The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention isn't rolling with cookie dough.
Also cookie dough contains raw eggs, which can be linked to salmonella poisoning. Flour isn't treated to kill germs like E. coli, and while cooking usually takes care of these germs, they can still be present if the dough is raw.
Additionally, raw eggs in cookie dough or batter can contain salmonella.
"When you prepare homemade cookie dough, cake mixes, or even bread, you may be tempted to taste a bite before it is fully cooked", a CDC spokesperson said.
That's due to the untreated flour and raw eggs.
Make sure raw eggs are not consumed. Image Getty
(However, according to the FDA, commercial cookie dough ice cream is typically safe because it is made with treated flour and pasteurized eggs.) The CDC also urges people to thoroughly wash their hands with warm, soapy water and to clean all work surfaces, dishes and utensils when working with raw eggs and flour. The flour may contain E. coli while the raw eggs may contain salmonella. The CDC issued a warning to people baking this holiday season to avoid eating raw cookie dough. Kristi King, a senior clinical dietitian at Texas Children's Hospital, acknowledges that while not everyone who eats raw cookie dough will get sick, the risk is very real.
Do not taste or eat any raw dough or batter, whether for cookies, tortillas, pizza, biscuits, pancakes, or crafts made with raw flour, such as homemade play dough or holiday ornaments.
Instead, we use eggs that have been pasteurized to kill any harmful bacteria without actually cooking the egg itself. If you have any of the recalled flour products, do not use them and throw them away.
Follow label directions to refrigerate products containing raw dough or eggs until they are cooked.