Food & Recipes

Pillsbury’s New Refrigerated Cookie Doughs Are Safe To Eat Raw

Don't mind if we do!

It’s confession time, everyone. How many of us enjoy a bite (or two) of raw dough when we’re mixing up some of our favorite cookies? In case you can’t see, I’m raising my hand behind my keyboard here.

Sure, we all know we shouldn’t eat the raw dough because it’s not safe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has guidelines about avoiding raw cookie dough consumption, and most cookie recipes don’t qualify as safe. But, like other companies in on the edible dough trend, Pillsbury knows how strong that temptation to lick the spoon is and has come up with a safe-to-eat solution to our pre-cooked dough problem.

The baked goods company is changing the formula for its popular ready-to-bake cookies so they’re safe to eat raw. How will you know which flavors have made the switch? It says so right on the package, as Instagrammer @candyhunting showed when stumbling upon a new, limited-edition flavor: strawberry cheesecake!

Pillsbury confirmed the game-changing update with Delish, saying that all of its refrigerated cookie doughs, including their most popular, chocolate chunk and chip, will be converted to a recipe that’s safe to eat raw by the end of summer 2020. All refrigerated brownie doughs will also be included in this recipe switch.

It’s important to note the packaging when you pick up your refrigerated dough, though, especially during the recipe transition. It should have a clear label on the front of the package that says it’s safe to eat either raw or cooked, like this one shown by Instagrammer @snackbetch with these Pillsbury Reese’s cookies:

What is it about raw cookie dough that makes it so dangerous? According to the CDC, both raw flour and raw eggs can have harmful bacteria (E. coli in the flour and salmonella in the eggs) that cause food poisoning. So, while that raw dough is delicious, it can make you quite sick.

Pillsbury told Delish their new cookie dough recipe uses “heat-treated flour and pasteurized eggs to kill off possible foodborne pathogens.”

So, your guilty pleasure of sneaking raw cookie dough is no longer dangerous to your health—except maybe your diet. But, that is worth the sacrifice, right?