Cookie dough is a blend of cookie ingredients which has been mixed but not yet cooked; it’s a common ingredient in candy, milkshakes, and ice cream.  Cookie dough ice cream was made popular by Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.  

Pre-made cookie dough comes in a variety of flavors including chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter, sugar, snicker doodle, and white chocolate macadamia nut.  

Common cookie dough ingredients include: butter or margarine; sugar; brown sugar; baking soda; salt; eggs; olive oil; vanilla; flour; and baking powder.

Despite families’ love of cookie dough, the presence of raw eggs in most recipes increases the possibility of contracting Salmonella.  Fortunately, as cookie dough’s popularity has increased so have recipes that exclude eggs.

The Cupcake Project (www.cupcakeproject.com) offers a cookie dough recipe; combine the following ingredients in a large bowl:
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon of salt
¾ cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup package brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
¼ cup milk and
Any amount of chocolate chips, cacao nips, nuts, or fruit.

The website also offers suggestions on what to do with raw cookie dough, including: swirling it with fudge for cookie dough fudge, spreading it between two cakes instead of frosting; or using a spoon to eat it alone.  Perhaps another suggestion would be to enjoy cookie dough during this summer’s cookouts.