Licking raw cookie dough off the spoon is one of life's greatest pleasures.
But for a long time, concerned mothers and health officials alike have warned against the habit.
We wanted to know: Why, exactly, is sticking a spoonful of raw cookie dough in our mouths so risky? And, more importantly, is there a way to get around the risks?
As expected, the FDA discouraged people from eating raw cookie dough both because of the presence of raw eggs AND possibly contaminated flour.
And ugh — our germ expert ALSO emphasized that raw cookie dough may be made with flour contaminated with dirt, insects, and animal feces, and should be avoided. Gross.
Okay, fine fine. But what if I STILL really, really want to eat raw cookie dough and not die? Is there a way? We asked pastry expert Cara Conaboy (who admits she still eats raw cookie dough to this day) for her secret.
To get even more precise, Dr. Reynolds says that to ensure all bacteria is killed off, you should check that the flour reaches an internal temperature of 160°F.
So, I guess that's the cold, hard truth for ya: Raw cookie dough is unsafe to eat, and despite how many years you've been consuming it, you should probably think about stopping soon.