Also, the disease is inside the eggs, so egg color, size, shape, texture, taste or farm source are unimportant. Backyard birds are less likely to have salmonella than big farms because, generally, they are cleaner. Cleanliness is key.

Most of us go to the store for eggs and not the chicken coop, however. And many us have eaten raw cookie dough — but feel like it’s Russian Roulette: “Will this be the one time I get violently ill after having that one tiny spoonful left on the beater?”All that worry can really put a damper on that tasty treat.

The good news is, I can take the worry out of your day. Sure, you could buy pasteurized eggs, but that’s kind of a hassle, and you’ll need to go out to the store to hunt them down. Instead, try this kid-approved recipe for cookie dough — which uses NO eggs.

Of course, you can bake ’em if you wish — or just make the dough and eat it. Just like you did with grandma. Up to you…!
Here’s the recipe:

Makes 2 dozen (Dough can also be frozen and used later)

1 stick margarine or butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
Pinch of salt if shortening is salted, 1/4 tsp if not
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
2 TBSP milk (we used whole)
1 cup chocolate chips (we used minis)

Cream butter and sugar. Add salt and vanilla, blend.
Stir in 1 cup of flour. Dough is very crumbly, so add milk. Mix.
Add in chips.
Bake at 375 10 minutes.
Let cool 10 minutes.
Now, enjoy and eat!

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