Do you love raw cookie dough? This edible cookie dough recipe is safe to eat and tastes just like the chocolate chip cookie dough in Ben & Jerry’s chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream!
Is there anything better than eating edible cookie dough, straight from the bowl? I think not! It’s a guilty pleasure of mine and one that I don’t indulge in nearly enough. I am changing that immediately because I’ve discovered the best recipe for edible cookie dough and now I can live out my childhood fantasy of straight up eating raw cookie dough with a spoon.
What is it about cookie dough? I love a good chocolate chip cookie – I mean, I really love chocolate chip cookies so it’s no surprise that I love chocolate chip cookie dough. Warm cookies are heaven but sometimes I just want to nibble on a ball of cookie dough.
Last fall, Mike and I went leaf peeping in Vermont. It was our first time there and the leaves did not disappoint. It was fall heaven. We did all the fall things: went to a pumpkin patch, had hot apple cider donuts, and went to the Ben and Jerry’s Factory tour! The fall leaves were gorgeous but I think the highlight for me was the ice cream. I can pretty much demolish a pint of Half-Baked in one go. The best thing about it are the little nuggets of chocolate chip cookie dough, of course! So good. This isn’t sponsored by the way, I just really love Ben and Jerry’s.
Anyway, the chocolate chip cookie dough is so popular that they released a recipe for it! I am here to say that this edible cookie dough tastes just like Ben & Jerry’s chocolate chip cookie dough! If you freeze them they are bang on – so snackable and so good.
Why edible cookie dough?
You might be wondering, why edible cookie dough? Did you ever sneak a bit of cookie dough when you were a kid because you just couldn’t wait? It was the best, am I right? Unfortunately, raw cookie dough isn’t the safest due to the raw eggs and flour, so edible cookie dough is here to save the day and cure our cravings.
What is edible cookie dough?
This edible cookie dough recipe has (almost) everything regular chocolate chip cookies have, minus eggs so you can snack on it straight from the bowl. It tastes just like regular chocolate chip cookie dough thanks to the butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and chocolate.
Is raw dough safe to eat?
Regular raw cookie dough isn’t safe to eat because raw eggs and uncooked flour have a high likelihood of containing salmonella and e.coli. So, it’s eggless cookie dough and heating up flour to the rescue. This edible cookie dough is 100% safe to eat.
How to heat up flour so it’s safe
Heat treating flour is what we’re going to do to make it safe to eat. The easiest way is to microwave it. Just pop it in a microwave safe bowl and heat it on high in 30 second intervals, stirring in between. When the flour reaches 165°F throughout the flour, it’s safe to eat. If you don’t have an instant read thermometer, it’ll take about 1 minute and 15 seconds. If you want to use the oven, spread the flour out on a rimmed baking pan and bake in a 300°F oven for two minutes at a time, stirring in between, until it reaches 165F. Be sure to let the flour cool completely before using it in the dough.
How to make edible cookie dough
- Heat. First we start off by heating the flour so it’s safe to eat raw. The easiest way is to microwave it until it reaches a safe temperature. Once it’s safe, let the flour cool completely.
- Beat. Beat together the butter and sugar until super creamy, then beat in the cream, vanilla, and salt.
- Mix. Mix in the flour then fold in the chocolate. It’s ready to eat, no baking or waiting required!
Edible cookie dough ingredients
- Flour. If you’re going to make cookies, you need flour. We’ll use all purpose and heat it up, essentially pasteurizing it.
- Butter. Butter is what gives edible cookie dough that creamy buttery flavor. Go for unsalted so you can control how much salt is in your dough.
- Brown sugar. Brown sugar is a key flavor in chocolate chip cookies: deep, sweet, caramelized notes are what we’re going for.
- Heavy cream. The heavy cream adds just the right amount of richness and moisture for our edible cookie dough to come together.
- Vanilla. Chocolate chip cookies aren’t chocolate chip cookies without vanilla.
- Salt. Just a pinch of salt to balance out the sweet and bring everything together.
- Chocolate. The most important part! You can use chocolate chips but I like to cut up good quality semi sweet chocolate because I love the way chunks look in cookie dough. I chopped up some of a block of Callebaut semi sweet chocolate: when you chop it you get small flakes of chocolate and bigger chunks, giving the cookie dough more textural contrast. You can also chop up a bar of dark Trader Joe’s chocolate or use your favorite chocolate chips, mini size or regular. No matter what chocolate you choose, make sure you use chocolate that you like eating because the flavor really shines through. You could even go wild and chop up your favorite chocolate candy bar!
How long does this last?
Keep it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week or pop it in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Can I bake edible cookie dough?
You could but you won’t end up with cookies. There are no eggs and no leveners so they’ll be flat and tough. If you want to bake regular chocolate chip cookies, please make my all time favorite brown butter chocolate chip cookie recipe.
What to do with edible cookie dough
- eat it, just like that – this is my favorite, especially when it’s still a little cold out of the fridge!
- use it as a topping for ice cream
- blend it into a milkshake then top the milkshake off with extra bits of cookie dough
- dip it in chocolate for cookie dough truffles
- spread it onto brownies for a brownie cookie dough mash-up
- let it get a bit soft at room temp and use it as a dip with pretzels or graham crackers
Edible cookie dough for one
If you want to make a tiny batch, change the number in the “Serves” section of the recipe card. That way you can easily make edible cookie dough for one or two. Or you know, you can just make the whole recipe for yourself, I won’t judge!
Edible Cookie Dough Recipe
Warning: consuming large amounts of this delicious and addictive edible cookie dough may not be unsafe, but may be extremely fattening.
Serves 2 cups
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), at room temperature
- 1 cup brown sugar lightly packed
- 2 tbsp heavy cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips or chocolate chunks
Edible Cookie Dough Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 298 Calories from Fat 146
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 10.4g65%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.