Many say that November and December are baking season. I would like to disagree. Instead I propose that baking season runs from January to December...what do you think? That said, sometimes you have a hankering for the cookie dough, but don’t want to take the time to really make the cookies. And that’s where this edible sugar cookie dough comes in.
Now, there are two camps when it comes to eating raw cookie dough…
go for it or stay far far away
Full disclosure, not only am I in the GO FOR IT camp, I also let my small children join me in this crazy endeavor. I know, I know, raw eggs, raw flour bladie bladie blah… we don’t have many vices in our home but raw cookie dough and cake batter fall at the top. (please don't yell at me for this, i know the risks, and accept them). However, this edible cookie dough will solve that problem, with one simple little trick.
Edible cookie dough that you can put out at a party and call a dessert dip. Or leave it in the fridge for late night snacking. Feel really crazy, serve this to your kids as an after school snack...it’ll be like you made them their favorite cookie, but in half the time without turning on the oven. And you are doing something scandalous...serving cookie dough, raw! eeeeeek.
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Can this edible sugar cookie dough taste like the real deal stuff?
Sure it can. It has all the same ingredients as real cookie dough, minus the eggs. We’ve also cooked the flour enough to kill any bacteria that might be lurking (more on that below). That’s what makes it edible. You’ll still be adding all the good stuff like butter, sugar, vanilla, sprinkles, vanilla, etc. that make cookie dough (and cookies) so delicious. We are just eliminating the stuff that has the potential to make you sick.
All about raw flour and how we make it safe.
Raw flour can contained e. Coli and other bacteria that when eaten raw can also make you sick. This is the same reason we try to stay away from consuming raw eggs. For more information about the concerns surrounding eating raw flour, check out what the FDA has to say.
There is an easy work around. Since we know that heating the flour will kill the bacteria, heat treated flour becomes safe to consume. To do this, you’ll need a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper and flour. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. When the oven is hot, spread the flour on the lined baking sheet and bake for about 5 minutes. Don’t let it go to long or it could burn. Take it out of the oven, let it cool and continue on with this recipe.
If you don’t feel like heat treating the flour yourself, you can purchase flour already heat treated, here. But doing it yourself is really quite simple and will save you some money.
How do I make edible cookie dough?
It takes just a few simple steps before the cookie dough is ready to eat! Woohoo!
First, you’ll want to spread the flour out on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 350 degrees for 5-7 minute. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn. When you smell it getting nutty, you'll know it's done.
Then, you’ll mix the rest of the ingredients as you if you were making real cookies. Cream the butter and sugar, add the milk and vanilla and dry ingredients. Mix it all up until combined! Voila, edible sugar cookie dough. Now add in the sprinkles. Just fold them in with a spatula until evenly dispersed and you are ready to enjoy.
Tips and Tricks:
- Not all sprinkles are created equal. Here are two types I would recommend. These are good and so are these. (I would buy sprinkles in the store unless you are looking for really specific colors. They tend to be less expensive that way.) Looking for really specific or different shapes, try Etsy.
- Want to make these dairy free? You absolutely can. Substitute the butter for a plant based butter like country crock sticks and use soy or almond milk. Voila, dairy free edible cookie dough!
- Want to make these gluten free? Just sub in your favorite gluten free flour (I like the Trader Joes variety). Since this isn't baking the chemistry and texture won't be compromised 🙂
- The edible cookie dough lasts for up to 5 days in the fridge, but I doubt it will last that long once your family and friends taste it.
Looking for other simple sweet snacks? Check these out!
edible sugar cookie dough (with sprinkles!)
- 1 ½ sticks butter 12 TB
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cup flour heat treated and cooled
- ¼ cup milk
- ¼ cup sprinkles
- in a 350 degree oven, toast the flour on a parchment lined baking sheet for 5-7 minutes to make sure it is safe to eat raw
- once the flour starts to smell nutty, it should come out of the oven
- let the flour cool and continue
- in a stand mixer or large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
- add in the vanilla and mix well
- add in the flour and salt and mix until well combined
- stream in the milk and mix until the dough comes together
- add the sprinkles by folding them in with a spatula
- eat immediately, or store in the fridge for up to 5 days
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